While I may have had mixed luck with fiction this year, I enjoyed almost all of my non-fiction. Almost all of them could be on this list, but I’ll highlight the best of the best.
Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett – Patchett is one of my favorite authors, so it was a no brainer to give this a read. It was an insightful book and raw with emotion. There were moments it definitely wasn’t ‘enjoyable’, but I couldn’t tear myself away.
Quiet by Susan Cain – There a few books here and there which you really feel change your life. I’m pretty sure this is going to be one of them. I’ve known I’m an introvert for a long time, but reading this book really fleshed that out and helped me understand myself (and many other people) better. It also made me think a good deal about leadership and the qualities our society appreciates.
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan – I gave the quality of America’s food a lot of thought when I was in the UK. Then I moved back and in with a family that was very crunchy granola. Moving into my own place I had to start making my own decisions. I read this book to help with those decisions and I wasn’t disappointed. Pollan makes a good case for a different kind of eating.
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell – This is another one of those books that changes your life. Reading it this year for the 5th or 6th time didn’t disappoint.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – I’ve been doing some writing this year and was looking for some technical help or encouragement. Lamott gave both. Highly recommend this book for artists.
“for Everyone” books by NT Wright – Never disappoint.
A Year of Biblical Woman by Rachel Held Evans – A really good book with good questions and encouragement.