Books I Read in 2016

Reading is a huge part of my life. So even though it doesn’t have much to do with nutrition 🙂 , I’m going to post this here because it’s important to me and I need somewhere to put it. Here is a list of the 91 books I read in 2016, followed by a few further categorizations:

  1. A Cry from Egypt, Hope Auer
  2. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  3. A Brutal Telling, Louise Penny
  4. The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton
  5. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
  6. The Moffats, Eleanor Estes
  7. A Man Called Ove, Fredrick Backman
  8. Mirror, Janessa Burt
  9. The Light Princess, George MacDonald
  10. The Slow Down Diet, Marc David
  11. I Am the Messenger, Marcus Zusak
  12. The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
  13. The Gabriel Method, Jon Gabriel
  14. Bliss, Kathryn Littlewood
  15. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling
  16. Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny
  17. Captain Nobody, Dean Pitchford
  18. A Trick of the Light, Louise Penny
  19. A Tangle of Knots, Lisa Graff
  20. Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change, Michael Arloski
  21. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  22. The Gift of Our Compulsions, Mary O’Malley
  23. Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Cleary
  24. Intentional Interviewing and Counseling, Allen E. Ivey
  25. Nourishing Wisdom, Marc David
  26. A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler
  27. The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
  28. When the Moon is Low, Nadia Hashimi
  29. The Indifferent Stars Above, Daniel James Brown
  30. A Curious Beginning, Deanna Raybourn
  31. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  32. Essentialism, Greg MeKeown
  33. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walters
  34. The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  35. No One Knows, J.T. Ellison
  36. The One in a Million Boy, Monica Wood
  37. A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, Suzanna Joinson
  38. The Beautiful Mystery, Louise Penny
  39. How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny
  40. The Long Way Home, Louise Penny
  41. Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
  42. The Ocean and the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
  43. Ursula Under, Ingrid Hill
  44. A House for Happy Mothers, Amulya Malladi
  45. The Grand Sophy, Georgette Heyer
  46. I Let You Go, Clare Mackintosh
  47. Beauty and the Beast, K.M. Shea
  48. The Sea of Tranquility, Katja Millay
  49. Health at Every Size, Linda Bacon
  50. The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
  51. The Fast Diet, Mimi Spencer
  52. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
  53. The Nature of the Beast, Louise Penny
  54. Before we Visit the Goddess, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  55. A Wilder Rose, Susan Wittig Albert
  56. Someone Else’s Love Story, Joshilyn Jackson
  57. Enchanted Islands, Allison Amend
  58. In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume
  59. Go with your Gut, Robyn Youkilis
  60. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,
  61. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
  62. Pretty Happy, Kate Hudson
  63. The Hot Belly Diet, Suhas G. Kshirsagar
  64. Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey
  65. The Underground Girls of Kabul, Jenny Nordberg
  66. The Madwoman Upstairs, Catherine Lowell
  67. The Forgetting Time, Sharon Guskin
  68. The Book of Speculation, Erika Swyler
  69. My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
  70. Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  71. Contagious, Jonah Berger
  72. Noah’s Wife, Lindsey Starck
  73. Bandersnatch, Erika Morrison
  74. The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
  75. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  76. A Great Reckoning, Louise Penny
  77. The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom
  78. The Hunger Fix, Pam Peeke
  79. Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear
  80. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  81. Power of 10, Adam Zickerman
  82. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  83. Better than Before, Gretchen Rubin
  84. Today will be Different, Maria Semple
  85. Thin from Within, Joseph Luciani
  86. Breadcrumbs, Anne Ursu
  87. Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
  88. Me Before You, JoJo Moyes
  89. Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
  90. The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman
  91. Ex Libris, Anne Fadiman

That list includes 8 Louise Penny books in the Gamache series, 17 health-related non-fiction books, 2 textbooks, and 8 children’s books that I read aloud to my kids.

Out of that list, here are my top 11 favorites (I couldn’t get it down to 10!) in no particular order:

The Secret Keeper (Kate Morton)

A Man Called Ove (Fredrick Backman)

The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)

The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman)

Nourishing Wisdom (Marc David)

One in a Million Boy (Monica Wood)

The Long Way Home (Louise Penny)

Ursula, Under (Ingrid Hill)

Bandersnatch (Erika Morrison)

Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance)

Better than Before (Gretchen Rubin)

I also completed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2016 Reading Challenge (except for the banned book category), so here are my selections for that:

A book published this year – A Great Reckoning

A book you can finish in a day – My Name is Lucy Barton

A book you’ve been meaning to read – The Kitchen House

A book recommended by a bookseller – Hillbilly Elegy

A book you should have read in school – Intentional Interviewing & Counseling (I did read it for school so I’m counting it!)

A book chosen by my spouse – Contagious

A book published before you were born – Excellent Women

A book banned at some point – none

A book you previously abandoned – Thirteenth Tale

A book you own but have never read – Power of Habit

A book that intimidates you – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

A book you’ve already read at least once – Rebecca


I’m excited for what my 2017 reading life will bring. Happy reading!

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