I read a lot this year. I had planned to read about 60 books again, but somehow managed to read 100. oops. I think it was related to being more intentional about being online less, having kind of a stressful year (so reading for escape more), and specifically going out to read more fiction. It worked out well and I ended up with a 60/40 ration fiction to nonfiction – as opposed to the 20/40 ratio I had in 2015 that left me slightly exhausted of non-fiction. Anyway. These are a few of the books I loved and then also a few I just found so shocking I couldn’t forget. Fiction tends to be less memorable for me so my list is skewed for non-fiction.
Instead of just one big list I’m dividing it into categories.
These are my favorite Non-fiction from the year:
How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices By Therese Huston – I loved this book. Usually when I hear generalizations about men and women I just cringe and want run away or scream, “That’s a stereotype!” But this book was different. It was helpful, hopeful, honest, and really empowering. A must read for women, but also for men wondering why women don’t or do anything or who arent convinced the world is rigged in their favor.
Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life by Thomas Moore – I will definitely be reading this again. This book caters to INFJ’s – The hugely creative and helpful soulful content makes this book a must-read.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande – about aging, health care, and how we view and care for the aging in our societies. A must read for anyone beginning to or considering making decisions with aging parents or grandparents. It’s a commentary on our modern mortality, but somehow manages to be incessantly hopeful about the possibilities we all face.
This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick – I loved this book!! So many great ideas for growing good roots and relationships in the place where you are. Excellent combinaton of journalism and memoir.
Which book appeals to you? What was your favorite non-fiction read from last year? I’m always looking for recommendations!
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Tomorrow I’ll have a list of memoirs!
Related: My favorite books from 2015!
2 thoughts on “My Favorite Non-fiction from 2016”
Thanks for the recommendations! Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle is superb, especially as it relates to the intersection of faith and writing/creation. I just started Fr. Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward, an although it is focused on the “second half” of life, readers in their 30s and 40s would benefit.
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