Monday, December 12, 2016

The Well-Read Redhead's Best Books of 2016!

It is time to announce...

The Well-Read Redhead's Best Books of 2016!

As I always disclaim with this list: you may be surprised by some of my choices...and some of my non-choices.  There are books on here that, in my initial review, I enjoyed but maybe wasn't completely gushing over.  And there are books not on the list that I mentioned as potential favorites when I wrote my reviews.  But at the end of the year, when I make this list, I go by what's really stuck with me--after months have passed, what are the books that are still leaving an impression?  Still giving me something to think about?

I am fully aware that I have not been the best blogger lately, but I just love making my end-of-the-year best-books list, so I had to throw in my two cents before 2017 rolls around!

As in past years, this list is in no particular order:

1. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

I lied, this part of the list is definitely in a particular order, because this was absolutely the best book I read all year.

2. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Many would write this off as "chick lit", but I found it very thought-provoking.

3. Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

Villians and intrigue and spectacular writing.

4. Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock

ALL THE SADNESS.  But I loved it anyway.

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

More sadness!  Like seriously, so much sadness.  But SO SO GOOD.  Can't wait to see the movie and cry my eyes out.

6. Run the World by Becky Wade

I read a lot of running books this year, but this is the one that stuck with me the most.  I love Wade's fresh perspective and diverse discussion of the world of running.

7. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

In a literary world full of WWII stories (not to be trite, but that's true), this one is a stand out.  The dialogue alone is reason to pick it up.

8. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

What would my best-of list be without the latest Picoult release?  Pointless, that's what.  But seriously, this has to be the most immediately socially relevant book she has ever written.

9. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

This book reminded me why I really, really need to read more Ann Patchett.

10. Do Your Om Thing by Rebecca Pacheco

As an amateur yogi, my perspective of the practice was completely changed by this book (for the better!).  I learned so much from it, and I know I will refer to it for years to come.

That's a wrap!   What made YOUR best-read list for 2016?


  1. So glad to see Do Your Om Thing on your list. I've been meaning to read it to get me back into a consistent yoga practice. Sounds like i should get to it right away.

  2. Ooh loving this list! 1, 2 and 7 are all books I've thought about reading - so on my reading list they go :-)

    Tanya Patrice

  3. I've read quite a few of these books and yes, I'm in agreement! I haven't read Do Your Om Thing and I'm adding it to my to read list as we speak!

    Loved Bull Mountain. Holy moley!

  4. Small Great Things may be my 1st book of 2017, still considering. I agree with Me Before You, so good. And I have Do your Om thing on my TRB list.

  5. I'm with you on Ann Patchett. I'm hoping to read her essay collection/memoir over the holidays. And I also agree with making this list based on what has stuck with you...I will probably move some books I gave 4 stars to at the time up to my Best of 2016 list b/c I'm still talking about them and have recommended them to so many people.

  6. I really love the diversity on your list! Great picks :)

  7. Run the World was such an eye opener! Happy to see it on your list!

  8. I know Liane Moriarty's more recent books (Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Deeply) have been getting attention, so it's nice to see one of her earlier ones on your list! Of the Liane Moriarty books I've read so far, What Alice Forgot is my favourite. I just love the humour there, and 26-year-old Alice's voice is so relatable and charming <3

  9. Thank you so much for sharing these books.

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