2016 Reading List

This is a list of the books, I read in 2016 that I found to be okay to fabulous. However after participating in writing critique groups for the last 25 years or so and book clubs for the past 45 years, I appreciate an author’s effort and recognize that different people have different tastes. Therefore the books I found entirely dull or horrible are simply excluded from the list and there is no ranking system among titles. If you choose to read books off my list you will have to make your own decision about what you like.

You will see I like to read in series and a body of work by a singular author. I often do this to try to have a better understanding of the writer and their form of storytelling to figure out what I can learn from their efforts. As you will see from the assembled lis, I don’t just read “fine literature.” I read children’s books, non-fiction, fantasy, science fiction, novels, memoir self help books, romance and history. I read for escape, enjoyment, sometimes for a world where magic or good people can set the world to rights within a few hundred pages. This feels especially important when the real world around me becomes harsh and people act in ways that are unrecognizable to me.

I share this list because I am so often asked for recommendations. I hope you discover something new that delights you among these many authors and their efforts. If you are seeking to purchase some of these titles may I suggest supporting your local independent bookseller as my family owned my hometown bookstore for years. If you don’t have one nearby,  I’d like to recommend a few favorites of mine: Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH;  Belmont Books in Belmont, MA; The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY; An Unlikely Story in Plainview, MA; Books and Books  in Key West, FL; Oblong Books in Rheinbeck, NY; Still North Books and Bar in Hannover, NH;  Longfellow Books in Portland, ME; Print, A Bookstore in Portland, ME and Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN.  I’ve found the booksellers in each shop knowledgable and they all seem to have good fulfillment when ordering from them on line. 

The 2016 List



Boys in the Trees

Carly simon

Goodnight Nobody

Jennifer Weiner

The White Queen

Phillippa Gregory


Lisa Scottoline

One Plus One

Jojo Moyes

Body Movers

Stephanie Bond

Working for Bigfoot

Jim Butcher

Skin Game

Jim Butcher


James A Michener

The Ship of Brides

Jojo Moyes

Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson

Please Ignore V

A. S. King

And We Stay

Jenny Hubbard

Cold Days

Jim Butcher

I Was Told There  ,,, Cake

Sloane Crosley

The Aeronaut’s …

Jim Butcher

False Impression

Jeffery Archer

Ghost Story

Jim Butcher

Not a Penny More

Jeffery Archer

Everbody’s Fool

Richard Russo

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Mitch Albom

A Prisoner of Birth

Jeffery Archer

The Calling

Kelley Armstrong

My Sunshine…

M/ O/ Walsh

The New Rules of Marriage

Terrence Real

The Raven King

Maggie Stiefvater

Small Favor

Jim Butcher

The Gathering q

Kelly Armstrong

Fool Moon

Jim Butcher

Barchester Towers

Anthony Trollope

Summer Knight

Jim Butcher

Prodigal Summer

Barbara Kingsolver

Death Masks

Jim Butcher

The Litigators

John Grisham

The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Woo

Junot Diaz

Mistress of the ??

Ariana Franklin

Did you Ever Have …

Bill Clegg

The Art of Baking …

Sarah Vaughn

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

Storm Front

Jim Butcher

Etta Otto Russell and James

Emma Hooper

Glory Road

Robert A Heinlein

The Bees

Laline Paul

River Road

Carol Goodman

Crave Peril

Jim Butcher

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Lauren Kate

The Sweet Spot

Stephanie Bond


Christopher Moore

H is for Hawk

Helen Mcdonald

Behind the Bea…

Katherine Boo

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart

Rising Strong

Brené Brown

A Dance With Dragons

George R. R. Martin


Julie Kagawa

A Feast of Crows

George R. R. Martin

Storm of Swords

George R. R. Martin

In Montmartre

Sue Roe

Billy Collins Live

Billy Collins

Clash of Kings

George R. R. Martin

Ruby Red

Kerstin Gier

A Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin

The Selection

Kierra Cass

The Lost Hero

Rick Riordan


Russell Brand

Don’t Get Too…

David Rake-off

Good Omens

Neil Gaiman

Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert

What Comes Next and How to Like It

Abigail Thomas

Court of Fives

Kate Elliot

If I Stay

Gayle Foreman

A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson

Let’s Pretend The…

Jenny Lawson

Make Me

Lee Child

The Sweet Spot

Stephanie Evanovitch

White Night

Jim Butcher

Proven Guilty

Jim Butcher

Dead Beat

Jim Butcher

Blood Rites

Jim Butcher


R. J. Palacio

Virgins: An Outlander Short

Diana Gabaldon

The Only Street In Paris

Elaine Sciolino

Lady Susan

Jane Austen

Autobiography of A Yogi

Paramashansa Yogananda

The Art of Raising a Puppy

Monks of New Skete

Land of Love and Drowning

TIphanie Yanique


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It’s Always Something

Gilda Radner

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

The Virgin Way: Everything I Know about Leadership

Richard Branson

Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee

Daring Greatly

Brené Brown

Chosen at NightFall

C.C. Hunter

The Wright Brothers

David McCullough

Whispers at Moonrise

C.C. Hunter

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream of Thieves

Maggie Stiefvater

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

Into the Wilderness

Sara Donati

The Reluctant Psychic

Suzan Victoria Saxman

Taken at Dusk

C.C. Hunter

Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson

Awake at Dawn

C.C. Hunter

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Micheal Pollan

The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love

Michelle Maisto

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Jennifer Chiaverini

Rules of Civility

Amor Towles

Paint the Wind

Pam Muñoz Ryan


Sharon Creech


Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech

The Book of Life

Deborah Harkness

The Space Between

Diana Gabaldon

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

Diana Gabaldon

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know

Alexandra Horowitz

The Secret History

Donna Tart

Watcher in the Woods

Robert Liparulo

Born at Midnight

C.C. Hunter

HIs Majesty’s Dragon

Naomi Novik

Tigers in Red Weather

Liza Klaussmann

The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Goldfinch

Donna Tart

Sycamore Row

John Grisham

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of American Making Wine and New Life in France

Ray Walker

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food

Ben Hewitt

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer

Let It Bleed

Ian Rankin

The Black Book

Ian Rankin

The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

Strip Jack

Ian Rankin

Back to Work Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

Bill Clinton

Hide and Seek

Ian Rankin

Standing in Another Man’s Grave

Ian Rankin