Favorite Books of 2016 and My 2017 Book Resolutions

Good day! I hope you’re enjoying the New Year so far!

So this blog is becoming pretty focused on books I guess. I’m still trying to figure out what it is exactly that I want to do with this blog. I have no idea if I’m even going about anything correctly, but I guess I’m going to learn by my mistakes as I go. No matter what, I will grow and I will learn. And that’s good to remember. This year has been a big, scary year of learning and growing for me. And, to be perfectly honest, I mostly learned by making mistakes. All I know is, I want to write here more and I want to write from the heart more.

But I’m not really here to talk about #NewYearNewMe today. I’m here to talk about — you guessed it — books. Because, while this has been a huge year for mistakes and mental health altercations for me, I’ve also read some pretty epic books this year too. And somehow this is becoming a book blog so I guess am going to talk about books now.

Books are always sort of a positive thing, right? So we’re going to talk about the positive things. Yeah. Let’s go with that.

(Who let me be a blogger??)

~ 2016 Favs ~

I first wanted to go over my favorites of 2016. These are ones that I’d definitely recommend. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but I’ll just go over why I liked them a bit.

And bear with me, I read a lot of classics this year. And by classics, I mean books everyone has probably already read. I grew up with a weird taste in books, okay? I still have to catch up on the ‘normal’ books.

LET’S GET ON WITH THIS. YAY.
“The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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You know those books that nestle in your heart and become a part of you? Yeah, I found a new heart-book this year. I don’t know if you’ve ever read The Secret Garden or if you would even like it all that much, but it was an absolute favorite of mine. *sighs all the heart-sighs*

“The Blue Castle” by L.M. Montgomery 

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I’d say this is also a heart-book, but I think Lucy Maud Montgomery’s work in general has a tendency to makes it’s way into my heart. This one is super lovely, super funny, and overall wonderful. I gobbled it up in one day.

“Matilda” by Roald Dahl

Actually? Another heart-book! Gosh, I did read some good ones this year. Thank you Jesus! There’s something about this gifted child, Matilda, that I simply adore. And, again, maybe this isn’t even something everyone would like, but there’s just something about injustice that makes me keep reading. And there’s something about this story that is simply magical and I adore it completely.

Sara Teasdale and Emily Dickinson

You might not like me for this, but I’m just going to roll these two poets into one section. I read a lot more poetry this year than I’ve ever read in my life. Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Poe, Frost etcetera. I was trying to find what I liked. These two ladies’ poetry happened to be my favorite. Rivers to the Sea and Love Songs by Sara Teasdale were just amazing. And Dickinson’s words are always absolutely gorgeous. I’m a romantic at heart and this is my favorite sort of poetry. I hope to read a lot more poetry in 2017.

Hobbits, Wizards, and Wardrobes

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Again, I apologize for rolling these all together. I finished The Chronicles of Narnia this year, started Harry Potter, and completed The Hobbit. I’ll just say this: WOW.

Sherlock Holmes and all His Detective-y Wective-y Fun

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First of all, I am a Sherlock fan. I haven’t seen the new episode yet and I am horribly out of the loop. So no spoilers. Thank you.

So, the BBC show Sherlock is what made me interested in Sherlock Holmes. I’m not going to lie. But gosh, I love Sherlock Holmes. I read some short stories and one or two of the novels and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

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If you haven’t read this book, I gently urge you too. I poke you gently with the stick of urgence. I was transported with this one and I loved it. Very moving. Very absorbing. Much book. Wow. (Me and my dead memes.)

Also, the cover art on my copy is gorgeous.

~ 2017 Book Resolutions ~

I set a goal for 100 books at the beginning of 2016. To give you an idea on how big that was for me, I usually read about 10-20 or so books a year. I was so stressed this year and 100 quickly became impossible. I ended up changing the goal to 80 and what I actually read was 66 books.

I’m pretty satisfied with that, but I think this year I’m going to tone it down a bit. I had such a bad semester at college this fall. And though I survived it and made pretty good grades in all but the loathed math, reading was almost impossible during that time. There were some books I wished I’d had time to read more properly. I got pretty good at speed reading last year, but this year I just want to choose lovely books and soak in lovely words.

I want to finish the Green Gables series. I want to finish Harry Potter. I want to read more poetry. I want to read interesting fiction books that I’ve never heard much about before (it’s always so fun to approach a book with no preconceived notions).

I just want to read to enjoy. I want to read to fill my head with new thoughts. I’m starting to learn that that’s all reading’s about.
I hope you guys have a happy, happy 2017. For some reason I feel like it’s going to be a beautiful year. Hard, scary, and challenging, yes. But beautiful too.

God bless,

Brooke Elizabeth

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