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Before the wee one came along, I could crank out some crazy reading. But, alas, things have changed. My own personal challenge is at least 24 books a year.


1 – A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

2- Girl A by Abigail Dean

3- The Three of Us by Georgette Jones

4 – Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

5 – Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

6- In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

7 – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

8 – The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

9 – The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

10 – Be Transformed by Bob Schuchts

11 – The Ascension Lenten Companion Year C

12 – Night Thoughts by Wallace Shawn


1 – That’s my Story and I’m Sticking to it by Spike Lee

2 – The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

3 – The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

4 – The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

5 – Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

6 – Bernadette of Lourdes by Therese Taylor

7 – Entwined by Heather Dixon

8 – She is the Sun by Niccole Salm

9 – Improvisation on the Edge by Ruth Zaporah

10 – Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

11 – You are the Team by Michael G Rogers

12 – My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

13 – An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff

14 – My Journey Back to God by Kristin Dickerson

15- Elektra by Jennifer Saint

16 – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

17 – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

18 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

19 – Kite Fighters by Linda  Sue Park

20- The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

21- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

22 – The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

23- Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

24 – Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw

25- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

26 – Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen – Annabel Abbs

27 – The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah

28 – The Ickabog by JK Rowling

29 – The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Gladys Malvern

30- Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents – by Lindsay C Gibson

31 – Staging Sex by Chelsea Pace

32 – Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

My favorites in no order:

My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

My Journey Back to God by Kristin Dickerson

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen – Annabel Abbs

The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah


Book 1 – So, Anyway… by John Cleese

Book 2 – God’s Grandmother Saint Anne by Brian Kiczek

Book 3:  Caste by  Isabel Wilkerson

Book 4:  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book 5: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Book 6:  Anna: Grandmother of Jesus by Claire Heartsong

Book 7: Circe by Madeline Miller

Book 8: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Book 9:  The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Book 10:  The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Book 11:  The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook by Pat Ennis and Dorothy Kelley Patterson

Book 12:  The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

Book 13:  Good St. Anne by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Book 14:  From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Book 15: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Book 16: Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn

Book 17: Stephen Sondheim:  A Life by Meryle Secrest

Book 18: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Book 19: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

Book 20:  A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Book 21:  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Book 22: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Book 23: Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Book 24:  Outlawed by Anna North

Book 25:  Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Book 26:  The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

Book 27:  The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Book 28: Christmas with O. Henry by O. Henry by O. Henry

Book 29: The Christmas Pig by J. K. Rowling 

Book 30: Christmas with L.M. Montgomery by L.M. Montgomery

Book 31:  Christmas with Louisa May Alcott by Louisa May Alcott

Book 32:  Christmas with Charles Dickens by Charles Dickens

Book 33: Ruby by Cynthia Bond

My favorites: 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling


Book 1 – Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Book 2 – Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Book 3:  The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey

Book 4: Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman

Book 5: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Book 6: Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber

Book 7: Hidden Valley Raod by Robert Kolker

Book 8:  Dakota Home by Debbie Macomber

Book 9: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Book 10: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Book 11:  Always Dakota by Debbie Macomber

Book 12: Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Book 13: Buffalo Valley by Debbie Macobmer

Book 14: Mutts and Mistletoe by Natailie Cox

Book 15: How to Knit a Murder by Sally Goldenbaum

Book 16:  Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Book 17: I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis

Book 18: Improvisation at the Speed of Life by TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi

BEST: Hands-down: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins


Book 1- The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Book 2 – Becoming by Michelle Obama

Book 3 – One of us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Book 4 – The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Slim pickings!  Ok, the best was Becoming and The Silence of the Girls.


Book 1 – Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Book 2 – Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Book 3 – Shakespeare Star Wars 1 – Ian Doescher

Book 4 – The Magician’s Nephew  – CS Lewis

Book 5 – Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Book 6 – Had I Known by Joan Lunden

Book 7 – Dodie Osteen book

Book 8 – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Book 9 – Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

Book 10 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens

Book 11 – Marlena by Julie Buntin

Book 12 – Lunar Abundance by Ezzie Spencer

Book 13 – Crystals for Everyday Living by Na

Book 14 – The Book of Chakra Healing by Liz Simpson

Book 15 – Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Book 16 – The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer

Book 17 – The Art of Healing with Crystals by Kac Young

Book 18 – Healing Handbooks:  Crystals for Everyday Living by Bounty Books

Book 19 – Moon Magic by Diane Ahlquist

Book 20 – The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

It was a tough year.

