Follow @TimElmore Five years ago, I read a book by two teenagers named Alex and Brett Harris. Maybe you read it too—it was called Do Hard Things. It challenged their peers to not settle into the lifestyle of a typical high school or college student, getting lost in selfies, video games, Facebook updates and narcissism. They gave credence to the idea

OK, it is time again. Each January, I write down a list of my favorite books I read over the past year. This initial blog includes my list for last year. It was tough, as several caught my eye and intrigued me. They covered issues like personal growth, leadership, spirituality, social awareness and communication. I recommend these half dozen books