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Today I want to share with you my top 10 favorite reads of 2016. This year, I’m proud to say that I’ve read more non-fiction this year than in years past and I definitely want to continue that habit for 2017. So without further adieu, in no particular order:
1) Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin
Birth Matters is such a wonderful read! I would recommend this book to anyone because whether you are expecting, thinking about ttc, etc. You are human and I think that everyone should have a better understanding of the birthing process. Knowledge is power and there is so much misinformation floating around. This book will give you a realistic and empowering look at what you should expect. I can’t recommend it enough!
2) The Better Bladder Book: A Holistic Approach to Healing Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain by Wendy L. Cohan
The Better Bladder Book was like a life preserver for me pre and post diagnosis. It is overflowing with information and ideas to heal your bladder. It’s definitely a book that you can and will need to refer back to. There is no way to absorb all of it in one sitting, but it is so helpful and encouraging!
3) Triggers: Exchanging Parent’s Angry Responses for Gentle Biblical Responses by Amber Lia
This book is similar to The Better Bladder in that you won’t be able to absorb all of the information in one sitting. It’s a great reference book for parenting. I let my sister borrow it and I’m now feeling the need to pick it up again and review.
4) Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman
This book is a much more light hearted read. I didn’t agree with everything that it suggests, but I enjoyed learning the differences in parenting styles. I enjoyed the suggestions for diet and the way that many French mamas do not stress over mama guilt like us American mamas.
5) No One Knows by J. T. Ellison
This book is pure craziness! It is one of those books where—try as you might, you just can’t figure out what is happening until the end. You follow that up by sitting there wondering if you really just read that…?!! I won’t give away too many details just that the main character in this book is trying to figure out how and why her husband disappeared and why her mother-in-law is so eager to declare him dead? If you enjoy a good mystery, you’ll love this book!
6) Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
It’s hard to take the plunge into comic book reading when you are a newbie, but this would be a great recommendation! Kamala Khan is a Pakistani American who grew up in Jersey City. She is a nerdy teenager who is trying to figure out her place in this world. This volume shares her journey into becoming Ms. Marvel and how she accepts her new role. This comic is very witty and challenges stereotypes. I look forward to reading more in this series!
7) Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup
This book isn’t your typical decluttering book. It gives great practical tips for cleaning out your spaces, but it also covers topics such as: cleaning out your inbox, dealing with toxic friendships, and much more! Two of my favorite takeaways from the book are: I try to have an Operation Clean up! at the end of each day. This is just a quick pick up of the living room and anything I can get done in 15 minutes and you can get a good bit done! The other is to have a place for everything and to keep everything in it’s place. This is my current work-in-progress as I declutter our home. I’m downsizing to a great degree and that takes time!
8) The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
The best way to describe this book is “Rich People Problems.” This is the story of four siblings and their quest to cope until they receive “the nest.” The nest is the money they will inherit once the youngest daughter turns 40. It’s interesting how you can connect with characters who are all deeply flawed and even though you are not quite rooting for them, you still want them to have a good life in the end.
9) The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris
I’m so glad that I read this book. I think I’ve always been passionate about women’s rights, but I haven’t been as vocal about it until these past couple of years. Many feminsists forget that this isn’t a battle just for white women. This is a battle for women of all colors and nationalities. We need to fight for rights for all women. This book really opened my eyes even more so to the many misconceptions about black women. For example, one misconception of black women is that they are supernaturally strong and need help from no one. The truth is black women are incredibly strong, but they like anyone need to practice self care and need help just like anyone else. We all get burnt out and we all need to work together to make a difference in this world. I highly recommend this book!
10) Incarceration Nations by Baz Dreisinger
I am currently reading this book and was “mind blown in the prologue” so that should tell you something! Baz Dreisinger really challenges you to think about the idea of prisons and what this says about our society as a whole. Are prisons really the best way to deal with more minor offenses? Where is the line on offenses? Should we have prisons at all? It’s a fascinating read and I’m eager to see the whole picture to completion.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’ll be back next Monday with new posts! Stay tuned! <3
So those are my picks for 2016. What did you read this year? Do you have any recommendations?