2016 in the Books.. Literally

If someone posts a book recommendation on social media or even just mentions a book they read recently, I immediately look it up or screenshot it for later. I get soo many book selections off of recommendations from others and I would journey to guess that’s how many authors collect sales.
That being said, I was thinking the other day after seeing someone I know post about reading 50 books in 2016 *insert jaw-drop* and thought “dang I barely read anything!” Then as I thought more I decided to look back through my kindle, bookshelf, and audiobook app to make a list of how many books I actually consumed in 2016.  I have read many blogger’s posts with books and recommendations so I decided to write a little blurb about some and also added a list of books I started… and aim to re-open each and finish them very soon! (So they are a cross-breed between a 2016 and 2017 list.)
My mom instilled in me the love of books and learning, as she is such a wonderful reader herself, that I aim to encourage you to pick up one of these and better yourself through reading!

The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) by [Gaines, Chip, Gaines, Joanna, Mark Dagostino]
1. The Magnolia Story
I am of course a Fixer Upper aficionado, but this book was so much more apart from the show. It tells the story behind their very recent success and the years and years of struggle to get there.  Chip and Joanna embody the love of Christ, stewardship, self-sacrifice, and hard-work in a way that everyone can learn something from them. George and I listened to this on a weekend trip to Knoxville and loved it. We laughed a lot and I teared up (but only a little..)

Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency by [O'Reilly, Bill, Dugard, Martin]Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by [O'Reilly, Bill, Dugard, Martin]Killing Jesus: A History by [O'Reilly, Bill, Dugard, Martin]
2, 3, and 4. Killing Reagan, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
I spend a good amount of time commuting and driving for my job as well as on trips, so I listened to each of these as audiobooks. Killing Reagan was my favorite of the three as he is one of my favorite presidents, but Killing Kennedy sparked my interest into reading more about former presidents.

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by [Hill, Jenna Miscavige, Pulitzer, Lisa]
5. Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill
Y’all this book.. OMG. So I knew absolutely nothing about the Church of Scientology before reading this book and wow oh wow that stuff is crazy. I seriously felt like I was reading Divergent or something fictional, but no the Sea Org is real and goes on in the United States!! She goes heavily into detail sometimes which can be boring but overall very eye-opening read.

 Yes Please
6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Hilarious.

 Bossypants
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Also hilarious.

 American Sniper
8 and 9. American Sniper by Chris Kyle and American Wife by Taya Kyle
Both are a very humbling account of the realities of deployment, personally didn’t love them, but finished them nonetheless.


10. The Residence by Kate Anderson Bower
Read this because I enjoyed a similar book, In the President’s Secret Service, and wanted to gain knowledge of other former presidents. Can be redundant on several accounts but overall learned quite a bit.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by [Larson, Kate Clifford]
11. Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
I picked this one up as I read the synopsis and found it intriguing. It is actually very sad and caused me to feel gratefulness for the advances and discoveries made in special needs and special education.

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by [Niequist, Shauna]
12. Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
I think Shauna is my favorite author of all time. I also think I own everything she’s written.. Everything she writes is gold and this book was no exception.

The Fault in Our Stars by [Green, John]
13.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Wasn’t a fan…

Taste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners: 316 Family Favorites: An Entree for Every Weeknight of the Year! by [Editors of Taste of Home]Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook by [American Heart Association American Association]
14 and 15. Taste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners and Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook
Even though these are cookbooks, I’m going to count them since I went through them cover to cover 🙂 Both had some great recipes!

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by [Weschler, Toni]
16. Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Welschler
If we’re being honest, I would say this book has had the biggest impact on my year. I read this book before getting married after some troubling research into synthetic hormone birth control methods and not wanting that interference with my body.  I cannot recommend the fertility awareness method enough!!

To be continued… (aka started and didn’t finish before it was due back the library, collecting dust on my nightstand, or still reading)
Styled by Emily Henderson
Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano
Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

Hopefully I can write another one of these in 2017 with even more on the list, and maybe some fiction added to the mix!  If you have any recommendations of a good read, please let me know so I can add it to my list!

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