The 7 Best Books I Read in 2016

Books are one of the best ways to grow your knowledge on a subject. Each year, I set a reading goal and try to read books on a variety of topics.

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My brother loves books and reads fiction primarily. I am the exact opposite. I prefer books with actionable content that I can apply to my daily activities.

Without further ado, here were my top seven books I read in 2016.

Undone by Michele Cushatt

A Book Review of Michele's Latest Book


Undone by Michele Cushatt is a beautiful and truthful memoir of a mother who is striving to make sense of her unexpected and imperfect life. This book is for everyone. Many times throughout this memoir, I found myself replacing her story with my own.

Undone by Michele Cushatt (Rating: 9.3 / 10)

This is a book for the perfectly, imperfect person. Whether you are married or single, divorced or remarried or looking for love this book is for you.

As someone who has met Michele (and embarrassed myself horribly in front of her and 250 other people), I can share that her sincerity and life is a testament to everyone who comes into contact with her. Chances are she will not remember me (and hopefully not my horrible dancing), this book is deeply touched me and I am blessed by her courage to share it.

The 9 Books I Read in March

In January, I read five books. In February, I graduated to seven books.  This month, I read or listened to nine books. This month, my top book was Get Up! by Dr. James Levine. The epidemic of obesity and other diseases have direct ties to inactivity and Dr. Levine highlights his own research journey to understanding this devastating epidemic. This book was eye-opening for me as a workplace planner and strategist and gave me a renewed passion for creating workspaces that engage employees and help them fight these epidemics.

I also run Dave's Book Club – an email-based book club where I share one book that I have read and found fascinating. It is free to sign up and there are some enhancements coming soon that you won't want to miss!

The nine books I read this month cover topics including research, productivity, fiction, self-discipline, leadership and personal growth. These days I listen to more books on audio (Audible) then read on the iPad (Kindle) or a physical book simply because I am on the road frequently. However you consume books, I hope you will find some good reads here.

Book Review: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

How are you doing today? Are you busy? Somewhat busy? Crazy busy? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are not alone…in fact, you are in good company – I answered this way for many years.

Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan has the same problem – he is busy, maybe Crazy Busy, so he wrote a book about it.

He says,

”I do not write this book as one who has reached the summit and now bends over to throw the rope down to everyone else.

More like the guy with a toehold three feet off the ground, looking for my next grip.

I don’t know any other way to write on a topic that has been such a personal struggle except to make this book very personal.”

Can you relate to Kevin? I sure can.

This book is written from a pastor’s perspective, but not just for pastors. It is written for all of us.

The 7 Books I Read in February

Last month, I shared the five books I read in January. This month, I have seven books that I read or listened to during the month of February. This month, my top book was Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung. I shared many similarities with him as he explored the tough topic of busyness. I hope you enjoy these seven reads.

I also run Dave's Book Club – an email-based book club where I share one book that I have read and found fascinating. It is free to sign up and there are some enhancements coming soon that you won't want to miss!

I read seven books this month covering the topics of writing, communication, productivity, busyness and growth. These days I listen to more books on audio (Audible) then read on the iPad (Kindle) or a physical book simply because I am on the road frequently. However you consume books, I hope you will find some good reads here.

The 5 Books I Read in January

For the past several years, I have an annual goal of reading a certain amount of books. In 2013, it was 50. Last year, it was 52 books. This year, it is 55 books. For some time, I have been following Crystal Paine (MoneySavingMom.com). She is a reading machine! Last year, she read 82 books but was shooting for 120 or so books.

Each week she publishes what she read and what she is planning to read in the coming week. I thought I would still her idea and share my monthly reads. I hope you enjoy this series and find some great books as well.