Top 10 books of 2016

I love to read. If I have a spare 10 minutes I’ll usually end up reading something and if you follow my Instagram feed you may have seen my progress to completing my 50 books in 2016 challenge I set myself back in January. Currently on 51, since you were wondering…

I thought it would be fun to think back over what I’ve read this year and give you my top 10. Both fiction and non-fiction are included, and hopefully, you find some inspiration for your own reading list.  They are in no particular order because picking my favourite is impossible.

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Nearly every book on personal growth and development references the research on mindset by Carol Dweck. In this book she covers a lot of the research and background to her work, giving you great insights into how to maximise your mindset and change your way of thinking to improve many areas of your life.

The unexpected inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

The first book by Vaseem Khan in his Baby Ganesh Detective Agency introduces some great characters, from Insp Chopra and his wife Poppy to the unexpected inheritance, the baby elephant Ganesha. The follow-up book, The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown, is also well worth reading.

Black box thinking by Matthew Syed

The (surprising) truth about success isn’t that it’s built solely on other success, without giving too much away success is often built off of the back of failure. Our reaction to, and adjustments after these failures is what counts. Several examples throughout the book illustrate how failure and our thinking can influence massive success or lead down the road to more failure.

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett sadly passed away in 2015, with his final book, The Shepherds Crown, published in August of that year. The book that began the Discworld series was The Colour of Magic, introducing us to the world of the Discworld, its main city of Anhk Morpork and such great characters as Rincewind the wizard, the Patrician, The Luggage and DEATH himself. Fantastic book and an amazing series.

Legacy by James Kerr

The All Black rugby team is one of the most outstanding teams in all of sports. Their success is built upon 15 lessons that can be applied equally to sports and business. Along with some amazing insights to the team and players that have reached the pinnacle of rugby, this is a great book on handling pressure, training at the highest level and leaving a legacy to be proud of.

A lifelong approach to fitness by Dan John

A collection of the writings of the great Dan John. Need I say more!?

The End of Average by Todd Rose

Average, as a way to measure ourselves against, doesn’t really exist. That is the point put forward by Todd Rose in his book. Many of the tests and processes in modern life are still based on averages that are no longer valid. The ideals of body shape, intelligence, personality and more are massively outdated and don’t allow for our individuality, leaving out a great amount of untyapped potential.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Being busy and being productive are 2 vastly different things. More and more often in the modern world we are overworked and yet, we get less done. In Essentialism, Greg McKeown explores ways to better measure what is essential and how to focus our efforts on fewer, more important tasks and make more progress and make more success.

The Subtle art of not giving a F**k by Mark Manson

Awesome title huh?! This is basically a modern take on Stoic philosophy, showing us that how we measure what’s important and how a poor choice of measure can indeed f*** us up. By giving less importance to what isn’t important and directing our focus to what is important, we can reduce stress and shift our view of our success.

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

My final book is one I may never actually finish. The Daily Stoic is a collection of 366 stoic quotes and thoughts on them. Covering wisdom, perseverance and more, they run the gamut of stoic wisdom from Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and Seneca. They take about 5 minutes to read 1 a day, giving you plenty of food for thought for your day.

Hope these give you some ideas for what to add to your reading list or last minute Christmas shopping ideas.

I also have a fuller list of my book list here

Have an awesome week,


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