2016: The Big List of Lists

big list of lists 2016

I’m very late to the party but it doesn’t feel right to dive into 2017 without reflecting on some year-end favorites. This year was a challenging one but many of the books, TV shows and movies on this list made it more bearable.

Rather than make a separate list of favorite books, audiobooks, movies and TV shows this list has it all! It’s the big list of lists. Here we go:

Favorite Books of 2016

Goodreads tells me I’ve read 136 books this year (here’s my year in books)  This is a quick shout-out to 30 of them:

YA Fiction

I read a lot less YA these days- it still holds a special place in my heart though! Here are some of my faves from last year:

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

American Girls by Alison Umminger

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

We Are Still Tornadoes by William Kun & Susan Mullen

When We Collided by Emery Lord


I did not get to read all the Fiction I wanted to this year, so I have lots of great carryover to enjoy this year!  (The Mothers, The Nest, The Nix, The Girls, Swing Time, and many many more) Some Fiction I enjoyed:

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Britt-Marie Was Here Fredrik Backman

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty


There are so many thrillers on the market now trying to be the next Gone Girl/Girl on the Train. I gobble them all up! I still need to catch up with Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series that I’ve heard such good things about. Some faves:

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda


I don’t read a ton of Romance but was happy with the new series that I picked up this year. Many of these books helped me deal with election stress these last few months.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Kate and Ian duology by Tracey Garvis-Graves

The Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy

The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid


I really enjoy listening to memoirs and these are all fantastic:

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Favorite Movies of 2016

I barely saw anything in theaters this year, so I have a backlog of movies to catch up with on streaming. (Moonlight, Edge of Seventeen, Moana, etc.)

La La Land

Rogue One


O.J.: Made in America


Favorite New TV Shows of 2016


This is Us


American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson

The Good Place

Stranger Things

Here’s hoping 2017 brings more entertaining distractions our way! What were your favorites this year?


7 thoughts on “2016: The Big List of Lists

  1. It’s nice to see we still share very similar tastes! I’ll have to put some of those adult and YA books I haven’t read yet on my TBR piles! Happy New Year!

  2. What a great list! There are so many on your lists that I want to read and that I missed. And you’re right, reading makes dealing with the stressors of life that much easier. Hope you have a great reading year in 2017!

  3. We have quite a few overlaps in our best of books lists!

  4. kay says:

    Great list! I enjoyed a lot of the books on your list too (The Missing Girls, Behind Closed Doors, are some of them). I wish you some great reading for 2017!

  5. Chrystal says:

    How was Being Jazz? I’ve watched some of the show and wondered about the book. I’m into memoirs a lot lately. I have Scrappy Little Nobody in my TBR as I rewired it for Christmas and I’m going to borrow Talking As fast As I can from the library. I’m also looking forward to Sorry, Not Sorry by Naya Rivera.

    Last year I loved Mindy Kaling’s two books, Kunal Naya wrote a great book and The House In The Sky was Ana amazing story about one woman’s experience big a captive in the middle east. Listened to them all as audio books.

  6. Lori says:

    Happy New Year, Lucy! I recently bought Tell Me Three Things so I’m happy to see it on your list. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things made my favorites list as well (thanks, again!). I’ve heard nonstop good things about The Hating Game and It Ends With Us. I need to read those! Thanks for sharing your lists!

  7. amckiereads says:

    Fantastic books listed here, a lot ending up on my wish list 🙂 When Breath Becomes Air is just… so incredible, glad to see it here!

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