Best Books: 2016

As in the best books I have read in 2016.


  • Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach
  • Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
  • Robert Seethaler, Der Trafikant
  • Robert Seethaler, Die weiteren Aussichten
  • Martin Suter, Montecristo
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, vol. 1)
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, vol. 2)
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, vol. 3)


  • Rumi, Rumi’s Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit
  • Kate Tempest, Let Them Eat Chaos
  • Nayyirah Waheed, salt.


  • Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase
  • Yitzhak Berger, Jonah in the Shadows of Eden
  • Mary Charles-Murray, Art and Prayer
  • Joan D. Chittister, The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages
  • Daniel Coleman, In Bed with the Word: Reading, Spirituality, and Cultural Politics
  • Bob Ekblad, Reading the Bible with the Damned
  • Anselm Grün, Schönheit: Eine neue Spiritualität der Lebensfreude
  • Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen and Nawara Mahfoud (eds), Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
  • Keith James, Mission-shaped Hermit: Thomas Merton, Mission and Spirituality
  • Yasmin Khan, The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen
  • Emma Jane Kirby, The Optician of Lampedusa
  • Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
  • Thomas Merton, Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters. The Essential Collection
  • Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
  • Lucy Popescu (ed.), A Country of Refuge: An Anthology of Writing on Asylum Seekers
  • Jonathan Sacks, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations
  • Martin Schleske, Der Klang: Vom unerhörten Sinn des Lebens
  • Samuel Wells, A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God
  • John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster
  • Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams