2016 Reading List

Books Read in 2016


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  1. Dear Sugar (selected chapters) Cheryl Strayed
  2. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
  4. Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher
  5. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch (didn’t finish)
  9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  10. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  11. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  12. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  13. Lit by Mary Kerr (didn’t finish)
  14. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  15. Habits of Grace by David Mathis
  16. The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith
  17. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  18. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  19. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  20. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  21. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  22. The Enneagram of Parenting by Elizabeth Wagele
  23. Side by Side by Ed Welch
  24. The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine
  25. The Crown by Kiera Cass
  26. Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
  27. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  28. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  29. A Different Beautiful by Courtney Westlake
  30. The Paper Magician by Charlie H. Holmberg
  31. The Master Magician by Charlie H. Holmberg
  32. Wrath and Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  33. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  34. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  35. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  36. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  37. The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater
  38. Wild and Free by Connolly and Morgan
  39. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
  40. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
  41. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  42. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
  43. Still Life by Louise Penny
  44. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  45. Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
  46. Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass
  47. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  48. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  49. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  50. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  51. Unashamed by Lecrae Moore
  52. The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
  53. A House without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
  54. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  55. Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson
  56. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick BAckman
  57. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  58. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  59. The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
  60. Launch by Jeff Walker
  61. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

You can also check out my reading lists from 20152014201320122011, ,20102009, and 2008.

Books Read in 2015

Books Read in 2015

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  1. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  2. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  4. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Threnton Lee Stewart
  5. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  6. Scary Close by Donald Miller
  7. From Good to Grace by Christine Hoover
  8. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  9. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  10. The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
  11. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
  12. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
  13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  14. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  15. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
  16. The 4 Hour Body (selected chapters) by Tim Ferris
  17. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  18. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drivers Our Success by Adam M. Grant
  19. The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money by Ron Lieber
  20. Undone by Michele Cushatt
  21. Smartcuts by Shane Snow
  22. Side by Side by Ed Welch
  23. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  24. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  25. Do Over by Jon Acuff
  26. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  27. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  28. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
  29. The Church Planting Wife by Christine Hoover
  30. Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt
  31. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
  32. Introverts in the Church by Adam S. McHugh
  33. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  34. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  35. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  36. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  37. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  38. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  39. The One by Kiera Cass
  40. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  41. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  42. Spiritual Warfare by Borgman & Ventura
  43. A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester
  44. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
  45. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
  46. Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman
  47. Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong
  48. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  49. Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone
  50. The Life You Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson (Released in the UK from IVP press. Will release as The Life We Never Expected in the US from Crossway in June 2016.)
  51. What’s Best Next by Matthew Perman
  52. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  53. Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
  54. Room by Emma Donoghue
  55. After You by Jojo Moyes
  56. The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay
  57. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  58. Queen of Shadows by Sarah Maas
  59. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

You can also check out my reading lists from 201420132012, 2011, ,20102009, and 2008.

5 Books to Read If You Want to Self-Publish

books for self publishing

  1. Platform by Michael Hyatt – Everyone who wants to get their message to an audience needs to read this book, but especially authors who want to self-publish. Platform building has to happen as you write so when you finish, there will be an audience to buy your book.
  2. On Writing by Stephen King – There are lots of books to inspire readers, and this is one of my favorites. (Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson are two other good ones.)
  3. Tribes by Seth Godin – Part of platform building is finding your audience, or as Godin calls them, your tribe. It’s all about connecting your message with people who will be passionate about it and share it with their friends, and so on and so on.
  4. Self-Publish by Erin Ulrich and Teri Lynne Underwood – A guide that will take you step-by-step through the process. I don’t know if a book as helpful as this one.
  5. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – A quick read for the days you get stuck and need a push to keep going.

Need more ideas or inspiration? Check out my series, 31 Days of Books for Writers.

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Best Books Read in 2014

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2014 was apparently the year for fiction reading. My #1 book was easy to decide on and was one of the few non-fiction books I read this year. The rest of the list was harder. I liked so many books for different reasons. Here are my ten favorites, in no particular order after #1.

  1. A Loving Life by Paul E. Miller – On loving even when you don’t get love in return.
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Reminding me that behind history facts and dates are people and their stories.
  3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – My new favorite fiction series. Can’t wait for book 4 in January!
  4. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  5. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  6. Essentialism by Greg McKeown – Focus on what you do best and enjoy most. Say no to the rest.
  7. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Getting in the mind of someone probably on the autism spectrum.
  8. 11/26/63 by Stephen King – Got me to China and back.
  9. The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine N. Aron – My kid isn’t the only one.
  10. The Essential Enneagram by Daniels and Price – Examining the worst part of myself to help make me trust in Him more and myself less.

 Full list of books read in 2014:

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  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  3. Ender’s Game by  Orson Scott Card
  4. Holy Is the Day by Carolyn Weber
  5. Paper Towns by John Green
  6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  8. Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxendreider
  9. Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  10. Death by Living by N. D. Wilson
  11. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  12. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  13. The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine N. Aron
  14. The Essential Enneagram by Daniels and Price
  15. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  16. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  17. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  18. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  19. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  20. How She Does It by Anne Bogel
  21. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  22. A Loving Life by Paul E. Miller
  23. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  24. 24/6 by Matthew Sleeth
  25. Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel
  26. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
  27. The Nesting Place by Myquillian Smith
  28. The Julian Chapter by R. J. Palacio
  29. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  30. Four Divergent Stories by Veronica Roth
  31. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  32. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  33. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  34. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  35. Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
  36. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  37. 11/26/63 by Stephen King
  38. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  39. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  40. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  41. Eight Twenty Eight by Ian and Larissa Murphy
  42. Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay
  43. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
  44. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
  45. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  46. Depression: Looking up from the Stubborn Darkness by Edward T. Welch
  47. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  48. Small Victories by Anne Lamott
  49. Mom Enough ed. by Tony and Karalee Reinke
  50. Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
  51. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

You can also check out my reading lists from 20132012, 2011, ,20102009, and 2008

Gifts to Go Along with Your Favorite Summer Reads

Looking for a gift for a friend who always has his/her nose in a book? These ideas might be perfect:

summer reads


  1. Divergent inspired bracelets (pick your fraction)
  2. The Fault in Our Stars mug (or tumbler)
  3. Harry Potter print
  4. Ampersand book tote