Books Read in 2016

At the end of the year I like to make a list of books I’ve read or listened to throughout the year. So here’s the record for 2016, divided into a few major categories. Each title links back to my review of it (or should! I’ve had some trouble with links this morning!). I used to separate the audiobooks from the paper ones, but I have them all in there together. :


Be Faithful (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon): It’s Always Too Soon to Quit! by Warren W. Wiersbe, not reviewed
Be Hopeful (1 Peter): How to Make the Best Times Out of Your Worst Times by Warren Wiersbe, not reveiwed
Be Mature (James): Growing Up in Christ by Warren W. Wiersbe, not reviewed
Be Ready: Living in Light of Christ’s Return (NT Commentary: 1 & 2 Thessalonians) by Warren W. Wiersbe, not reviewed.
Be Real (I John): Turning From Hypocrisy to Truth by Warren Wiersbe
Beyond Stateliest Marble: The Passionate Femininity of Anne Bradstreet by Douglas Wilson
Big Love: The Practice of Loving Beyond Your Limits by Kara Tippetts
C. S. Lewis’ Letters to Children by C. S. Lewis
Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees: The Adventures of an American Surgeon in Nepal by Thomas Hale
Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up by Ian and Larissa Murphy
From Heaven: A 28-Day Advent Devotional by A. W. Tozer
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard by Kara Tippetts
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model by Kylie Bisutti
I’m Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer’s Care by John Zeisel
Knowable Word: Helping Ordinary People Learn to Study the Bible by Peter Krol
The Loveliness of Christ from the letters of Samuel Rutherford
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pamela Smith Hill
Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley
The Renewing of the Mind Project by Barb Raveling
SEAL of God by Chad Williams and David Thomas
Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds And Stopped Trying To Earn God’s Favor
by Teresa Shields Parker
Ten Fingers For God: The Life and Work of Dr. Paul Brand
by Dorothy Clarke Wilson
Thin Places: A Memoir on by Mary DeMuth
True Woman 201: Interior Design
by Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The Voice of Experience: Stories About Health Care and the Elderly by Samuel and Jane K. Brody
What Are You Afraid Of: Facing Down Your Fears With Faith
by David Jeremiah
The Women of Christmas
by Liz Curtis Higgs
Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation
by Joel R. Beeke


Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
The Christmas Stories of Louisa May Alcott by Louisa May Alcott
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
Emily’s Quest by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Great British Short Stories: A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales by various authors
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Christian/Inspirational Fiction:

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson
Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry
Finding Father Christmas/Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn
Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson
Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney
Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry
The Messenger by Siri Mitchell
Not In the Heart by Chris Fabry
One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon
A Prairie Christmas Collection by Tracie Peterson, Deborah Raney, and others
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway
The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh
The Reunion by Dan Walsh
A Sandy’s Seashell Shop Christmas by Lisa Wingate
Searching for Eternity by Elizabeth Musser
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd
A Slender Thread by Tracie Peterson
A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron
They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti
What Follows After by Dan Walsh

Other Fiction:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell
The Christmas Violin by Buffy Andrews
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Green Ember by S. D. Smith
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
More Things in Heaven and Earth by Jeff High
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

That’s 80 by my count – a record, I think. Audiobooks do increase that number, though I don’t read just to hit a number. Often with audiobooks, I have a Kindle copy (if there is an inexpensive one) as well or a library copy to go back and reread certain parts more closely. About 25 were audiobooks; all but one of the classics were audiobook/Kindle combinations.

I might finish one more by the end of the year. I have not kept up well with my Goodreads account, so many of these are not there. I may even cancel my account there – I am not sure yet.

Overall it was a good reading year. There was one book I was disappointed in, a couple I was surprised to find I didn’t like as much as I had thought I would, a few (in the “other fiction” category) that would have been wonderful except for unnecessary offensive language. But by and large I enjoyed the majority.

I would be doing a list like this anyway, but Sherry at Semicolon, who hosts the weekly Saturday Review of Books link-up, is allowing us to link up book lists this week: books read, favorite books, books we plan to read next year, etc. I’ll be posting my favorites in just a few moments (my top 16 is now up here).

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