Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top 12 Books of 2016

Top 12 Books of 2016

Here are 12 of my favorite books from 2016. Why 12? Because I couldn't make myself stop at 10, and my self-imposed time limit for this post kept me from selecting more. I read or listened to 53 books in 2016. The number seems low compared to my super-reader friends, but I was pleased with managing to average one book per week in a year that started with having my third baby. Thank you audiobooks!

In no particular order:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - YA fiction, love story, amazing writing (but heads up for frequent swearing).

Rising Strong by Brene Brown - Non-fiction. How to live vulnerably and bravely and rise after a fall. I love everything Brene Brown and I read this twice.

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski Non-fiction. Reviewed this one here. Every woman should read this book.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance. Non-fiction. I reviewed this one here.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Fiction, classic. Amazing writing, fascinating story, but people, this is NOT A LOVE STORY. Mr. Rochester is not a romantic hero, unless you like the secretive, abusive, controlling, brooding type.

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. Non-fiction. I love GDM from Momastery. This is her story about battling bulimia and addiction earlier in her life and fighting for her marriage after learning of her husband's infidelity.

Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains by Jenny Bowen. Non-fiction. Real, normal people can change the world. Jenny Bowen revolutionized the orphanage system in China and improved the lives of countless orphans and families.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand. YA fiction. Super fun book. I reviewed it here.

Duskfall (Chaos Queen #1) by Christopher B. Husberg. Adult fiction, dark fantasy. I reviewed it here.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Because I had heard his name so many times, read quotes from him, seen his pictures, and watched the movie Invictus, I thought I knew a little about Mandela. I knew next to nothing. His life is incredible and he made great personal sacrifices to bring freedom to his people in apartheid South Africa.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. Middle-grade fiction. This is a companion book, not technically a sequel, of The Wednesday Wars, which was also a great book. Schmidt writes fascinating stories with pitch-perfect tone.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. Non-fiction. I listened to this book for a second time this year and enjoyed it as much as the first. A must read (or listen!) fir anyone interested in writing, whether or not you have any interest in horror stories. 

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