Best Books of 2016

One of my goals for 2016 was to read 50 books.

I’ve always been a huge lover of books and in my 20’s I read voraciously.  When I had my daughter and started to work for myself a whole lot of time flew out the window and I found it hard to squeeze reading in. Then when I did start reading again it was mostly non-fiction:  lots of yoga books and lots of parenting books.  A year or so back I began to realize that in addition to reading non fiction and furthering my knowledge I also need to have some down time.  Time where I can read just for pure pleasure not because I need this knowledge to be better or smarter – but because this book is funny, or silly, or just manages to give me a little space for dreaming.

I didn’t quite make it to 50 last year but I did get pretty darn close.  I wanted to take some time today to share my best books of 2016. These books were not necessarily written in 2016 that just happens to be the year that I read them in.  My initial thought was top 5 but I just couldn’t narrow it down to top 5 so instead I will be sharing my top 7.

Let’s begin!

Favorite Fiction Books

city of refuge best books of 2016

Over the years I have read many of Starhawk’s books.  Her ideas and inspirations have been a driving force in my life.  In my 20’s when I read The Fifth Sacred Thing I was completely moved and it’s one of the few books that has stayed with me on such a deep level.  I was super excited to read City Of Refuge and had ordered it through the Kickstarter program last year.  Needless to say this book did not disappoint. It is quite a long book and since I ordered the original it was hardcover which made it a bit challenging to  travel with but I did it anyway….each spare moment I had I spent it reading.  I LOVED this book and would highly recommend it.

the spawning ground best books of 2016

I’m not certain how this book wound up on my reading list but I am so glad it did.  Native folklore has always been a subject that I’ve been interested in.  This was another book that I wasn’t able to put down.  Excellent read.

Best Money Book (Non Fiction) 

The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness

Another book whose image refuses to show up.  I’ve been following this woman on social media for about 5 years now.  I watched so many business owners who were afraid of money or really understanding their numbers while we had our store in Windsor that I knew I had to get a much better handle on my own money story.  I’ve read quite a variety of money based books over the years but this was one of my favorites.  I found her story to be really relate able and the ideas really connected.  I also loved that she talked about some of the baggage that comes from growing up middle class in terms of money story – it really helped me to understand some of my own programming.  Bari also is quite environmental and so I felt an instant connection with the work.  Want to get a better understanding of money and the way it affects your life and partnership this is an excellent resource.  Down to earth and easy to read.

Best Health and Wellness Books (Non Fiction)

The FastDiet – Revised & Updated: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

For whatever reason I can’t get the image to work for this particular book so instead you are just going to see the title.  🙂  I’ve never been the kind of girl who would ever even consider not eating but this book has convinced me of some serious health benefits.  Since reading this book I’ve done 2 three day fasts – you can read about my experience here if you’d like.  I love that this method is helping me stay at a weight I’d like – increasing my fat burning, as well as giving me long term health benefits.  If you want to gain a better understanding of long term health and wellness and how the digestive system works in addition to loosing weight once and for all – this book is for you.

The Anatomy of a Calling Best Books of 2016

I’m not really sure if this is the right category for this book by Liisa but this is where I’m placing it.  I really loved this book for so many reasons.  The idea of a broken medical system has been one that I’ve felt for a long time but reading through her experience really brought it home to me.  I am always so honoured when people share their journey including the bumps and the super hard times.  We live in such a white washed society where everyone thinks that life should be perfect and easy and if it’s not you are not doing it right…..what a crock.  Really listening to the world and all the outside influences are what pull us off course.  Read this book if you want to find your own calling, need some inspiration or are thinking about becoming a Dr.

Best Parenting Book (Non Fiction) 

Balanced and Barefoot Best Books of 2016

Although this book isn’t directly about parenting it’s about our kids in general and how things are shifting for them.  Spending time outside is super important in my mind and as a part of our homeschooling journey we have sent our daughter one day a week to a forest school.  She spent all day in the woods playing, experiencing, being.  Even with all the books I’ve read on this subject I found this one to be super interesting and informative.  Reading about the fact that we have had a huge decrease in core strength over the course of the past 10 years in our children and now have kids in grade 5 who fall out of their chairs due to an inability to hold themselves there really brought home  how important is it to get our kids into their bodies.  I would recommend this book to anyone who works with kids or who has kids and wants to ensure that we give them what they need to grow up strong and take on some of the big issues we have coming down the pipe.

Addictions Non-Fiction

Wasted - Best Books of 2016

This isn’t a topic that I normally chose to read about but for whatever reason it came to my pile this past summer.  I loved the fact that it was written by a therapist in Canada.  Getting an idea for some of the issues we have regarding treating addictions here in Canada was something I greatly appreciated.  Hearing his story and understanding more about addiction and the brain was really interesting for me.  If you know someone who suffers from alcohol issues or even if you just want to get a deeper understanding of what often is part of the thought process this book is a great read.


So there you go – my list of best books from 2016.  I’d love to hear from you if you’ve read any of these books what you thought of if you have a list of your own…..if you want to see the total list of what I read in 2016 you can check that out here.

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