Books I Read This Year

As 2016 winds down, it's time for recap posts to honor the past and resolution posts to anticipate a more wonderful 2017. From a very young age, I've always read copious amounts of romantic fiction and that didn't change in 2016. What changed was that this year, I decided to branch out and read more enlightening non-fiction books.

I tried to mentally run through the list of non-romantic books that I read in 2016 and I came up with these 9. This list is not necessarily a recommendation for the books and does not include books that I started reading and just didn't enjoy enough to finish. By far, my favorite titles for the year were
Barack Obama's and Maya Angelou's.

  1. Nina Garcia's The One Hundred. I've admired Nina Garcia from the days I used to watch Project Runway and was curious to see the list of items she considered essential to a woman's wardrobe. A fun, light-hearted read that I wouldn't take too seriously
  2. Barack Obama's Dreams From My Father. I have a deep respect for the 44th President of the United States and I wanted to read the story of the experiences that shaped him. This was a great read and worth recommending
  3. Luvvie Ajayi's I'm Judging You. Luvvie is a Nigerian-American blogger that I've followed for years due to her humourous (and sarcastic) take on a wide range of issues. This is her first books and it's worth reading for an alternate awareness of racial issues and the oft-ignored micro-aggressions that exist in modern day United States.
  4. Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes. My introverted self could relate to so much of what Shonda had to say about the year she decided to stop using her introversion as a clutch. This book had a major impact on me and my constant avoidance of social challenges. After reading it, I started saying "Yes" to a lot more things that I would normally shy away from
  5. Ellen Galinsky's Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. As my kids go through life as 6 year olds in grade one, I'm beginning to see the challenges that they face due to their personalities and I've started borrowing books that can teach me how to help them as a parent. This book referenced a lot of academic studies but the 7 skills are definitely worth noting and working on.
  6. Maya Angelou's Letter to My Daughter. My first Maya Angelou book and I absolutely loved it. Picked up a few life's lessons from this too
  7. Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home. I read this based on the recommendation of another blogger and learnt a couple of things that I've applied on and off at home. 
  8. Kids' Book of Black Canadian History. I became a Canadian citizen in 2015 and wanted to get some knowledge of how the history of my newly adopted country interfaced with the history of black people. This was an easy-to-read starting point for that.
  9. Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I picked this one up because it was quite the rave on all the minimalist and intentional living blogs I used to follow. It's an ok read but as someone who has practiced minimalism long before it became a fad, this book didn't point me in a direction I would like to go. 

                     

My 2016 reading plan was initially to take part in the MMD challenge but I fell off the wagon pretty quick. 2017 may be the year to give the challenge another go. Who's with me?

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