Growing up I was never much of a reader, in fact I sort of hated it…
It wasn’t until I married my hubby that reading become something that I enjoyed. His love for books peaked my interest in them and made me want to give it another go. I realized that not all books are created equal and every author has their own style, just like every reader has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to the kind of book they read.
Shortly after I decided to give reading another chance, a friend of mine introduced me to Nicholas Sparks and it forever changed my love for reading. Nowadays you’ll often find a book on my nightstand and another waiting to be read.
I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites from this year, so here’s my Reading List for 2016…
I’ve broken them up by topic and given you a little review to go along with each one. I hope you enjoy!
Make It Happen by Lara Casey
If you’ve been feeling lost in finding your purpose or feel the fear of failure, then this book is the perfect book for you! Lara has this gift of being able to share her heart in the most vulnerable, inspiring way. She gives you the ability to break free from the fear and leap into your best possible life! It’s a workbook style book, which is something that I loved about it!
Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
To say this book is life changing is an understatement! I read it a few months ago and it resonated so deeply with me that I still feel it’s effects. I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed earlier this year and this book really dives deep into how to live your life in a more purposeful way. A must read for all!
Famous in Heaven & at Home by Michelle Myers
What I really liked about this book is it’s a devotional-style book, so it gives you a verse from Proverbs 31 to read each day and then she breaks it down into terms that can be very easily related to our lives as moms and wifes. She also provides space for you to journal and work through the questions relating to that verse. SO good!
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
I’ve had the pleasure of going through this book in a book club setting with some amazing women. I’ve never read through a book this way and it is truly powerful! The author dives right in from the start and really digs deep to help you mend the pain from past rejections that may be affecting your life today. It is one I will definitely be re-reading!
Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson
I’ve always been a fan of Kate Hudson, but after reading this book I love her even more! Her approach to health & fitness is one that I completely agree with. She shows you how to live life in a more balanced way so that you can enjoy all that life has to offer. If you’ve struggled with diets in the past or have a rocky relationship with diet and exercise, I can’t recommend this book enough!
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
As I mentioned above, Nicholas Sparks is the reason I fell in love with reading. The way he writes and the stories he shares touch my heart in a way that no other novels do. He never disappoints and “Two by Two” is just as good if not better than his others. It had me in tears like most of his do, but it truly is such a sweet book about a father and his love for his daughter <3
I hope you enjoyed my Reading List for 2016! I’d love to know if you’ve read any of the above or if you have any other MUST reads…let me know in the comments below!!