Books I Loved That Didn’t Fit Into Another Category

As I was outlining this blog series, I thought I was so clever with my book groupings – Books to Help Make Sense of the Madness, Books for Better Business, Books for Kids That Grown-ups Will Like Too and Books of Interesting People Doing Interesting Things.

But then I realized there were several other books that I just loved but did not fit into a tidy category. Hence, I finish my 2016 book series with a hodge-podge of books whose grouping has no element of order or sense. And, perhaps, that is entirely fitting for the year that was 2016.

  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris – Mindfulness is all the rage. And we have already established I suffer from FOMO. So, not surprisingly, I hopped right on the mediation bandwagon this past year. The concept of mindfulness is polarizing – people either consider it life-changing or complete hogwash. Honestly, I probably tilted toward the later a year ago. But after a year of Headspace, and books like this, I became a believer that a bit of mindfulness can chase a whole lot of crazy away.
  • Again to Carthage by John L. Parker Jr. – Once a Runner is THE defining literature of my chosen sport. In fact, I named my personal blog after a line from the book. The sequel does not disappoint with authentic running scenes that will make your slow-twitch fibers twitch.
  • Follow the River by James Alexander Thom – Mary Ingles was an early settler of western Virginia who was kidnapped by Indians and taken to what is now South Portsmouth, Kentucky. She eventually escaped but the ordeal was far from over – she had a thousand mile journey through mountains and rugged wilderness to return home. Using the Ohio, Kanawha, and New Rivers as her guide, she incredibly completed the journey almost all on foot. While this is a fictional account, much of the story is true-to-life.
  • Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated a Nation by Dean Jobb – We all know about that Ponzi scheme. Now learn about another one that happened in Chicago during the Roarin’ Twenties. Decades separate the two crimes, but the swindling is quite similar.

This is the fifth, and final, installment in a series of my favorite books I read in 2016. I did a similar series for 2015 reads.

How does this worker-bee/soccer-mom/rickety-runner find time to read 50 books a year? This is my secret.