I finished off the year having read 117 books, which I truly can’t believe (check out the full Pinterest page too)! Narrowing that many books down to just 10 is so very difficult, so you’ll see some Runners-up at the end of the list. These are my Top 10 favorite books read throughout 2014:
• Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee: My favorite Christian read of the year. I find myself going back to this book over and over. My people-pleasing, check-list making, comparison-seeking self needed this book again and again.
• The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: I just cannot wait to read this book again. Bringing up issues of loss, tragedy, friendship, love, hope, and despair, the book was an excellent read…quite possibly my favorite read of the year. Who are we and how does our past shape us? Is there hope despite our circumstances?
• Wonder by R.J. Palacio: I listened to this on audio book, and would recommend listening to it highly. If you have any interaction with children in upper elementary and/or middle school, this book opens wide what it means to be different in a judgmental world that expects conformity.
• All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and this book did not disappoint. Told from different perspectives, jumping back and forth in time, the novel was spell bounding, opening my eyes to parts of WWII I never knew. Loved the goodness the author portrayed in people.
• Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton: It takes quite a prolific writer to make you laugh while delving into some hard, deep, and rough life issues. I laughed out loud so many times, and also nodded my head in acknowledgement over so many great truths. Great perspective for moms.
• Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman: Definitely the best mothering-of-young-children book I have read. So Gospel centered, and so encouraging - made me feel hopeful, not full of despair.
• Daring Greatly by Brene Brown: I read 2 of Brown’s books this year, and this one was just plain awesome. Shame - what a huge topic, and one that I think everyone should take the time to read up on in the new year. I think about this book all.the.time, especially when interacting with younger children.
• The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: My favorite Kate Morton book to date. I was hooked from the beginning, loving the back and forth movement from past to present, and the ending surely did not disappoint.
• Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford: I reluctantly bought this book and after months of it sitting on my shelf, I finally read it. I did NOT want to, as I was expecting a ton of guilt (I am a work-from-home mama who has to be on my computer during the day). But…this was very far from the guilt I was expecting. Encouraging, with great ideas. It has really changed the way I parent and the way I spend time with my husband.
• The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: This book is a tad different, but I loved it. I’m nervous to recommend it, as the book leaves many questions unanswered - but I think that might have been why I liked it so much…kept me thinking long after finishing it.
One the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (fun) • Essentialism (business-helpful) • Me Before You (tear) • Antelope in the Living Room (laugh-out-loud) • The Shoemaker’s Wife (hopeful) • Tell the Wolves I’m Home (intriguing) • The Winter Sea (historical mystery) • Graceful by Emily Freeman (hits home) • Extravagant Grace by Barbara Duguid (eye-opening)
What were your favorite reads from 2014? Have any good books on the to-read pile in the new year?