What I Read in 2016

I really enjoyed looking back at everything I read in 2015, so I knew I wanted to capture my list again at the end of this year. I also wanted to beat my record of 44 books read last year, because I enjoy competing against myself!

During 2016 I read a range of professional, personal and YA literature. I actually read the first book on this list twice, once in January and again during #IMMOOC in September. In each of my monthly updates, I shared a list of the books I read and the experience of the reading. At the time, that felt authentic and easy to write. However, looking back at those updates now annoys me! I can read the experience I had and still have no idea, or memory, of what the story was about. I am notorious for forgetting a book as soon as I finish it. This is making me think that in 2017 I will do a little more summarizing for my aging memory!

I’m putting *** after each of the books I can remember LOVING this year!

  1. The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros ***
  2. Defending Jacob by William Landay ***
  3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  4. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  5. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  6. Somebody I Used to Know by David Bell
  7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  8. Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy
  9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  10. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt
  11. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  12. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  13. It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick
  14. Raising Ryland– Hillary Whittington
  15. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
  16. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology– Leah Remini
  17. Zebra Forest by Adine Rishe Gewirtz
  18. Eat- Taste- Heal by Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda, Chef Johnny Brannigan
  19. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
  20. City of Beasts by Isabel Allende
  21. Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other To Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected by Jim Knight
  22. Field of Prey by John Sandford
  23. The Affair by Lee Child
  24. Crash and Burn by Allison Brennan
  25. Explore Like A  Pirate: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich, and Elevate Your Learners by Michael Matera
  26. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  27. A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher #17)by Lee Child
  28. Deep Down by Lee Child
  29. Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom by Kristin Souers with Pete Hall
  30. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  31. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  32. Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
  33. Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students by Erik Palmer
  34. Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
  35. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
  36. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
  37. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  38. High Heat by Lee Child
  39. The Art of Coaching Teams by Elena Aguilar ***
  40. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  41. When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr ***
  42. Revolution by Deborah Wiles
  43. Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani
  44. *The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, Make Math Meaningful by John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey
  45. Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems by Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn ***
  46. Personal by Lee Child
  47. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  48. Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
  49. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  50. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Shumer
  51. Make Me (#20) by Lee Child
  52. Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry ***
  53. in a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware
  54. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  55. Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde by Jennie Garth
  56. Find Me by Lisa Gardner ***
  57. Home by Harlan Coben
  58. Sting: It Takes a Crook to Catch a Crook by Jude Watson
  59. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  60. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  61. It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
  62. Interference by Kay Honeyman
  63. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
  64. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  65. Superficial by Andy Cohen ***
  66. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris ***
  67. Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum Series #20) by Janet Evanovich
  68. #68 was a secret book I read as a favor to the author (my friend)!
  69. Sycamore Row by John Grisham ***

*44- The number of books I read in 2015 – I think I beat my 2015 list!

I’m so happy that I rediscovered some of my favorites fiction writers from many years ago, such as Harlan Coben and Janet Evanovich. I continue to enjoy listening to celebrity audiobooks and have no shame about that! I look forward to more reads in 2017 (and I look forward to the #Read17in17 community shares!).



About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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7 Responses to What I Read in 2016

  1. jgvadnais says:

    My book addicted daughter is reading, Carry On, and loves it. She added that one must read Fan Girl, by Rowell to understand the Harry Potter connection. 🙂

  2. Mari Venturino says:

    So many great books!! And, I LOVE Rainbow Rowell. I may have accidentally pre-ordered 2 copies of Carry On.

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