If We Had a Book Club...
One of my favorite things to do is recommend books. I can't even believe I've never pushed books on y'all... but, there's no time like the present!
Without further ado, here are all the books that I read in 2016 (that I can remember). Pictured are my favorites from the year, but I've linked to every book on Amazon. Enjoy!
I'm on a US History kick at the moment. I highly recommend all of the Bill O'Reilly "Killing __" series. In past years I read Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln.
- Killing Patton - Really fascinating book and reminded me how recent WWII really was.
- Killing The Rising Sun - Focused on the Pacific side of WWII. Great compliment to Killing Patton.
- Legends and Lies: The Patriots - Not my favorite Bill O'Reilly produced book, but a great refresher on Revolutionary War history.
Non-fiction: Health or Fitness
This has historically been my most-read category. Just because I read something, doesn't necessarily mean I agree with it but it's always great to get different perspectives.
- Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use your brain to get and keep the body you've always wanted - didn't love this, but I took the author's brain quiz online and it was surprisingly accurate.
- The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype--and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More - this was a fun book!
- The Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace - I enjoyed it at the time but it's not a must read.
- Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life
- Start Here: 7 Easy, Diet-Free Steps to Achieve Your Ultimate Health and Happiness - written by my friend Megan! Full of actionable and practical tips to start off your year.
- Primal Endurance - I totally agree with the strategies here. When I finally train for a triathlon, this is how I'll do it.
- The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease - interesting to learn which ayurvedic type you are and see if any of the tips resonate.
- The Whole30 Book - For more science, read It Starts with Food. It's been years since I read that, so The Whole30 Book was a good refresher.
- Sexy By Nature - For women - lots of great hormone info.
- Food Freedom Forever - Whether you've done a Whole30 or not, this is a must-read.
- Fed & Fit cookbook - This is only the second cookbook I've ever purchased. Great recipes and super hard workouts.
Non-fiction: Personal Development
- Ego is the Enemy - a must-read, even if you think you don't have an ego.
- You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life - another must-read, and the opposite approach from Ego is the Enemy.
- Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business - case study and research heavy.
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - this was on my list for a while but I found it hard to get through.
- Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want - I actually wrote a life plan that I'm proud of after reading this.
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - YEP. Easier said than done.
- 10% Happier - Even if you think meditation is a crock, read this.
- Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead - picked up some good ideas for SOLOSHOT in here!
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - I think this is required reading for leaders.
- #GirlBoss - I'm not a "girl boss" type person, but I liked reading about the early days of her company.
- Love Your Life Not Theirs - I'm a big Dave Ramsey fan but I didn't love this book by his daughter.
- The More of Less - I threw away half of what I own after reading this. Whoops.
- I Will Teach you to be Rich - I learned a few things about online-only savings accounts, but didn't agree with some other things.
- The Magnolia Story - Super cute, fast read.
- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - I was a little disappointed because I how often I've heard about this book.
- Natural Born Heroes - Really interesting if you like history and exercise/movement.
- Living with a Seal - Super entertaining! I love reading books about highly successful business people - both the author and his wife, Sarah Blakely (founder of Spanx).
- Modern Romance - most of it was pretty forgettable but I don't think he's got it wrong.
- Love Does - loved this but hard to explain what it's about except that you will feel good after you read it.
- While you were Mine - this was a free Prime book. I liked it! It's the only fiction novel I read this year that I can remember.
Tell me what I need to read next!