As we begin 2017, I am taking inventory of 2016. While this meditation certainly includes more than my reading list, the reading list matters too. As with the year in general, my reading list included some amazing things and some that left me underwhelmed. Rather than drag you down the rabbit hole of books that I wanted more from, it seems more useful to share my favorites. Here are the books that made my year of reading thought-provoking, emotionally intense, and meaningful. I offer them to you in hopes that they bring you the same.
Let's face it, you haven't finished your holiday shopping. You took a peek in the closet and groaned realizing that you've neglected a bunch of relatives, then a friend surprised you with a gift and you had a whole bunch of nothing to offer back, and apparently Secret Santa is mandatory at work. You are going to have to make some purchases. Feeling overwhelmed? That's okay. We're great at making book recommendations for all ages.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day to reflect on what we are thankful for and to show appreciation. It is also a day fraught with problematic history, stressful family situations, and so much other baggage. For some, the holiday is pleasant, and for others it is something that we long to just get past. While I am not much for the holiday, I do want to express thankfulness all year round. So, in this post I am taking time out to tell you about some of the books that have inspired and touched my 2016.