I tend to get more reading done over the holidays and I’m always looking for suggestions. These are most of the books I read in 2016 – I hope you find something that sounds interesting.
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple – She wrote Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and I love her quirky yet relatable characters.
The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill – This is the second of my favorite books of 2016. Great story, great writing — it actually made want to start writing again.
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry – An abducted daughter returns home, or does she?
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – Two friends who are slowly growing apart experience a night that changes both their lives.
The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe – Based on the true story of the first African-American woman to attend Vassar College – she had to “pass” as white. I was so intrigued I had to look up more information on this story when I was done.
Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler – A small town girl gets a job at one of New York’s best restaurants. You really get the idea of what it’s like to work on a restaurant staff.
Girls on Fire: A Novel by Robin Wasserman – This story of two teenage girls is dark and disturbing but hard to put down.
Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating by Larry Olmsted – An award-winning journalist breaks down all the food lies we’ve (literally) been eating. At first you’ll feel like there’s nothing you can eat, but it will help you make more informed choices.
The Assistants: A Novel by Camille Perri – A fun, quick read that is basically The Devil Wears Prada + Ocean’s Eleven set in the world of multimedia.
The Girls by Emma Cline – “A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson…” – The New York Times Book Review. Because I couldn’t say it any better.
10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris – I was not that familiar with Harris, who is a TV Reporter and Anchor for CBS, but could totally relate to his attempt to build a career with a judgmental inner critic.
Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stores From A White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp – I hadn’t heard of this guy either, but it’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes story and he’s a pretty witty writer.
Innocents and Others: A Novel by Dana Spiotta – I couldn’t really relate to any of these women but couldn’t put this down. A fascinating look at how women struggle with power and creativity.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – Four adult siblings have to deal with the consequences of a bad decision by the oldest which depletes their family Trust Fund – that they’ve all been counting on.
I’m Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck – What happens when you meet the love of your life but your lives aren’t headed in the same direction.
Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks – My favorite book of 2016. It’s the story of an autistic boy told from the perspective of his imaginary friend. I’ve recommended it to everyone.
The Crooked House: A Novel by Christobel Kent – A young woman is forced to confront the truth of the night her entire family was killed.
The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner – The true story of a woman who grew up poor on a polygamous colony. Her story is tragic, amazing, and powerful. I couldn’t put it down.