Best Books of 2016

I had a pretty off year when it comes to reading. Last year, I read nearly 100 books. This year I only managed 55. Not only did I read fewer books, but I read fewer high quality books. Last year, I remember struggling so hard to write by Best Books of 2015 post. Mostly because I had read so many phenomenal books. This year’s post was a breeze. There were no “maybes” on my list. Most of the books I read this year I either really loved or really was not into.

best books of 2016Reading is something I really enjoy because I consider it “me time”. Was I disappointed I didn’t read as much in 2016? Yes, definitely. But if I have other things going on, or I’d rather catch up on a show, I’m not going to force myself to read. If I do that then I’ve turned my “me time” into a chore, and reading is to precious to me to do that.

Now, on to the books! These are my best books of 2016!

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

did-you-ever-have-a-family.jpgIf you only read one book from this list, make it this book. I read this book in January of 2016 and still now as I write this a year later my heartbreaks and all of the feels flood right back to me. I am not an emotional person when it comes to books or movies. I have never cried over a either, ever in my life. While I didn’t cry over this book, it did give me all of the feels. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so invested in the well-being of an entire group of charters as I was with this book. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that while it’s heartbreaking, it really doesn’t have a villain or a bad guy. I could go on, but I’m just going to tell you: you need read this book.

Buy it: HERE

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

17225311This book is without a doubt the most disgusting book I have ever read. I am not exaggerating at all. It is foul and there were many times I was could not believe I was actually voluntarily reading it. That being said, I could not put this book down. A book can be sick and wrong, but to be sick and wrong and captivating, now that is not as easy. This book walks a line that I have never seen walked before. If this isn’t a topic you can stomach then stay away, but if you can, read this book; you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Buy it: HERE

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

13158800Full disclosure, this book is very emotional, and well, honestly, it’s just really freaking sad. BUT, It is also beautifully written and very thought provoking. I spent most of the book wrestling with what I would have done had I been in this situation. By the time I got to the end I still couldn’t decide, and even though it’s completely devastating, I finished the book having empathy for each character.

Buy it: HERE

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The woman in cabin 10Psychological thrillers are my favorite genre of all time. It’s what I tend to read the most of so I usually have pretty high expectations.  My favorite thriller of the year definitely had to be The Woman in Cabin 10. I’m not a big fan of listening to books, but I actually listened to this book during a 10 hour drive, and it made my trip breeze right by. I was mildly obsessed with the narrator’s British accent and I loved the main character, Lo, and the uniqueness of the setting.

Read my full review: HERE

Buy it: HERE

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

the-2I didn’t read a lot of non-fiction this year, but this was a book that stood out to me throughout all my reads this year. In fact, I even, wrote a post saying that this was the book I think every 20-something should read. When it comes to 20-somethings, I think you need to be extremely direct. If you’re not we have a tendency to miss the point, or romanticize things in our heads. This book put it all out there, even when it wasn’t exactly what you’d like to hear. I have 3 God-children, let’s just say I’m gifting this book to all of them on their 20th birthday.

Read my full review: HERE

Buy it: HERE

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark MatterDark Matter is one of my most recent reads. I read a few really positive reviews about this book from fellow bloggers and knew I had to get my hands on it. When I finally did, I understood what all the talk was about. This book was so. freaking. good. I would describe it as part thriller, part science-fiction. There is a bit of science talk in it, but it’s not nearly as over whelming as, say, The Martian. My favorite thing about this book is that the ending was left open for a possible sequel. I would love to see this story continue, so fingers crossed for a second book in the future!

Read my full review: HERE

Buy it: HERE

What’s the best book you read in 2016?


  • I feel like 2016 was kind of a lackluster reading year for many bloggers…just not as many books that people fell head over heels in love with. That being said, I’m thrilled Did You Ever Have A Family made your list (although it is a 2015 book…case in point about this year’s new releases!).

    And – I added Dark Matter to my library holds after reading your review.

    • I 100% owe Did You Ever Have a Family to you! I had never even heard of it before I read about it on your blog! I’ve actually been thinking about re-reading it sometime this year.

  • I keep on hearing about Tampa and even though I know that it’s going to be sick and wrong, I still really want to read it. I completely agree with you about The Light Between Oceans! It was such a beautiful book and it left me feeling back for everybody involved. Dark Matter is on my short list to read this year, hopefully!

    • I’m excited for The Light Between Oceans movie to come out! i’m hoping they can do the book justice!

  • You summarized last year perfectly! I think there was simply too much else going on- at least for me, it took up the mental and emotional space that reading usually occupies. Even considering that, I was disappointed by much of what I did read.

    My favorite book? OK, I’m going to list two because they’re so different. One, A Gentleman in Moscow is an intelligent charming novel about a Russian aristocrat under house arrest in a Moscow hotel. I adored it. The other is Forty Rooms, a novel which did not get a lot of attention, but spoke to me very strongly about the journey of being a woman. Gorgeous and bittersweet.

    I have Tampa and am waiting for the right headspace to read it!

    • Ive heard great things about A Gentleman in Moscow! I’ve read some of Towles other books and enjoyed them. I’m not familiar with Forty Rooms, but I’ll look in to it!

  • i loved dark matter! so good. i had odd feelings about did you ever have a family. i loved it, and it gave me all the feels, but unlike you i do cry easily (like ridiculously laughably easily) and i didn’t cry in that book. very interesting point about it not having a bad guy or villain. very true. it’s a book that keeps popping up in my head weeks later.

    • wow! super interesting you didn’t cry for that book! I’ve been thinking about re-reading it actually, i just loved it so much