What is my gift? I share it with you and myself.  I read; I remember; and I pass the memories on. Books, food, musical plays:  the magic is all around us.  Let’s find the optimism in the New Year of 2016 together.

My writer friend, Erika Robuck, offered her 10 favorite titles in historical fiction. Her list on her blog Muse, a great readers’ and writers’ blog, was brilliant.  Recommendations from writers you respect help to whet your appetite for a To Be Read List. The library will be my next stop to find these gems she and others have selected for our reading pleasure.

I hope you readers who follow this blog will share your favorites that you loved in 2015 and more titles you plan to read in 2016! The list will be eclectic, I know, just the type of reading we enjoy.  My Good Reads challenge was fun and my goal was realized and even as a personal contest, it will be a competition I savor each year.  52 + adult books was manageable for me this past year reading all genres; I added to this list with many great children’s literature titles.  75 may be a pleasurable challenge for 2016.

New reading review blogs inspire me each month. Readers who recommend the many genres we love provide entertaining reading and great new titles to read and share.            Follow my new friends who suggest books and share your thoughts about the books you read. Erica at and my Book Lover’s friend Sarah at enlighten me each time I open my emails.

I found writing a novel exasperating, so I will continue to write this blog and gift my book suggestions to you. Out of the 57 Adult titles I read last year in my reading challenge, I choose these 6 exemplary, unforgettable novels:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (WWII HF)
  2. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Literary Fiction)
  3. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Mystery)
  4. The Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland (HF)
  5. The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck (HF)
  6. Tomorrow’s Vengeance by Marcia Talley (Cosy mystery)

Happy Reading in 2016!


Filed under Adult Literature, Book Clubs, Children's Literature, gifts, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery

3 responses to “MY GIFT FOR 2016

  1. Thank you to those followers who have commented on my blog. Great book club friends such as Connie and Jan are gifts to me!

  2. Jill Florenz

    Thanks Beth. I picked up Tomorrow’s Vengeance to read over the weekend as I wait for the snow. Ted left this morning for NC (he has a golf rules class for 3 days) and I drove Keith and cheryl to the airport this afternoon. I hope we don’t get as much snow as is predicted.

    Enjoy Florida! I am sure you are happy to be there vs Maryland❄️❄️❄️


    Sent from my iPad


    • Thanks, Jill, for commenting on my blog post. Hope you enjoyed your quick vacation. Here is was a steal. Let me know all about it.
      Guys did not ask any of the right questions about Heather’s new baby daughter. Only got the infor that Holly was going to Japan; baby was a girl; and her name is Hannah. Met Keith and Cheryl at Pussers on Tuesday, Sept 27. It has turned to a rainy fall here! Let’s get together soon for lunch and chat.

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