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Top 7 Books I Read in 2016

Top 7 Books
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Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

Books are one of my favourite things in life. I have enjoyed them for as long as I can remember, but never quite kept track of them during all those years.

I began keeping track of the books I read and the reading challenges I created in 2015 on Goodreads.

Some facts about me and books:

  • I usually read a mixture of fiction (adventure, sci/fi, fantasy, dystopia, etc.) and non-fiction (spirituality, self-help, wellness, business, etc.). I feel that it is important to have a balance in the types of books I read. I tend to learn a lot from non-fiction, but find myself craving a story or adventure to jump into every once in a while.
  • In 2016, some of the books were read on the iPad; others were with the physical copy of the books. I prefer having the actual book in my hands. There’s just something about that new book smell…
  • I tend to read several books at a time.

In 2016, I read 32 books.

I’ve decided to break them down into the top 7 books I read last year.

A few notes about the top 7 books:

  • The books are in no particular order.
  • These are my favourite reads I came across in 2016.
  • Each book on this list has affected me in a different way.
  • I list both non-fiction and fiction books here.

Top 7 books read in 2016:

(1) Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Lives Between Lives by Michael Newton

Warning: This book is mind-opening even for open-minded people. I would recommend this book to everyone.

Using spiritual hypnotic regression, Newton was considered a pioneer in uncovering what happens after death.

This book has given me a new perspective on life’s challenges, death, and why we are here. Newton was an atheist who one day went a little further in his hypnotherapy and discovered there was more. And so began his journey.

Newton says if you only take away one point from the book, let it be this: There is life after death. Though this book isn’t all encompassing, it is a gateway to understanding that we are not just physical beings; we are spiritual and energetic beings as well.


(2) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

This book has caused change in my life on all levels (physical, energetic, and spiritual).

I’ve been a purger since I was young, but I had a big list of things I could get rid of even before finishing this book. Items I had never thought about parting with, I was now able to.

Marie Kondo says that it’s important to surround ourselves only with the things that bring us joy. I love this! You will find yourself asking why you held onto to certain items for so long. Will you accept the challenge?

You can read more about how it caused change on the energetic and spiritual levels here – How to Release Energetic Clutter and Create Space.


(3) The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

This is a novel. But don’t underestimate its power.

This book is about finding your true self and knowing what you want in life. So often are we thrown off track, or we find ourselves comprising ourselves to fit in where we truly aren’t happy.

It is a very inspirational read. It shows how we, as humans, are often scared of the unknown. You will see resistance to change, and doubt, but then you will see the making of a strong individual who learns to speak for herself.

I loved it so much I wrote a review about it, check out the full review: Life List: A Review.


(4) Ask Your Guides by Sonia Choquette

Did you know that we all have a spiritual team there for us? This spiritual team comprises of guides and angels. If you would like to learn about that support system that is there for you, I would highly recommend this book. It helps you connect with your spiritual guides and teaches you what they can assist you with. Be sure to thank them always.

Even if you are already aware of your spiritual team, this book will help deepen your understanding and perhaps even give you a new perspective or insight.


(5) Destiny of Souls by Michael Newton

This is the second book by Newton. Thousands of readers had questions and wanted more details after his first book. Newton decided to write this book to provide more details about various aspects of life on the other side. I would recommend reading Journey of Souls first, and then this one.


(6) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I loved this series! The genre is considered: young adult, fantasy, science fiction, dystopia.

Each book in the series entails a new take on different fairy tales, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. They all make up a story combined (a great story). The story takes place in a futuristic world where humans, cyborgs, and androids all coexist.


(7) Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Red Rising Series)

I read the first two books of the Red Rising series in 2015. I eagerly awaited the third book to come out in 2016.

The Red Rising series is also considered young adult, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopia.

And I have to say, each book in the series was better than the last. Morning Star was the best book in the series for me.

Read along with me – friend me on Goodreads and Instagram to see what I am reading. I’ll be posting about the books.

Looking for more books, check out my reading list.

Interested in soul-growth books? We have a book club for that! Introducing the Awakened Soul Book Club – a place to talk books and soul growth. Email me (contact{at}awakenedsoulperspective.com) if you’d like to join us – the club is located in a secret group on FB.

I’d love to hear about the books you are reading!

In 2017, my goal is set at 30 books once again. I get the feeling that I might read more than that; I’ve read four so far.

With Love,

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