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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?