My Favorite Books from 2016

Hello there! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve updated, but work has been so crazy. I decided to decompress during the holidays and hermit myself up in my apartment. Furthermore, I ended the year with finishing 27 books. This is a combination of both books I read and listened to. I’ve broken it down below. Honestly, I think I enjoyed the audio books much more this year. Enjoy!

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Favorite Books Read

1. The Girl on the Train – I made sure to read it before the movie came out. A thriller that you can’t put down.

2. Paris Letters – True story of a girl who decides to leave her life in the US to live in Paris. Dreams!

3. The Girls – A story about a girl who spends a summer with a Charles Manson-like cult. It was a surprisingly easy read.

4. The Kitchen House – A heartbreaking historical fiction novel about a plantation and how it changes over the years. I brought it on vacation, though I don’t recommend it as a beach read!

5. The Art of Fielding – This thick novel was chosen by my book club about a college baseball team. While it had a slow start, I found myself not able to put it down over the holidays.

Additional Reads: Everything is Illuminated, The Widow, Same Kind of Different As Me, The Nest, I Knew You’d Be Lovely, Eleanor & Park, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

Favorite Audio Books

1. Troublemaker – I never thought I’d want to listen to Leah Remini’s book, but it had good reviews, so I gave it a chance. Her stories about her time as a Scientologist were fascinating. I have so much more respect for her now.

2. You’ll Grow Out of It – Jessi Klein’s essays are hilarious and relate-able. I found myself constantly laughing and smiling. It’s nice to know that someone else has the same disdain for bridal stores.

3. Scrappy Little Nobody – Though Anna Kendrick is still young, she’s gone through so much in a small time. I love hearing behind the scenes Hollywood stories, so I enjoyed hearing her point of view about being nominated for an Oscar for the first time.

4. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer’s essays were both hilarious and heartbreaking. I was itching for this one to come out and it was definitely worth the wait.

5. Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling dishes on her life and dating. What more can you ask for? I especially loved her story about snagging a date with the president’s assistant.

6. Wildflower – Again, I love hearing Hollywood stories, so Drew Barrymore’s book was truly a gift. Her take on growing up in the spotlight is something not to be missed.

7. Watch Me – Once again, love Hollywood stories, especially old Hollywood. Anjelica Huston’s memoir which centers on her relationship with Jack Nicholson was super juicy.

Additional Listens: The Happiness of Pursuit, The Year of Yes, Heads in Beds, Breath Becomes Air, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, Girlboss, Rich Bitch, Dear Mr. You.