Reads of 2016

Each year I try to take a few minutes to reflect back on the year past and the books we have delved into.  I feared having gone to full time teaching that my list would be minimal at best, but surprisingly there are more to be found than I’d expected.  So, without further adieu, below are the books I read this year.  My favorites are also marked with two asterisks.  Happy Reading and please comment on your own favorites this year!!


  • Elephant & Piggie Series (especially the last two books in the series that were published this year, I Really Like Slop! and The Thank You book). Mo Willems is a genius in our household (and in my classroom).  And the best highlight?!?  Meeting Elephant and Piggie at the Farmer’s Market in Corvallis this summer.  Such a blast!
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (an oldie, but a goodie and Drew’s first book checked out on his very own library card)
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  • Danger in the Darkest Hour and Night of the Ninth Dragon by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play by K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany (and the end to the regular series!)
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell **
  • Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret
  • Quinny and Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen
  • 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by Raquel J. Palacio



  • Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler

Young Adult/Fiction

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Girls by Emma Cline



  • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  • Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McClain
  • The Nestby Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton
  • This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah*********
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue**


  • My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl (wonderful book in and of itself, but going to SEE Ruth when she came to Corvallis this past winter was a DELIGHT!!!!!)
  • How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach
  • The Seasoned Life by Ayesha Curry
  • Bon Appetit Magazine!



  • Love Warrior by Glennon Melton**
  • Rising Strong by  Brené Brown
  • Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist**
  • Falling Free by Shannon Martin
  • The More of Less by Joshua Becker
  • Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit by Meredith Sinclair


  • People, Real Simple, and Sunset magazines
  • And catching up on the back issues of my favorite magazine which has now ended, Anthology L


  • Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  • When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi**
  • For the Right Reasons by Sean Lowe
  • The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Eating Up the West Coast from Sunset Magazine and Brigit Binns
  • Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper’s Guide to the Great Outdoors
  • Love, Loss and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi**


Looking Forward to in 2017….

  • At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider
  • Our Little Racket by Angelica Baker
  •  The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • What Falls from the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds by Esther Emery
  • Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by  Erin Loechner
  • Katharina and Martin Luther:  The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha
  • Over Easy:  Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days by Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker)
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Salt to the Sea  by Ruta Sepetys


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