One of my favorite hobbies is reading! I love to curl up with a cup of coffee and dig into a really good book. Due to the fact that I was actually writing a book of my own last year, while working and planning a wedding, I didn’t accomplish the amount of reading that I would have liked. Since I have more white space, I made a goal to read at least 36 books this year. Three books a month feels manageable!
Reading books on a screen isn’t my cup of tea. I much prefer feeling the pages of the book as I turn them, and I typically always have a book with me (that’s what purses are for, right!) It’s amazing the “spare moments” I can find during the day to get a few pages read – waiting on a friend for coffee, riding the bus home, reading for a few minutes before cooking dinner, etc. You make time for what’s important, but if you’re intentional, it’s not hard to find time to read. What is important is being willing to step away from your phone and social media in order to dive into books!
I decided to a compile a list of books I’d like to read this year! Many of the titles are books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, or recommendations from friends! I’d love to hear from you – what are you reading? Did I miss any must reads?
All of the books are linked to Amazon, just click on the title!
- What Are We Doing Here? Essays – Marilynne Robinson
- Unseen – Sara Hagerty
- Culture Care – Makoto Fujimura
- You Are What You Love – James K. A Smith
- Till We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis
- Deep Work – Cal Newport
- My Promised Land – Ari Shavit
- C.S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet – Alister McGrath
- Far Above Rubies; Biography of Bethany Lloyd Jones – Lynette G. Clark
- The Company We Keep – Jonathan Holmes
- Soul Friends: The Transforming Power of Deep Human Connection by Stephen Cope.
- The Divine Conspiracy – Dallace Willard
- Recapturing the Wonder – Mike Cosper
- 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You – Tony Reinke
- Be Our Guest – Perfecting the Art of Customer Service
- Steal Like An Artist – Austin Kleon
- The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron
- God and the Transgender Debate – Andrew Walker
- Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag – Armando Valladares
- Braving the Wilderness– Brené Brown
- The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor
- A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
- Crucial Conversations – Kerry Patterson
- As Kingfishers Catch Fire – Eugene Peterson
- Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do – Paul David Tripp
- Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work – Tim Keller
- Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art – Madeline L’engle
- Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
- Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
- The Stories We Tell – Mike Cosper
- Steal Away Home: Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson, Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom – Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey
- When Harry Became Sally – Ryan Anderson
- A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 – Joseph Loconte
- Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
- The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
- The Road Back to You – Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile