Five Star Books of 2016

fivestarbooksof2016Once again, I was pretty tough on the books I read this year. While I read many books that were good, good wasn’t enough to earn a coveted five star rating! Like I said last year, I reserve the five star rating on Goodreads for books I truly loved. Books that hooked me and I couldn’t put down. Books I had a connection with, characters I loved or enjoyed, and plots that were unexpected. These are books I’d read again. These are books I’d recommend to others (and then feel heartbroken if that person didn’t love the book as much as I did). This year, I marked nine books (out of 61 total) worthy of five stars. It’s interesting to note that two of the books were ones that I read over Christmas break – I was lucky to finish the year with such great books. I plan to write more about Reconstructing Amelia and Three Dark Crowns later. For now, just consider adding them to your TBR list! 

  1. Most of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  5. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Honorable Mentions:

  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh  

What were your most favorite reads of 2016?


Uprooted Booted


Shoe designs by love2read365 inspired by the book Uprooted, written by Naomi Novik.

UprootedCoverI was re-reading the Harry Potter series this summer, and was really concerned that whatever I read afterwards would be a huge letdown. However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. The book was receiving quite a lot of hype, so I was cautious about it at first. But the book was a wonderful read. It was so magical and lovely. I didn’t always know where the story was going either, so that was refreshing. Sometimes I felt like there were gaps in plot or explanations, so sometimes I had to read things over to understand what was going on, but that didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. There were interesting characters (although not always totally fleshed out). I appreciated the great portrayal of female friendship. Despite two of the main characters’ moments of jealousy of each other, they truly care about one another and remain loyal. I wanted to race to the end of the book to see what would happen, but then I was sad that it ended. I think readers who enjoyed Kristin Cashore’s Graceling would also enjoy this novel.

Want to see more shoe designs?

A while back, I commented on a line of footwear that was (supposedly) inspired by classic American literature. Since the final product was so watered down, I created a few of my own shoe designs for classic novels.

I love drawing shoes. Check out a design I came up with for Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian here. Here you’ll find a design for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I even created a shoe based on the children’s book classic, Chicka Chicka ABC here