Do you want to read more ? Do you get overwhelmed with ALL the book choices out there? I've been there.
A few years back, I only read nonfiction books. Nonfiction books are great but I would eventually get burned out and stop reading for a season. I wanted to make reading a regular part of my life so I decided to challenge myself to read 10 fiction books in ONE YEAR. Up until that point, I hadn't read a fiction book since college!
I texted some friends who read fiction all the time and asked them to give me 5 fiction books to read. I got 30 or 40 ideas and eventually picked 10. I read all of them. I was hooked. I now regularly read fiction and nonfiction each month.
Today, I'm breaking it all down for you. I went through all my book reports from 2016 and picked out my favorite books. In my opinion, these are the BEST books I've read this year. The books I would recommend to you if we were having a coffee date. The books I would tell you to read if you called me and said, "Melissa, what should I read?"
These are the books I've enjoyed the most. The books that have made me pause and evaluate life. The books that I could not put down. The books I keep recommending again and again to friends.
Below are the BEST books I've read this year, in no particular order.
Aubrey Hamilton's husband was declared dead 5 years after he went missing. He disappeared without a trace. It has been a long and challenging 5 years for Aubrey. She has struggled to cope and move on. She believes her marriage was good. Or so it seemed? What really happened to Aubrey's husband the night he disappeared?
No One Knows is a thriller that will have you guessing until the end. I could not put this book down. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will love this book.
I'll be honest. I would have NEVER picked up this book had I not read about it in the Summer Reading guide. The One-in-a-million boy is my favorite fiction book of the year! Don't miss out on this little treasure!
Quinn Porter is a musician. He has lived his life on the road. He has married Belle twice and has tried his best to be a good father for their 11-year-old son. When his son suddenly dies, Quinn takes over his son's yard duty for a 104-year-old woman, Ona Vitkus. Quinn finds out that his son and Ona had a very special relationship. They were unexpected friends. Quinn and Ona discover that grief can bring two strangers together in beautiful friendship.
In The Happiness Advantage, Achor leans on his years in happiness research to tell us the secrets to increasing happiness. Have you ever wondered: What truly makes us happy? How do we cultivate happiness? Does success lead to happiness? Are some people more genetically predisposed to happiness? The answers are surprising and not what I would have thought. Achor covers all these questions with engaging stories and super practical tips. This isn't' a research paper, but a guide to the truth about happiness. It is entertaining and helpful.
I have been a long time reader of Crystal's blog. She is humble, wise, and an amazing business woman. I admire her hard work and positive attitude. Money Making Mom is a practical guide for women who desire to earn an income AND actively invest in family. Crystal 's books are full of real-life stories, practical tips, and tons of encouragement. If you are looking to help your family move towards financial freedom, this book is for you!
I am a long-time fan of Jennie Allen. I was first introduced to her when I read her book Anything almost 5 years ago. I loved Anything, but Restless is my favorite book of hers. Hands down. It spoke to the tension I feel almost every single day: to live the life I was made for or live the role I married into. This book is an anthem for women in the church to stop living the roles others place on them and choose to live the life we were made for. Grab this treasure and read it!
KICK IN THE PANTS
I really enjoy Seth Godin. He is like a prophet for entrepreneurs. In Linchpin, Seth talks about how there used to be two kinds of people in the work place; management and labor. Today we have a third type of person, the linchpin. These people create order in chaos. They are inventors and creators. They make things happen.
His books are like little essays. Each book is filled with a million little quotes you never want to forget. Linchpin is about what is going to take to be successful in today's workplace. It is about creating, not just showing up. I really enjoyed this book.
I love Jen Hatmaker's books. I added this my Reading Challenge book as "book I could read in a day." Once you start a book by Jen, you can't put it down. Her books are equal parts hilarious and challenging. In For the Love, she talks openly about how we share the Gospel in our world. She challenges us to be real, transparent, and honest. This book will make you laugh out loud and stick with you LONG after it is over.
FOR THE KIDS
I am a big believer in reading good literature aloud to your kids. I wrote about my thoughts about that here. I also give you a list of the BEST chapter books to read aloud to your kids, no matter what age they are. If you need some ideas, check it out.
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh was one book I recommend to read aloud. We've read this aloud multiple times. My kids can't get enough of it.
This is a chapter book of Pooh's adventures. Each chapter is a different story. We will read one chapter at a time. This version of Winnie is a family favorite and the watercolor pictures will captivate the youngest listeners. We makeup songs to Pooh's little's rants and laugh at his silly thoughts. This book is a family treasure.
It's YOUR turn, what it the BEST book you read this year?