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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January Wrap Up!

Happy New Year, Chickadees!

January is a time for fresh starts and new adventures. We certainly had our share of new beginnings and fun times!

 

Living Life

 

puppy class

Lindsey rescued a puppy shortly before Christmas, so her New Year began with puppy classes. Say hello to Buddy!

elizabeth palm springs

Elizabeth started out the New Year with a getaway with her husband to Palm Springs.

Hannah's wedding

Lindsey and her hubby attended her friend Hannah’s wedding. (Remember Hannah from the Beautiful Oblivion author event?)

elizabeth disneyland

Elizabeth and her hubby frolicked and played at Disneyland. (And managed to escape the measles outbreak by a mere 9 days!)

Lindsey and Bob Goff

Lindsey met Bob Goff, the best-selling author/speaker and diplomat from Uganda to the United States.

Elizabeth sick

Elizabeth contracted both Strep AND Laryngitis.

Lindsey sick

At the same time that Lindsey was out with a vomit-inducing migraine.

Elizabeth movie

Elizabeth and her husband tried out the new, fancy dine-in movie theater.

 

Proudest Posts

Busy this month? Missed a couple posts? No worries! We’ve got you covered! Below we’ve curated some of our January favorites!

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Review

Fangirl Review

Sophie Sloane Book Reviews

Best Books Read in 2014

Interview with Melody Carlson {OhMyGosh! Dream come true!}

Man Crush Monday – Avan

 

Ravenously Reading

Elizabeth was a reading MACHINE this month! With a goal of reading 100 books in 2015, she is well on her way with a whopping TEN BOOKS this month!

 

Lindsey, on the other hand, did NOT have such a great reading month. She blames working 6 days a week for the whole month of January for her lack of reading motivation. That, and the new puppy wreacking havoc on her sleep schedule. Here are her five finished books in January.

Loving Links

So many wonderful things appeared on the internets this month! Below are a few of our favorite articles over the course of January.

Emma Watson is to play Belle in the new, live action Beauty and the Beast!

Super inspiring interview with Christine Caine on how God’s not looking for heroes

 

Dreaming and Doing

Tomorrow, February 1st, marks the beginning of Love Month. Hearts, roses, and kisses, oh my!

Of course there are lots of goals and plans for the month.

 

Now that Lindsey has a break from six day workweeks, she is hoping to FINALLY sit down and bust out her new lifestyle blog, documenting her journey of going green on a budget.

Also on Lindsey’s agenda is READING MORE BOOKS! 5 books in 31 days was just plain pathetic, and with the hope of her puppy soon sleeping through the night on a consistent basis, she may just have the mental energy to pick up a couple more books in February.

Her TBR list includes The Magiciansby Lev Grossman (a Christmas present from Kimmy, of the Maggie Stiefvater event fame), Interrutedby Jen Hatmaker (because Hatmaker is hilarious and she needs more nonfiction to diversify her reading), Shiverby Maggie Stiefvater (a Christmas gift from her in-laws), The Hooker and the Hermitby Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway (a trashy romance novel that she pre ordered that looks hysterical), and hopefully a couple of books on her “To-Read-And-Own” shelf that have been sitting there for FOREVER!

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November Wrap Up!

Living Life

Is it just us, or did it really feel like November FLEW by? Here’s what we did!

Elizabeth and Mr. Ray went to a Relient K concert.

Elizabeth and Mr. Ray went to a Relient K concert.

Lindsey became a wine club member at Oak Farm Winery in Lodi, CA.

Lindsey became a wine club member at Oak Farm Winery in Lodi, CA.

Elizabeth, Mr. Ray, and their fur child, Bentley, had a photo shoot for their Christmas cards.

Elizabeth, Mr. Ray, and their fur child, Bentley, had a photo shoot for their Christmas cards.

Lindsey got bored one evening and decided to give herself bangs.

Lindsey got bored one evening and decided to give herself bangs.

Elizabeth put up her Christmas tree.

Elizabeth put up her Christmas tree.

Lindsey's work was voted in the top twenty dealerships to work for (out of 22,000 competitors!).

Lindsey’s work was voted in the top twenty dealerships to work for (out of 22,000 competitors!).

Elizabeth's school had Flashback Friday, and her middle school students insisted that she looked SO DIFFERANT when she was a junior higher. (What's your vote?)

Elizabeth’s school had Flashback Friday, and her middle school students insisted that she looked SO DIFFERANT when she was a junior higher. (What’s your vote?)

Lindsey got some good reading time in at the doctor's office (stupid lost voice!).

Lindsey got some good reading time in at the doctor’s office (stupid lost voice!).

Elizabeth found herself in a Winter Wonderland.

Elizabeth found herself in a Winter Wonderland.

Lindsey had a delicious Thanksgiving.

Lindsey had a delicious Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth, Mr. Ray, and Bentley had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth, Mr. Ray, and Bentley had a lovely Thanksgiving.

 

Lindsey and her hubby volunteered as red kettle bell ringers for the Salvation Army.

Proudest Posts

Missed some posts over the last month? No worries! We’ve collected some of our favorites over the past month here in one spot. Enjoy!

sherlock holmesFab Five Free Books!

the babysitter's club

Throwback Thursday – The Babysitter’s Club!

desperately ever after

 Desperately Ever After Review

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Image obtained from Hallels.com
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Cinderella

duck dynasty

Man Crush Monday – The Men of Duck Dynasty!

touch of power

Touch of Power Book Review

Ravenously Reading

This month was a mixed bag as far as reading goes. Here’s what we read:

Elizabeth read a total of six books this month, bringing her yearly total to 79! Meaning, her 75 books in a year reading challenge is COMPLETE! Way to go, Elizabeth!

