2016 Book List {From My Nightstand}

Hello, friends!

Greetings to all!
(especially my fellow book nerds) 😉

As promised, I have put together a list of some of the best books that I read in 2016. I am always looking for a new book to read, so please shoot me a message anytime with your suggestions!

Our 2016 was such a busy year, I had to first go back through my Instagram feed to get my list off the ground (because I can barely remember what I ate for dinner last night, much less what I read 12 months ago...).

Upon looking back, I was happy to see that in addition to some recommended popular titles; I read a lot more Christian Literature in 2016 (which was not really a goal of mine, but I am really happy that it is something my heart was craving to do)....

Keep in mind this list does not contain EVERY book I read, just some notable titles that I felt like my blogging friends might enjoy...there's probably a little something for everyone on here.

Starting off the list is one I read at the end of 2015 (but can't remember if I shared last year)

 (& it is definitely not Christian literature)...

The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

I saw this one recommended by Reece Witherspoon (#RWBookClub) on her Instagram. She has recommended quite a few that I enjoyed, but this one was so crazy & kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I have to recommend it for an airplane ride (I'm such a fruitcake, I have to stay distracted) or some poolside reading.

If you like a wild story & don't mind it being (for sure) Rated R, then this one will keep your attention.

I picked it up because I had heard that if you liked Gone Girl you would like this book (& I completely agree), but now a little over a year later...I'm finding myself not really liking stories like that much anymore. I think it is probably because EVERYTHING in the media seems so crazy and dangerous and raunchy...I'm really getting burnt out on that being the norm. 😟

Spinning the Moon by Karen White

I absolutely LOVE Karen White's books!!

At this very moment, I am (impatiently) waiting for her newest installment of the Tradd Street series to arrive in my mailbox on January 10th (I'll keep you posted on that one).

She writes the most wonderful stories that often take place in beach towns that I have actually visited; I really feel like I am THERE when I'm reading her books because I can clearly picture it in my mind.

She recently shared a picture on Instagram (I am a fool for Instagram, I swear) of the bicycle bridge at Watercolor Resort, where we had JUST STAYED for fall break a few weeks before. I am genuinely convinced that Mrs Karen & I could be great friends in real life...we are kindred spirits for sure!

Spinning the Moon is actually her first novel from twenty years ago,
touched up & rereleased.
I absolutely loved it (& am currently petitioning Hollywood to make it into a movie)!!

(ok, not really...but I should). 😉

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

I have read every single one of Liane Moriarty's books & was very eager to read her newest one released last summer: Truly, Madly, Guilty!

This one did not disappoint & keeps you guessing! I remember telling P Daddy as I reached the middle of the book, "here I am in the middle of this book and I STILL cannot figure out what happened that night!!!"...ha!

I did enjoy this one, but her book What Alice Forgot remains my MOST FAVORITE of all of her work.

Get this one for your next vacation, you will enjoy it!

Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson

I love all of Sophie's books, but I LOVE this one the most!

I wrote an entire post about this book last year, you can read about it here.

Get this book!
Get one for your sister
and your mother
and your neighbor!

It is so, so good!!!

Seamless by Angie Smith

Seamless is a little bible study that I picked up and enjoyed last spring on Olivia's school trip to Washington DC (cough, 28 hours round trip on a charter bus)...

I have tried time and again to read the bible all the way through.
And, I have failed time and again to read the bible all the way through.
Reading the bible is so, very overwhelming to me!

I get lost in all those names...
so many names....
why are there so many names!?!?!

This bible study is WONDERFUL,
you will really & truly walk away seeing the "big picture"
(without the frustration of sorting through all those NAMES)...

Angie is funny, so funny & so real!

I knew I would love this bible study immediately when I found myself choking on the lump in my throat reading her intro...

(& this stubborn, undeserving mess of a woman just choked up reading it again...)

Order this one.
You won't be sorry!

God Came Near by Max Lucado

My dear friend Joy passed this book along to me recently.
I'm so glad that she did. ❤

I was very familiar with the name Max Lucado as an author, but had not read any of his work (except for the foreward he wrote for The Heart of The Story, which was an EXCEPTIONAL Cliff's Notes version of the holy word for me).

I couldn't be more thankful for the time I spent with Max and his wonderful stories in this book. I have to highly recommend it...especially my most favorite part, chapter 29.

If you shop locally at Iddy & Oscars, we will have more of these in stock soon...along with several new titles that we think you will really enjoy.

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

I'm sure I have mentioned this book before.
I love ALL of Francine Rivers' books!
But, I think this one is my most favorite (I like it even better than Redeeming Love).

I know!!!

It speaks to me and every time I read this one I find myself longing to be a better person, to listen more, to slow down and focus on others more, and most of all to try harder to love everyone as God loves us...

One thing that snaps me to attention every time I read this book is how mirror paralleled this story of Rome is with our modern day culture...it was such a self glorifying, pleasure seeking culture focused on coveting material things, worshipping idols....one where sex, violence and darkness is the norm.

It's actually pretty scary...
because we all know what happened to Rome.

Beginning during the fall of Jerusalem, this book is kind of hard to get into...but if you can just get through those first two chapters, you will not be able to put it down!

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

Jen Hatmaker is hilarious!

I love her posts on Facebook and I KNEW I would love this book when I read that line...Fighting for GRACE in a World of Impossible Standards.

((because I am a little more than just FED UP with ridiculous, impossible standards))

& also because I'm pretty sure I say "for the love" about 600 times a day...

"For the Love of a sausage & biscuit" seems to be the most popular one I rattle off...


In this book Jen reveals how to:
  • Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.
  • Learn to engage our culture’s controversial issues with a grace-first approach.
  • Be liberated to love and release the burden of always being right. 
  • Identify the tools you already have to develop real-life, all-in, know-my-junk-but-love-me-anyway friendships.
  • Escape our impossible standards for parenting and marriage by accepting the standard of “mostly good.”
  • Laugh your butt off.

I need to get her other book, 7...
have you guys read that one?

Last and MOST IMPORTANTLY on my list from 2016...

The book that I have read nearly EVERY DAY for most the past year...

The One Year Daily Bible from Tyndale House Publishing

(in paperback, I might add)

My sister gifted me with this book for my birthday last year and it is one of the best gifts I have ever received! I have since purchased half a dozen of them to use as gifts myself.

This one is lightweight & PERFECT for those 10-15 minutes of quiet time in car line!

If you have ever wanted to read the bible all the way through (but your eyes roll back in your head trying to get through all those names) ((forgive me, Lord))...this daily reading bible is FANTASTIC!


So, that's all I've got.

I would LOVE to hear of any books that you recommend, I KNOW you kids have read some good ones!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.
I'm headed to the treadmill to spend a little time with my nose in a book! 😉

Have a WARM & WONDERFUL day, friends!