IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! While I didn’t read nearly as many books this year (57) as I did last year (100), I still found some gems. I read a lot more nonfiction this year and that is reflected in my list.
1.) Girls with Swords by Lisa Bevere
I had actually read this book a couple of years ago, and it changed my life, so I was curious to read it again to see if it would be just as powerful the second time through. It was.
2.) Greater by Steven Furtick
Somehow this gem of a book slipped by me until recently, when I saw a deal on the ebook and snapped it up. It spoke directly to some fears and doubts I’ve had as well as confirmed what I’ve been hearing from God. It was an easy and encouraging read.
3.) Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere
I’ve been wanting to read this for a while but couldn’t get my hands on a copy. I was so happy to snag a deal on it on Black Friday and finished it in just a couple of days due to getting it in audio format–read by the author, which was a bonus! I loved the parallels between a lioness and a woman of God, and found that the book spoke to several different things that I had been needing encouragement or affirmation in, as well as challenging me to let go of more fears and be more wild, free, and fierce.
4.) The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
After seeing the movie earlier this year, I knew I wanted to read the book. Normally I read the book before the movie, but this time around it just happened that I had access to the movie before I could find a copy of the book. I loved how beautifully this book was written; it took me forever to read it because I was savoring the wording of each sentence. I grew so attached to the characters and the choices that they made really made me wonder what I would do in their situation. I love it when books are deep, profound, and thought-provoking like this; the only book I’ve read that compares to it is The Book Thief, another favorite of mine.
5.) Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan
This book was written by two best friends and read by my best friend and I. When I picked it up I did not have any idea how much I would need it. The themes of being wild and free like God created us continued to come up in my life while I read it and after I finished it, and really inspired both my friend and I.
6.) God is Good by Bill Johnson
When this book was first recommended to me, I thought just by the title that it was simplistic, obvious, and even unoriginal. But after reading it I can honestly say my life has changed for the better. It really made me think about what I believe and come to a whole new understanding of who God is. I would highly recommend it, especially to those who, like me, didn’t think they needed it.
7.) Night by Elie Wiesel
This book was a hard read. The story and its descriptions were simplistic, and by that I do not mean childish or not well-written, but blunt and straightforward when telling the harshness and tragedy contained within. It was another deep, sobering, and thought-provoking read. I was nauseous, I was crying, and I cannot begin to imagine what horrors the author endured, even after reading this account detailing some of them.
8.) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Even if this title also sounds silly to you, it is still worth the read! I loved it and am still working on living tidy even though I read it at the beginning of the year.
9.) Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette
This was a great ending to a great Biblical fiction series written by a debut author. I throughly enjoyed the series, as it gave a fresh perspective on familiar stories and characters.
10.) Anne’s House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery
It’s Anne of Green Gables. What’s not to love? I loved seeing her and Gilbert’s story continue through the years.
Honorable mention: The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
I’ve really enjoyed reading this author’s works since discovering her a year or so ago, and this was no different. Unique settings, multi-layered characters, and a twisty plot made for this to be a good murder mystery following the assistant to Harry Houdini.
Stay tuned for the Top 5 Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2018!