My Favorite Books of 2016

I’m so glad I remembered my love for reading in 2016- I used to read all the time but life got busy and reading was pushed on the back burner.  But little by little, I started to read more before bed and all of a sudden I was reading any little chance I got!  I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite books I’ve read this year.. I’m always looking for new recommendations and if you are too, then read on down! 🙂


This was such a fun light read!  It’s a story about a southern socialite (already sold on it??), Minty’s move to New York and how she tries to find her way in the new world without the  help of her wealthy parents.  It was just a fun book – I loved the contrast between life in New York and in the South along with the story of love and heartbreak.  If you’re looking for a good easy read that you don’t have to think too much about, this is for you!



I am a big fan of Emily Griffin!  Her books are just easy to read and this was just like that.  This is the sequel of the book, Something Borrowed and follows the life of party girl Darcy Rhone while, gasp, pregnant with twins!  She moves to London with her friend, Ethan and tries to figure out her new life.  I loved this book and while it’s a total chick flick type book, I found myself wanting to read more!  I wish there was a third book!

{Three- Five}

These were my favorite books of the year, hands down!! And not just because they are Christmas themed 🙂 I fell in love with the Quinn family and after finishing the first book, NEEDED to pick up the second book immediately and the same with the third!  The story follows the Quinn Family and all the different dynamics while taking place on Nantucket.  If you’re looking for a good read this winter, do yourself a favor and read these immediately!


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This was my first book by Elin Hilderbrand and after reading it, I’m convinced I need to read all of her books (see above; favorite books!).  This book follows two families on Nantucket and it’s just good!  Can I say that any more?! 😉  It was fun and after reading it, I decided I need to plan a trip to Nantucket.. anyone with me on that one?!


Between Sisters by [Hannah, Kristin]Another author I love is Kristin Hannah – I first found her when I read Firefly Lane.. if you haven’t read that one, you need to!  When I picked up Between Sisters, I didn’t know what to expect but it was such a great read!  It’s about two sisters who are complete opposites and follows their lives through love, heartaches, sicknesses, etc.  It’s a tear jerker (I cry in every book so that could be debatable) but if you have a sibling, you definitely need to read it!


I wasn’t kidding when I said I loved this author 🙂 This book was so interesting to me.  It’s about a Mama who falls into a coma and her husband (Dr. Liam) needs to keep his family together.  The truth comes out about Mikaela’s past – that she was married to a world famous actor, Julian True and her husband will do anything to get Mikaela back.. even bring her ex-husband to her bedside. This book had so many turns and Oh My’s that it kept my interest throughout it.  If you’re looking for another easy read that will keep your interest, pick this one up!


I picked up this book after it as recommended by my BFF  Reese Witherspoon (seriously, LOVE her!).  This kept my interest for sure!  I didn’t know what was going to happen next and who was to blame, or what the secret was until the very end!  If you’re looking for a creepy book, read this!  It’s about a set of girls who go to a remote cabin for a bachelorette party.. someone ends up dead and they need to figure out who the killer is.  It wasn’t my favorite book of the year but it was good!  It was the only suspenseful book I read all year!


Don’t worry, just my other BFF, Mindy 🙂 I had to read this book because A) I love her B) I love the Mindy Project C) I enjoyed her other book.  This one wasn’t my favorite, which was odd for me because did you know, I love her? 🙂  I loved learning more about her but I really loved all of her other stories in her first book.  I did like she mentioned things she would and wouldn’t do that Mindy Lahiri does (from the Mindy Project in case you aren’t familiar) and I loved getting to know more about her – but it took a little bit to get into it and I need a book that makes me not want to put it down!

{Currently Reading}

I got this book for Christmas and was so excited to dive in!  I’m about halfway through and I can’t say I’m in love!  I don’t know if it’s the way it’s written or what but I just can’t get into it! I totally love them and their show but not in love with their book.  I’ll let you know how I feel after I’ve finished reading it.  Have any of you read it?! What were your thoughts?

Books I want to read in 2017:

All the Elin Hilderbrand books 🙂

I have these two on my nightstand ready to read!  Have any of you read these?! Which of her books are your favorites?

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I know this is probably making some of you cringe but I totally want to read this:

I’m not a huge RHONJ but I’m interested to see what life was like for her in jail and for her kids.  Have any of you read this? Recommend?

I also want to read this one:

I was never a fan of Emily on the Bachelor or Bachelorette… and the fact that she didn’t end up with either guys is kind of annoying BUT maybe this book would make me like her?? I’d love to hear the ins and outs of life on the TV shows too 🙂

What other books should be on my list for 2017?


13 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of 2016

  1. Beth says:

    I really want to read the Elin Hilderbrand books. Every time I go to the library for the. Hraitmas/winter ones they are checked out. I read the Magnolias Story and really enjoyed it, but I think that’s because it just gives so much info about Chip and Jo. I love learning new stuff about people. I totally get that it could be hard to follow. I think the writing isn’t the most smooth.

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  2. cupcakendreams says:

    I love love love Elin Hilderband as well! I’ve been trying to read her books during the summer because it feels right to read them by a pool or beach lol. The Matchmaker was my favorite hands down! I also really liked Emily Maynard Johnson’s book. I liked getting to know her better through her past and her thoughts about her time on the Bachelor. It was pretty inspiring!

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    • happilyevergriedls says:

      Thanks for the recommendations! I can’t wait to dive into the Matchmaker and need to pick up the Emily book! I totally agree about feeling like you need to read them by the beach/pool! I’d love to be reading them while on Nantucket!


  3. Lisa Richardson says:

    I’m currently reading the Magnolia Story too and LOVING it…what an awesome story and it’s making me want to find my passion and follow it (too bad my thought process is that of a squirrel and I can’t focus long enough to figure anything out😱😂). I read Winter Stroll (because I grabbed it on the way to the airport at Target) not realizing it was the 2nd in a trilogy. I want to read the others now, but I’m wondering if I should just do the 3rd and scrap the idea of the first one. What do you think? I recently read A Man Named Ove and really liked it. It was recommended by my cousin and a couple of other people. Happy New Year Kristi!!! See you in 2017 (that’s so crazy to say)🎉

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    • happilyevergriedls says:

      Totally agree about the Magnolia story! Wish I had that talent and a way to achieve it all! It’s definitely inspiring – their story! I’ll have to check out A Man Named Ove- thanks! I had to keep checking the order of the winter books.. that’s a bummer you started with the second one! You could read the first one after the 3rd…. to hear how it all started 🙂 have a great New Years!! See you next year! 😉


  4. Melanie says:

    I feel like I have so much to comment on!
    1. The first (and only) book I’ve read by HIldernbrand was The Runor. I really liked it, so I’ve added the “Winter” ones to my list.
    2. Never read Kristin Hannah, so they are on there too.
    3. Something Blue! So good! I liked Something Borrowed so much better, but this was a good sequel.
    4. I got The Magnolia Story for Christmas and loved it! So glad to see people being REAL about their struggles in life.
    5. I read Turning Tables. She is an idiot, but it was interesting.

    I think that’s all for now.


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