2016 Book Review with Decorate My Life

2016 was a great year for a lot of reasons, but especially for reading.  I love that Good Reads gives you a recap of all your books and reviews at the end of the year!  It’s fun to see your friends’ stats too.

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I branched out and discovered 2 favorite authors this year: Colleen Hoover and Kate Andersen Brower

Favorite fiction book:  It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Voted 2016’s #1 Romance Novel by Good Reads

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This is an unforgettable book.  Just a heads up, this book is rated R in parts but it is a captivating and haunting book at the same time.  I read another book by Colleen Hoover as well and it didn’t disappoint.  Several people I know put her book November 9 on their top 5 list this year, so I just downloaded it and will keep you updated.

Favorite non-fiction book was a tie: The Residence and First Women 

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I started reading The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House right before my sister and I went to DC this summer.  It changed the way I viewed presidents and first families in a marvelous way based on the long-time secret service, maid, electrician, florist, and butlers’ personal stories and testimonies.  Almost all of them had never been shared before!  It was a phenomenal book, and First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s First Ladies may have been even better.

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This book was nominated in Top 10 2016 Non-Fiction Books on Good Reads.

I became obsessed with how the first ladies have supported each other through the years regardless of political party.  There are anecdotes between first ladies spanning 50 years and their support of one other through trying times.  Kate Andersen Brower’s books are well-researched and I learned a lot that I didn’t know throughout both books.  I was amazed that after Betty Ford made her journey with breast cancer public, that she received thousands of letters from women across the country writing to let her know she saved their life by encouraging them to get yearly mammograms.  She also received letters from husbands saying they think their wife is beautiful after surgery.  It was amazing reading about everything she did to build her foundation to help those with addictions.  I never knew about Rosalynn Carter’s efforts to help diminish the stigma with mental health with her own center.  I could go on and on about how much you will learn and understand from these two books!

Favorite personal development book: Miracle Morning

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Currently Reading:

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What do I need to add to my to-read list for 2017?

What are your favorites?  Please share!

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  1. says

    You read some great books this year! I read The Royal We last year and really liked it. Did you like What She Knew? I have that one on my shelf, but I haven’t picked it up yet…

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