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Favorite Books of 2016

By December 30, 2016 5 Comments

I didn’t read enough this year, but did discover some gems, both old and new.

The year started out with a big high as I binged on all things Liane Moriarty, (as a side note, guess who’s on the February 2017 cover of  Writer’s Digest???)

But after the summer I went into a reading slump, with just so-so feelings book after book (coinciding with a hard summer, so maybe it was me, not the book 🙂 )

Here are my top picks for the year (and make sure to leave me some recommendations!)


The Light Between Oceans
The War that Saved My Life
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Christmas Day in the Morning
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
The Nightingale
When Breath Becomes Air
Waiting for Augusta
Truly Madly Guilty
Hamilton: The Revolution
Writing Irresistible KidLit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers
The Hypnotist's Love Story
The Last Anniversary
Three Wishes / The Last Anniversary
Medium Hero
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
God Wants A Powerful People
The Five Love Languages of Children
Crossing to Safety
Ramona the Pest
Alexander Hamilton
Today Will Be Different
Love Warrior


  • Leanne says:

    I reread all of Louise Penny’s books, in preparation for the release of her new one, A Great Reckoning. I love all of her books. Besides the beautiful writing and intriguing plots, I enjoy learning more about Canadian artis, whose works are often woven into the stories.

  • Katie says:

    Counting by 7’s and The boys in the Boat were a couple of my favorites! You may have already read those.

    For 2017 I really want to read Helen Keller’s story, The road to character by David Brooks, and I’m anxious to read the Nightengale.

  • Julia Tomiak says:

    My book club plans to read The NIghtengale, and I’m excited. You know I’m a fellow fan of Moriarty, and I can’t wait to read about her in WD! I’m currently enjoying A Man Called Ove, and I’ve decided to keep a reading journal to help me figure out what works, what doesn’t in the books I read. We’ll see how that goes…

  • Dana says:

    I love that two of your books are Hamilton related! I really enjoyed Commonwealth too, and Truly Madly, Guilty is on my Kindle, just waiting for a snow day when I can snuggle up and read all day!

  • To Richard Branson, that means sitting down with a favorite book or magazine, a cup of tea and a notebook. Aside from a dose of relaxation, Branson also believes that reading sparks ideas and teaches leadership lessons.

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