Books Read in 2016

I read nearly 60 books this last year. Yay! Some were pretty short, but I managed to get a good deal of loooong ones in, too.

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
This was such an amazing book. It is in my top five favorite books. It was so beautiful and well written and sad. There’s not question why it has remained a classic over a century and a half later.

Image result for mr. popper's penguins book Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Magic for Marigold by L. M. Montgomery 
This was such a rotten book! I was so sad, I thought it would be terrific because of the author, but I hated it.

Puddin’head Wilson by Mark Twain

Heart of the Wilderness  by Janette Oke 

A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke

First Test by Tamora Pierce

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 
I loved Inkheart! It was just as good as the movie (although the movie’s a bit lame, I love it) and I was glad to not be disappointed. The way Cornelia makes books even more magical then they are, and she does so much with a simple concept!

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi  
This book used to be a favorite, but as I read it this time, it didn’t have the same wonderfulness. Still a good book, and interesting, but not quite what it used to be. “We shall either live by believing one another, or, by not believing, die.”

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Danger at the Zoo by Kathleen Ernst

The Secret of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit

Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie 
Peter Pan can seem like a very sad book. Because it is. It’s also a truly magical book, but it was depressing this time around. I still love it though, because, how can you not?

Image result for all children, except one, grow up peter pan quotes

Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy

Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
How can you not love it? I had read the book once before (in addition to reading an abridged version millions of times) but this read I liked it even more!

31 Quotes From Children's Books That Will Inspire You At Any Age:

Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 
This was my year of Jane Austen. Several of these are gems, but after the fourth book, you might find yourself a little tired of the same plot lines, romances, and even characters being in every book. Still, it is obvious to me why she is such a renowned author.

Jane Austen books tags/labels digital collage sheet. DIGITAL DOWNLOAD:

Warriors Don’t Cryby Melba Pattillo Beals 

Super human Habits by Tynan

The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution by Dr. Phil

Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket books 1-8
Sigh… these books are… unfortunate. And wonderful.


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Set Apart Feminity by Leslie Ludy

Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird

When God Writes Your Love Story  by Eric and Leslie Ludy

No Flying in the House by Betty Brock 

Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

The Queen’s Own Fool by Jane Yolen

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Willoughbys took me back to my childhood. It’s an awesome book perfect for children like I was.

Image result for the willoughbys by lois lowry

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
This book was rather boring, but wow, it was interesting in that it was so, so different than the movie. It was sad. That’s a fact.

Love this!!! The phantom of the opera:

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

The Passing Throng by Edgar A. Guest

Ballet Shoes, Theater Shoes, and Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield
I can’t even describe how much I love the Shoe books.

Once: Six Historically Inspiried Fairytales by Various authors books 1-3

Of Knights and Fair Maidens by Jeff and Danielle Myers

All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket books 1 and 2
I love these books, it pulls together so much of Snicket’s life, and, while asking all the wrong questions, answers some at the same time. A must read for all Lemony Snicket fans.

This quote... I love it and one of the many reasons I love it is because it makes referencing SO much easier! What's the news mom? Not to mention the fact that Lemony and Moxie are such awesome friends I think I might explode.:

So those are most of the books I read last year. There’s a few others I read that I didn’t record, and I can’t recall what they are, but that’s most of them.

Thank you for skimming this long-winded post.

 Have you read any of these? Have you ever kept a book log?


9 thoughts on “Books Read in 2016

  1. I’ve never kept a book log. But, I’m wondering if you have read Little Women. For some reason that I don’t remember, I liked it a lot more than Little Women. I thought Little Women was slow moving as a book although I loved it as a movie. I’m just wondering because it wasn’t made into a movie, people don’t hear about it anymore, & it was a wonderful read. I’m not familiar with too many of the books you’ve read, but I also remember loving Tale of Two Cities & a couple of Jane Austen’s. I’m also familiar with the Eric & Leslie Ludy from some things I’ve read on line, & I’m soooo glad that you are reading their writings. Remind me, next time we see each other, I have some questions I’d like to ask you about recommending them. Xoxo Caren


    1. I’m not sure I understood your question. I’ll answer what part of it that I understood. I loved the Little Woman movie, and I understand why you thought the book was slow moving. Yes, those are great books. Eric and Leslie Ludy are very gifted writers with a wonderful message for youth everywhere, and we sure can talk about it next time we see each other. ❤


  2. This post wasn’t long winded, it was just right. I enjoyed it immensely!

    I really do need to read Inkheart. I’ve never gotten around to it. I like this list. It was ambitious and varied. You were reading from many genres and authors, and you have inspired me to do more reading as well. (I already read a lot…but I’ve been putting off “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Emma,” and I really shouldn’t.)

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you think so!
      Yes! I totally suggest it. Though I don’t know you at all, I feel like you might enjoy it, just by the little bit of interaction we’ve had. Yes, I try to read a lot of different things, because, well, it makes you so much more informed, rather than if you only read the same exact sorta things. I’m so glad! You really should read Tale of Two Cities, it is soooo amazing. I don’t know if I would exactly suggest Emma, it wasn’t my favorite. It was very slow moving and took me a while to finish, but perhaps you would like it. Have you read other of Austen’s books?


      1. Yes, (sorry it took more so long to get back) I’ve read all of Austen’s novels except Emma. I love her concise and witty writing style. Emma isn’t so bad, but like you said, it’s pretty slow. So is Persuasion–which is my favorite–but I just plain don’t like Emma that much.


  3. Authentic Beauty is tremendous!!! You should check out their other books also. 🙂 I haven’t quite finished The Set-Apart Woman yet…. Eric Ludy does video sermons, too, which are always cool!


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