Sarah Anne’s 25 Top Reads from 2016

I usually have a goal of reading 52 books a year – a book a week. Most years I have accomplished that goal and have even surpassed it a few times. However, there were also many years when my children were very little that I did not reach that goal, despite my love for reading.

This year, the year where all the children have slept through the night and the master’s degree has been completed, I have read more than 100 books. Just by reading about every night before bed, with my older children, during road trips and on relaxing Sunday afternoons, I doubled my goal.

Not every book was good. In fact, I came across several that seemed to have been published too quickly and needed more editing. I won’t mention them by name here, but I do note that in my reviews. (For a list of books I’ve reviewed, visit the complete list here.)

I came across several wonderful books, too. Here are my 25 top reads from 2016 (links will take you to the book review post:


America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray

Animal Farm by George Orwell


A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Martian by Andy Weir

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes


The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman

Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Made-From-Scratch Life by Melissa K. Norris

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain


Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow by Shawn L. Fink

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

What are your top reads from 2016?


About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.