In 2015 I read 144 books and I thought that was likely the most I would ever read in one year. 2016 proved just how wrong I was because I read 179 books! That’s an average of 3.4 books per week. The only reading goal I set for 2016 was to read 52 books of poetry, one for every week of the year. Happily, I achieved and then exceeded this, reading 54 books of poetry in 2016.

Below are my favorite reads of 2016. What were yours?


~ Flying Out With the Wounded by Anne Caston

~ Disturbance by Ivy Alvarez

~ The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka

~ Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey

~ Racing Hummingbirds by Jeanann Verlee

~ Said the Manic to the Muse by Jeanann Verlee

~ A Door With a Voice by Katie Manning (read it here)

~ The Children’s Wars by Shaindel Beers

~ Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton

~ Ligatures by Denise Miller

~ Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong


~ The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

~ Bittersweet by Colleen McCollough

~ The Son by Jo Nesbo

~ All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

~ 11/22/63 by Stephen King

~ The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

~ Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

~ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

~ The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

~ The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


~ We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

~ My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

~ Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest

~ While the City Slept by Eli Sanders