Sarah Bessey :: Favourite 2016 Books

My 5 Favourite Fiction Books of 2016

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

The Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. (Here are the books in order. Just go ahead and order all of them right now to save yourself the panic of finishing one without having the next one right beside you.)

  1. Still Life
  2. A Fatal Grace (In earlier Canadian editions, it’s called Dead Cold)
  3. The Cruellest Month
  4. A Rule Against Murder
  5. The Brutal Telling
  6. Bury Your Dead
  7. A Trick of the Light
  8. The Beautiful Mystery
  9. How the Light Gets In
  10. The Long Way Home
  11. The Nature of the Beast
  12. A Great Reckoning

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My 5 Favourite Non-Fiction Books of 2016

Practice Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life by Eugene Peterson

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell

The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our ‘Correct’ Beliefs. by Pete Enns 

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Very Married: Field Notes on Love and Fidelity by Katherine Willis Pershey

Bessey Tinies

This year, the tinies asked if they could contribute their favourites so here are their favourites from their past year of reading! 

Anne’s 5 Favourite Books of 2016

(she’s 10 years old)

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Sisters and Smile by Raina Telegmeier

Joseph’s 5 Favourite Books of 2016

(he is 8 years old)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Calvin & Hobbes Complete Collection by Bill Watterson

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Evelynn’s 5 Favourite Books of 2016

(she is 5 and 1/2 years old)

Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Two Little Gardeners (Little Golden Book) by Margaret Wise Brown

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Maggie’s 5 Favourite Books of 2016

(she is 21 months old)

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton


Sarah Bessey Books


Check out my own two books for your Christmas lists:

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

Jesus Feminist


My Favourite Books of 2015

My 10 Favourite Books of 2014

10 books that changed my faith

10 books that influence my parenting

10 books by Canadians I wish the world would read

10 books for tinies and 10 books for older tinies (ages 4-7)

10 books I read over and over (and over)

10 spiritual memoirs

My daily books + 10 books of poetry


(As usual, these books weren’t necessarily published in 2016: we read them for the first time in 2016.)

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