2016 was a great reading year for me! Earlier in December, I thought I was going to fall far short of my annual book goal–and then the temperature in Iowa plummeted down to the 30s. We’ve had lots of lovely afternoons reading by the fire, and it’s been glorious.

Here is my recommended reading from this year’s shelf. 

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An asterisk indicates that the book was a re-read from a previous year, which means I REALLY enjoyed it.  


  • MotherStyles by Janet Penley*
  • Nurture by Nature by Paul D. Tieger*
  • Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider*


  • A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner*
  • The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows*
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman*
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Night Road by Kristin Hannah
  • The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • Today Will be Different by Maria Semple
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (Young Adult)


  • Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen
  • The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Children’s Books:

  • Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
  • Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle* (board book)
  • The Marvels by Brian Selznick (chapter book)
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (chapter book)
  • North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (chapter book)
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (chapter book)
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (chapter book)

Have you read any of these books?
Which would you recommend?