Monday, January 8, 2018

100 Books of 2017

In 2009, I pledged to read 100 books over the course of 2010. Here's my list of 107 books in case you're interested.

I did it again in 2011 (why not?). Here's my list of 109 books.

The tradition continued in 2012 where I read a whopping 144 books! Here is my list from that year.

In 2013 I kept on chugging along, reading 104 books. Here is my list from that year.

In 2014 I hit my best record yet, reading 152 books. Here is my list from that year.

In 2015 I beat my record, reading 187 books. Here is my list from that year. 

In 2016, I read 166 books, focusing on books I owned but had never read. Here is my list from last year.

In 2017, I read 123 books. Oh no, I'm slipping! No, really what happened is we added a lot more commitments to our schedule, and so I am definitely reading a lot less. The good news is that I got rid of a lot of books. So here is my 2017 list:

  • "God's Crime Scene for Kids" by Wallaces (123)
  • "No One Ever Asked" by Katie Ganshert (122)
  • "Imperfect Justice" by Cara Putman (121)
  • "In Step with the Spirit" by Sarah Bowling (120)
  • "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah (119)
  • "My Heart's Cry" by Anne Graham Lotz (118)
  • "Murder in Disguise" by Donn Taylor (117)
  • "The Most Important Women of the Bible" by Aaron and Elaina Sharp (116)
  • "Rescued Hearts" by Hope Toler Dougherty (115)
  • "All Things Now Living" by Rondi Bauer Olson (114)
  • "The Gift" by Shelley Shepard Gray (113)
  • "Total Christmas Makeover" by Melissa Spoelstra (112)
  • "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (111)
  • "Healing Through the Power of Prayer" by Timothy Dailey (110)
  • "A Small Book About a Big Problem" by Edward T. Welch (109)
  • "A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star" by J.A. Myhre (108)
  • "Daring to Hope" by Katie Davis Majors (107)
  • "The Unlikely Disciple" by Kevin Roose (106)
  • "Undaunted" by Christine Caine (105)
  • "Too Far Down" by Mary Connealy (104)
  • "Prayers for New Brides" by Jennifer O. White (103)
  • "Descriptions and Prescriptions" by Michael R. Emlet (102)
  • "John the Revelator" by Peter Murphy (101)
  • "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham (100)
  • "The Pretender" by Ta'mara Hanscom (99)
  • "Doing Hard Time" by Stuart Woods (98)
  • "A Woman Overwhelmed" by Hayley DiMarco (97)
  • "Bossypants" by Tina Fey (96)
  • "Living the Spirit-Formed Life" by Jack Hayford (95)
  • "Just Walk Across the Room" by Bill Hybels (94)
  • "The Proving" by Beverly Lewis (93)
  • "Dark Deception" by Nancy Mehl (92)
  • "The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide" by Tchividjian and Berkovits (91)
  • "Mercy Triumphs" by Jana Kelley (90)
  • "Gathering the Threads" by Cindy Woodsmall (89)
  • "Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?" by Philip Yancey (88)
  • "The Great Divorce" by C.S. Lewis (87)
  • "The Two of Us" by Victoria Bylin (86)
  • "The Lifestyle of a Watchman" by James Goll (85)
  • "God's Power to Change Your Life" by Rick Warren (84)
  • "Active Spirituality" by Charles Swindoll (83)
  • "A Name Unknown" by Roseanna M. White (82)
  • "Are My Kids on Track?" by Sissy Goff (81)
  • "God's Smuggler: Young Reader's Edition" by Brother Andrew (80)
  • "Grounded Hearts" by Jeanne Dickson (79)
  • "Be Angry But Don't Blow It!" by Lisa Bevere (78)
  • "The Essential Guide to Prayer" by Dutch Sheets (77)
  • "Dragon Seed" by Marty Machowski (76)
  • "Winning the Battle for the Night" by Faith Blatchford (75)
  • "True to You" by Becky Wade (74)
  • "Stepping on Cheerios" by Betsy Singleton Snyder (73)
  • "Life is Tough but God is Faithful" by Sheila Walsh (72)
  • "Spiritual Warfare" by Derek Prince (71)
  • "Pray About Everything" by Paul Tautges (70)
  • "Praying Circles Around Your Children" by Mark Batterson (69)
  • "My Daughter's Legacy" by Clark and Gould (68)
  • "The Kindness Challenge" by Shaunti Feldhahn (67)
  • "His Guilt" by Shelley Shepard Gray" (66)
  • "The Good Book" by Deron Spoo (65)
  • "Counterfeit Comforts" by Robia Scott (64)
  • "The Captain's Daughter" by Jennifer Delamere (63)
  • "Little House on the Freeway" by Tim Kimmel (62)
  • "Welcome to College" by Jonathan Morrow (61)
