I love to read. Like, really really really love to read. Peter says that I’m addicted, and he might be right. Over the past eighteen months, I’ve read over 100 books. (Is that an addiction??) Here are some of my favorites from the past year. (In no particular order)
- Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan: If you are a parent of small children, you will find this book to be hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. Peter and I read it at the same time and we giggled all the way through.
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Samson: This book is about an adult with Asperger’s (who doesn’t know that he has Asperger’s) and how he relates to people in his life. It is a work of fiction but is very insightful and amusing.
- The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty: Everything I’ve read by this author is good. There is always some sort of twist that you don’t see coming.
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty: This is probably my favorite Moriarty book.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: Are you sensing a theme here?
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: This is a book about a somewhat dysfunctional family who move in together one summer, but this one had an ending that I didn’t see coming. I love those kind of books.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: I am a sucker for historical fiction, particularly anything written about World War II. In my opinion, this is a must read!
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom: This novel delves into the relationships between slaves and their masters in the 1800’s. Lots of intrigue and heartbreak in this one. I absolutely loved this book.
- The Martian by Andy Weir: This book was recently made into a movie which I haven’t seen yet because Peter and I rarely go on dates and now he’s deployed blah blah blah. But the book was phenomenal. Beware: There was a lot of bad language. I mean, like, a lot. But I’m guessing that if you were stranded on Mars, you might use a few choice words too. Admittedly, I glossed over some of the technical stuff, because, um, math and science, but the book was interesting and surprisingly funny. As I read it, I could totally envision Matt Damon playing the part.
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I may have actually read this book last year, but y’all. This one has stayed with me. It’s funny and emotional and heartwarming and heartbreaking and everything I want a book to be.
- Preemptive Love by Jeremy Courtney: This book is the true story of a man and his family who felt called to leave the comforts of home, move to Iraq to share the love of Jesus, and help children receive life-saving treatment. I can not imagine doing that, can you? I want to be this guy’s friend. He is inspiring.
- The Memory Man by David Baldacci: I just recently finished this book. It’s sort of a departure from my usual, but I loved the mystery and intrigue. If you enjoy watching CSI or other similar shows, you will like this one.
- For The Love by Jen Hatmaker: This book has the typical Jen Hatmaker humor and poignance. I read this at the same time as my friend Angie, and we texted each other throughout the book. Jen makes you feel like you’re her best friend. (I am her best friend, right?) I love anything she writes so of course I loved this one too.
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown: This one is not very action-packed but it is interesting. It follows a group of young men who competed for the gold medal in rowing in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. I found myself rooting for these boys even though I already knew the outcome.
- The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner: If you are a busy woman (and who isn’t), this book is for you. Jessica will teach you the importance of saying no to things that interfere with your goals and she will help you identify and find time to participate in things that bring you life and joy. This book has shown me the importance of making time to do things that fill my soul so that I can better care for my family. There are journaling spaces throughout the book to help you work through the process.
- Love Does by Bob Goff. This guy is a lunatic. And I mean that in a good way. His stories are funny and cringe-worthy and inspiring. Chapter 25, “God is Good,” is my favorite. (Just in case you wanted to know.) I once watched him speak via video and he is irrational and impassioned. I think you’ll find him to be both of those things too.
- Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch: I wrote an entire piece about the first chapter of this book a couple weeks ago (and I’ll probably be writing more about it in the future), so all I’ll say is this: If you have children living in your home, BUY THIS BOOK! You won’t regret spending the money on it, I promise.
- I’m a little biased but I also sort of enjoyed Mommy Has Crinkles. (wink wink) If you’re an exhausted mom, feeling alone with very little time to refresh your soul, this book is for you.
Comment below and tell me which of these books you’d like to read this year. By commenting, you’ll be entered in a giveaway where I’ll choose one lucky winner to receive the book of their choice. I’ll leave comments open until December 31, 2015.
And I’m always looking for a great book to read so feel free to share your favorite book recommendations too!