As I explained in this post, I’ve been tracking my reading on a spreadsheet in an effort to diversify the genres and voices I consume, as well as quell my own curiosity about the ebbs and flows of my changing tastes and obsessions. The resulting data was interesting and I had fun recording lots of details for my future-self to cull through. (Full-disclosure: By the 4th quarter of the year I was much less thorough in my approach. Something to work on in 2017!)
For those of you who might be interested, I’ve used the aforementioned spreadsheet to compile a list of the books I read and loved in 2016.
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (On the blog HERE.)
- Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom – So gripping! (On the blog HERE.)
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Better than the movie. (On the blog HERE.)
- Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo – A fascinating look at a society not often discussed. (On the blog HERE.)
- How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
- Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine (On the blog HERE.)
- The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler
- January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her by Michael Schofield
- Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home by Leah Lax – A triumphant memoir. (On the blog HERE.)
- A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay (On the blog HERE.)
- Chef by Jaspreet Singh
- Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace – A cross between two of my favorite movies: A League of Their Own and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. (On the blog HERE.)
- A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Tears galore!
- The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein (On the blog HERE.)
- Crush It! Why NOW is the Time to Cash In On Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson – A must-read if you enjoy true-crime and American history. (On the blog HERE.)
- Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
- Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer – There just aren’t enough books about Himalayan mountaineering to satisfy my strange obsession. (On the blog HERE.)
- The Book of Ayurveda by Judith H. Morrison
- The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet by Dara-Lynn Weiss
- Grace by Grace Coddington – Spirit animal.
- Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives by Hoda Kotb (On the blog HERE.)
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – YA Fiction at it’s finest.
- Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee by Hoda Kotb – I was having a bit of a Hoda moment.
- Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (On the blog HERE.)
- The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil by Bob Hamer
- Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder – I kicked off my mission to re-read the Little House books.
- About Alice by Calvin Trillin
- Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang – Hilarious!
- The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Now it’s time to set up my spreadsheet for 2017!
What books did YOU read and love in 2016? Share below…and who knows! Maybe they’ll end up on my list next year.