What I Read in 2016

Every year, I set some reading goals, and record every book I read, but this year, I decided that I also wanted to analyze what I read. So here's my 2016 reading list, broken down in a variety of ways. 

I read 44 books total. 

28 nonfiction (9 autobiography or memoir, 8 how-to or personal development, 3 social justice, 1 historical biography, 3 church/youth ministry, 4 books about weddings)

16 fiction (14 relatively contemporary novels and 2 classics) 

31 written by women and 13 written by men

3 written by people of color

2 written in translation

8 ebooks (all from Amazon for the Kindle app on my iPad-mostly from Modern Mrs. Darcy's Daily Deals list)

23 paper books I own (14 new purchases, 5 already owned, 2 freebies or promotions, 2 gifts)

7 paper books borrowed from the library

6 audiobooks (all purchased in 2016 from Audible-Daily Deals, Whisper-sync add-ons or membership credits)

I see a number of categories to focus on for 2017. I want to read more: authors of color, books in translation, classic works, books on social justice issues, historical biographies, and church/youth ministry books. And I want at least 50% of my reads to be from my current stacks (or digital stockpiles). 

In an upcoming post, I will share the titles I have selected for the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenges and other book lists I am working with. 

Here's the full list from 2016:

   1. Shirt of Flame by Heather King
     2. A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene
     3. A Practical Wedding Planner by Meg Keene
     4. One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer
     5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
     6. Miss Manners' Guide to an Surprisingly Dignified Wedding by Judith Martin
     7. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
     8. The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis
     9.  Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry by Andrew Root
10. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
11. Almost Christian by Kenda Creasy Dean
12. Broke-Ass Bride by Dana LaRue
13. The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax
14. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
15. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
16. The More of Less by Joshua Becker
17. Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
18. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
19. Hamilton by Ron Chernow
20. Sticky Faith by Kara Powell
21. & Sons by David Gilbert
22. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt by Eleanor Roosevelt
23. Spinster by Kate Bollick
24. The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
25. The Road to Character by David Brooks
26. My Father and Atticus Finch by Joseph Madison Beck
27. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel
28. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
29. Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
30. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
31. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
32. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
33. Very Married by Katherine Willis Pershey
34. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
35. Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
36. Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg
37. The Great Emergence by Phylis Tickle
38. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
39. Voracious by Cara Nicoletti
40. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
41. Flunking Sainthood by Jana Riess
42. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
43. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
44. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer