"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Monday, January 16, 2017

Another book list {books to read in 2017}

I made my first book list last year, as ambitious as it was, and I'm thinking it might be part of the reason why I read the most books I ever have in one year. I just love scratching things off a list! So I spent [entirely too much] time making a list for 2017. The one thing I learned is that I was wayyyy too ambitious with the number of spiritual books I wanted to read – of the 9 on my list last year, I just read 5. So many spiritual books take awhile to get through (which is good! You want it to sink in and all), so I tried really hard not to put that many on my list this year. (But of course if I finish the ones here by some chance then I'll read more.)

Another reason I really wanted to make another list is to make sure I read mostly books that are free! You know, ones that are sitting on my shelf still unread or that I can easily get from the library. I don't want to commit to books and realize I need to buy them. #budget

Okay, listed by category because that is how I roll (you can just say I'm temperamental with my reading):


The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian - seriously been having this on my shelf forever


The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman


Hail, Holy Queen by Scott Hahn

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales - because he's my saint of the year!

33 Day to Merciful Love by Michael E. Gaitley

Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Gurnard

A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn - also been having this on my shelf for years, halfway read (but I'm starting from the beginning again)


Something by Wendell Berry, TBD

The Horse & His Boy by C.S. Lewis - making my way through the Narnia books

Something else by C.S. Lewis, TBD - any suggestions? I'm thinking A Grief Observed or Surprised by Joy or Till We Have Faces. So many options!

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery - also making my way through Anne of Green Gables

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

Night by Elie Wiesel

Anchored by Kayla Aimee

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr

Self-help/personal development/non-fiction/I don't know

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider

My goal is to read 36 books this year, and that's only 24 so I don't feel too restricted.

I mentioned last year that a group of my friends have a reading challenge together, and the above graphic is our new one this year (we each picked a category). We still have an ongoing book-related text message thread about what we're reading each month. It's really been fun having that accountability! So find yourself a book buddy and get reading! ;)

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