My Favorite Reads of 2016

To say I love books would be a bit of an understatement. I was that kid who hid a flashlight in my room so that I could read after lights out. And once that was discovered and taken away by my parents (which happened at least once or twice a week), I would then attempt to read by the streetlight outside my bedroom window. Yeah, obsessed would probably be a more accurate word for my relationship with books.

After having my first daughter, I found that reading began to fall further down on my priority list. 2016 was the first year in so long that I found time to read, much to my delight. As the year came to a close, I realized I had read a lot of books. I mean, A LOT. So I sat down and made a list of all my reads of the year (thank God for so much of my reading being done digitally, so much easier to track). The final count? 201. Yep, somehow I managed to read 201 books in the last year. Holy. Shit.

I always knew I wanted to use this space for more than just writing about my own writing and publishing journey. I wanted to share some of my daily life, but more than that, I wanted to write and share about the reads that stuck with me. The books that moved me, that wouldn't let me go. I decided to create a list of my favorite reads of 2016. Creating a list from 200 books was not easy. I ended up with a list of 20 books and 10 series that I loved. Some of the individual books may be part of a series (if this is the case, it's because I've only read one of the books in the series or it's from a series of standalone's). These are all books I have or would read again, and all were books I either purchased or read through Kindle Unlimited (I seriously love KU; I've discovered so many amazing books and so many fantastic author's through it).

I considered writing a blurb for each of these books and series, but I realized it would have ended up sounding very repetitive, and I really don't want to influence what others think before going into these books. I can say that there were so many that I related to on a deep level, some made me laugh out loud at times that I really needed a good laugh (one in particular had me laughing so hard in the gym that I was getting strange looks from other people working out), and many touched or moved me in a way that I found myself thinking about them long after I finished. 

If you've read any of these books, I would love to hear your thoughts and discuss in the comments! These are in no particular order, and my hope is that you might find a new book or author that you love too!