16 Books to Read in 2016

The Heart of Teens team members are all avid readers and we hope that some of you share in this hobby. For those who do, several of our team members have compiled lists of “16 Books to Read in 2016” that they have enjoyed and they hope you will enjoy too.

The books vary in genre and style. Please note that each list is compiled by the author and reflects their opinion. If they recommend a book, that does not necessarily mean that they agree with everything that is in the book or all that the author has written. Please use your own discretion when reading any material.

(All links lead to the Kindle edition of the book on amazon.com)


  1. The Bible (I like to use the HCSB when reading and not studying as I find it easier to read. Please use whichever version you prefer.)
  2. Chop Chop – L.N. Cronk
  3. The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
  4. Summer Promise – Robin Jones Gunn (I really like all the books in “The Christy Miller” series as well as in “Sierra Jensen” and Katie Weldon Series)
  5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  6. A Lineage of Grace – Francine Rivers (Novelisations of the five women mentioned in the lineage of Christ)
  7. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (This is not intended to be a Christian book but there are so many Biblical themes in this book that I came out of it wondering how I could live better as a Christian)
  8. A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Changed Into His Image – Jim Berg
  10. Crazy Love – Francis Chan (I didn’t agree with everything Chan said in his book, yet at the same time I both loved and hated it because it was so challenging)
  11. The Peacemaker – Ken Sande
  12. Dewey – Vicki Myron (I just threw this one in because I love books and cats)
  13. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan (I personally prefer the version with updated English rather than the unabridged original. The story is the same just with modern English. This is the version I have linked to)
  14. More Than A Carpenter – Josh and Sean McDowell
  15. Do Hard Things – Alex and Brett Harris
  16. Boy Meets Girl – Joshua Harris (This book has caused a lot of controversy. However, I think if we actually read what Harris says and not what we think he says, we will realise he has a lot of good stuff to say)


Happy New Years everyone! I am so excited to see how God will use us this year! And I am also super excited to give you my very own list of book recommendations! You will find a bit of diversity in this list; everything from sci-fi, fantasy, and supernatural to my favorite classic and biography. And of course, my favorite books from my favorite Christian authors. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! So, thank you all so much for your support, we love you all. And enjoy!!!

  1. Legend Trilogy – Marie Lu
  2. My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga
  3. The Young Elites – Marie Lu
  4. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
  5. The Fifth Wave series – Rick Yancey
  6. Joan of Arc: Her Story – Régine Pernoud (This doesn’t have a Kindle version so I have linked to the paperback)
  7. Outlaw Chronicles series – Ted Dekker
  8. I Am Not But I Know I Am – Louie Giglio
  9. He Chose the Nails – Max Lucado
  10. He Chose You – Max Lucado
  11. The Brass Verdict – Michael Connelly
  12. A Wolf Story – James Byron (Also not on Kindle)
  13. Zoo – James Patterson
  14. The 100 series – Kass Morgan
  15. Will Our Generation Speak? – Grace Malley*
  16. Huggins Monster – Frank Peretti*

*(These books are not available through Amazon but there are other booksellers that stock them)