Lindsey, too, read six books this month, bringing her yearly total to 98 out of her 100 book goal.

Loving Links

There were so, so many great articles this month. Below are some of our favorites!

5 Ways to Improve Your Body Image Right Now

Scientific Proof Thoughts & Intentions can Alter Physical Worls Around Us

Why Independent Bookstores are More Than Just Places to Buy Books

What Would You Tell a Twenty-Something About Living Simply?

Cornell to Add Massive Open Online Courses in 2015

Chance Encounter Leads to a Two Book Deal!

Dreaming and Doing

nanowrimo

Well, as y’all know, November is National Novel Writing Month, and we were DETERMINED to crank out our novels this month! Sadly, that didn’t exactly happen.

Lindsey was too chicken to even begin, but Elizabeth DID manage to turn out another 3,000 words! Woo Hoo! At least one of us made progress, haha.

During the month of December, we have several personal and professional goals.

In an effort to save every penny towards buying her first house next fall, Lindsey has taken up couponing. That’s right. She’s gonna be that Crazy Coupon Lady in the grocery store line, making multiple transactions, clipping coupons in the aisle, and wheeling a heaping grocery cart into the parking lot after only spending $12.95 for a month’s worth of food and supplies. Or at least, that’s her goal. We’ll see what that looks like on a practical, day-to-day basis.

To support her endeavors, she is embarking on a new adventure-  A lifestyle blog! She’ll post grocery challenges, fabulous deals, and personal experiences as she works her way towards purchasing her dream home. It will be a place where women in similar life stages can ban together, encourage one another, share tips, and know they are not alone. The site is set to launch around the first of the year, but never fear! Lindsey will still be reading, reviewing, and contributing here at Chick Lit Chickadees!

It’s just that more books will be checked out of the library instead of purchased on her kindle.

Elizabeth has some lofty ambitions as well! She’s gearing up for Christmas by reading several holiday themed books, including two as part of a book tour!

With all of the holiday madness about to hit, we’ll see how far we get in accomplishing our goals!

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October Wrap Up!

Living Life

Wow! October was a super busy month for us! Here’s what we did…

Elizabeth and her hubby went to the pumpkin patch.

oct 4

Lindsey went Paleo to correct some of her health issues.

oct 2

Elizabeth began a 31 days of books photo challenge.

oct 7

We both met Nikki Kelly, Gennifer Albin, Jessica Brody, and Marissa Meyer at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos.

oct 1

Elizabeth survived her first round of parent teacher conferences.

Lindsey celebrated her 8th year of volunteering at a non-profit coffee shop.

oct 6

We did a happy dance over our 100th twitter follower.

oct 3

We attended the first annual California Capital Book Festival and met some really awesome bookish peeps.

ccbf

Lindsey passed out candy for the very first time to trick or treaters.

Elizabeth took her puppy and godchildren trick or treating.

We started NaNoWriMo.

 

 

Proudest Posts

Missed some posts over the last month? No worries! We’ve collected some of our favorites over the past month here in one spot. Enjoy!

Image obtained from Goodreads

Literary Redheads

LincolnParkFashionista_850

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista

philanthropic ways

Philanthropic Ways

maid of secrets

Books I Wish Were Movies

oct 1

Fierce Reads Tour Fall 2014

A Year in the Life Picture

A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother & Giveaway

dangerous denial

Dangerous Denial

 

Ravenously Reading

With all of the busy-ness, it was a lighter reading month for us. Here’s a list of books we finished.

 

Elizabeth __ out of 75 completed!

A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow

Philanthropic Ways by Eugenie Laverne Mitchell

Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

The Memory Coder by Jessica Brody

Favorite read this month goes to!

 

Lindsey 90 out of 100 completed!

All Fall Down, Dragon Rose, Binding Spell, Ashes of Roses, & One Thousand Nights by Christine Pope

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Favorite read this month goes to!

shadow and bone

 

Stacking Shelves

Our bookshelves got waaayyyy more full this month! Check it out!

 

Elizabeth received the following books from authors in exchange for an honest review (thank you, lovely authors!):

A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow

Philanthropic Ways by Eugenie Laverne Mitchell

Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray

 

Elizabeth purchased the following books:

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

The Memory Coder by Jessica Brody

 

Lindsey received the following book from publishers and authors in exchange for an honest review (thanks Tor and Goodreads and Brenda Novak!):

Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak

 

Lindsey purchased the following books:

All Fall Down, Dragon Rose, Binding Spell, Ashes of Roses, & One Thousand Nights by Christine Pope

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Scarlett by Marissa Meyer

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jennifer Lundquist

 

 

Loving Links

SO MUCH happened on the internets. On the sad side, there was the whole #HaleNo debacle, but there were also some awesome links, too! Here’s some highlights:

Let’s get the negative out of the way. Kathleen Hale’s “Article” in The Guardian

The Future of YA Literature

YA Fiction Timeline (SO COOL!)

Requesting ARC’s from Publishers

Benefits of Reading

Susan Dennard’s Series on Crafting Characters

 

Dreaming and Doing

nanowrimo

We have one main goal for November- write an entire, full-length novel in 30 days! That’s right! We’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year! To learn more, check out their website.

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