Books I Read in 2016

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    I read this every year with my students. I get a lot of lively discussion with them. I wish you all could be flies on the wall when we reach the last chapter.
  2. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    I got tired of YA fiction. Plus, I wanted to say that I read something from the 1700's.
  3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
    After seeing the musical Wicked and abandoning the horrible novel on which it was based, I went to the source material. And it was free.
  4. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  5. The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  6. 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
    Suggested by someone at a church leadership conference. She mailed it to me.
  7. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisburger
    Found this for $0.25 at a thrift shop. Should've kept the quarter.
  8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    The theology is way off, but it wasn't intended to be non-fiction. I cried several times. I had all the feels during this one.
  9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    Laughed multiple times. Cried multiple times. The strong language wore me out.
  10. Marley & Me by John Grogan
    Laughed, cried, hugged my dog.
  11. Armada by Ernest Cline
    Ridiculous. Predictable. Protagonist should've been named Ender, because it worked the first time this story was told. Cline's first book was a billion times better than this rubbish.
  12. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    Students recommend this book every time we talk about The Giver. I see why they liked it.
  13. The Game of Lives by James Dashner
    The first two of the series was fun. I just wanted to get to the end of this one for closure.
  14. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
    I'm not sure how I feel about it. The movie may have been better, but I don't want to admit that.