Books Read in 2017


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Each year I challenge myself to read 52 books in one year. I like listing them here plus a sentence or two about them.

1. Looking For The Lovely: Collecting Moments That Matter

This book was more about not quitting than anything else.

2. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

This book convicted me. It is high time our family started inviting people over for a meal on a regular basis.

3.  Lizzy and Jane

This book made me laugh, cry and think. A winning combination for a work of fiction in my books.

4. Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel

It took me a while to get into Dear Mr. Knightley. I am not used to the letter format. But in the end, I LOVED this book and went on to buy a 3rd title by Katherine Raey (she also wrote Lizzy and Jane)

5.Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough

Being over 40 I am pretty content with who I am and who I am not so I didn’t get a lot out of Wild and Free. However, I think it is a great read for those who are struggling to be 100% who they were made to be.

6. Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down

Got clutter? Got extra body weight? The two might be more related than you might think. Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight opened my eyes up to how growing clutter piles and a growing waistline can be related. The author does provide a solution to this problem though but it isn’t an easy one – it takes dedication, diligence and time.

7. Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love

This book was meant to be read a day here, and a day there -but I read it all in about a week. Only Love Today is full of encouraging words and great reminders that it is always the best decision to choose love.

8. $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

This isn’t a topic I normally read about but God has been tugging at my heart strings lately to better understand who America’s poor are and how my family can best help them. $2.00 was eye opening! It left me with an entirely new perspective for those living without employment.

9.The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful

This book has rekindled the decorating spark within me. Thanks to The Nesting Place I am seeing yard sale finds in a whole new way and my home is looking more and more beautiful each day.

10. At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe

Having followed Tsh and her family’s journey around the globe through Instagram I was looking forward to reading this book. It did not disappoint. At Home in the World is perfect for those with wanderlust in their hearts. Explore the world with kids through Tsh’s eyes.

11. Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy

Are you living an act or are you living your life? There is a difference the first will mean a life of loneliness the second a life with a soulmate. That is the main point I came away with when I read Scary Close.

12. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

OH MY! Love Does is a book that will show you just what extraordinary things can happen in a life when one chooses to say yes whenever it truly is the more loving answer.

13. Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying

I will let a quote speak for this book “We need to visualize having less stuff as making room for what we love. Isn’t that what we really want? A life surrounded by what we love and what inspires us?” Does that last sentence describe every time in your home and every activity? It doesn’t mine! The book Make Room for What You Love inspired me to edit my home and life even further and  I am already feeling benefits.

14 Balancing Act

This was a light read. It had an encouraging story line and great characters. Balancing act is one of those books you read in one sitting and love every minute of it.

15. The Brontë Plot

As you might be noticing I have developed a new author crush. I am in love with Katherine Reay’s writing. The Bronte Plot was just as good as the last two books I read by the same author this year and makes me want to read more of her books.

16. The Friendships of Women: The Beauty and Power of God’s Plan for Us

This is a book I will probably go back to again and again -and I don’t do that with many books. The Friendships of Women helps women see friendship from all the differing views of womanhood. If you are a women struggling with taking friendships deep this book is for you.

17. A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

There are a few books this year and last that I have read and felt like God was nudging my creative side to come out of its shell and live. A Million Little Ways is one of those books. You don’t need a huge talent to speak God to others, small talents used well add up to a big impact.

18. Twenties Girl

Sophie Kinsella’s novels are my exception to my what I will read and what I won’t read rules. You see I normally don’t read books with swearing and Kinsella’s books do contain swearing but it is in only sprinkled here and there and the stories are so funny I can’t help but overlook this annoying feature. Twenties Girl was more touching than funny. It warmed my heart and made me miss my elderly family members who have now passed away.

19. More Than Just Making It: Hope For The Heart Of The Financially Frustrated

This book reads like a novel and yet it is nonfiction. More Than Just Making It is the story of blogger Erin Odom’s financial struggle during the recent economic downturn in America. It contains tips for those still struggling and for those who wish to help the struggling. ( I was given a copy of this book as part of the launch team but the opinions are all mine)

I rarely spend more than a $1 or $2 on a book – most I read for free. Here is a list of 17 different ways I keep my book budget small and my reading list long.