Our Favorite Books of 2016


    best books 2016 des moines moms blogRaise your hand if you love to read! Even when life is crazy busy, we can always find time to read, even if it’s when we should be sleeping (or doing laundry, or washing dishes…)!

    Here are some of the best books Andrea & Kara read this year

    Present Over Perfect

    We love all of Shauna Niequist’s books! Her latest encourages readers to trade our culture’s busy, hectic living, for a slower, more purposeful lifestyle. It would be a great book to read to kick off the new year.

    A Man Called Ove

    The main character, Ove, is a rather crusty old-man. But through the book you learn that he does indeed have a heart and is crotchety because of life’s circumstances. The supporting cast of characters are hilarious and will make you laugh!  

    The One-in-a-Million Boy

    A quirky story about a boy and his relationship with a centenarian. It’s about friendship, loss, and Guinness records. It’s hard to describe this one, but it’s definitely worth reading!


    This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice. Short chapters and witty characters make for a quick read.

    I Let You Go

    Be prepared to stay up until 2 AM to finish this one. As a mother, it hooked me from the very first chapter, but as a reader I was entranced until the very last word. Lots of surprises – it’s a “must-read” thriller!

    The Knockoff

    If you love magazines, fashion, or a glimpse at life in New York City, this book’s for you! It’s a cross between Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. 

    The Lakehouse

    Part mystery, part love story, this family saga is set in England and leaves you guessing ’til the last page!

    Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies

    Have you ever wanted to know more about what life is really like at the White House? And how it would feel to serve the First Lady? The author, Iowa-born and raised, tells about his experiences as the Chief Usher and serving six presidents (and their families) at the White House. Although this is nonfiction, it is an easy read and fascinating.

    The Sun is Also a Star

    I will admit that I’m a sucker for star-crossed lovers and YA literature. I loved the insights from the individual characters and how it made me examine how the smallest choice affect our entire lives. 


    This is a fictional account of a Nigerian immigrant’s perspective on living in America. From hairstyles to education to finding jobs, it is a fascinating look at what it means to be “American”.

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    We’d love to hear what books you’ve been reading or what’s on your list for 2017!



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