My Top Books of 2016

Today’s post by Marybeth Whalen | @MarybethWhalen

Annnnd, we’re back! Though I have to say I don’t feel like we ever went away. For me, the word “break” was a misnomer over this particular Christmas holiday. Between trips and get-togethers and ill-timed deadlines and illness, the last month has been a whirlwind. In that way, I think my whole family was happy to get back into more of a routine with school starting again and a new year to dive into.

However you celebrated– whether you feel rested or not– we are glad you’re back with us, and we hope you’ll keep coming back this year, as we’ve got some fun things planned!

I wanted to share a rundown of my favorite books from this year. Listed in no certain order, except the last one, which was my favorite of this year!

All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher– quirky, unexpected, sweet

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes– inspiring, informative, funny

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley– gripping, tense, well written– couldn’t put it down

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney– characters who stayed with me long after the story was over, gorgeous writing

It’s Ok To Laugh by Nora Mcinnerney Purmort– cried my way through it, even with all the crying, still glad I read it

Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand– it’s not summer without her stories and this one didn’t disappoint

Faithful by Alice Hoffman– reactivated my love of this author and had me going back to read her older stuff

The Girls by Emma Cline– dark, gorgeous, disturbing

Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon– loved, loved, loved it on audio, read by the author, as it should be

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty– anything by our #ReadSavannah keynote author gets my vote

And #1…

Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins– Maybe it’s just because I’m a child of the 80’s and a huge fan, but this one moved me, surprised me, and had me thinking about it anytime I wasn’t listening to it. And yes, I said listening. I think that the audio version of this book is the only way to experience it. Because Phil himself reads it, so you hear it exactly how he meant it to be rendered on the page. I was more than a little sad that it was over. And I’m jealous of any of you who haven’t had the pleasure.

Later in the week Ariel will share her favorite books of 2016 too (Except there won’t be as many because she’s a slow-poke and braindead and on deadline…says Ariel herself, who edits this blog and all the posts and loves to have the final word…Hi guys, glad to be back!).

2016 was a wonderful reading year– and 2017 is shaping up to be another one! Keep checking back with for more great books you’re not going to want to miss. And we apologize if your TBR stack starts looking like this! #sorrynotsorry

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About Marybeth Whalen

Marybeth Whalen is the co-founder of She Reads, mother of six, and life-long reader. She is also the author of two novels with a third out in July: The Mailbox, She Makes It Look Easy, and The Guest Book.

4 Responses to My Top Books of 2016

  1. Lisa Gelber January 9, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for sharing this Marybeth. I read many of your favorites in 2016, but have somehow missed Not Dead Yet. I will add that to my audio wish list!

  2. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories January 9, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh Year of Yes is on my to read list and I still haven’t wrapped up my favorite reads of 2016 which would include Come Away With Me, Storied Life of AJ Fikry, The Gates of Evangeline, Before the Fall, No one Knows and The Things We Wish Were true. Thanks for the reminder I need to write the post!

  3. Liz January 11, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ll have to add Not Dead Yet to my TBR pile, which is even bigger than the one pictured. As a child of the 80’s myself, it sounds like it’s right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Donna January 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing, Marybeth! I really enjoyed Before the Fall and Here’s to Us.:)

    Favourites reads of 2016:

    The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
    I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
    I See You by Clare Mackintosh
    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin
    Food and the City by Ina Yalof
    Gut by Giulia Enders
    2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
    The Mothers by Brit Bennett
    You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

    The Things We Wish Were True is on my 2017 reading list! I can’t wait to read it.:)

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