A Long Overdue Reading Recap

Well, I’ve been doing a lot of reading in 2018, but I certainly haven’t made the time to post about it! Hopefully, if you are truly interested in my reading recommendations, you are my friend on Goodreads.  I do keep it up to date and review the books.

Because I’ve read over 30 books since I last posted, I am going to make this one a bit different from my usual recaps. Instead of describing and reviewing each one, I am going to list them by genre (ish) and then let you know my must-reads from each category.  Sound good?  Then, I will try to start making time for monthly updates.

Children/Young Adult

  • Dragons Love Tacos (Adam Rubin)
  • The War That Saved My Life (Kimberly Brubaker Bradley)
  • Red Scarf Girl (Ji-Li Jiang)
  • Tell Me Three Things (Julie Buxbaum)
  • What to Say Next (Julie Buxbaum)

My Favorite: Tell Me Three Things – yes, you need to suspend a bit of reality, but that is what makes YA so fun sometimes.

Fiction

  • The Woman in the Window (A.J. Finn)
  • The Best of Adam Sharp (Graeme Simsion)
  • Force of Nature (Jane Harper)
  • The Fortunate Ones (Ellen Umansky)
  • An American Marriage (Tayari Jones)
  • Not that I Could Tell (Jessica Strawser)
  • A Fall of Marigolds (Susan Meissner)
  • Into the Water (Paula Hawkins)
  • Love Walked In (Marisa de los Santos)
  • The Girl in the Glass (Susan Meissner)
  • I was Anastasia (Ariel Lawhon)
  • Lie to Me (J.T. Ellison)
  • The Women in the Castle (Jessica Shattuck)
  • What She Knew (Gilly Macmillan)
  • The Book of Essie (Meghan MacLean Weir)

My Favorites: An American Marriage (contemporary literary fiction), I Was Anastasia (historical fiction), and Lie to Me (suspense).

Nonfiction/Memoir

  • Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (Alexandra Fuller)
  • The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile)
  • Educated: A Memoir (Tara Westover)
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara)
  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House (Alyssa Mastromonaco)

My Favorites: Educated (Westover was raised in a fundamentalist, dooms-day prepper type situation and then ended up at Cambridge), Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (Fuller grew up in Zimbabwe in the 1970s), and Who Thought this was a Good Idea? (Mastromonaco worked for Obama – the writing style is similar to Mindy Kaling and this was a fun read).

Christian Thought

  • Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You (John Ortberg)
  • The Four Wills of God: the Way He Directs Our Steps and Frees Us to Direct Our Own (Emerson Eggerichs)
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (Nabeel Qureshi)
  • In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character (Jen Wilkin)
  • The Sacred Enneagram: Finding your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth (Christopher Heuertz)
  • The Gospel Comes with a House Key (Rosaria Butterfield)
  • Finding God in my Loneliness (Lydia Brownback)
  • Why Can’t We Be Friends? Avoidance is Not Purity (Aimee Byrd)

My Favorites: The Four Wills of God (highly recommend), and Why Can’t We Be Friends? (about male/female friendships within Christian community – so good, well-researched theologically, and challenging).

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