This was my first book of 2016 and still remains my favorite of the year. A beautifully written story of Jude, who experiences the worst of life (extreme child abuse) and the best of life (deep love and friendship). One of the most moving books I've ever read, A Little Life is definitely in my top 5 favorites now.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I've always liked Amy Poehler, but this made me love her. My favorite audiobook of 2016, the story and narration (by Amy and a few special guests) made me laugh out loud more times than I can count. This is one you have to listen to!
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
This book made me laugh.... A LOT. Although the focus (a lifelong struggle with depression & anxiety) is not meant to be funny, Lawson's personal stories and way of telling them is just hilarious.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Ove is a curmudgeon of a man, stuck in his ways, hating the world... and everyone in it. But when a new family moves in across the street, they start to push their way into his life and change him in ways he never expected. Such a heartwarming story about the power of people and relationships, no matter how different backgrounds may be.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
This was a popular summer read and rightfully so. A private airplane ride from Martha's Vineyard to New York ends in the ocean with 9 dead and only 2 survivors. Jumping between before and after the crash and told from different perspectives of the passengers, this will definitely keep you on your toes while trying to figure out what really happened.
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
A beautiful memoir about life with a sweet dog named Lily. If you are a dog lover and ever had a special bond with a pet, this book is for you. But make sure you have a box of tissues handy at all times!
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Girl meets NYC... and the crazy world of one of the city's best restaurants. Both a coming of age story and a behind the scenes look at the restaurant industry, this fictional novel was everything I love in a book.... lots of drama, food and wine!
The Girls by Emma Cline
Taking place in the late 1960s, this story was loosely based on the Manson family, told from the point of view of 14 year old Evie. One of my favorite summer reads, this book was edgy and dark and I couldn't put it down.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
When I saw this coming out as a movie, I decided to pick it up... and I'm so glad I did. An absolutely beautiful and totally heart wrenching story about a kid named Conor... and the monster that comes to visit him.
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Once again Maria Semple has written a book that I just really, really enjoy. This day in the life of Eleanor Flood was so funny and super quirky. And I liked it so much that I decided to send a copy to Australia for the RW (Reese Witherspoon) Book Club Holiday Book Exchange.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
This book is basically my dream life: Moving to a farm in Europe (this is set in Scotland, but of course I would choose Ireland) and running a whimsical traveling bookstore in the back of a van. A love story with books... it's the perfect combo!
Quench Your Own Thirst by Jim Koch
Sam Adams is my favorite beer brand, so naturally I had to pick up this memoir/business book from the founder, Jim Koch. It was so interesting to learn about the beer industry and hear about the struggles and victories Koch and Sam Adams faced along the way to becoming the top craft beer in the US. A great read for any business person or beer lover.