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2017 Reading List (+ Best Reads from 2016)


2017 Reading List (+ Best Reads from 2016)


Reading is a top habit of every self improvement warrior.


It helps – the reader – to self reflect, gain important knowledge, explore new ways of thinking and uncover priceless ideas. In this post, I share some of the titles on my 2017 reading list to inspire you.

Ready for inspiration?

To read is to empower yourself, because it leads to positive life change and growth through learning. As its popularly said, ”Readers are Leaders”. They spend quality time perusing volumes of words and then using this to enhance their lives and add value to the lives of others.

To read or not to read?

kindle device on table with notepad

As a fervent reader, I cannot explain how much value reading has added to my life. From the days of reading fictional stories and churning ideas around in my growing brain; to the present days of seeking definitive guides, answers and insights for everyday life.

I start off the year aiming to read at least 24 books from different shelves (genres). That puts it at an average of 2 books every month which is very easily achievable. Without a reading goal in mind, it is easy to veer off and leave out reading altogether due to the hassle of daily life.

Without further ado, I want to share some of my best reads from 2016 with you first. Reading was made easier because I read in different formats – audio via audible, digital via kindle and off course print – which is my favourite mode (but a luxury many times due to constant movement).

It was hard work picking just these five but errm, I had to – for this post. They are resources for a lifetime, jam packed with wisdom and a wealth of information.

Best reads from 2016

2016 ib blocks

1.Start with Why by Simon Sinek

2.Winding Road to Freedom by Dustin Rusbarsky

3.Young Explorer’s Adventures in Makkah by Abu Zaynah (Jashim Ali)

4.Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. [Review coming soon]

5.The one Thing (audio): The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

2017 reading list

Here’s just a little peep into my wish list (out of a minimum of 24) ~ books I intend to read this year (or already in the process of reading) In shaa Allah.

  • Built To Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James Collins and Jerry Porras.

Cover image of Child companions book via YouthlyHub.com


  • The Productive Muslim Book: Where Faith meets productivity by Mohammed Faris.


  • The Muslim Entrepreneur Mind Volumes 1 and 2 by various authors.


by Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar.



  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull 

I also have some seerah, Umm Zakiyyah, marketing, copy-writing and young adult titles on my list. And always on the lookout for recommendations, so please share your reading list or book suggestions.

Here are some tips to get you *reading* this year:

*** Involve your family and friends.

*** Read from a variety of shelves, don’t limit yourself.

*** Always carry a book along with you (whether on kindle or audio device).

*** Read often and consistently no matter how little the number of pages are.

*** Include books on your monthly shopping list (consider it a reward) or borrow if possible.

*** Discuss what you are reading or have read (positive or negative) with others to make the ideas more powerful.

Lastly, you can dive into this for more productive reading experience.

I can’t wait to hear about what you are reading presently or planning to read in 2017. Please share below.


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  1. Mansoor Shi'th July 27, 2017

    Wao this a worth-exploring,nice cite….jazaakumullaahu khayran

    1. Amina Edota July 28, 2017

      Wa iyyak. Would love to read your review when you get through any of them.

  2. Mansoor Shi'th July 27, 2017

    .jazaakumullaahu khayran

  3. FATIMA ZAHRA April 13, 2017

    Pyschology of the islamic perspective AND purification of the heart hamza yusuf are good title.
    These 2 titles are in my list of 2017 and 3rd one is The Productive Muslim Book

    1. Amina Edota April 13, 2017

      Psychology from the Islamic perspective is among my all-time favourites, as a student of psychology :). And generally books on ‘purification of the heart/ soul’ are always appealing to me. Looks like we have a taste of books in common. Thanks for sharing Fatima.

      1. FATIMA ZAHRA April 17, 2017

        My Pleasure some of ur posts helped me in my bad times 🙂
        I am also listening these audio this year (this might help someone… insha Allah)

        1- Self image psychology yassir fazaga
        2- The Benefits of Tawbah by Safi Khan
        3- its a long series but will worth the efforts http://www.islamicspirituality.org/historical-intellectual-and-spiritual-approaches-to-islam
        (I learned a lot about the beauty of our deen Islam and how merciful Allah is to me. Alhamdulillah)

        4- Strategies of Prophet Muhammad PBUH by Omar Khayyam Sheikh, u will find great wisdom in this book ( i got e-book format so i have not read in depth but insha Allah i have plan to get Hard Copy and read cover to cover as this title will remain my lifelong companion)

  4. Chelsea March 5, 2017

    I love to read and I love this list! I actually have had the book Start With Why in my bookshelf for so long, just need to get around to opening it!

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