The 7 Top Books I’ve Read in 2016

Have you ever met a book you didn’t like?


 Okay… Can I be honest?

You remember this post here?

So said book club decided to read

I legit read the cliff notes before the meeting.

Book club members if you’re reading this, I’m sorry.
I am, but it lulled me to sleep every single time I opened it.
As did Ahab’s Wife when I tried reading it with my Bahrain book club.

Don’t worry though. We read tons of other books that were awesome.
We discussed amazing books, we drank good wine &
what’s even cooler is that one
of my BBC ladies is an author on this list! Neat right?

The list! Right, the list.

I do this every year.

It hard.

I read a lot.

I read more than I write,
and I write a lot.
I actually write more in my handwritten journals than on here,
but I’m starting to write more on my computer;
which is a good thing because you guys get to read more.

So compiling this list was nothing short of amazing.
It was hard y’all.

I wrote.
Wanted to make it the 21 top books that I’ve read in 2016,
but then Mr. Foodie said, “That’s too much, you’ve got to stop.”

He was right.

So with some terrible deliberation.

Lots of sweat, even a few tears, haha,

Here are the seven.
The Best Seven
(in no particular order)

7 Top Books I’ve Read in 2016


1. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
This had been on my shelf forever. I picked it up a yard sale for .10 because I’d like the cover, and yet it took me years to finally read it. I was so mad at myself for procrastinating on this book because once I began reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a good one. If you haven’t read it. Do so, but don’t read it hungry.


2. Jump by Steve Harvey
I am all about personal development books. I love hearing stories of people overcoming adversity to be the best they can be to live out their greatness. Steve Harvey is the perfect example of that and he shares so much of himself in his newest book Jump. This is a great book to read going into the New Year. I actually bought extras to give away as gifts because it has blessed me in such a major way. I hope you take the time to read it.


3. Raven of the Sea by Stacey Reynolds
This is my BBC sister and friend. I’m so proud of her and all that she has accomplished this year. Not only is this her first book, but when you finish this one, be sure to pick up book to A Lantern in the Dark (The O’Brien Tales Book 2) Both books are brilliantly written and I can’t say too much more as I’d like not to give the story away, but I love them both.


4. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, and Mark Dagostino
This book made the list by days. Santa brought it to me. It’s not often that I’m able to sit down and read a book in one afternoon, but with this one, I simply had to. Mr. Foodie saw how engulfed in Chip & Jo’s story I had become and took the kids for the day allowing me to be alone with this amazing couple, a nice cup of coffee and their story. I got to know them and it makes watching their show “Fixer Upper” on HGTV a bit more incredible. Not to mention I want to move to Waco, buy a farm and be their neighbor even more now, oh and ship-lap everything. HA!


5. Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Haley Morgan
I’m in the thick of making this book a bible study for our church and can I just stop right now and say I love these two. I love them. I love their honesty, their hearts, and their grittiness. I love the way they share life. I’m thankful for them. I thank God for them and I’m glad that God gave them the moxie to give us this book. Wild horses and all.


6. Stop Chasing Influencers by Kimanzi Constable and Jared Easley
This book, co-written by Kimanzi Constable and my buddy Jared Easley is pretty spectacular. It’s one of the first books I read in 2016 and by far one of the best ones. It’s definitely stuck with me. It’s changed the way I do life, business, and basically living. It’s one of those books that you have to get a couple of copies to give to graduates and say here. Take this. Read it, let it sink in, and read it again. Follow its instructions and live a good life.


7. Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
This is one I didn’t read per say, but I did listen to it, along with my sister-in-law Di, and my daughter The Artist. We did a girl’s road trip to Paris and what better time to listen to a book called, “Girl Code” than when riding to Paris with a bunch of girls? I swear we ALL loved this book. It had something for all ages; we all were nodding in agreement at something. It was an amazing weekend, but listening to this book on the way there did something special to enhance the experience and I’ll be forever grateful for that. I also recommend you read this book…

Whew. 7 books. 7 amazing, brilliant, wonderful books, that if you didn’t read them in 2016, you definitely should in 2017. Happy reading, oh and remember, I love to read too, so I’ll kindly take some suggestions from you too.

Until Next Taste,


Published by Foodie Finds Home

Military Spouse, Mom x4, Foodie, Semi-crunchy, Travel Aficionado, and Fitness Enthusiast sharing our life and kitchen while learning to make home our favorite place to be.

21 thoughts on “The 7 Top Books I’ve Read in 2016

  1. I really want to read Jump. That’s exactly how I got into the business I’m in now. I was in a dead end job, and I thought, “Screw it. Time to make a change.” And now I’m doing great.


  2. I LOVE to read and didn’t get to read a single book this year. It makes me really sad but I have a list of books i want to read. I am going to add Wild and Free on there, this sounds like a great read.


  3. This list puts my long list of pointless trashy fiction to shame! The only time I get the read is in bed and therefore struggle to read anything of any substance as I just fall asleep! I love the sound of these though…I will pick one and try it in 2017!


  4. I’m going to be doing my 50 book challenge for 2017 and I adore Steve Harvey! I would love to read the book you listed!


  5. I only read a handful of books this year and really hate myself for not making more time to read more. It’s definitely on my list to squeeze in at least 15 minutes of reading before bed each night in the new year. I’ll have to add some of these titles to my library. Thanks for the suggestions!


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