{I Love to Read}

2014 :: Book List

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  1.  The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison,  a great and interesting novel.
  2.  The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown,  I'm so glad I came across this recommendation.  It was a great book to start the year off and will probably be on my favorites list for a long while!
  3. An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman,  This was a charming book of stories about love, family, compassion, and of course kitchen-y things.  A fun, light group of stories.
  4. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott, a quick burst of everything I love about Anne Lamott.  It just reinforced my love for her witty views about real life and dealing with all the dailiness that we humans get ourselves into.  
  5. The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black, I really enjoyed this novel set in Galveston, along the Gulf of Mexico.  There was such a tangible feeling to it and I savored it.
  6. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, This one may be my favorite horror novel of the year.  I couldn't read it fast enough!
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, This is an awesome who-done-it story and one that had me flip-flopping the entire gripping time!
  8. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill - I wanted to read this one because it was another horror novel by Joe Hill and I did like it, although not nearly as much as NOS4A2.  All in all, I'm glad I read it.
  9. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes - Suspenseful, intriguing, and a little terrifying.  I absolutely loved it!

 :2013 Book List:  (2013 hasn't been my year for reading!)

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  1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green  (This was a great story about true love.)
  2.  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  (A re-read of a favorite classic novel)
  3. The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald ( I had never read this one and since the movie was about to be released, I had to fit it in.  I LOVED it!)
  4.  Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey (A game-changer for me.  So many wise, undeniable, and true words of wisdom that I wish I would have read years ago.)
  5.  7:  An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker  (Ahh...this one.  This one is a LIFE-changer for me.  AMAZING.  Everyone should read this one - slowly, thoughtfully, and prayerfully.)
  6. Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, I loved the quirky and peculiar tale.

 : 2012 Book List :

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  1. This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone by Melissa Coleman (This one was not for me...could not even finish it.)
  2. The Shack by William Paul Young (I love the way this story is told, giving a fresh new perspective from which to view our relationship to God through Jesus.  I'm sure I'll come back to it's message for many years to come.)
  3. The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder Through the Seasons by Amanda Blake Soule  (Great book of family projects and ideas for togetherness)
  4. The Death Cure, Maze Runner #3 by James Dashner  (A good ending to the trilogy)
  5. With My Body by Nicki Gemmell (My favorite read this year)
  6. Good Girls Don't Get Fat by Robyn Silverman  (Pretty good for the resources in the back if nothing else.  It reads more like a long magazine article.)
  7. The Way of the Happy Woman:  Living the Best Year of Your Life by Sara Avant Stover  (Many good things in this book, but a major lack of spirituality that I felt was missing)
  8. The Inflammation Cure by William Joel Meggs  (Informative about the subject of inflammation)
  9. Natural Health, Natural Medicine by Andrew Weil  (As usual, a wealth of information from one of favorite authors on health and wellness.  A definite must-buy to keep on the home bookshelf.)


: 2011 Book List :

  1. Altogether Dead by Charlaine Harris (I love everything from this author...just for fun)
  2. I Thought it was Just Me by Brene Brown (Very thought provoking, soul touching)
  3. Artisan Breads in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg (Makes me strive to be a better baker)
  4. Eating Mindfully by Susan Albers (perfectly simple)
  5. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (Another from one of my faves)
  6. Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (Thought provoking in all aspects of food)
  7. The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (This one put me on the road to vegetarianism.  I loved it)
  8. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (Sookie still remains one of my faves)
  9. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris  (♥)
  10. The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve  (Amazing story...loved it)
  11. The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve  (Hmm...not sure about this one although I adore Anita Shreve)
  12. Ultra-Metabolism by Mark Hyman  (Interesting)
  13. Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads by Peter Reinhart  (Inspiring bread baking)
  14. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke  (Amazing adventure with the kids)
  15. The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve (Brilliantly written by one of my favorite authors)
  16. Letter to My Daughter  by George Bishop (Very good...I wish there would have been more to the ending)
  17. It Ain't Just About The Cookin'  by Paula Deen  (So deliciously good)
  18. Whispering to Witches by Anna Dale  (Another fantasy with the kids)
  19. The Courage To Be Yourself by Sue Patton Thoele  (Soul touching)
  20. Life Is A Verb by Patti Digh  (Inspiration filled)
  21. Under The Skin by Michel Faber  (Incredible...Faber is sure to be another favorite) 
  22. All That is Bitter and Sweet : A Memoir by Ashley Judd  (Amazing in so many ways, made me see many things in this world differently)
  23. Stronger Than You Think by Kim Gaines Eckert  (Inspiration on every page.  I love it)
  24. Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman (Made so much sense to me and I'll keep some of the advice forever)
  25. Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter  (Great first novel by a favorite singer/songwriter)
  26. The Crimson Petal and The White by Michel Faber (Awesome, Intriguing, Amazing...really, I can't praise it enough.  It's worth all 900 pages!)
  27. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp  (Beautiful message and lovely thoughts)
  28. The Reactive Hypoglycemia Sourcebook by Stephanie Kenrose  (Nice sourcebook to refer to)
  29. Lift by Kelly Corrigan  (Amazing...Touching....exactly what I want to leave for my own children)
  30. This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman (Beautifully written, unexpected twists and turns, a modern/urban plot with self-forgiveness at its center.)