In January, I set a goal to read 52 books this year. I was unemployed and ambitious. My life has changed since then. However, the goal has not changed. Needless to say, I’m a little behind. But it’s August and I’m halfway!
Sometimes I intentionally seek out books. Other times I just read whatever I can get my hands on. I read eBooks on my Kindle Reader (it’s a free computer download). If I hated a book, I’d tell you. Must reads are books I believe everyone should read.
* This book was a waste of my time.
** It was ok.
*** This book was pretty good.
**** I liked this book a lot.
***** I’ll read this book again.
1. On Ice by Red Evans ***
A very clever piece of fiction that involves a nephew, stranger-turned-friend, and smelly dog hauling a dead body across the country in kiddie pool in the bed of a truck.
2. Lethal Remedy by Richard Marby ****
This novel was good but it did seem unnatural at times. Amber loved this book, though.
4. The Victory Club by Robin Lee Hatcher ***
Set in WWII, this book tells the stories of four women at home. I love the short chapters and how characters wrestle yet some parts seemed cheesy or cliché.
5. To Live is Christ by Beth Moore ****
Grab a Bible and dig in!
6. Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor **
I found this one on a friend’s bookshelf when I had no money to buy my own books and no library card. At first I didn’t like how fast it ended but now I think I do.
7. Like Sweet Potato Pie by Jennifer Rogers Spinola *****
The second book in the Southern Fried Sushi series. I’m really enjoying the series and can’t wait for ‘Til Grits Do Us Part to come out this fall. I also got to interview Jenny and reviewed Like Sweet Potato Pie.
8. Radical by David Platt *****
Must Read. It was great the first time I read it while in China, but I wasn’t exactly the target audience. Reading it again ten months later, I got a lot out of it–again. I rarely re-read books but this one will be read again.
9. Michal by Jill Eileen Smith ****
10. Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith ****
11. Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith ****
My only problem with Biblical fiction is that sometimes I want to read it over the Bible.
13. Wait No More by Kelly Rosati & John Rosati ****
This book is for people who are willing to plunge into the adoption abyss and come out on the other side stronger (and probably with a larger family). Here’s my review.
14. Aura’s Journey by Barbara E. Northup ****
A beautiful non-fiction story about a Deaf Honduran girl with no hope or communication skills prior to age six when she came to the US to attend school.
15. Walking by Faith: Lessons Learned in the Dark by Jennifer Rothschild *****
We did this one in a women’s Bible study at church. I wish I would have read it sooner.
16. Writing a Winning Proposal: Fiction by Michael Hyatt *****
I’m not quite to that stage in writing life yet, but it never hurts to be prepared.
17. Love Does by Bob Goff *****
Must Read. It’s so simple yet so profound. Here’s my review.
19. Platform by Michael Hyatt ****
A great resource for anyone who wants to be someone in today’s world.
20. Life Plan by Michael Hyatt (eBook) ****
I need to spend a few more hours with this book.
21. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster ****
This book took me way longer to read than it should have. I’m willing to read it again but it needs to be with a group. (Any volunteers?)
22. Let’s Write a Short Story! by JH Bunting (eBook) ****
This is a great eBook for writers. It’s not out yet but you can sign up to get a notification when it comes out.
23. No Longer a Slum Dog by K. P. Yohannan ***
Even though I’m well-acquainted with the horrors of poverty, this book left me speechless.
24. When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric & Leslie Ludy ***
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’m 23 and hadn’t read this yet. It’s geared for a younger audience but it’s still applicable to my life.
25. Wrecked by Jeff Goins *****
Ok, so I haven’t finished Wrecked yet. I’m savoring every page because it’s my story. College wrecked my life.
26. The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth by Ron Rash
I haven’t finished this collection of short stories yet either but I’m reading some of them for the second time. I love Rash, and the way he melds a variety of short stories together in this book reminds me of the Canterbury Tales.
Based on this modge-podge of odd books, what should I read next?
What have you been reading?
What are you looking for?