Sunday, December 18, 2016

best books of 2016

can hardly believe it's that time again, but here goes:

best re-read: The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)

most surprised to love: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Jonas Jonasson) 

hardest to put down: The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion- not exactly suspenseful but I do remember reading it in two days..)

most likely to change my daily life: Daring Greatly (BrenĂ© Brown) 

best non-fiction: I Am Malala (Malala Yousef) 

highest recommended: I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)

best memoir/biography: When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi) 

best crafty related book: Knitlandia (Clara Parks)

best foodie book: A Homemade Life (Molly Wizenberg)

what's up to be read next: Talking as Fast as I Can (Lauren Graham) 

This year I managed 14 novels, 7 memoir, 2 other non-fiction books, one play and one audio book. That's a whole lot less than most years but a whole lot more memoir than I usually read and I really enjoyed adding it into the mix. I hope to continue that this year, as well as read a whole stack more poetry.

you can see previous book lists here: 2013 | 2014 | 2015
also to follow along with what's on my bookshelves (and night stand and coffee table...and recently, e-reader!) see past posts here


  1. That's an impressive list!
    It was a bit of a shock for me to realise the other day I haven't managed to read a thing this year....unless you count craft & baby books! My literary life tends to be lived vicariously through book & literature podcasts from the BBC at the moment...I wonder if you have any favourite reading podcasts you could recommend?

    I have high hopes that in 2017 I might manage to read a novel from start to finish - I have a battered copy of "Wolf Hall" that's been passed around the English speakers of the village on my shelf waiting for me since 2014...

    Otherwise, I too read The Rosie Project in under two days (last September). It was such fun to completely loose myself in a book whilst reading it!

  2. Thank you for sharing! I want to check out Knitlandia that sounds interesting! all the best for your reading goals in the new year!

  3. Oh, I love to know what other people are reading. Now I have more books to add to my list! Thanks for sharing!