Wrapping up another year of reading.
- Today I’m combining two of my favorite things: reading, and list making. This is my compilation of most of the books I read this past year, not counting what I read for my editing business. As you can see, I like variety.
- Most people read for more than one purpose. I choose books as research for my own writing, to review, or for book club. Now and then, I even get to pick up a book just because it looks good.
- THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS TROUBLE by Sondra Kraas
- THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL by Baroness Orczy
- THE LAST APOSTLE by Dennis Brooke
- SABOTAGED by Dani Pettrey
- TIDEWATER INN by Colleen Coble
- FOR RICHER OR POORER by Kari Trumbo
- DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE by Holly Madison
- THE INN AT OCEAN’S EDGE by Colleen Coble
- BROKEN VALENTINE by Ginger Solomon
- WALK YOU THERE by Jan Thompson
- FALLING FOR ALASKA by Shannon L. Brown
- EMANCIPATED HEART by Jan Cline
- THE WHOLE30 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
- SAFE IN HIS ARMS by Melanie D. Snitker
- PSEUDONYM by Dennis E. Hensley and Diana Savage
- VANISHED by Irene Hannon
- ROOM by Emma Donoghue
- 13 REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
- SONNETS OF THE SPICE ISLE serialized series by Lynnette Bonner
- THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sun Monk Kidd
- SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson
- THE VEGAS DIARIES by Holly Madison
- HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford
- SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford
- THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
- WHERE DO I GO? (Yada Yada House of Hope Series, book 1) by Neta Jackson
- WHO DO I TALK TO? (Yada Yada House of Hope Series, book 2) by Neta Jackson
- WHO DO I LEAN ON? (Yada Yada House of Hope Series, book 3) by Neta Jackson
- WHO IS MY SHELTER? (Yada Yada House of Hope Series, book 4) by Neta Jackson
- THE LAST DREAMER by Barbara Solomon Josselsohn
- THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP (Yada Yada Series, book 1) by Neta Jackson
- THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DOWN(Yada Yada Series, book 2) by Neta Jackson
- HARRY BENTLEY’S SECOND CHANCE by Dave Jackson
- ARMAGEDDON: HOW TRUMP CAN BEAT HILLARY by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
- FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
- A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
- LOVE TO LOVE YOU BRADYS by Ted Nickelson and Susan Olson
- HERE’S THE STORY by Maureen McCormick
- PERSUASION by Jane Austen
I’d love to see your list for the past year. What was your favorite book that you read in 2016?
Gigi Murfitt says
Wow what a list! It gave me some new books for 2017 reading. I will compile my list on my way home from vacation. I read a lot of nonfiction. It will be fun to make the list.
Share with me how you put all of the book covers into one photo. There are so many options out there.
Happy New Year Lesley! Gigi
I’d love to see your list, Gigi. I left off a few of the non-fiction books I read this past year, but I generally have one or two in my ongoing-reading stack.
For the collage, I used PicMonkey. I wanted to make one that included all the covers, but this was the best I could do. I could do a second image with the other ones just for fun. Maybe I’ll do that next year.
Sylvia Stewart says
Here’s my list–so far. I may be able to add another before the year’s end. The dates are the day I finished reading the book. Don’t know why it’s all higgledy-piggledy:
