So one of the perks (and there aren't many) about commuting via mass transit is that instead of driving, you have some downtime to do other activites—listen to music, catch up on podcasts, read a book—because you don't have to keep your eyes on the road.
Between my round-trip commute to work five days a week, I have about 45 minutes a day where I can do anything, so most days I choose to read. Well, that paid off big time in 2016 because I ended up reading 19 books. Yes, NINETEEN books! Which is a lot for me! I usually average like six a year. My goal was 20 books, which I didn't quite make, but I'm still proud of myself.
Here are the 19 books I read and my one-sentence reviews...
- Persuasion by Jane Austen — A classic Austen novel, but wouldn't say it's in my top three Jane books.
- The Princess Bridge by William Goldman — Slightly different than the movie, but dare I say a little better (they're both worth indulging).
- Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Caroll — A whimsical read, but I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the original first book.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey — A must-read in my opinion, but I'd definitely recommend it for anyone early in their career.
- The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza — Hands down my favorite book of 2016 for it's witty take on millennials vs. Gen X in the workplace against the backdrop of the fashion and magazine industry.
- China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan — Not quite as good as "Crazy Rich Asians," but still a captivating story that I didn't want to put down.
- Bossypants by Tina Fey — I felt the same way about "Bossypants" as I felt about 30 Rock—I wanted to love it because I love Tina, but I just didn't.
- Yes, Please by Amy Poehler — If Parks & Recreation didn't solidify my love for Amy, this book definitely did.
- The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women by Glynnis MacNicol — Please don't waste your time—it's not worth it!
- Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple — Wasn't sure about it in the beginning, but turned out to be a fun and interesting read.
- The Underwriting by Michelle Miller — My second favorite book of 2016, which left me wanting more and impatiently waiting on the edge of my seat for a follow-up.
- The Zen of Social Media Marketing by Shama Kabani — Despite being five years old, still offered a lot of great tips for digital marketers.
- At the Water's Edge by Sarah Gruen — It's no "Water for Elephants," but it's pretty damn close and pretty damn good.
- Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry — Another fun read in the same vein as "The Underwriting" that puts girl power at the forefront of the workplace.
- Swimming Pool Sunday by Madeleine Wickham — Love Sophie Kinsella books, so I want to love her as Madeleine Wickham, but they're just not quite as good.
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling — Mindy is a goddess and my spirit animal and this book is a must-read!
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton — The original is just as juicy and entertaining as the Nate, Chuck, Serena, and Blair version on Gossip Girl.
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen — Probably my least favorite Austen book so far, not because it was bad, but because it didn't feel like Austen.
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen — Super long, but a well-written and classic Austen book that everyone will enjoy.
If you love to read as well, feel free to add me on Goodreads (I typically post longer reviews on there) to check out what my all-time favorite books are, what I'm currently reading, and what I hope to read in the future. I'd love to know what you're reading as well!