Top 10 Non-Fiction of 2016

I read 158 books in 2016 and have some favorites to share. I already shared my fiction favs, now here’s a look at the best non-fiction.

  1. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes – I’m not usually one for self help books, but this was funny, engaging, inspiring. Good stuff.  (I even wrote a blog series based on it.)
  2. Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles – Best faith-based memoir of the year. Gay atheist finds God through feeding the poor.
  3. Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark by Addie Zierman – Second best faith-based memoir of the year. (I wrote a blog post about this one.)
  4. Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World by Laura Barcella – A great collection of inspiring stories.
  5. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum – Very helpful insights on racism.
  6. Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G.I. Hart – Very helpful insights on racism within the church. (blog post).
  7. Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson – Unique collection of art and prayers.
  8. Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton – A very insightful look at how we spend our money and why it does or doesn’t make us happy. (I wrote a blog series about this one too.)
  9. Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres – A very difficult to read memoir about adoption and abuse.
  10. Just Write: Here’s How by Walter Dean Myers – He wrote something like a hundred books and shares his writing tips and insights in this quick read.

More Reading

If you want to read more, check out my booklet 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading Again.

You can also check out more of my reading favorites for some suggestions.

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Non-Fiction of 2016”

  1. Hi Kevin. I have just issued a challenge to my 5 grand kids. They can earn $100 if they read 1,000,000 words in a year. We keep a spreadsheet of books read and word totals. There is a neat website called readinglength.com that will give you word totals by putting in the name of the book or isbn. We use it to keep a word count. I am doing it too. So far I have 729000 words since Jan. 1. Leaders by example.

  2. Update: last night I passed the million word mark in words read since January 1. I have read nine books for a total of 1,040,050 words. The last book I read was a Hardy Boys mystery, The Tower Mystery . The last time I read a Hardy Boys book was probably 55 or so years ago. I chose the book because I knew it would be a quick read, and I was only 15,000 words short of 1 million. Kathy reads even more than I do. We don’t watch much TV. Kevin you should go to this site readinglength.com and figure out how many words you read last year. I can’t imagine how high that number will be with 158 books read. Uncle Doug

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