1. The Badge and the Bible by Terry Burns Jan. 2
2. Scent of Lilacs by Ann Gabhart Jan. 5
3. Pseudonym by Hensly and Savage Jan. 9
4. When the Wings Fall Off by Ken Godbey Jan. 10
5. Thin Ice by Irene Hannon Jan. 14
6. Double Cross by DiANN MILLS Jan. 21
7. Lanterns and Lace by DiANN MILLS Jan. 28
8. Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris Feb. 1
9. Veiled Freedom by Jeannette Windle Feb. 11
10. Father Afield by Miss Read Feb. 12
11. The White Robin by Miss Read Feb. 14
12. Battles at Thrush Green by Miss Read Feb. 24
13. Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury Mar. 1
14. Village Affairs by Miss Read Mar. 4
15. On Berryhill Road by Tommie Lyn Mar. 6
16. Return to Thrush Green by Miss Read Mar. 12
17. A Dark Place…Until the Dawn by Donna and Keith Godbey Mar. 15
18. Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson Mar. 24
19. River of Life by Crystal J. Ortmann Mar. 27
20. The Negotiator by Dee Henderson Apr. 2
21. The Guardian by Dee Henderson Apr. 7
22. A Gentle Thunder by Max Lucado Apr. 8
23. The Protector by Dee Henderson Apr. 18
24. The Healer by Dee Henderson Apr. 25
25. Oceans Apart by Lesley McDaniel Apr. 25
26. The Rescuer by Dee Henderson May 4
27. Buckskin Run by L. L’Amour May 9
28. Jennifer by Dee Henderson May 11
29. The Food Fight Professional by Angela Strong May 19
30. Before I Wake by Dee Henderson May 19
31. True Devotion by Dee Henderson May 22
32. True Valor by Dee Henderson May 25
33. True Honor by Dee Henderson May 28
34. North to the Rails by L. L’Amour June 2
35. Saving Grace by Lesley McDaniel June 4
36. The Power of Positive Productivity by Dennis Hensley June 5
37. Off the Mangrove Coast by L. L’Amour June 7
38. Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon June 11
39. Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon June 15
40. Galloway by L. L’Amour June 18
41. Thin Ice by Irene Hannon June 18
42. The Sky-liners by L. L’Amour June 25
43. Gone by Dark by Barritt June 27
44. The Unrelenting Tide by Lynnette Bonner June 29
45. Battered Justice by Linda J. White July 3
46. Jesus Talked to Me Today, James Stuart Bell, ed. July 6
47. A Change of Heart by Kimberly Rae Jordan July 7
48. Not This Time by Leah Atwood July 10
49. Homestands by Sally Bradley July ??
50. Oceans Apart by Lesley Anne McDaniel July ??
51. Seaside Reunion by Irene Hannon July 18
52. Gentle Like the Rain by Joan Durgin July 20
53. Safe Forever by Jody Hedlund July 25
54. Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann July 31
56. Unforgotten by Kristen Heitzmann Aug. 8
57. Heavenly Peace by Lesley McDaniel Aug. 10
58. Valley of the Sun by L. L’Amour Aug. 14
59. Showdown Trail by L. L’Amour Aug. 18
60. Missing by Lynette Eason Aug. 23
61. The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart Aug. 27
62. This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart Sept. 3
63. The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander Smith Sept. 7
64. Fatal Reunion by Jessica R. Patch Sept. 12
65. Christmas Haven by Hope White Sept. ??
66. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Sept. 22
67. Flint by L. L’Amour Sept. 26
68. Against All Odds by Irene Hannon Oct. 2
69. Reilly’s Luck by L. L’Amour Oct. 17
70. In Harm’s Way by Irene Hannon Oct. 22
71. Waiting on Love by Leah Atwood Oct. 23
72. Mistletoe and Mochas by Lynnette Bonner Oct. 24
73. Cephalopod Cupid by Kathleen Freeman Oct. 24
74. Christmas Bells are Ringing by Lesley McDaniel Oct. 25
75. Seattle Rayne by Sylvia Stewart Oct. 26
76. All I Want for Christmas by Janalyn Voight Oct. 27
77. Scrooge Falls in Love by Suzette Williams Oct. 27
78. Missing by Dee Henderson Oct. 27
79. And Then Came a Lion by Cecilia Pulliam Oct. 28
80. Battered Justice by Linda J. White Oct. 31
81. Teapots and Tiaras by Autumn Macarthur Nov. ?
82. Oceans Apart by Lesley McDaniel Nov. ?
83. Callaghen by L. L’Amour Nov. 12
84. ???, ???, and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado Nov. 12
85. May You Die in Ireland by Michael Kenyon Nov. 15
86. Silver Canyon by L. L’Amour Nov. 19
87. Ride the River by L. L’Amour Nov. 22
88. Snowflake Sweethearts by Carrie Turansky Nov. 28
89. Mistletoe Justice by Carol J. Post Dec. 1
90. Yuletide Homecoming by Carolyne Aarensen Dec. 3
91. The Christmas Mouse by Miss Read Dec. 7
92. Village Christmas by Miss Read Dec. 11
93. Madam Will You Talk by Mary Stewart Dec. 13
Wow, Sylvia. You have me beat by a mile. You have some great looking books on that list!
Sylvia Stewart says
Thank you. I read every evening before I go to sleep. Usually an hour or more.
Lynnette Bonner says
Wow you all keep track? I have no idea which books or how many I read this year, but I have a feeling my list would be much smaller than Sylvia’s! Wow! Thanks for including my books in your limited reading time this year!
I used to keep track, so I’m restarting my old tradition. I read so much that I forget authors and titles if I don’t write them down. Plus it’s fun to look back on and remember which ones you like.
Brenda Newton says
I have never kept a list, but the volume is many. I read all the Love Inspired mystery book and reg. Love Inspired. plus all of yours and people in the sets. Terri Blackstock, Dee Henderson, Irene Hannon, Coleen Cobble, and any Christian mystery I can get my hands on. I will have to start list this coming year.
If you keep up with all the Love Inspired books, that’s a long list right there. I’ll look forward to seeing your list at the end of 2017, Brenda.
Debi Waters says
Man, I read over 100 books this year! I couldn’t list them all. 🙂
Over one hundred? Wow. Debi, do you read mostly fiction or non-fiction?
Boy, I thought I was doing pretty well. Now I’m feeling like a real slouch. I’d better bump it up next year. How do people find the time to read so much?
On the other hand, I didn’t count my editing work, so I suppose that uses up some of my reading brain power. Plus that’s enjoyable even though it’s work. I’m blessed with some talented editing clients.