I love reading and put aside time every day to invest in my personal development. I take my kindle everywhere I go and make my way through about 25 books every year.
This year has been no different and I have benefited significantly from the wisdom of others, with a lot more biographies and autobiographies than usual. Of course, not every book I read is for my development, some are purely for my entertainment, but I have enjoyed most of the books that I have read this year.
Here are my favourite books from 2016:
10. Right Ho, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse. I bought this book for my mid-year holiday and laughed all the way through it. If you haven’t ever read anything by Wodehouse, do yourself a favour.
9. Harry Potter (Books 2-4) J.K. Rowling. I’ve been working my way through the Harry Potter series and got through books 2-4 this years. Wonderful story-telling and my little indulgence in 2016.
8. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand. I dare you to read the story of Louie Zamporini and not be inspired by the indomitable spirit of this remarkable man. Brilliantly researched and very well written, this was a terrific book.
7. The Meaning Of Luck: Stories Of Learning, Leadership And Love – Steve Waugh. I have long admired former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh for his mental toughness and this book gave some great insights into his background and attitude towards sport and life after sport.
6. Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life – Nick Vujicic. Born without arms or legs, Vujicic has gone on to become one of the most remarkable motivational speakers in the world. You’ll soon realise that whatever your situation, God can use you to do amazing things.
5. The Divine Mentor – Wayne Cordeiro. In this book, Cordeiro encourages Christians to read their bibles more effectively to enhance their relationship with God. If you’re feeling as though your faith has dried up, I highly recommend this book.
4. All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know? – John Ortberg. I’ve long respected Ortberg’s writing style and this book’s theme of how to live according to the will of God was right up my alley.
3. God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? – John Lennox. Lennox is a professor of Mathematics at Oxford and brings a scientific perspective on many of the arguments about the existence of God. If you have questions and can handle detailed, scientific explanations, this is a wonderful, thought-provoking book to read.
2. Richo – Martin Flanagan and Matthew Richardson. Richo has long been my favourite player from my beloved Richmond Football Club and to learn more about this great character and phenomenal athlete was terrific. Flanagan’s writing style is whimsical and the trips down memory lane to Tasmania were great reading.
1. The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All – Jon Gordon. The kind of book that I would like to write one day, this was a though-provoking allegory that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. I’ve always respected Gordon’s perspective and this book has gold from page one to the end.