  1. The Bible (Okay, this isn’t a cliché move. Seriously, this book will change your life forever and in ways that you can’t even imagine. Read it. Memorize it. Live by it. That’s my number one challenge for you in 2016)
  2. Gospel – J.D. Greear (This book has changed my life almost more than any other book I’ve ever read—except the Bible. I highly recommend it)
  3. To Live is Christ to Die is Gain – Matt Chandler (When I finished this book, I wanted to re-read it over and over again until I had sucked everything out of it that I could. Chandler’s study in Philippians will challenge you to live drastically different in light of Paul’s epistle)
  4. Silas Marner – George Eliot (Eliot’s partially allegorical work is one that has stuck with me all throughout this year. Again, this book is one that has altered the way that I view the world)
  5. Lit!: A Christian Guide To Reading – Tony Reinke (Reinke’s book issues a challenge to read not just to cross a book of your list, but to read to understand and benefit)
  6. Not A Fan – Kyle Idleman (Are you a fan of Jesus or a true follower? This is the question that this book poses to the reader. I trust you will be as challenged by it as I was)
  7. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson (This book is long, but very much well-worth your time. If you enjoy fantasy literature, this book is a must-read)
  8. Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan (Best. Book. Ever. That is all I have to say)
  9. Taliesin – Stephen R. Lawhead  (Lawhead combines three things into an amazing masterpiece: Atlantis, King Arthur, and Christianity. Again, this book is a must-read for fans of fantasy literature)
  10. The Underground City – Jules Verne (Basically, no one has heard of this book. It’s a compelling story and a classic; beyond that, you must find out for yourself)
  11. The Hole in Our Holiness – Kevin DeYoung (While DeYoung’s theology is more reformed than mine, he has MANY good things to say about holiness in this book. I believe this book will challenge you to examine your holiness and try to see what needs to be changed)
  12. Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper  (The point of this book is all in the title. I loved this book and hated it at the same time, because it pointed out some things in my life that needed to change, but that I didn’t want to change)
  13. Crazy Love – Francis Chan (Chan describes the crazy amazing love of Jesus and how that love should affect the way that we live. It’s a phenomenal book)
  14. The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis (Guys, it’s C.S. Lewis. And the next one is Tolkien. Of course they’re going to be amazing)
  15. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  16. Chop Chop – L.N. Cronk (This book will teach you about forgiveness in a marvelous, dreadful way)


I have included these books because I think they are brilliantly written and I really enjoyed them. I hope you do too.

  1. Truckers – Terry Pratchett
  2. Diggers – Terry Pratchett
  3. Wings – Terry Pratchett (Truckers, Diggers and Wings are all part of the Bromeliad trilogy and all very good)
  4. Starlighter – Bryan Davis
  5. Warrior – Bryan Davis
  6. Diviner – Bryan Davis
  7. Liberator – Bryan Davis (Again, these four books by Bryan Davis are a series)
  8. Dodger – Terry Pratchett
  9. Eragon – Christopher Paolini
  10. The Outcasts – John Flanagan
  11. The Innocent Mage – Karen Miller
  12. The Way of the Warrior – Chris Bradford
  13. Verdigris Deep – Frances Hardinge
  14. Doglands – Tim Willocks
  15. The Witness – Dee Henderson
  16. LionBoy – Zizou Corder


Listed below are some of my favourite books from the last couple years of my life. I have included a wide variety of genres of books in this list (fantasy, mystery, thriller, non-fiction, spiritual growth, etc) so I’m quite confident that you’ll be able to find at least one or two books that float your boat. Have an awesome year!

  1. Chop Chop – L.N. Cronk (Book 1 in the Chop, Chop series)
  2. Black – Ted Dekker (Book 1 in The Circle series)
  3. Red – Ted Dekker (Book 2 in The Circle series)
  4. White – Ted Dekker (Book 3 in The Circle series)
  5. Eragon – Christopher Paolini (Book 1 in the Inheritance series)
  6. Not A Fan – Kyle Idleman
  7. Left Behind – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (Book 1 in the Left Behind series)
  8. Do Hard Things – Alex and Brett Harris
  9. Invasion – Jon S. Lewis (Book 1 in the C.H.A.O.S. series)
  10. Crazy Love – Francis Chan
  11. I Am Not But I Know I Am – Louie Giglio
  12. It’s A Jungle Out There – Ron Snell (Book 1 in The Rani Adventure series)
  13. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer – John Grisham (Book 1 in the Theodore Boone series)
  14. AHA – Kyle Idleman
  15. The Garbage King – Elizabeth Laird
  16. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)

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One Comment

  1. January 5, 2016

    So honored to see Chop, Chop here – thank you!!

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