2016 Book Review

When I graduated with my MBA in May 2015 I went straight to Barnes & Noble and spent $100 on non-academic books. I was anxious to start reading for leisure. Growing up I was always a bookworm but lost interest in college when I became swamped with stacks of journal articles, academic literature and writing papers. I discovered Audible.com in 2016 and dove into reading books again. Here is the list of books I read or listened to in 2016. 


  1. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnagie
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire-J.K. Rowling
  4. Today Will Be Different-Maria Semple
  5. Meditations-Marcus Aurelius
  6. The Nightingale-Kristin Hannah
  7. What She Left Behind-Ellen Marie Wiseman
  8. The Girls-Emma Cline
  9. Find the Good-Heather Lends
  10. The Confidence Gap-Steven Hayes
  11. Presence-Amy Cuddy
  12. The Apothecary’s Daughter-Charlotte Betts
  13. The Winter Sea-Susanna Kearsley
  14. Maybe in Another Life-Taylor Jenkins Reid
  15. Sapiens-Yuval Noah Harari
  16. The Alchemist-Paulo Coelho
  17. The Power of Habit-Charles Duhigg
  18. The Buddha Walks into a Bar-Lodzo Rinzler
  19. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People-Stephen Covey
  20. The Introvert Entrepreneur-Beth Barlow
  21. Big Magic-Elizabeth Gilbert
  22. The Four Agreements-Don Miguel Ruiz
  23. The Addictive Brain
  24. The Chimes-Charles Dickens
  25. The Pursuit of God-A.W.Toze
  26. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  27. Essentialism by Greg McKeown



  1. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
  2. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  3. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  4. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  5. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
  6. GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
  7. Creative, Inc
  8. The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
  9. Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte
  10. Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck
  11. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walker
  12. The Bingo Theory by Mimi Ikonn
  13. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett


By far my favorite book of 2016 is 7 Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli. My goal for 2017 is to read a lot more books. Audio books are so easy and great for commuting. I drive a lot for work and it is convenient but nothing is better than having a real book in your hands.