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ALB's 11 Best Books of 2016

ALB's 11 Best Books of 2016

This past year, I have read more than ever before (38 books)! Here are my favorite 11:

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown // In my top five list of books I have ever read. Brené’s style of research-based writing encourages you to think about what she is saying. She does not throw information at you, but has a conversation about the power of having integrity and letting yourself feel in order to grow. This book is so simple, yet so profound. I want to read it again. // Buy it here

Show your work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon // If you are getting ready to materialize the ideas in your head, this is a must. Set up like a children’s picture book, it is very easy to read and helps answer your inner questions of “where do I go next” and “how do I make this happen?” // Buy it here

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes // I have to admit that I watch only one of Shonda’s shows (sorry, Grey’s fans), but I am hashtag obsessed with Scandal… so much so that my puppy’s name is Fitzgerald Grant III. Through this book, you really get to know what a #girlboss Shonda is - she can juggle writing and producing three of ABC’s top shows, being a mother, and taking time for herself. Stop saying no, and say yes to standing in the sun. // Buy it here

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert // Wow. Read it. // Buy it here

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg // It is so interesting to learn why and how humans (and animals) function the way we do. We first form habits as children, then notice their importance and simple complexity at a later age. The more you learn about how the human brain and body work, the more you understand yourself. // Buy it here

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero // Don’t let anything get in your way of living in your purpose. Turn fear into love. // Buy it here

Who do you Love by Jennifer Weiner // I would have never imagined the novel's ending based on its beginning. I sobbed 20 pages in, glowed halfway through, and stayed up until three in the morning to finish it. // Buy it here

My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine by Kate Betts // I have a weakness for moving to a European country as a young adult and discovering life and yourself along the way. I relived my journey through that of Betts, and relished in her working for John Fairchild. // Buy it here

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes // This story is beautiful and introduces a compelling argument about the will of the disabled. // Buy it here

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran // I wish all students were required to study this. Aside from the religious point of view, these stories present such candid, yet salient life lessons and meanings that all should think about. // Buy it here

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger // Ever wonder what made Charlie Bit my Finger go viral on YouTube (as of November 2016, it has 844 million views) while most of the other two billion videos don't get more than a few hundred hits? What makes a certain trend more trendy than others? It's all in its contagion, which Berger fascinatingly examines. Do you have an idea that you want spread?... make it contagious. // Buy it here

*This list is not in any preferential order.


A few noteworthy statistics:

// 7 female authors & 4 male authors

// 9 non fiction books & 2 fiction novels

It is amazing to notice these types of trends after time. What I have read has played a critical part in my growth in 2016.

READ! It stretches the mind and challenges you to think in more ways than you can image.

And speaking of books, any good recommendations?! Comment below!


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November 2016 Playlist

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