The Overflow

living in the overflow of God's goodness through every season

My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2016

CultureSara Barratt10 Comments
My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2016

This post contains affiliate links.

Hello there! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sara Barratt and I am unashamedly a book nerd.

Wait, that doesn’t sound quite right. Book nerd is just a little too… nerdy.

Let me re-phrase. My name is Sara Barratt and I am a… book lover? No, too lame. Book enthusiast? Hmm, better. How about book connoisseur?

‘Tis true. Reading is my number one hobby. There’s nothing quite like a good book, don’t you agree? Not only can you learn a great deal from them, but you can also be encouraged, inspired, and, of course, entertained.

So, without further ado, allow me to share with you my top ten favorite books of 2016. I’m sure you will be just as delighted with them as I was!

1. Project Inspired by Nicole Weider

This little handbook is a must-read for Christian girls! From cute but modest fashion ideas to advice on how to stay pure in an impure world, Nicole shares her best tips and gives huge doses of encouragement. Read my full review here.

2. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

I’ve never truly finished this book. The moment I read the last page, I went back and re-read my favorite scenes, and have since picked it up again and again. Laura’s rich historical details, and flawed, but lovable characters, made this an especially memorable read! A definite keeper by one of my absolute favorite authors!

3. The Chase by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky

This just might be my number one favorite book this year! I was so encouraged by Kyle and Kelsey’s love story, and their commitment to God and purity. I highly recommend this book to every single girl!

4. Be the Change by Zach Hunter

This book opened up a whole world. The world of slavery. Ever since reading this, I have taken up the cause of the enslaved, and it has become a huge passion of mine. A must-read for those who desire to be world-changers!

5. No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

This book thoroughly charmed me! An exciting plot, lovable characters, and a satisfying end…what more could you want? Karen’s books never fail to delight and this was no exception!

6. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

One of the most challenging books I’ve ever read! So often we call ourselves Christians and do all the “right” things, but are we truly passionately in love with God? Does He consume our thoughts, change our decisions, and define every part of our lives?  Every Christian should read and re-read this book!

7. Ladies of the Manor series by Roseanna White (The Lost Heiress, The Reluctant Duchess, and A Lady Unrivaled)

Yes, this is a series and yes, it technically counts as three books, but I loved them all so much I couldn’t possibly just pick one of them to place on this list. Roseanna effectively transports you to a world of dukes and duchesses, romance and mystery, with the power of our redeeming God woven effortlessly throughout. British historical fiction at its best! Utterly enchanting and novels I’ll be sure to read again and again!

8. 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

Not quite my typical book of choice, but I’m definitely glad I chose to read it! An inspiring read about seven of the greatest men in history, including two of my personal heroes – William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

9. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman

So, are you a die-hard follower…or just a fan? Kyle encourages Christians to take an honest look at their relationship with Jesus. Convicting and challenging, with a dash of dry wit. I highly recommend it!

10. The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

My first Kristy Cambron book, but definitely not my last. An exciting, profound and stirring story set during World War Two. It kept me flipping pages and cheering for the characters!


What have been some of your favorite books of the year? I’d love to hear in the comments below! Happy Reading!

—Sara (AKA - the book connoisseur)