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My Top 5 Books of 2016


One of the things I am most proud of from 2016 is the amount of books I read.

As someone who can count on one hand the number of books they read before then, it’s a big deal!

A few of the reasons I started reading more were a. I had more time b. I discovered audiobooks! and c. I realized the truth of this statement: The person I will be in 5 years is based on the books I read and the people I surround myself. So I made a decision to start reading more books and to continue hanging out with those who encourage and strengthen me, so that I can one day be more like them. 

My biggest game changer

Getting the Audible app and finally getting a library card! I’ve been using my library app for ebooks and audio books as well.
So one resolution I urge you all to do, is to invest in Audible as well as get a library card and familiarize yourself with their ebook and audiobook system. 
If you’re needing some ideas for what book to pick up (or listen to) next, I present you with:

The most noteworthy books I read in 2016!

My top picks in each category are listed first in bold, with the runner up right below. For an explanation for why I picked my top 5, see below.

Women’s Health
Personal Development/Leadership
  • Fashioned to ReignEmpowering Women to Fulfill Their Divine Destiny by Kris Vallotton
  • Jesus FeministAn Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women by Sarah Bessey
  • Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff
  • The War RoomPrayer Is a Powerful Weapon by Chris Fabry
Biography in story form 

My Top 5 Picks

  1. The Woman Code by Alisa Vitti
    • This book literally changed my life. I listened to it on Audible, then after listening to it, bought the physical copy because it was so good that I wanted to continue referencing it. I wrote a whole blog post on one of her principles from the book, How to Harness the Power of Your Cycle. Every woman should read this book.
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by David Carnegie
    • I listened to this book via Audible, and honestly, the title of this old school 1936 business book was repelling to me at first because it sounded so sales-y. Finally, after hearing it recommended in my business circles so often, I decided to read it. It was nothing like I had expected. To sum it up, it teaches you how to be a good and caring person, not so that you can sell something to someone, but because every human deserves this kind of respect. It helps keep everything in perspective so that you can continue helping people with your work.
  3. Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
    • I listened to this book via Audible and it was such a fun story! My favorite part about this book was not only hearing this mom’s own parenting journey while living in Paris but also learning some of the French wisdom in child rearing. I kept agreeing with so much that they do, and hope to implement some of their wisdom when I become a parent. It felt like such a great parenting book disguised as a fun story!
  4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    • This book I chose by chance and then it happened to be my favorite one of the year! I listened to it via my my library audio book app. It’s a biography, intermixed with the absolutely fascinating history of cell culture (doesn’t sounds too fascinating? Well, I’m no science geek and I was still captivated by the history of it!) It tells the story of the life of the woman whose cells were the first to ever be culture and not die. It’s charming with a southern drawl and the author’s own quest to find the story.
  5. Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton
    • For this book, I actually read a physical book! Fashioned to Reign was a close tie with it’s runner up Jesus Feminist. As the latter book’s title suggests, the topic of both books is women in the church. The heart of both is the same: women have been oppressed by the church for too long and it is God’s will for them to rise up. Ultimately, I chose Fashioned to Reign as my favorite because it dove into scripture more to create strong arguments. I also appreciated that it was written by a man, which was powerful to have a man come along side a woman’s issue. Jesus Feminist, on the other hand, was a lot more casual, kind of like a blog read, which was fun. In the end, they both complement one another very well, and I recommend them both.

Have you read any of the above books? What are you planning on reading in 2017? 

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