  • "Hiding From the Kids in My Prayer Closet" by Jessica Kastner (60)
  • "They Thought For Themselves" by Sid Roth (59)
  • "Fearless" by Max Lucado (58)
  • "EKG: THe Heartbeat of God" by Ken Hemphill (57)
  • "The Illuminati" by Larry Burkett (56)
  • "He's Gonna Toot and I'm Gonna Scoot" by Barbara Johnson (55)
  • "Wait No More" by Kelly & John Rosati (54)
  • "Unglued" by Lysa TerKeurst (53)
  • "Forensic Faith" by J. Warner Wallace (52)
  • "The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race" by Mike Mizrahi (51)
  • "He Came First" by Rod Parsley (50)
  • "There's No Place Like Here" by Cecelia Ahern (49)
  • "Facing the Giants in Your Life" by David Jeremiah (48)
  • "50% Off Murder" by Josie Belle (47)
  • "Marked Down for Murder" by Josie Belle (46)
  • "All Sales Final" by Josie Belle (45)
  • "Driver Confessional" by David Winters (44)
  • "The Joy of Letting Go" by Vicki Varuana (43)
  • "Getting Jesus Wrong" by Matt Johnson (42)
  • "The Jesus Club" by Brian Barcelona (41)
  • "Getting to No" by Erwin W. Lutzer (40)
  • "Catch Me" by Lisa Gardner (39)
  • "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian (38)
  • "Think Again" by Jared Mellinger (37)
  • "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (36)
  • "A Fragile Hope" by Cynthia Ruchti (35)
  • "Brave is the New Beautiful" by Lee Wolfe Blum (34)
  • "No Longer a Slumdog" by K.P. Yohannan (33)
  • "Six Years" by Harlan Coben (32)
  • "Sunshine and Shadow" by Earlene Fowler (31)
  • "Steps to the Altar" by Earlene Fowler (30)
  • "Unsinkable Faith" by Tracie Miles (29)
  • "Chasing Famous" by Lisa Lloyd (28)
  • "Angels" by Ed Rocha (27)
  • "Unchained" by Noel Jesse Heikkinen (26)
  • "Making Marriage Beautiful" by Dorothy Littell Greco (25)
  • "Arkansas Traveler" by Earlene Fowler (24)
  • "Seven Sisters" by Earlene Fowler (23)
  • "Control Girl" by Shannon Popkin (22)
  • "Close to Home" by Deborah Raney (21)
  • "Home at Last" by Deborah Raney (20)
  • "Home to Paradise" by Barbara Cameron (19)
  • "Goose in the Pond" by Earlene Fowler (18)
  • "Tightropes and Teeter-Totters" by Lisa Pennington (17)
  • "Kansas Troubles" by Earlene Fowler (16)
  • "Amish Weddings" by Leslie Gould (15)
  • "When the Wind Blows" by James Patterson (14)
  • "I Am a Church Member" by Thom S. Rainer (13)
  • "The 5th Horseman" by James Patterson (12)
  • "The Mark of the King" by Jocelyn Green (11)
  • "The Irresistible Revolution" by Shane Claiborne (10)
  • "Witch & Wizard" by James Patterson (9)
  • "It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be" by Paul Arden (9)
  • "Grace Under Pressure" by Julie Hyzy (8)
  • "Gianna: Aborted, and Lived to Tell About It" by Jessica Shaver Renshaw (7)
  • "Life Creative" by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart (6)
  • "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Woods (5)
  • "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Woods (4)
  • "Seasons of the Heart" by Donna Kelderman (3)
  • "Hide And Seek" by James Patterson (2)
  • "Iron Orchid" by Stuart Woods (1)

Favorite authors of 2017: Stuart Woods (always), James Patterson (always), Deborah Raney, J.A. Myhre, Becky Wade

Books that I gushed about: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer, "A Woman Overwhelmed" by Hayley DiMarco, "Stepping on Cheerios" by Betsy Singleton Snyder, "The Kindness Challenge" by Shaunti Feldhahn, "Hiding From the Kids in my Prayer Closet" by Jessica Kastner, "Getting Jesus Wrong" by Matt Johnson, "Control Girl" by Shannon Popkin

Chapter Books I read with the kids: 
  • "Little Pear" by Eleanor Frances Lattimore (7)
  • "The BFG" by Roald Dahl (6)
  • "Scooby-Doo and the Howling Wolfman" by James Gelsey (5)
  • "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" by Beverly Clearly (4)
  • "Chocolate Fever" by Robert Kimmel Smith (3)
  • "The Littles Go Exploring" (2)
  • "Treasure Island" by Robert Louise Stevenson (1)
We read about half as many chapter books together this year than we did last year. We went crazy on library books. I'm probably going to try to read at least 10 chapter books with them this year.

Any good reads of YOURS this year? I'd love to have the titles and authors of some of your favorite reads so I can look into them!

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