As many of you probably already know I love to read. Growing up I always had a book in my hand and as I’ve gotten older much of that still remains true. I make time for it any chance I can, which is usually at night before bed and the occasional nap time when I need a little downtime myself. Last year I made a personal goal to read 30 books in 2016. I’m happy to report that I beat my goal and read a total of 33 books last year. That’s a lot of books. 11,837 pages to be exact. I feel like a lot of this contributes to those early months when I was at home with a newborn and there were a lot of around-the-clock cuddle sessions going on. I wasn’t planning to make another reading challenge for 2017 but at the last minute I ended up setting a goal on Goodreads to read 35 books. I really don’t know if this will happen or not as there are other areas in my life that I would like to spend more of my time as well but its a fun goal to set nonetheless. So without further ado, here are my top 10 favorite books I read in 2016, in no particular order.

Defending Jacob
Suspenseful and intriguing I found this book to be a page turner for sure. I love books with surprising twist and turns and this one certainly delivered.

The Kitchen House
This is a powerful and well written story about slavery written from two different perspectives. If your a fan of The Help then I think you will enjoy this book seeing that they compliment each other nicely.

One True Loves
This was the first book I read by this author and I have since read all of her other books. I can not recommend this book enough. Its romantic, intense, and emotional. This is a love story that is relatable yet unique in it’s on way.

Maybe in Another Life
This is another book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, the same author as One True Loves. As I mentioned above I love her writing style and this book kept me equally entertained and I could not put it down.

It Ends With Us
This is the last book I read in 2016 after waiting a long time for it to become available for checkout from the library. It’s a powerful story about love, strength, and courage. It’s not your typical love story and and if your anything like me the story line will have you feeling many different emotions throughout the book.

Tell Me Three Things
This is a YA novel about grieving, moving on, friendship and learning how to have confidence in yourself. The author includes a lot of humor throughout the book and the the main story line will keep you turning the pages. This was my favorite YA novel of the year.

The Royal We
I really wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did but I found it to be lighthearted and entertaining. The ending is a little predictable but the story itself is engaging and if you have any interest whatsoever in the royals (particularly Kate Middleton) then I think you will enjoy this read.

The Castaways
I can always count on Elin Hilderbrand for a good summer read and this novel is just that. Nothing like a book about love triangles and secrets to keep you entertained. Perhaps this book is a bit of a guilty pleasure but I found myself wanting to keep reading from the beginning to end.

The Widow
A psychological thriller, I could not put this book down. Its twisted, and suspenseful and I wanted to read it after hearing it was much like The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem
I love memoirs so I picked this book up after hearing the author on The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Podcast. I was captivated by her story and found this book to be compelling, thought provoking and honest.