Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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16 Books I Read in 2016.

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I felt like 2016 swept time from right beneath my feet, leaving little to no time to sit and read the amount of books I was hoping to across the 12 months. 2016 in general went extremely quick didn't it? I didn't again complete the challenge I had set for myself during this year, however I'm hoping 2017 will be a more successful year with reading. I've already read one book I planned to read in 2017 completed during the festive period so I will be sharing a more in depth review of that in the New Year. 

Inspired by What Lauren Did Today's post, 23 Books I Read in 2016 I wanted to do an overview of the books I've read in 2016 too because it looks like good fun to chat about! I'm also hoping it'll give me some kinda motivation. Below are the 16 Books I Read in 2016.

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ★★
2. Scott Pilgrim #1 (Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life) by Bryan Lee O'Malley  ★★☆☆
3. Scott Pilgrim #2 (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) by Bryan Lee O'Malley ★★☆☆
4. Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson ★★★
5. The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink ★★★

6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ★★☆☆
7.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Pt.1 & 2 by J.K.Rowling ★★★
8. Matilda by Roald Dahl. ★★★★
9. Letters to my Fanny by Cherry Healey ★★★★★
10. Yes Please! by Amy Poehler ★★★★

11. The BFG by Roald Dahl ★★★★
12. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★★★★
13. The Innocent Killer; A True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and it's Astonishing Aftermath by Michael Griesbach ★★☆☆

14. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking ★★★★★
15. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins ★★★★★
16. My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst ★★★★★

I definitely found some books particularly difficult to engage into and complete, I don't know whether I will give these a go again in 2017 or whether I will leave them gathering dust on my shelf. This year I made full use of my local libraries and definitely found myself loaning out more books than I was buying them which definitely helped my motivation in completing more books. The two books that definitely come to  mind when I think about those I didn't manage to complete are;

Room by Emma Donoghue
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs 

I just couldn't enjoy them as much as I had hoped, even with enjoying the first book in the series written by Ransom Riggs. I think I will be definitely giving it another go in the new year as I feel like it has the potential to be a good read. A lot of people agreed with me on Room, I felt like I couldn't grasp the storyline and was just getting bored from what I was reading.

With that in mind tomorrow I will share the first 30 Books I want to read in 2017, let's hope it's a more productive reading year than 2016!


  1. I joined goodreads yesterday so I can keep track of what books I've read and find recommendations. Some of the ones you've read sound interesting, I'll definitely be adding them to my 'to read' list.

    I also read Girl on the Train and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime last year, I thoroughly enjoyed them both!

    If you want more recommendations, I'd say The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and Never Let Me Go xx

    1. Oh Goodreads is really useful, especially for some book inspiration too! :D Yeah definitely do and let me know what you think too. Ohhh I've heard about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry so I will definitely add that to my list this year! :)

  2. I never realised that Scott Pilgrim was a book! I love the movie so I'll have to pick that up :) x
    Sophie Cliff

    1. Oh I didn't either until I saw it in my local library so definitely give it a read! I want to read the rest of the series over summer because they're great quick reads!

  3. I want to read Harry Potter, I haven't read any of these books!


    1. REALLY?! Make sure you do this year you'll love them, they're so easy to read! :D

      Emmie x

  4. That's a shame about Room - I found it really interesting. Think I'm gonna have to search for the Emmeline Pankhurst book after you rated it so highly :)

    1. I think I could enjoy it but I just didn't, I'll definitely try and reread it again sometime this year! Oh yeah, definitely give it a read it made me proud of being a woman for sure! xx

  5. You should try reading Hollow City again, I've just finished the last book and it was alright has a whole trilogy.

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

    1. I love the idea of it, so I think I will probably give it another go to see whether I can enjoy it second time round! x

  6. Letters to my Fanny and Harry Potter are on my list of books to read this year!

    Antoinette @ prettynomadiclife.com

    1. Oh make sure you read them you'll love them! :D

  7. oh I heard a lot of people saying the same thing about the Harry Potter movie. shame though.

  8. Such a great post, my babe. I am sure you will get your reading challenge completed in no time this year! I love books!! I am always on the hunt for a good read and definitely want to take on board your recommendations. I am currently dissolved in one of the neuroscience books (I am a bit of a geek and a little weirdo for enjoying it as much as I do lol).
    The Little Book of Hygge is on my list :)
    xox Nadia

  9. Wonderful list! I've made it a goal to read 20 books this year (hoping to actually read more than that) so I'll have to look into some of the books on this list! Especially Letters to my Fanny, it sounds like it could be an interesting book ha

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

  10. I totally understand and agree with Room. I bought it a few days ago, tried to get into it but it have me a bit of a headache to read and understand to be honest!

    Meg | www.elmpetra.com


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