16 Books To Read in 2016!


16 Books to Read in 2016!

16 books to read in 2016

2016 is here! Happy New Year!

Reading more is on my list of goals for 2016. As a mom of two little ones, I don’t always find (or is it make?) time for reading so I’m not going to set any crazy goals like 100 books in a year.

16 books in 2016 sounds perfect to me. I’m a little behind on my reading, so many of these books are older. There are a few new releases though, and at a few books yet to be published! If you’d like to read more in the New Year and need some suggestions, check out my list of 16 books to read in 2016!


16 books to read in 2016

#1 The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey This is number one on my list. I already own it, and this will be a re-read for me. Getting financially fit in 2016 is a huge priority for me. The Total Money Makeover is just one of several financial books I’d like to read in 2016 (check this post for the rest of my list).

16 books to read in 2016

#2 Money Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine

Man, I sure hope my library is getting this book! I love Crystal Paine of MoneyMakingMom.com, and am really excited to read her newest book. It definitely ties in with a lot of my financial goals for 2016. That tagline “earn more and make a difference” is exactly what I need to do!

16 books to read in 2016

#3 Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson

I heard about this book on Shawn Stevenson’s podcast, The Model Health Show (which I recommend! It’s awesome). Sleep is an area of my life where I really struggle. It seems to get worse and worse every day, and I can no longer blame my babies since they are both pretty much sleeping through the night. Sleep greatly impacts our health and wellness, and I am noticing many negative affects of years of bad sleep.

The Fringe Hours

#4 The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner

I have really lost myself since becoming a mother. I don’t do much for myself anymore and it that has impacted both my self esteem and my marriage. I keep hearing this book recommended and I really hope it will inspire me to put me first in 2016.

16 books to read in 2016

#5 Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk

I wish I had half the work ethic, energy and drive of Gary Vee! I have watched many of his videos online, but never read one of his books. This one interests me the most due to my love of social media marketing.

16 books to read in 2016

#6 If At Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner

I discovered Zach Anner via YouTube in 2015. Zach has cerebral palsy and is an all around amazing guy with a great sense of humor. If you don’t know him, check out his YouTube Channel now. If I’m feeling down about life, he is my go-to guy for an instant smile and fresh perspective on life. I can’t wait to read his book which is being released in March – just in time for my birthday!

16 books to read in 2016

#7 Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life by Michael Strahan

I used to be a huge Good Morning America fan, but I don’t catch it often anymore since I cut back on morning TV time. I loved when Michael Strahan joined the crew. I wasn’t already familiar with him since I’m not a football fan. But I liked him instantly because of his awesome personality and extremely positive attitude. I can’t wait to read his tips for waking up happy!

16 books to read in 2016

#8 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of De-Cluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

I’m always on a quest to be more organized and cleaner. Usually a failed quest! This much talked about book should be a good read for me.

16 books to read in 2016

#9 After You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (by the same author) was one of a handful of books I did find time to read in 2015. I absolutely loved it! It’s a love story, and it will make you think about life and death. I can’t even tell you much about it, with fear of spoiling it for you. After You is the sequel that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

16 books to read in 2016

#10 Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health by Richard Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar

The stresses of life have lead to me making poor food choices, emotional eating, and not thinking about what I put into my body. I am well aware of my poor diet (another thing I want to work on in 2016) and especially how much sugar I consume. I hope that reading about the negative affects of sugar will help me to cut back!

16 books to read in 2016

#11 I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8 Week Detox Program and Cookbook by Sarah Wilson

I don’t think I want to quit sugar completely (you know I love to bake!) but I am interested in this woman’s story. Reading about her journey will hopefully motivate me to clean up my diet.

16 books to read in 2016

#12 How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

I started reading this one already, and it is absolutely fascinating. The author was a Dean at Stanford University and her interactions with college students greatly impacted the way she viewed parenting. This book is filled with research and I loved reading about how parenting has evolved over time.

16 books to read in 2016

#13 The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

Another re-read for me. This classic relationship book helps you figure out how you and your partner want to receive love. I own this book and often recommend it to friends in new relationships. I haven’t read it in a few years, and not since getting married. I think I am definitely due for a re-read!

16 books to read in 2016

#14 And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives by John Gottman

One of my most important 2016 goals is to make my marriage a priority again. I am more of a mom than a wife and I hope this book will help.

16 books to read in 2016

#15 The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This book has been on my wishlist for awhile, and it sounds really intriguing. It’s also on Amazon’s Top 20 Customer Reviewed Books of all time list!

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#16 A tie! Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and PrejudiceSisterland: A Novel both by Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is one of my all time favorite authors. I own Prep (about a boarding school) and American Wife (loosely based on Laura Bush’s early life) and have ready them both over and over again. I think I would have to toss a coin to decide which of these to read first because they both sound really good to me! Luckily, Eligible doesn’t come out until April 2016, so the decision has been made for me.

say goodbye to survival mode review

#17 Bonus: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life

Another re-read for me! And another title by Crystal Paine! I reviewed this book here, but I really want to check it back out of the library and work through the action steps. I’m still operating in “survival mode” and really want to make some changes in 2016.

If you’d like to see all of these books in one place (as well as some of my favorite products), click on over to my Shop page.

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Have you read any of my 16 books to read in 2016? Which one would you pick first?

