book recommnedation

Books I Read in 2016

At the start of 2016 I decided to challenge myself to only read women or lgbt+ writers this year. I was pretty sporadic in my reading habits so I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked but I wanted to share in case anyone was interested!


  • Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
  • Today Means Amen by Sierra DeMulder
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • What Love Comes To To by Ruth Stone
  • Sharks in the Water by Ada Limón
  • Beautiful in the Mouth by Keetje Kuipers
  • River House by Sally Keith
  • Little Stranger by Ruth Stone


  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Room by Lauren Oliver
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


  • Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison (technically not completed but I’ve read enough to know it’s a favorite)

Books in progress

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanaghara
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

***bolded are the ones I’m particularly fond of!