I will soon be removing my page on my blog that lists the books I read in 2016. I wanted to share them here in case anyone needed some good recommendations for their own reading list!
1. Come Away With Me by Karma Brown – This book was absolutely amazing and made me cry at the end (in a good way) when I realized what was going on. Definitely one of my favorites this year. I read it a couple of months after my miscarriage and it was the right time.
2. Eve by William Paul Young – A very interesting way of explaining the story of Adam and Eve.
3. The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlor – This was good but not for the faint-hearted…kind of creepy…
4. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood – Creepy, but in true Atwood fashion…if you have read The Handmaid’s Tale, then you know what I mean.
5. The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall – Good story that has something we can all learn from: how to balance our lives.
6. The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig – This was a book club read that had an unlikely love story.
7. Travel Career Development – You should only read this entire book if you are taking a travel planning course like I did.
8. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker – Not a bad book but not at all what I expected.
9. The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig – I really loved this book and how it tied in one room with three different women in three different time periods….very cool how it all comes together.
10. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert – A long but interesting read. I liked it, but I couldn’t really tell you why.
11. The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – For all those needing a self-confidence boost…a must read.
12. The Life Intended by Kristen Harme – A sweet love story though it doesn’t start out feeling that way.
13. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey – Another sci-fi book about apocalyptic events…
14. Little Bee by Chris Cleave – Wow. An amazing read, especially in light of the current refugee situation…really gives you something to think about.
15. Rhythmic Medicine by Janalea Hoffman – A book I read for “work” that had some interesting insights into how to use music to treat physical conditions like high blood pressure, etc.
16. My Very Best Friend by Cathy Lamb – A story about lifelong friendship and standing up for the people you love.
17. The Lemongrass Hope by Amy Impellizzeri – One of my favorite books of the year….a story about where you would be had you made a different choice and what you would do if you had the chance to go back and make a different choice.
18. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I know the “mommy wars” all too well….interesting, but serious story about parenting and what goes on in other peoples’ homes.
19. Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey – Another one of my favorites this year…all about the different kinds of love and how none of it is strictly black and white…sometimes the things we do are done out of love, even if they may seem “wrong” to the outside world.
20. The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick – A story about a woman finding herself…and finding love with a man other than the one she married.
21. Where’d Ya Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – A quirky story about a mom pushed to her limits…sound familiar?
22. Room by Emma Donoghue – The perspective this book is written in is amazing. I don’t know that I could have managed to write something from the perspective of a child and gotten it right. Wow. All the things we know because of the world around us is amazing when you think about this child who lived much of his formative years in a form of locked seclusion.
23. Grey by E.L. James – Fifty Shades of Grey from Grey’s perspective…yeah….don’t judge.
24. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Another book that makes you think. This is a book that seems to be on all the book lists and I can see why. So many elements to this…including the idea that none of us are all good or all bad…we are human and we make decisions in the best way we know how.
25. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – I had seen the movie a few years prior but had never read the book. I’m so glad mental health care has improved since this book was written!
26. Follow You Home by Mark Edwards – A really creepy story about a young married couple traveling around Europe only to find something creepy in the woods of Romania that follows them home to England.
27. ’74 and Sunny by A. J. Benza – I wish I could have liked this story. I typically don’t like memoirs that much, so maybe that was the problem.
28. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lepena – A twisty story about betrayal, a missing baby, and the fact that we really don’t know what goes on inside people’s minds.
29. In a Dark, Dark Woods by Ruth Ware – Another creepy story that was well written…it all unfolds at the end and it’s brilliant. I can’t wait to read more by this author.
30. The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon – Yet another creepy story with a hint of the supernatural. This is another author I have on my list to read more of.
31. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – Not a book I would normally read but my book club chose it this year, so I did. It’s crazy what they can do with genes and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that everyone’s cells are stored somewhere in the world.
32. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – Creepy thriller about a controlling husband and a woman trying to break free.
33. The Girl Before by Rena Olsen – A story that begins with the reader not knowing what’s really going on, but eventually the story unfolds…very well-written and an intriguing storyline.
34. A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves – I read this one month at a time as I wrote using the writing prompts in the book.
35. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – This is a great book if you ever need something light and hilarious.
36. The Choices We Make by Karma Brown – Another great book from Karma Brown that has you thinking about ethical dilemmas.
37. The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti – Another twisty book that leaves you wondering who you can really trust.
38. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – This was a good book to end the year with, as it was hilarious (laugh-out-loud hilarious at some parts) at the right time of year.
What were your favorite books of the year?