My favorites were Any Man and The Curious Incident of the Dog


Book 1:  When A Woman Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin

Book 2:  Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Book 3:  Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

Book 4:  American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Book 5: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Book 6: Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney

Book 7:  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Book 8:  The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson

Book 9:  How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger

Book 10:  Some Women by Emily Liebert

Book 11: The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels

Book 12:  Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Book 13:  Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Book 14:  The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Book 15: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

Best of:  Hillbilly Elegy, How Not To Die, Moloka’i, The Sun is Also a Star


Book 1 – 33 Days to Merciful Love by Michael E Gaitley

Book 2 – The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren

Book 3 – Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

Book 4 – The BFG by Roald Dahl

Book 5 – Paper Towns by John Green

Book 6 – Death is Like a Box of Chocolates – Kathy Aarons

Book 7 – Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Book 8 – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Book 9 – Pieces of You by Tablo

Book 10- The Racketeer by John Grisham

Book 11 – The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis

Book 12 – The Girls by Emma Cline

Book 13 – Little Black Dress by James Patterson

Book 14- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Book 15-Medical Medium by Anthony William

Book 16 – Loving Our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk

Book 17 – Lead by Kylie Scott

Book 18-All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Book 19-Bunny, Bunny by Alan Zweibel

Book 20-You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Book 21-The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Book 22-Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae

Book 23-Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Book 24:  The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Book 25: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Book 26:  All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

The best?  The BFG, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Bunny, Bunny ( this was a reread), Looking for Alaska.


Book 1 – Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Book 2 – Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Book 3 – After by Anna Todd

Book 4: – After we Collided by Anna Todd

Book 5 – After we Fell by Anna Todd

Book 6 – After Ever Happily by Anna Todd

Book 7 – Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Book 8:  What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

Book 9:  Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs

Book 10: The Miser by Molier

Book 11:  Grey by EL James

Book 12: The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn

Book 13:  Bitch Planet

Book 14: The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

Ok, so I didn’t meet my goal. That’s ok.  So, the best?  Anything by Anna Todd. I fell in love with the whole thing!


Book 1 – Unsaid by Neil Abramson

Book 2 – Quilt or Innocence by Elizabeth Craig

Book 3:  Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph

Book 4:  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Book 5: Amish Vampires in Space by Kerry Nietz

Book 6:  Uncommon Marriage by Tony Dungy

Book 7:  The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Book 8:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Book 9:  Divergent by Veronica Roth

Book 10:  Left to Tell by Immaculee Illibagiza

Book 11:  Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

Book 12:  The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Book 13:  The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank

Book 14:  Lamb by Christopher Moore

Book 15:  Interior Freedom by Jacques Philippe

Book 16:  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Book 17:  Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel

Book 18:  The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

Book 19: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity

Book 20:  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book 21:  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Book 22: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Book 23:  The Giver by Lois Lowry

Book 24:  If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Book 25:  Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

Book 26:  What Alice Forgot by Lian Moriarty

Book 27:  No Longer a Slumdog by KP Yohannan

Book 28: The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

Book 29:  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Book 30:  How to Work and Homeschool:  Practical Advice by Pamela Price

Book 31:  Messy, Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

Book 32:  The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

Book 33:  Before Amen by Max Lucado

My best books for this year are in bold.  


Book 1:  Greater by Steven Furtick

Book 2:  Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman

Book 3:  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Book 4:  Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman

Book 5: Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Book 6: I am a Prodigal by Darrell Vesterfelt

Book 7: Prayer by Richard Foster

Book 8:  Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson

Book 9:  Making the Most of your Life by  Various authors

Book 10: Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H Potter

book 11:  Messy Spirituality by Michael Yakoneli

Book 12:  31 Days to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire

Book 13:  The Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene Schacht

Book 14: Anything by Jennie Allen

Book 15:  A Million Little Ways by Emily P Freeman

Book 16:  My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife by Sara Horn

Book 17:  Forevermore by Cindy Miles

Book 18: My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife by Sara Horn

Best Books:  yikes – none of these…


Book 1 by George RR Martin

Book 6 Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor by Allen Hunt

Book 7 Fifty Shades of Grey by  EL James Book

8 Fifty Shades Darker by EL James

Book 9 Fifty Shades Freed by EL James

Book 10 Bossypants by Tina Fey

Book 11 Reshaping It All by Candace Kirk Bure

Book 12 Mississippi Trial 1955 by Chris Crowe

Book 13 Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

Book 14 One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Book 15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Book 16  A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

Book 17 Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

Book 18:  A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin

Book 19:  Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White by Adam Hamilton

Book 20: ‘night Mother by Marsha Norman

Book 21:  21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine

Book 22: We Killed by Yael Kohen

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