16 books to read in 2016

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  1. I haven’t read any of these, but I’d probably pick Sisterland. I’ve heard some great reviews, and I’m quite curious.
    Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. Ooh I see a lot of non-fiction in addition to fiction on this list. I haven’t been so good with reading self-help/parenting/etc types of books so let me know which ones you read and if they are very helpful.
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    • I need to do more reading for fun! I loved the JoJo Moyes book I read last year so I will definitely read lot’s more by her in 2016

  3. I see a lot of books that hav eben on my list for a while – thanks for reminding me of them!

  4. Hi Erin! I really need to make time for reading something other than online stuff. I haven’t read a book in ages and I used to read all the time..I do miss it.

    Anyways, thanks a bunch for stopping by and sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party! And Happy New Year!

  5. I’ve read just about all of Liane Moriarty’s books. I love her writing and The Husband’s Secret was fantastic.
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  6. Great list of books. I will have to check out a few of them. I heard the one about tidying up is a must read from several people or maybe they are just trying to give me a hint. 🙂
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  7. Love it! A few of these were already on my list but I’ll have to add more! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by Chantal! I’m always adding to my reading list, hopefully someday I’ll actually read them all! 🙂

  8. Great list! I’ve added a couple to my “To Be Read” list on my library account. I would recommend bumping The Fringe Hours up to the top. Great book for moms who have a hard time making time for themselves. I think you’ll love it!
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    • Thanks for the recommendation Sarah! I will definitely bump that up the list, because that’s something I really struggle with. I have almost 1 and 3 year olds, who don’t ever sleep at the same time it seems!

  9. Many of these are on my list, too! And I’ve read a few of them already and love them. Thanks for the list. Would love for you to link with us! http://www.akreativewhim.com/100-happy-days-12
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  10. I would pick the Crystal Paine book: Day Goodbye to Survival mode. I am a follower of her blog. I have read the Ruth Soukup ebook : How to Blog for Profit and loved it. I think I will be busy reading these titles you recommend in 2016! Thank you very much ?.

  11. Love love LOVE Dave Ramsey, Marie Kondo and Gary Chapman! Crystal Paine is wonderful too so Im adding that book to my list!

  12. I’ve read a few of these already but I want to read so many of them! The self-improvement ones really intrigue me and I’ve also heard great things about Jojo Moyes. Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

    • Oh the Jojo Moyes book I read was soooo good Heather! It’s really the first book I really got into since becoming a mom to two! Even sleep deprivation couldn’t keep me from finishing that one!

  13. This is a great list and just about every one of them is on my TBR list too. I have read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and was thinking I needed to reread it too. I just got Money Making Mom and look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week

  14. These are great recommendations! Thank you for sharing on Meetup Monday!

  15. Awesome recommendations! I’m actually reading #8 right now and many of the others are on my list!

  16. The Five Love Languages is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it multiple times and I think that it is the biggest key to loving anyone, if you aren’t giving someone what they need, but what you think they need, that’s not really love. It really changed my relationships for the better. I can see a huge difference in my kids too, they feel more validated because I am working to respect the way that they feel love. Huge game changer!

  17. My New Year’s Resolutions were to read more and work on my finances. Your first recommendation hits both of those 🙂 Thanks!

  18. Hi Erin! There are so many books here I want to read. I really need the Sleep Smarter and I Quit Sugar ones. I also read Me Before You so will be interested in After You. Thanks for helping me with some great reads for this year. Saw your post on Life Loving linkie. Have a lovely day!

  19. I haven’t read any of these, but I did see the guy from Wake Up Happy on the Daily Show. It looked really good!

  20. So many great books on this list! I especially love all of Crystal Paine’s books. I’m going to have to add Sleep Smarter to my list as well!

  21. This is a great list! I am more of a fiction reader than non-fiction (which you seem to prefer!) so I haven’t read many of these. However, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is on my list for this year too! I’m hoping to de-clutter my home and be able to be more “present” for my family. Also, a huge priority for me this year is to love my husband well and not just be a mom. Good luck with your reading!

  22. Hi Erin. I found you on the Blogalicious link party and wanted to tell you I’ll be linking your blog. A lot of the books in your reading list sound great. I’ve read the 5 Languages of Apology. That one’s great too. Best success with your blog!

  23. This is a great list of books. You’ll be busy working through these over the next few months. I’m glad to see you have some light-reading novels in there too.

    Sally @ Life Loving
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  24. I haven’t read any of these, but I have a few on my wishlist already! And I just added more. I should definitely see if my library has these books.
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  25. I am so bookmarking your site! These books look amazing. I own Dave Ramsey’s book too and need to get busy with it. “Stop Living in Survival Mode”, wow the author must know me. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday–I got so caught up in reading about the books on your list I almost forgot to tell you that :).
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  26. Thanks for linking up with us at #overthemoon. As I’ve commented before I stumbled and googled for you. Have a great day!
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  27. Great list of books to read, I was given a list of books to read only 2 days ago. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon

  28. I just added a bunch of those to my list, thanks to you!

    You should convince Dream Beyond Debt to add you to her group pin board and add this post there, along with individual recommendations. Virtual book club would be the accountability I would need to actually read the books (plus, I’d love the discussion with fellow like-minded bloggers)

    See Pinterest board here: https://www.pinterest.com/dreambeyonddebt/summer-2016-reading/

    • A virtual book club would be awesome – especially with like minded bloggers! My mom and husband are not interested in the books I’m reading 😉 haha I do wish I could read a little faster, but my kids are currently keeping me from sleeping and finishing books. FINALLY finished my first book of 2016 yesterday!

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