Books in 2016

This year, my goal was to try to read more often. More often because before 2016, I would spend a few days just reading one book and then forget to pick up a new book. Like most people, my queue of new books to read is endless and because of this, I decided, maybe it's time to just start reading instead of waiting around to read a book.

Some of my favorite reads from this year are listed here:

Fup by Jim Dodge
This was one of my favorite reads because the way Jim Dodge tells the story and the way the timing in the book is setup feels so fluid. The story is of a grandpa, grandson, and a duck. I highly recommend this book.

Silence by Shusaku Endo
Silence is a story about two Portuguese priests traveling to Japan in the 16th century to find out what has happened to their mentor. The book tells a story that's unlike any other I've read or heard about and the way the narrative is told is just amazing. There is also a movie being released this year by Martin Scorsese, trailer here.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, this book is the first in her seven volume autobiographical series and it's one of the best autobiographies I've read. I think this one deserves multiple readings.

This year, I read only 8 full books, countless half ways, and a few early abandonments, but for next year the goal is to double up the amount of books I read so I'll aim for 20 full reads.

Muhammad Usman

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