Words Matter: My Fav Reads of 2016


Happy New Year!

OK. 2016, if nothing else, was a great reading year for me. I was consumed with all kinds of stories…from fiction to memoir and back again. I’m a firm believer that great writers read and read widely. So I’m on my way, I suppose. πŸ˜‰ As you will notice, my book list is pretty diverse and spans many genres. I really hate rating systems but I do want to give you a sense of what I thought about each book so I’ve created my own: HALOS. Tilted, of course. Know this. If it’s on this list, it’s worth the read. Anything I might have read last year, that I didn’t care for or like at all, I’m not bothering to put hereΒ because frankly, I don’t like to knock the work of other writers unless I’m able to offer a substantial and constructive critique. And I ain’t got time. Lol.

Oh, and I’m sure there’s a book or four that I forgot to add so I’ll update this post when I remember.

πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ 3 halos = real good read
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ 4 halos – great read
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ 5 halos = the dopest read

πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Β Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Β Walking in this World by Julia Cameron
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Β Soul’s Gate (The Wellspring #1) – James Rubart
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Memory’s Door (The Wellspring #2) – James Rubart
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Spirit Bridge (The Wellspring #3) – James Rubart
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Scary Close by Donald Miller
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Charcoal Joe by Walter Moseley
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson and Denene Millner
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Mama Day – Gloria Naylor
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡Β Book of Harlan by Bernice McFadden
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Writing Down Your Soul by Janet Conner
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Drop Dead, Gorgeous by J.D. Mason
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Beautiful, Dirty, Rich by J.D. Mason
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Long Division by Kiese Laymon
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ The Color of Water by James McBride
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Zami by Audre Lorde
πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray


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