Do you ever get the feeling when reading a book you love, trying to catch a couple minutes reading it? It’s kind of like the feeling of a first crush. Exhilarating! Then, the book ends…the crush ends, the love dies. You vainly keep trying to find a book just like it? That’s me. I’ve been moping around ever since I got done reading A Gentleman in Moscow. I’ve been sampling a bunch of books on Amazon but none of them have caught me. Probably because I feel like I just broke up and no one else is quite right. 😉 So, to save you from this torture…I thought I would recommend some of my favorite reads 2016. They were awesome reads, they changed my thoughts and helped me grow as a human this year. 🙂 I hope you enjoy them, too!
FAVORITE READS 2016:
A Gentleman in Moscow – This was such an interesting, thought-provoking book. I absolutely loved it. I read it on my Kindle app and saved a bunch of quotes from the book. So good! I’ve never really read a book set in Moscow. The main character is super charming. My favorite book of the year.
The Power of Habit – This book is amazing. You think you are going to read the first chapter and pretty much have a good working knowledge of the concept. Nope! Every chapter is packed full of great info. Very highly recommended!
Undone – I have loved Michelle as I listen to Michael Hyatt’s podcasts. She is an amazing co-host! But, then she got cancer and went away. This is her story. It’s so good and raw and human and beautifully written. Love, love, love!
FAVORITE LISTENS 2016:
I listen to a ton of books of audiobooks. I love reading while driving in the car, cooking, walking, etc. I listened to a lot more audiobooks than these this year, but these are my favs. p.s. If you sign up for a free month of Audible, you will receive 2 free audiobooks!
- All the Light We Cannot See -It’s a Pulitzer Prizewinning book. I heard Anthony Doerr do an interview that it took him ten years to write this book. You can really tell, it was pure artistry. It only makes me sad he probably won’t come out with another very quickly! Favorite Audiobook of the year!
- Ben Hur – My rule is that I read the book before I watch the movie. When the movie trailer came out, it looked so good, I raced to read the book. It was about 10,000 pages long though, so I didn’t finish it in time. (& I still haven’t seen the movie.) I loved this book so much, though it took awhile to get past the old english kind of talk it is written in. Great book.
- 13 Hours – This was a fantastic and frustrating read. My hubby and I listened to this on a road trip. Great nonfiction book.
- The Nightingale – Great characters! I love reading almost anything set during WWII. This is set in France. I learned a lot about what the nation of France and its Jewish citizen went through during the Natzi occupation. 5 STARS!
- Everyone Brave is Forgiven – I didn’t like this as well as the Nightingale but it was a great read all the same. Still so good! Again, another historical fiction set during WWII. Sensing a pattern here?
- The Magnolia Story – I loved this book about Chip & Joanna Gains. Very sweet and Christ-honoring.
GOOD READS CURRENTLY:
This current list is pretty weird, I will agree! But, remember, I am still looking for “that book” after finishing A Gentleman in Moscow! HELP!!
- My Early Life by Winston Churchill – inspired because I am hooked on The Crown on Netflix. 🙂 (Audiobook)
- The Hobbit – reading this with my son. (Audiobook)
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – because I love reading about organization more than doing it. 😉 Got this audiobook for free. I think I would enjoy the book more than the audiobook – the reader is a little monotone.
GOOD READS FUTURE:
I try to incorporate some classics in with modern.
- The Good Earth – I try to read things to make me grow as a human. That is what this is all about.
- The Orphan’s Tale – (actual book) This book is a slam-dunk for me. Historical fiction. check WWII. check Orphans. check – those hit all the things I love in a book. ha! Great reviews on Goodreads. I have not read it yet, so don’t hold me accountable for anything it may contain! 😉
- We Were the Lucky Ones – a true story of a Jewish family living in Poland at the beginning of the second war. Tells of how they struggled to survive and reunite through the most desperate of circumstances. I can’t wait to read it.
Looking for some more reading recommendations?
- 12 Awesome Books for Your Teen
- How to Get More Reading Into Your Day
- How to Get Your Kids to Read More Good Books
- Amazon Prime’s Membership Benefits (that you probably don’t know about!)
What were your favorite reads from 2016? Help me find a new book to fall for! 😉
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