This year just flew by! Compared to the past few years, I’ve actually amped up my reading and I feel like part of that is because I just didn’t care about what I read. I went with the flow, went with my mood, and didn’t really go with what the crowd was reading. Yeah, there was the odd book that I just HAD to read because everyone else was, but it was kind of nice to just read whatever the heck I wanted! Let’s just hope I can keep that up in 2017!
So, in no particular order …
The Top 10 Books I Read in 2016
- Leave Me by Gayle Forman
- If Only You Knew by Kristan Higgins
- Austenland by Shannon Hale (Audiobook)
- The entire Cainsville series (or what’s available so far) by Kelley Armstrong
- The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Mogan (Audiobook)
- Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center
- The Martian by Andy Weir (Audiobook)
- A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
- One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (Audiobook)
I say they’re in no particular order, but there were a few major standouts for me, like My Lady Jane, which was narrated by the amazing Katherine Kellgren – there’s one particular bit about horse jokes that I just can’t get out of my head! And whenever I think about this book I want to listen to it again. There’s also A Court of Mist and Fury, the follow up to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which had me on edge the ENTIRE TIME I was reading it – and I’m seriously counting down the days until I get to read the next book, which is going to be epic. The Royal We was like reading the romance of William and Kate – long, but I didn’t want it to end! And in the same category of British romances, Austenland was such a fun romp and a great listen at the end of a road trip, making me want to go to Austenland, had I not already found my Mr. Darcy. And Happiness For Beginners is one of those books I love, where I can live vicariously through someone traveling to find their happiness.
And my top 5 non-fiction reads …
- The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristan Kimball (Audiobook)
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Audiobook)
- Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham (Audiobook)
- The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha (Audiobook)
- The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman
These books are all so different, but all have stuck with me! At the beginning of gardening season next year, I might have to do a relisten of The Dirty Life for inspiration, and I still revisit my notes on The 5 Love Languages of Children when my kids and I are butting heads. And I could really listen to Lauren Graham and Amy Poehler read their books over and over again because they are fantastic.
Honestly, this year was such a great year for reading. I was so happy that I stopped being so fussy with what I was reading and how much I was reading and just went with my moods. Some weeks I read a ton and other weeks I would barely read. Not only that, but I read whatever the hell I wanted to – if I felt like reading a ton of books by the same author, I did, and if I felt like reading one genre for weeks on end, I did, and if I just felt like watching Gilmore Girls over and over again, I did. It was a wonderfully freeing year with reading and I hope I can keep it up next year!
What were your favourite books of the year?