Best Reading Hits of 2016


For 2016, I’m of two minds; I’m bummed that I didn’t get to meet my reading target goal. But on the other hand, I’ve read a lot of great books this year!

Here’s the top hits for me this year (in no particular order)– if you haven’t read any of these, be sure to add it to your 2017 list!


The Storied Life of A.J Fikry by Gabriel Zevin






How to Fly a Horse by Kevin Ashton 






Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates






Wild by Ben Okri







Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco






Not For Bread Alone by Konosuke Matsushita






This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab






Arabian Love Poems by Nizar Qabbani 






The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows






The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery






The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reflections + The Best of 2013

I can’t believe how fast this year went by, and I didn’t even meet my measly goal of 50 books. It’s been a challenging year, on a blogging level and a personal level as well. Unsurprisingly, both clash, and my reading and blogging took a back seat for an indefinite amount of time. I found myself depressed on some occasions that I couldn’t blog often, or not keeping up my reading pace.

But, like most of the bloggers, I’m trying to learn and accept that, while reading is a MUST for me, blogging is a side thing. I do it because I love talking about books I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy. I love connecting with other readers and bloggers and adding tons of books on my TBR list. I love to see what’s out there in the written word that I could learn from.

So, even though A Reading Kabocha was a bit static this year, I look forward to taking it easy next year, enjoy the pace and maybe experiment with what else I can do with the blog; maybe fill the empty noise with discussion posts. Who knows?

Anyway, for the next part, please find my best reads of 2013 (sadly, there wasn’t much!):

The Queens Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner 

This series is a gem. I feel like it was the highlight of my reading experience in 2013. The characters, the writing, the plot– all amazing and gripping, and addictive. I look forward to the other books!

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

I already love McMann’s writing, and this haunting one-stand novel delivered enough mystery, horror and romantic attraction than any series or book I’ve read…in a while. I still go through it for my favourite scenes.

The Age of the Warrior by Robert Fisk

One of the few non-fiction I’ve picked up this year, Fisk became one of my favourite writers. His articles are thought provoking, and anecdotal, giving a mix of the emotional and intellectual. Another book I thumb through for grounded inspiration.

The Essentials of Neruda

This is a must for lovers of words and poetry. Or just romantic people. The poetry is so tender, sometimes risque, but always, always beautiful.