Here are the 14 best books that I read in 2016 in no particular order. There are four young adult fiction novels, two memoirs (!!!), one thriller, and the rest just plain old fiction.
Place Last Seen by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman
A richly descriptive and deeply emotional story of the search for a young girl lost in the wilderness. You can read my review here.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
A feel-good book for book lovers about a Scandinavian girl who moves to small town America and helps bring the townspeople together. You can read my review here.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
A fascinating and impossible to put down historical fiction novel about an ordinary man trying to stop the JFK assassination. You can read my review here.
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
A fast paced thriller about a highly skilled ex-covert operative who helps those in desperate situation; action packed and full of lies and conspiracies. You can read my review here.
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
The hero of this story is a profoundly gifted nine year old boy with the fashion sense of Fred Astaire. What's not to love? You can read my review here.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
A beautifully heart-breaking book about two teenagers discovering little known wonders in Indiana while dealing with the death of a sister and crippling depression.You can read my review here.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
A book about artistic twins dealing with a tragic loss while learning to be true to themselves. You can read my review here.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
It's amazing that an author can write a hilariously funny book about depression and anxiety disorder, but that's exactly what Lawson has done. You can read my review here.
Girl Underwater by Claire Kells
The story of a competitive swimmer learning to put her life back together after surviving a tragic plane crash. You can read my review here.
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
A powerful story about hope and friendship between a teenage girl and her friend battling leukemia; a deep connection with the characters will make it impossible not to cry. You can read my review here.
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedymy review here.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithimy review here.
The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
my review here.