Linda Carlblom

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My 2016 Reading List (Better Late than Never)

watch In recently responding to a comment on my 2016’s Most Impactful Book post, I saw that I’d promised one commenter that I’d blog about all the books I read in 2016. That was back in December. Oops. I never did it, hence this late post about said books.

I read only ten books all last year, which I find a bit disappointing. I’d like to read at least one book a month, but some years just don’t allow that. The books I did read are as follows.

  1. For the Right Reasons by Sean Lowe with Nancy French.  I’m a Bachelor and Bachelorette fan and Sean Lowe was one of the nicest bachelors ever on the show. It was fun to read what goes on behind the scenes of The Bachelor, even though I’m still a little embarrassed to be such a fan of it. Ha!
  2. On a Hill Too Far Away by John Fischer.  I had read this nonfiction book probably twenty years ago and loved it. I decided it was worth another read. I wasn’t disappointed. The man can write. I love the different crosses he talks about in this book and how Christians have lost the deep meaning of it today.
  3. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. This is another book that I’d read before, but I loved it so much and I regularly need the reminder to live a life of gratitude. If you haven’t read this, I highly recommend it.
  4. The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron. This fiction book was a wonderfully written story set in WWII. Great historical novel with lots of twists and turns.
  5. Love Kindness by Barry H. Corey.  Taken from the verse in Micah 6:8, Corey explores what it means to love kindness. Kindness isn’t timid or frail. It has a tough exterior and a soft center. The book challenges us to be vulnerable and kind with people with whom we disagree. An interesting read, though it was slow in parts.
  6. The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker. I liked the idea of this Bible study, but the practicality of it became a little heavy handed. It encouraged women to live simply in seven different areas of life.
  7. The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D. This book explores what makes introverts tick and how to use your quieter temperament to your advantage. I learned a lot about myself in this book.
  8. 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart by Robert J. Morgan. Put into practice, which I did, this book is transformational. I learned a new verse every day except weekends, when I reviewed the verses. I actually learned 117 verses, as Morgan included some verses readers could add in to complete a passage of scripture. I hope he comes out with another book like this. It was my most impactful book of 2016. You can read more about hit here.
  9. Mercy Inn by Lee Warren. I read this book around Christmastime due to its holiday theme. It’s a novella, which made it a quick and enjoyable read. Several travelers become stranded at Mercy Inn over Christmas and experience a rich time with complete strangers. A nice Christmas story.
  10. Gratitude by Oliver Sacks. Four essays written as Sacks was dying of cancer. But this is not a downer of a book. Instead, the pages are filled with wisdom, gratitude, and love of a life well lived.

What books did you read last year? Or what have you already read this year? I can’t wait to add your recommendations to my reading list!

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  1. You lent me Mercy Inn, so I’ve read that. On a Hill Too Far Away sounds familiar. I’m saving this post so I remember to read these books–they sound wonderful.

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