Jared and I set a goal to read at least 24 books this year. I have no idea if this is a lot, a little, too many, too few, but two books a months sounded both reasonable and just challenging enough. I also figured it would “trick” me into reading like a crazy little fiend, because I’m nothing if not a classic over-achiever.Turns out, I was right, because I’ve already plowed through two books this month. I doubt this pace will continue, but I hope and plan to maintain a strong focus on reading books as a way of learning, resting and growing this year.
2014 Book List
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – Finished!
I really liked this book, possibly even loved it. Told from the perspective of a young woman who has just aged out of foster care, this story was rich with robust, believable characters, the harsh realities of life in a broken world and the beauty and grace found in human relationships. Highly recommend.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – Finished!
Such an engaging book! This book is written in a quirky, unique way and reminded me of the magic of a story skillfully woven together over hundreds of pages. It was fast-paced (or maybe I just was? Couldn’t put it down!), charming, real and funny.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
- The Circle Series by Ted Dekker
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (to be published 10/2014)
- When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman
- The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
- The Reason Why I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
by Naoki Higashida
- 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
- Redeeming Sociology by Vern S. Poythress
- Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller
- Jesus the King by Tim Keller
- In My Place Condemned He Stood by J. I. Packer
- Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
- Just Do Something Kevin DeYoung
- Adopting the Hurt Child by Gregory Keck
- Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson
- The Whole Brain Child by Dan Seigel and Tina Bryson
- Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson
- Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman
No Pressure Non-Guilt Trip Only If There’s Somehow Time Extras
- Anything by Jennie Allen
- Speak by Nish Weiseth
- The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shrieve
- RetroChristianity by Michael Svigel
- Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist