Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mindy's Top Picks of 2016

How many books did you read last year? I’ve just gone through my list and was surprised to see that it totals 102. (Higher than my usual of about 60-80. Good for me!) From those, I pulled together a list of the ones I enjoyed the most. Clearly, I’m no literary snob—note that my top ranked fiction is a YA novel that reads like a (much better) DaVinci code for teens—and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I will, however, mention that I do read plenty of “good” fiction as well, it’s just not my favorite. Literary is the green vegetable, but these 10 are the dessert. And if I’m being honest, I always like dessert more than vegetables!  

I also read a lot of great nonfiction last year as well, and it was especially tough to narrow those down to just 10 favorites. 

Thanks to eye issues, I only read via audiobooks, so I’d like to add an Honorable Mention for the BEST READER of the year: Humphrey Bower who narrated Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Though the book didn’t make my top ten, Bower was by far the best reader I listened to all year. Considering my total, that’s saying a lot!

One last thing, please note that these weren't necessarily books that were released last year, they’re just books that I happened to read last year.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here are my top ten picks for the most compelling fiction and nonfiction of 2016. Enjoy!


1. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

3. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

8. Salvage the Bones: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

9. If You Find Me: A Novel by Emily Murdoch

10. The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck


3. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

6. A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley 

7. Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu

10. The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute by Zac Bissonnette

What books did you enjoy in 2016?

1 comment:

  1. I am retired and an avid 141 last year. In your list, I only read Lisa Wingate's book. I read adult Christian fiction. And try to read a few non-fiction...Bible study type books. Too hard to pick favorites! I loved the Men of Lancaster County books that you wrote and have several of yours on my wish list!