My Favorite Books of 2016

It’s always fun to look back and select the books that were my favorites this year. I’m very grateful for these retirement years when I can indulge myself with all these wonderful books as well as the chance to spend time with others who love to do the same. I hope that you have also had a year filled with good books and book friends.

Click the book’s title to read my review.



I’ve spent a good portion of this year reading nonfiction, driven primarily by the election and it’s issues. I did that by concentrating on various people in government. Here are my favorites:

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon

The Senator Next Door by Amy Klobuchar

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren


There were an incredible number of choices this year for favorite fiction. The last two in this list were books read along with my book club.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Nightingale by kristin Hannah


This book and author are in a class of their own.

This House of Sky: Landscape of a Western Mind by Ivan Doig


Half of all the books I read have mysterious elements to them. They’re either called thrillers, crime novels or just plain mystery. There’s always some puzzle to be solved. It was hard to choose among so many, but here are my two favorites:

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

In the Woods by Tana French

Absolute Top Favorite Book of the Year:

I started reading the Cork O’Conner mystery series, thank to many of my fellow book blogging friends. I’ve become an enthusiastic reader of those, but someone suggested Ordinary Grace, a stand-alone novel that did have mystery within it, but was more a family drama. It is extremely well-written, plus it touches the heart. No doubt about it – it’s the best book I read all year long.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

That’s it for 2016. It’s been a good year for me and I hope a good one for you as well. Now it’s time to look ahead to what 2017 will bring us.

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4 Responses to My Favorite Books of 2016

  1. Vicki says:

    I meant to read My Name is Lucy Barton and Ordinary Grace this year but didn’t get to them so I’ll read them in 2017.

  2. I’ve read two books on your list and I loved them both so I need to explore the other titles.

  3. I’ve read four of these books and loved them all. Ordinary Grace is a must read for 2017!

  4. Nan says:

    Such fun reading this. I think the RBG title is just hilarious!

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