6 Books from 2016

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This year I read in fits and starts — sometimes barreling through a book, sometimes slugging along. I read more fiction than I normally do, and I’m so glad I did. Here are 6 of the books I read in 2016 that I’d recommend:


  1. Two-Family House – Borrowed from a friend, this was a pleasant, engaging read on two families living in one house – one above, one below. The writing was engaging and great, and the exploration of difficult family relationships proved very interesting.
  2. Gilead – Another borrowed recommendation from a friend, this was my first Marilynne Robinson book; and though I read two more this year, this was my favorite. It’s another fictional tale exploring familial relationships, but it also explores faith and whether people can ever change.
  3. Room – This is the kind of book that you simply can’t set down. The scenario was horrifying – a women held captive, but the writing and perspective, so unique you can’t turn away. If you have nothing going on for a day or two, this is a great read!


  1. Searching for Sunday– So many of the essays in this book are exquisite. Beautiful, tactile writing over the wrestling for one’s faith even as church doesn’t seem to fit.
  2. Missoula – This book’s scenarios are also horrifying, and unfortunately, true. The detailed account in clear, articulate writing make this well-worth reading. The content makes it a must-read to grapple with the pervasive lack of justice for sexual crimes, especially on college campuses.
  3. Present over Perfect- To be honest, I’m still reading this book since it was a Christmas present. I’m over half-way through, though, and I greatly appreciate Shauna’s willingness to articulate so many things that ring terribly true for me. It feels like the perfect book to ring in a new year.

What were your favorite reads this year?


  1. Lesley December 28, 2016

    This is a great list! The only one of these I’ve read is Room, which I read a couple of years ago, and I agree about it being hard to put down!
    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Searching for Sunday so that’s one I’d like to read.

  2. Jeannie Prinsen December 30, 2016

    Present Over Perfect was one of my favourites this year as well, and I also really enjoyed Searching for Sunday. Interestingly enough, last night I was walking past the Little Free Library next door to our house, and I spied Room, so I quickly snatched that one up; I had heard so many good things about it. Thanks for your list!


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