Favorite 2016 Books

If you’ve been around this blog block for any amount of time you know I love books. I am adamant about raising readers. The best way to raise readers is for them to see a you reading. This year was the year of feminism and creativity, thinking broad and focusing my writing. It was the year of discovering great stories and great books. Here are a few of my my favorite 2016 books.

My Favorite 2016 Books

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Memoir


Paul Kalanithi – “When Breath Becomes Air” – Powerful. Keep a tissue handy.

Mary Karr – “The Liar’s Club: A Memoir” *Sexual Assualt Trigger Warning* Mary is a powerful writer who will leave you thinking perhaps your childhood wasn’t so bad after all.

Stephen King – “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” – This is one part memoir (the story behind the writer) and one part writing tips, techniques, how he does the writing work daily. This is my first Stephen King book mainly because suspense and horror novels are not my thing. He is an amazing writer. Wise. If he says a book is good, read it. He also has a list of books he recommends in the back. I was thrilled to see some of my favorites represented and some books to add to 2017.

Creative Living

Elizabeth Gilbert “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear”


Rob Bell – How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living

Brene Brown “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” – Brene makes me want to live BRAVE and wholehearted. She is a wisdom writer.

Feminism & Goddess Theory

Merlin Stone – “When God Was a Woman” – the last few chapters on the Adam and Eve myth and understanding the Levites role in the gathering, writing of the Old Testament; the suppression of early goddess worship were eye-opening.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés “Women Who Run With the Wolves”

Sue Monk Kidd “The Dance of the Dissident Daughter” – I read this book originally about seven years ago at the time I didn’t connect with where Sue was in her journey. NOW, I get it.

Fiction

Paulo Coelho “The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream” – I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is probably one of my favorites from this year’s reading list.

Anthony Doerr “All the Light We Cannot See”

Ann Patchett “Commonwealth” – families and relationships are complicated.

Classic Literature


Charlotte Bronte “Jane Eyre” – an oldie but a good one to read again.

Zora Neale Hurston “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

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Happy Christmas.

♥J

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