December 27, 2016

Favorite Reads of 2016

For me, 2016 was a good year for books. I read a lot, although I was shy of reaching my goal. If we're not friends on Goodreads, look me up! I love to see what everyone is reading or what they thought about books I also read. 

Earlier this month Goodreads gave me a fun little synopsis of the books I'd read. 

I love that Alyssa's book made the list. And The Alchemist? By far one of my favorites. Speaking of favorites, here's a look at the books I enjoyed most this year.

Leaving Time | Jodi Piccoult

I still love this book. It had everything I love in a good story. There was suspense, mystery, love, sadness, elephants, a little spirituality.... this was a perfect starter Picoult book for me.

The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho

Anyone who has read or listened to this knows how great it is. I listened to it driving home from Mom's one weekend and although it resonated with me, I want a paper version so I can annotate and highlight - it was that good.

Bossypants | Tina Fey

This book was a favorite because it was real... and funny. Unlike Yes, Please this book actually had me laughing and agreeing with the author from start to finish. I'm a bit picky on comedienne books because I feel like a lot of the humor and relatability gets lost in the delivery (i.e book) but Tina's sense of humor shines through.

June | Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

I fell for this book as soon as I started reading it. I received it from Blogging for Books and the cover and synopsis alone were enough to pull me in. I'm so glad I picked it because it was a perfect read.

Furiously Happy | Jenny Lawson

Jenny's books slayed. I preferred this to Let's Pretend This Never Happened but both were enjoyable. The Bloggess isn't a daily or even weekly read of mine but her books.... hysterical, relatable gold.

Deliver Her | Patricia Perry Donovan

I chose this from Amazon firsts (or whatever its called) and absolutely loved it. The book was a sort of coming of age for both mother and daughter tied together by the sense of family and so much they thought they knew. It truly moved me and I look forward to reading more from this author.

The Things We Wish Were True | Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

This was another Amazon choice and I really enjoyed it. The book was mildly predictable but that doesn't stop me from enjoying something. I liked the sense of community and shared secrets that everyone had a part in, whether they knew it or not.


  1. I'm reading The Things We Wish Were True right now and am really enjoying it! June has been on my iPad to read all year and somehow it keeps getting missed, but I definitely want to read it sometime in the new year.

  2. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors ever and I've read pretty much everything she's written and oh my GOSH I loved Leaving Time! The synopsis didn't really thrill me but I was sooo wrong. I also really loved The Things We Wish Were True. I never expect to love the Kindle First books, but I rated it five stars.

  3. I'm reading The Things We Wish Were True for Erin's reading challenge in January, and I'm so excited! June has been on my Kindle forever. I need to read it soon!

  4. A good blogger friend of mine recommended The Alchemist as well. It's on my TBR and I definitely plan to read it sooner than later.

  5. June is on my TBR and I can't wait to get to it. I think The Things We Wish Were True is on my kindle, i keep hearing good things!

  6. I haven't read any Picoult books yet (I know - totally crazy) but that one sounds like a good start for me!!! Really enjoyed The Alchemist when I read it a few years ago.

  7. I did really love Bossypants when I read it. Tina Fey is great, and she did well bringing the humor to the page!


  8. I also enjoyed The Things We Wish Were True and love love love Tina Fey.

  9. I love Jodi Picoult and loved Leaving Time! I read The Alchemist a long time ago but loved it. I wasn't a fan of Bossypants.....I love Tina Fey but didn't enjoy the book.

  10. I need to read The Alchemist. It's been on my TBR forever! I enjoyed what I read of Furiously Happy. I quit it, not because it was bad, but hitting a little close to home for me. It's one of those books I need to read in small doses! I'm adding June to my TBR!