This was a strange year of reading for me personally, mostly because it has been a profoundly difficult year. When I think of this year, I think of authors or themes rather than individual books. Still, there are a few stand-outs.
Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer–oh, how I love this book! You can read my in-depth thoughts here. Naturally, this one was at the top of my Newbery Through the Decades picks of the year. I am motivated to read more by Ruth Sawyer.
A Wrinkle in Time was a re-read (twice! three times!) for me this year, and this is the year I fell in love with it. Not only did I read it myself, I also read it aloud to my girls. I could as easily share it as a favorite read-aloud of the year (I hope to share these tomorrow), but I think I’ll share it in this list because I rediscovered it all on my own as a private read first. Read my thoughts here.
It was the Year of Gary D. Schmidt for me personally. (Well, Schmidt and Peck, and the Year of Anne for me and the girls, but that will have to wait for tomorrow. 🙂 ) His latest book, Orbiting Jupiter, blew me away. He does real, raw, and poignant, but never without hope. Read my thoughts here. I also spent lots of time with him through a re-read (this time via audiobook) of The Wednesday Wars, which might be my favorite modern juvenile/young adult novel. (Read my original thoughts here and my more recent gushing here.) However, since The Wednesday Wars made my Best of 2014 list, I’ll just let that suffice. 🙂
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet was just a delight to read, but I knew it would be. It will be forever associated with our Boston for Christmas trip, and most especially with Amherst. Read my thoughts here. I’m pretty sure it will garner some awards, and I’m happy to have it on my best of 2016 list.
I read a handful of adult nonfiction (mostly self-help) books, and I liked them all equally. I couldn’t choose a favorite, but rest assured that if I actually finished an adult book of any kind (ha!), I proably liked it fairly well.
I read thirty-three books (including a few audios) all on my lonesome. About two-thirds of those were for the Newbery Through the Decades challenge. Again, because it was a rough sort of year, I’m not going to be disappointed by that amount or by the fact that I read mostly books written with ten year olds in mind. 😉 Instead, I’m going to share this quote, one which is a credo by which I live my life:
No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. –C.S. Lewis
What are your favorites of this year? I’d love to hear about them!