Whoohoo and welcome back to one of my favorite posts every year, the post where I look over all the books I read and tell you which ones are my favorite! I read 58 books in 2018, and I’ve narrowed the list down to the top 11 I want to share with you all. They are in the order that I read them in 2018, not of favorite to least favorite or anything like that.
This was one of the first books I read in 2018, and it really shaped my whole year. I told all of my friends about it and it really opened my eyes to another aspect of how big God is.
A sweet story with a good message, The Crooked Path was a book that stuck with me for a while at the beginning of 2018.
A great message in a personable, easy-to-understand format, Live Fearless was a book I devoured and purchased to give and loan to friends of mine.
This is a book we went through at a church I go to in a Bible study, and it was a fascinating and eye-opening read!
I listened to this book as a audiobook, and really enjoyed the intricate tale of a woman spy in WWII. There is some strong language so I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers. It definitely stuck with me and was all I could think about for weeks after finishing it. The plot was unpredictable and the narration of the audio version really immersed me into the story.
I’ve prayed for and followed the Lusko family since the events detailed in this book occurred, but only got around to reading it this year. Well, technically I listened to the audiobook–which was narrated by the author himself–and I cried buckets. And I listened to it all over again once I had finished. And I wrote a blog post about it.
After watching the movie adaption of this book, I decided to read the book for myself. I got the audio version and listened to it while I was on vacation to the beach in early summer, and I found myself laughing out loud at several points. Irreverent, satirical, and ultimately celebratory of the Austen lover, this book tickled my funny bone and I found I couldn’t stop smiling.
I listened to the audiobook for this–read by the author–and it hit the exact places my heart and soul had been hurting and in need of refreshment at the time. I wrote a blog post about what it meant to me during my travels, which you can read here.
I read this book after seeing Annie Downs in person at the Abound Conference at the beginning of October, and it was nice at the time. I did not realize when I read it that it would continue to reverberate throughout the rest of my 2018 and into 2019. The impact it has made on me has grown over time, so if you’re reading it and it’s just not impacting you, keep reading and wait. It will.
I really enjoy WWII fiction (as is evidenced by this list, as this is the 3rd WWII-era book on here!), and this one was so hauntingly beautiful. It was gut- and heart-wrenching, deep, moving, and had a sort of poetic grace with which it has resonated in my heart. I would highly recommend for those who can take a hard read.
This was a book my Sunday School was finishing up when I joined their class, but one of the ladies was sweet enough to give me her copy when she finished reading it and it was so good! I had so many “WOW” moments while reading this, and had to read it kind of slowly just to be able to soak it all in. It was deep and repeated some of the same ideas from other books Johnson has written, but I loved it and found it was hard to not be encouraged and challenged by it.
I hope you can find some books from this list to check out and read in the new year!
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