The Best Books I Read in 2016

Last year, as 2015 drew to an end, I shared a post with every book I had read that year. I read 85 in 2015, and shared every. single. one. in that post. The thought crossed my mind to do it again this year... but nobody has time to look at 150+ book reviews, and I definitely don't have time to go hunting down all those pictures and gather all that information. Nope, not happening.

If you're curious what I read all throughout 2016, though, here you go: JANUARY // FEBRUARY // MARCH // APRIL // MAY // JUNE // JULY // AUGUST // SEPTEMBER // OCTOBER // NOVEMBER // DECEMBER (coming soon)

This year, I'm sharing favorites I read this year (not necessarily published this year!) in a variety of my favorite genres and categories! These are ones I highly recommend and will gladly share with you if you're local. Most of these are ones I'm still thinking about weeks or months later, ones that made a lasting impact on me, but there are definitely many, many other great books I read this year that aren't included here.

A quick note: there are affiliate links throughout this post-- they won't cost you any more money at all, but will throw a few cents my way to support my endless book-buying habits! It's much appreciated. :)

Favorite memoir:

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi // My original review here.

Honorable mentions:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Favorite biography:

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch // My original review here.

Favorite audiobook:

The Martian by Andy Weir // My original review here.

Favorite collection of essays:

Upstream by Mary Oliver

Honorable mentions:

Our Only World by Wendell Berry


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Favorite book about food:

Vegan Freak: Begin Vegan in a Non-Vegan World by Bob Torres and Jenna Torres // My original review here.

Favorite fiction:

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom // My original review here.

Honorable mentions:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

Favorite thriller:

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh // My original review here.

Favorite book of poetry:

Felicity by Mary Oliver // My original review here.

Honorable mentions:

Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke

Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder

Favorite self-discovery book:

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile // My original review here.

Favorite classic:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck // My original review here.

Honorable mentions:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Now tell me, what are your favorite books of 2016?!