My Best Reads of 2016

In what has become a tradition on my blog, I hereby present my top 5 books of 2016 for your perusal.

Before getting to the books though, I just wanted to answer the question “How do I come up with this list?”

Well, there are a few criteria that these books meet. Primarily, these books are ones that have either:

  • changed/enhanced my worldview
  • challenged/developed my understanding
  • books that I want to share with others

So, without further adieu, here are ‘my best reads of 2016’!


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The first Noel

What is Christmas all about for you?

There’s good food, you get time to see family, crack out the board games etc. Well, one of my favorite festive things to do – call it a Christmas hobby – is playing Christmas music. Each and every year, I kindly play my Christmas music for all my family to hear. One day they’ll learn to appreciate it… (If you’re interested, this year’s is available here)

Thing is, when you think through the lyrics of the songs, it really is quite interesting. You see, these songs tell us what the authors think Christmas is all about.


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The truth of post-truth


Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief

Each year, the Oxford English Dictionary, publishes its ‘word of the year’. This is a word that has “become prominent or notable during that [year].”1 This year that word is ‘post-truth’.

Never-mind the irony that a dictionary – bastion of promoting the true meaning of words – is publishing the word; we have to take on board the sentiment that as a society we are ‘post-truth’. But what does that mean? (more…)

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