I’ve read a lot of books this year. I’m not sure how many – maybe 50? Hmm . . . maybe I’ll keep track next year? For this year, though, I tried to remember (and narrow down) my favorites to come up with a list for you. It’s a varied list – as usual, but each book on this list is one that I either savored or inhaled, have thought about many times since reading the final page, and would even love to read again. I can’t wait to hear about your favorite books of the year!
- Just Between You and Me: A Novel of Losing Fear and Finding God by Jenny B. Jones – I’ve talked about this one before, but I really loved it! As in, subscribe to the author’s blog and even read her YA books, loved it.
- The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? by Richard Stearns – I put off reading this book for nearly a year, because I knew it would change me, change my heart. And it did. But to be honest, I haven’t done much about it. Maybe I need to read it again. With a highlighter.
- The Reluctant Entertainer: Every Woman’s Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality by Sandy Coughlin – I read this book after a not-so-successful family event and every word hit home. I can’t wait to read through it again and plan to give it to several people this next year.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by J.K. Rowling – Perhaps you’ve heard of this series? Kidding. After waiting more than a decade to start reading Harry Potter (and diligently avoiding every spoiler out there), I have devoured the first four books. The fifth one is an intimidating million pages long, but I plan to dive into it soon.
- Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer – If you’re not a fan of fluffy romance or fantasy fiction, then don’t bother with this one. If you happen to be more open-minded, however, then I suggest this for a fun read. All of Crusie’s books make me laugh, but I especially love it when she writes with Mayer.
- Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani – I actually checked this older book out of the library after a recommendation from Jenny B. Jones – or, at least, her blog. It was a well-written story with interesting characters, and I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.
- Nowhere Carolina by Tamara Leigh – Usually, I speed-read chick lit and forget it as soon as I close the cover. But this one stuck with me a bit longer. For chick lit and Christian fiction, that’s saying something. Ergo, it’s on the list.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett – I’m sure you haven’t heard anyone say this one is good, right? It’s just me? Ha! Seriously, the best book I read this year. LOVED it. Wish I could read it again.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – And this one! This book was recommended by so many people, but it just sounded awful. I mean, the title! The premise! The whole thing! And it was LOVELY. And smart. And funny. And wonderful. I loooved this book.
- Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist – This is the book I savored. Not because I didn’t love it enough to read it quickly, but because I didn’t want it to end. Thankfully, Niequist wrote another book called Bittersweet. Which I also savored – and can’t wait to read again! Come back later for a full review of that one – and a giveaway!
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
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