Life is short. Read fast. The following books are the best I’ve read all year. And if you missed it, check out 2014’s books here.
Professional Development: Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom by John C. Bean and Maryellen Weimer
Whether you are a writing instructor or a physics professor, this book will help you design assignments that demand your students engage thoughtfully with your course material and help you manage grading all that writing.
Fiction: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Not only did I experience reading in a different way, I literally laughed out loud in so many places while reading this mind-bending, reality-altering book.
Non-Fiction: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
In this book, Ed Catmull goes into great detail about the life and evolution of our favorite animated stories from Pixar and helps you appreciate leading an organization based on passion from the ground up.
Classic: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
This is a hearty who-done-it tale told through the streets of L.A. that keeps you on your toes and turning pages.
Christian: Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives by Wendy Horger Alsup
This is a very basic overview that explains complex and mysterious doctrines of scripture while maintaining a sense of simplicity and understanding where scripture is clear.
Parenting: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
In my opinion, teaching a child to sleep is right up there on the health scale with filling their bellies with nutritious food, and this book takes that same approach and taught me more than any other on the subject.
Children: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Right when you start to think a fish will be sad and sulky for the rest of his life, you’re in for a jolly surprise as a transformation takes place before your very eyes.
Time Management: Eat That Frog: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
This simple time management book follows the logic of Mark Twain: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Now what are your favorite reads from the year? I want to make sure I add them to my list for 2016!