My 2016 Reading List
My 2016 Reading List
December 30, 2016
One of my goals this year was to read 30 books. For any goal to be achievable it has to be SMART. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Bound. Applying the SMART rule for each of your goals will increase the success rate of achieving those goals! So for my 2016 reading list, I chose 30 based on my last year’s statistics, which was 28. As I always recommend, Goodreads is a great place to track your reading progress, get book recommendations, follow your favorite authors, get notified when they release a new book, have a community of readers and learn from their reading list and be inspired.
I read because I am curious, and I love how much I learn when I read. My world is always expanding and growing whenever I open a new book. Reading inspires me to write more. I like to get in the mind of the author and see through their eyes.
My reading list for 2016 was so exciting. It’s been a while since I read any fiction, but I thoroughly enjoyed C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series. I’m a little late to the party, but I’m glad I came anyway. I read the first two books from the series, The Magician’s nephew and The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe. And I look forward to reading more from this series in 2017.
I also had the chance to read some new arrivals from David Ramos like The Bible Habit, Crowned with David, The Armor of God by Gregory Brown and Walking with God and Full by Asheritah CiuCiu. It’s always a pleasure to read hot from the press books because it’s so alive and fresh and able to connect readily with authors and readers alike.
As usual I read 5 books from Max Lucado’s collection as he is one of my favorite authors. Choosing Forgiveness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Prayer Walk by Janet Holm McHenry were some interesting finds from the library.
The American history and it’s Christian roots intrigued me. So I picked up the Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. I learnt so much about the Pilgrims, their adventures and struggles. I learnt so much about the New England (where I live) that was 400 years ago and how it all began!
I’ve read so many interesting books and new genres this year, but if I had to pick my favorite from my 2016 reading list, it would be the Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis. What an incredible imagination with so much wit! No wonder C.S.Lewis is such a renowned scholar and writer. His books never disappoint. Screwtape letters, if you haven’t read is a fiction addressing theological issues. A series of letters from a demon named Screwtape is the layout of the book. He is a mentor to his nephew Wormwood who is responsible for securing the soul of The Patient for hell. It’s got so much teaching on temptation and overcoming them and at the same time artfully written so we can also laugh about it!
“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
― C.S. Lewis,
What was your favorite book this year? I would like to hear from you! Share in the comments below.
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