This year was full of half-read books, tons of audiobooks, and plenty of research. Out of the books I read and finished, these are the ones that made the cut. Below is this year’s list of one sentence reviews of the best reads of 2016.
Check out previous years here:
Professional Development: Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning by Jose Antonio Bowen
Any book on technology will grow outdated fairly quickly, however, this book teaches some core concepts that allow you to connect with your students inside the college classroom and design tech-related learning experiences outside the classroom.
Aside from the fun of name dropping in historical fiction, this book humanized Nietzsche and spoke to fascinating intersections of philosophy and psychology during the late 1800s. Read more HERE.
Written by the former leading negotiator for the FBI, the author teaches counterintuitive strategies for persuasion that deal with psychological triggers and human behavior.
Classic: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I suspect the emotional and psychological turmoil that Esther Greenwood felt during a really formative time (her late teens/early 20s) comforted an entire generation of women trying to cope with similar thoughts. Read more HERE.
The publisher says it better than I could: “the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life; Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest.”
This book will transform the way you see parenting and encourage you to suspend your criticism and judgment of the parents around you, which is a pretty incredible accomplishment.
Children: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Bulldozer, Excavator, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, and Crane Truck are all tired after a long day of working together on the job site and ready for bed so they can wake up and play again tomorrow.
Personal Development: Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belksy
Timing is everything with personal development books and this one taught me how to organize, cultivate, and execute my ideas during a season when I need direction and advice and this book provided that.