Favorite Books We Finally Got Around to Reading in 2016

All ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — love to read. We thought a fun end-of-year Best of 2016 post would be to share books we’ve finally read and definitely loved here at GreatNewBooks.org with you!

All year, we share books on Wednesdays which we’ve read and thoroughly loved. Those books, though, are ones which have been published within the last 5 years — great new books. But there are always books we want to read that we haven’t yet read — ones we’ve heard much about from reading friends and know we’ll love. This year? We’re sharing our favorite book we’ve finally read here in this post. We’d love to hear yours, too (in the comments below)!

 

FAVORITE BOOKS WE FINALLY GOT AROUND TO READING IN 2016

Lindsey’s pick: 

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THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF CHILDREN by Robert Coles

 

I loved this thoughtful perspective on the deep and rich though sometimes unacknowledged interior life that children have, and all the ways their perspective on the world can illuminate ours.

Read more from Lindsey by clicking here.

Lindsey can also be found on Twitter @lemead.

 

Nina’s pick: 

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TRAVELING MERCIES by Anne Lamott

 

I came to Anne Lamott through Bird by Bird many years ago and I’ve been trying to catch up with all of her work ever since. I tend to read the newest book first, and I’ve been working my way back. I finally got to Traveling Mercies in 2016, and it was everything I expected it to be: funny, insightful, sharp, and an enjoyable read.

Read more from Nina by clicking here.

Nina can also be found on Twitter @ninabadzin.

 

Jess’s pick: 

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MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather

 

As lovely as I’d always heard.

Read more from Jess by clicking here.

Jess can also be found on Twitter @jessvealitzek.

 

 

Stacey’s pick: 

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Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout

 

Olive Kitteredge has been on my ‘To Be Read’ list since its release but it has never made its way to the top. This year, though, I read Strout’s latest, My Name is Lucy Barton, and fell in love with the writing. I read Olive Kitteredge immediately after and I’m so glad it finally made it to the top of my list.

Read more about Stacey by clicking here.

Stacey can also be found on Twitter @staceyloscalzo.

 

Pamela’s pick: 

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MONEY LOVE by Meadow DeVor

 

I made myself read this book because I have a dysfunctional relationship with money. It’s not that I spend too much exactly but I hate being on a diet … Er budget …, I have huge guilt any time I spend money (even at the grocery store), and I don’t understand many elements of investing. Meadow’s book treats money and spending as spiritual subjects and enlightened me on new ways of thinking about spending and saving.

Read more from Pamela by clicking here.

Pamela can also be found on Twitter @pamelahuntcloyd.

 

 

Katie’s pick: 

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LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry

 

I’d been meaning to read this epic Western novel for years and am so glad I finally did. It’s 700+ pages long, but I found myself totally enthralled by the story of Augustus McCrae, Woodrow F. Call and their band of cowboys making the journey from Texas to Montana. Sweeping, powerful, tender and often quite funny.

Read more from Katie by clicking here.

Katie can also be found on Twitter @katiengibson.

 

 

Jessica’s pick: 

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GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson

 

When I finally opened this book in 2016, I was amazed to see that it was published in 2004. I have been meaning to read it for 12 years? That fact in addition to the beauty of Robinson’s story stunned me in equal measure. This book along with Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night and Elizabeth Strout’s Abide With Me have given me a great deal of peace in recent weeks.

Read more from Jessica by clicking here.

Jessica can also be found on Twitter @msflaxman.

 

Jennifer’s pick: 

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THE COLOR OF WATER: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

 

My 15-year-old son read this as part of his school curriculum, which I loved. I picked it up and devoured this memoir about poverty, racism, God, family, and overcoming the struggles we face as humans, regardless of color or background, in a world full of adversity.

Read more from Jennifer by clicking here.

She can also be found on Twitter @JenniferLynKing.

 

At GNB, we’re delighted to say we’ve officially recommended 52 great books in 2016, which means we have over 200 books we think you’ll love to read here on our site. Please browse our archives and find a few books to add to your to-read stack. And subscribe (on the right sidebar) to our weekly email to receive each new weekly recommendation direct in your inbox.

More than anything, we enjoy getting to share and talk great books with you. We’re glad you’re here with us!

For You: We’d love to hear about the favorite book you’ve finally read in 2016 (old or new) — please share your best book with us in the comments below. Thank you for joining us this year at GNB!

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