16 books in 2016

**posting so I can update my "reading" page to 2017**

In 2015 I made a decision to be more intentional with reading, so I decided to try to read 15 books! I nearly succeeded, I was only about 20 pages short of my goal! Ha! Oh well. You can find that list here if you are interested: 15 Books in 2015

And without further ado, here is my 2016 list! I will add to the list as I go this year, rather than picking 16 books at the start. That way I can follow what I am feeling like reading at the time! 

1. Simple Matters by Erin Boyle

This was a life changing book for me. It really inspired me to take better care of our earth, and live more intentionally. To step off the consumerism hamster wheel. Since she lives in a 500 square foot apartment it made me realize I have a lot of space to work with! Beautiful photos and a quick read. 

2. A Mothers Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot

This is a book that I will probably read several times in my life. There are so many eye opening tips and aha moments. She is very real and shares her journey, and she encourages everyone to find their own "rule of life" rather than a one-size-fits-all ideal. 

3. One Woman Farm by Jenna Woginrich

A fun, short read about a year in the life at her farm. She is living a life that I romanticize and it was so interesting to get an insider look. (spoiler: it's hard work!) She is an interesting person and I think this is my favourite genre of book...hearing about other people's lives from them..it's almost like a coffee date in a book!

4. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

I so enjoyed this second Anne book. Entering back into her world was so comforting and enjoyable. Makes me so glad I still have 6 more books to go!

5. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

This book was amazing, inspiring, and heart wrenching. I will be re-reading it. It is written by the husband as a reflection on the love of him and his wife, who passed away in their thirties. It is also their conversion story. The wife was a saintly woman who I look up to and it inspired me to be a better person, and a better wife. Now that I think of it, I definitely should re-read it!! Also cool to get to know C.S. Lewis through the letters, he was instrumental in their conversion! 

6. Lion by Saroo Brierley 

I could not put down this book. I read it so fast! It is an amazing true story of a 5 year old boy who accidentally boards a train and ends up being adopted by a family in Australia, and his journey to find his past. It brought back so many memories of my India trip and made it so much more real to me. Especially because some of the book takes place in Kolkata where I had actually stood. I unpacked more from my trip reading this book than I realized I would, it was moving. The movie didn't disappoint, although I do recommend reading the book first...you will have so many more insights!

So that completes my list for 2016. It's not as many as I had hoped, but it was a great year for books! 


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