If you know anything about me, you know that one of my favorite things in the world is to read. And one of my passions in life is to inspire a love of reading in others. Reading changes things. It’s opened my eyes to the world and taught me so much. So in honor of the joy of reading, here are some of my very favorites, the books that had a significant impact on my life:

1. Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

2. Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

3. Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

4. A Million Miles in A Thousand Years by Donald Miller

5. Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller

6. A Homemade Life by Molly Wisenberg

7. Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Eliot

8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

9. 7 by Jen Hatmaker

10. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

11. Life of the Beloved by Henri J. M. Nouwen

12. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

13. The Inner Voice of Love by Henri J. M. Nouwen

14. The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus by Brennan Manning

15. The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning

16. Scary Close by Donald Miller


As an English Lit. major, here are some more literary favorites:

1. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

2. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway

4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


And here are some books that were just fun and I loved them:

1. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

2. The Places I Stopped on My Way Home by Meg Fee

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


For the past few years, I’ve tried to read 25 books. Some years it’s more, some it’s less. Here are my lists from the last couple years as well:

2012 (23 books)

The Hunger Games. Catching Fire. Mockingjay. Fermat’s Enigma. Dr. Faustus. Life of Pi. Le Petit Prince. Hamlet. The Grace Effect. Bittersweet. Love Does. Becoming a Woman of Influence. When Crickets Cry. Through Painted Deserts. Her Fearful Symmetry. The Accidental Asian. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Girl Meets God. A Walk in the Woods. Peter Pan. Practicing the Presence. Always Enough. The Magicians Nephew.

2013 (20 books)

The Reading Group. Pride and Prejudice. Not a Fan. The Sun Also Rises. The House on Mango Street. Bread & Wine. The Great Gatsby. The Reading Promise. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In Everyone Hanging out Without Me?. The Ragamuffin Gospel. The Paris Wife. Patched Together, Love Mercy. 7. Austenland. Girls in White Dresses. The Furious Longing of God. Bird by Bird.

2014 (33 books)

Traveling Mercies. Packing Light. Mrs. Dalloway. Charlotte’s Web. To the Lighthouse. Clementine. A Room of One’s Own. Flush. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. How Reading Changed My Life. Wonderlust. Searching for God Knows What. Cold Tangerines. Summer at Tiffany. Looking for Alaska. The Sugar Queen. The House at the End of Hope Street. Let Me Be a Woman. The Jane Austen Book Club. Grace (Eventually). A Prayer Journal. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. Age of Iron. Child of God. Persepolis. The Complete Maus. Lunch in Paris. A Tale for the Time Being. This is How You Lose Her. The Road. Nice Girls Don’t Change the World.

2015 (24 books)

Charlotte Temple. Scary Close. The Mermaid’s Sister. Attachments. I Wrote This for You. Stargirl. For One More Day. The Flawless Skin of Ugly People. The Intimate Mystery. Just Do Something. You and Me Forever. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. The Tale of Despereaux. Cold Tangerines. Finding Spiritual Whitespace. Bittersweet. Gift from the Sea. Love & War. The Places I Stopped on My Way Home. Life of the Beloved. Where’d You Go, Bernadette. The Inner Voice of Love. The Greatest Gift. One Thousand Gifts.

2016 (Coming Soon!)


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