Seven Best Non-fiction Books I Read in 2016

Seven Best Non-fiction Books I Read in 2016

Hello readers! I read some awesome books this year! What about you? I’m going to eventually make a fiction list, but I read a lot of non-fiction this year, so here it goes! In order of awesomeness…

1. Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos: I loved this memoir by Nia Vardalos, the star and author of the “My Big, Fat Greek Wedding” movie. Nia writes about adopting her daughter from foster care. This book truly touched me, but was also very informative.

2. Take Control of the Noisy Class: From Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds by Rob Plevin: This was the best classroom management book I have ever read. The author worked in both general and special education and some tough environments, so he really gets challenging students.

3. The People v. Disneyland by David Koenig: I loved this book about the various lawsuits against Disneyland over the years and how they resulted in changes in the park. Surprisingly not dry for a book about lawyers and lawsuits.

4. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker: This book is a collection of essays on a large variety of topics, including parenting, church, and social media. It’s very funny and many of her points are refreshing.

5. Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall and Lisa Wysocky: This book really opened my eyes to modern-day slavery. It is so insane to me that she was a slave in Southern California for 21 months before she was rescued. The depravity of some humans and the resiliency of other humans is shocking.

6. Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison: I loved this very real look at the American foster care system from a woman who has been fostering for 13 years. She is brutally honest and an inspiration.

7. How to Talk to Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish: This was a great book for anyone who works with children. It was also the most engaging book about teaching I have ever read, as it is full of comic strips. This book has a lot of practical strategies for changing your language to improve your relationships with children.

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The Silent Cry Review

The Silent Cry

By Cathy Glass

Genre: Non-fiction, memoir, foster care story

This book deserves a 3.5 I think. I love Cathy Glass’s books and her tales of being a foster parent. This book was a little different as it had to do with her neighbor’s mental health issues and wasn’t centered around a child she was fostering. Because I am such a fan, I thought it was interesting to see some other aspects of Cathy’s life and how her family functions when there’s no foster child with them. However, I think first time readers of hers would find the book slow. 

Besides her neighbor, this book also discusses a few respite foster care placements that Cathy took during the time period of her neighbor’s difficult. There are still some fostering stories in here and more information about different types of placements. Again, as a long-term reader, this was interesting, but it may not be to an new reader. I also don’t think the book title and cover blurb were very fitting since there were a lot of family members in little Kim’s life helping to look out for her. 

Not my favorite Cathy Glass book, but it’s worthwhile to read if you’re already a fan.

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Made For Me Review

Made For Me

By Kathryn Biel

Genre: Chick lit

4.5 chickadees! I received this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. Main character Michele is stuck in life. She lives in a tiny apartment, didn’t finish design school, and is working in retail. When her place of employment closes down, she realizes she needs to change her life. She starts a little Etsy shop, but when she finds out about a new show called Made for Me, she switches gears. The show is a competition between designers and the winner gets to design a real-life princess’s wedding gown! Michelle gets on the show and has more than fabric to deal with, including awkward camera interviews, romance, and a “no outside communication” policy.

Michele was a great and relatable main character. She is still trying to find her way in life and there’s some huge character development in the story. The secondary characters are interesting and varied. The love interests are crazy different, but each have their charms. I loved the princess, who wasn’t what you thought she would be.

The pace of this story was great and it never dragged. It kept my interest the whole time. I loved the premise and the crazy subplots that come from a reality TV show. I also wanted to drool over the design descriptions! I would totally buy Michele’s looks! I would highly recommend this to fans of chick lit!

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