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Recommended Books From 2016
This year I read 30 books and while it was about half of what I read last year, I also focused more on my writing. For those who don’t know, I enjoy writing and have been steadily working on completing a novel at some point in time in my life. This year I wrote 90,000 words so it’s fair to say that took up some time from reading. Still, I read some amazing books this year. I only chose to list the top five. If you read anything at all this year, choose one of these five books. You won’t be disappointed! Of course, as always, if you REALLY want to read something great, you can pick up Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (I will never stop recommending this book to people) or you can start the Sigma Force Series by James Rollins. The first book is Sandstorm. Second only to Outlander, these books are a fascinating mix of science and history.
How to Build Self Discipline by Martin Meadows – The author believes there’s nothing more important in life than self-discipline so he wrote a book about some tips and tricks for accomplishing this in your own life. It was a good book but I’m definitely NOT down with some of the suggestions (like taking an ice-cold shower, um no thanks!). Of course I understand the concept though. He does have some good tidbits in there, and mainly it’s about taking action in your life to make changes and set consistent and attainable goals.
Earn What You’re Really Worth by Brian Tracy – So, it’s Brian Tracy, I mean, can’t really go wrong there. He’s awesome and if you haven’t read a book by him yet, DO IT. This book is awesome at giving you insight and steps to take in order to really reach your full potential and make more than you are making now.
Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher – This book is a trip. I absolutely adored this book mainly because it was so different from anything I have ever read before. It takes common psychoses and turns them into characters. Brilliant! He adds a fantasy twist which is these peoples’ realities are so powerful they actually become reality for the less powerful people around them. Here’s a review I found which described it perfectly. “…Mr. Fletcher introduces a land where reality is literally created by the madness and delusion of gifted (or insane, you have to decide) people. This insanity coming in many, many forms. There are Geisteskranken, whose psychoses actually transform the world around them; their madness becoming reality for normal people. Hassebrands are pyromaniacs, burning people to ash when their control slips. Kleptics can steal from anyone, no matter how vigilant they protect themselves. Cotardist become near indestructible assassins, as they already believe they are dead, so they are impossible to kill. Doppelgangist create duplicates of themselves, who then go out to act independently of their creators. Then there are the Gefahrgeists, who are sociopaths, gaining strength from those that worship them. And so many more.”
All of Me by Kim Noble – This book is about a woman who has dissociative identity disorder and one of her personalities is writing the book. It follows her life before she knew what was wrong with her and also tells about a few of the other “people” who claim her body as their own. A truly fascinating read about the complexity of the human mind and what intense trauma can cause to the human psychosis.
The Like Switch by Marvin Karlins – This book is an Ex-FBI agents guide on influencing, attracting and winning people over. Really great read!