If you dream of a huge library with a sliding ladder and singing at the top of your lungs as you ….oh wait that is a different scene.
As the year comes to a close, I am enjoying seeing what others have read this year. And as I read other’s lists of books they read in 2016, I am secretly hoping to find another gem.
8 best books I adventured through in 2016:
The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien.
My two cents: Yes, I have made it this long in life without reading this book. No judging. What an adventure to go on! Definite good read for fantasy fanatics. Goblins, elves, and huge eagles, oh my! The transformation of the main character, dear Bilbo, is written wonderfully.
Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal.
My two cents: I love this book for many reasons. Firstly I enjoy the author very much. I remember a very simple interaction with him and his wife in a very trying time in my life. This book is unforgettable and sincere just like my interaction with them. Naeem’s story of coming to faith is unique and has impacted many.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.
My two cents: This book was so engaging that I plan to re-listen to this in the new year. Yes, I said listen. Shonda reads her own audio book. She makes excellent car company. I feel like she was rallying me to march to my own beat, unashamedly and creatively. For every woman who has many dreams and goals, but needs a friend to honestly propel her forward, this is for you.
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman.
Genre: Spiritual Growth
My two cents: Emily has inspired me for four years now through her authentic and life giving writing on her blog. In this book, she invites me to sit on the bench and pay attention to the small moments, the moments where life happens. This book is truly a breath of fresh air.
Birthing the Miraculous by Dr. Heidi Baker.
Genre: Spiritual Growth
My two cents: Baker encourages us to carry our promises to fruition, no matter how hard, crazy, or unbelievable the promise may seem. She shares personal stories that stir up faith to trust in the Lord and to lean on him daily. I love her stories that show that faith is much more than a bunch of talk. Faith requires action.
Portraits of Devotion by Beth Moore.
Genre: Spiritual Growth/Devotional
My two cents: This is a devotional book following much of Jesus, David, John, and Paul’s life. I love the structure of the readings each day. And the journey through 1 Samuel was rich. It’s an easy read before the day begins, or for a lunch break.
Rising Strong by Dr. Brené Brown.
Genre: Self-Help/Badassery 😉
My two cents: Here is another fantastic audio book read by Brené herself. I highly recommend the hardback copy as well. This reading is meaty and soul searching. You will be called to courage, and I will bet you will even start to crave a brave lifestyle even in the midst of struggle.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.
My two cents: I grew up with the Harry Potter series. I went to the midnight showings of almost all the movies. So of course I had to read this book. It is a quick read that you will not want to put down. And I absolutely love the character of Scorpius.
I am already compiling my list for books to read in 2017. This year I will have more clinical books to read for school, but that won’t stop me from adventuring through my list.
What are some of your good reads of 2016? And what are some on your list for 2017? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.