All of my most popular posts of 2016 were book related. Not a surprise since books are the focus of the majority of my posts. But, which bookish posts were the most popular did surprise me. There is a mix of new year posts, children's books, fiction, nonfiction, and cookbooks. In case you missed any of these hugely popular posts, here they are in Top Ten order.
FIRST BOOK OF 2016
Sheila at Book Journey offers a link up every year for us to share our First Book of the Year and why we chose it. I was so excited to read this book last year and unfortunately, it was one I did not finish. It didn't grab me like I hoped and I only got half-way through it before I decided I just wasn't pulled in enough to keep reading. A huge disappointment, but one I hope to avoid with this year's First Book. Click HERE to see my First Book ok 2017.
THE TEN BEST BOOKS I READ IN 2015
I still recommend some of these books when people ask me what to read. Both Alexandra Burt and Amanda Eyre Ward have new books coming out soon and I'm anxious to read them!
COOKBOOK REVIEW: LULU'S KITCHEN BY LUCY BUFFETT
These recipes are the perfect way to make you feel like it is summer when it is cold and blustery outside. Lucy Buffett's restaurants are a hit and obviously, her cookbook is too!
BOOK REVIEW: GUARDED BY ANGELA CORRELL
This was a great book and maybe having a giveaway attached with the review might have given it more coverage.
CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW: DINING WITH DINOSAURS BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
This was one of the many books I reviewed for National Geographic. This book is hilarious and yet teaches kids about dinosaurs. I highly recommend it!
CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW: WELCOME TO THE SYMPHONY BY CAROLYN SLOAN
This book is a wonderful way to introduce your young children to instruments and music.
COOKBOOK REVIEW: DINNER SOLVED! BY KATIE WORKMAN
A practical cookbook for a busy family. Katie Workman uses real basic ingredients to create delicious, simple meals and offers a "Fork in the Road" for each recipe that gives you a different option for changing up the flavor of the recipe. I also share her recipe for Honey Glazed Carrots which I loved!
BOOK REVIEW: YOU'RE ALREADY AMAZING - LIFE GROWTH GUIDE BY HOLLEY GERTH
This would make a perfect study guide for the new year. It's great for women in a season of change, a way to look at your personal strengths, and finding your purpose.
CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW: ANIMAL ATLAS BY ANIMAL PLANET
This book covers each of the seven continents and the animals that inhabit the land there. Of course, there are gorgeous photos and lots of learning about animals that you've likely never heard of before.
These posts were so close to making the Top Ten, I have to give them a mention:
BOOK REVIEW: ANTI AGEING FOOD AND FITNESS PLAN BY RICK HAY
Looking for a health plan for the new year? Definitely, check out Hay's plan for eating better and working out in smaller bursts.
BOOK REVIEW: GRACIE'S SONG BY MICHELLE SCHLICHER
A wonderful story of family and forgiveness from an Iowa author.
MY ONE WORD FOR 2016
I love choosing one word to focus on for the year and my word last year really worked for me. I'll be sharing about it and my new word for 2017 in a few days!
A DAY IN MY LIFE
Back in March, I joined other bloggers in chronicling a day in my life. It was fun to share my life with you and read what other's lives are like. It seems like none of my days are typical because of our schedules and my life as a substitute teacher. But, it was fun to share this day with you.
All of these posts wouldn't matter much if I didn't have readers like you stopping by. Thanks for being loyal readers and offering encouragement when I need it. I can't wait to see what posts will be popular in 2017!