i want to read more {a reading list}

So along with the (much) more important effort to learn what truly abiding in Christ looks like, I’ve deciding that I want to read more this year. I love to read and it’s something I just haven’t made sufficient time for in many years. In order to curate a to-read list, I requested recommendations of my friends on facebook. Those responses along with pinterest suggestions have led me to a pretty interesting list of books to consider.


First of all, I just finished The Rosie Effect yesterday. I really enjoyed The Rosie Project and I was excited to read the sequel (The Rosie Effect), but I must say I kinda hated the second novel. The end was somewhat redeeming, so I’ll give it that, but overall I felt like I was wasting my time with this one. Maybe it’s the mama bear in me: the main character is a professor who the reader knows is on the autism spectrum, though Don Tillman doesn’t know it for certain himself.

In reading the first book, I was given reason to hope that my own boy will possibly one day find a love he finds worth working through restricted interests for. The second book basically dashed hopes for sustainable romantic relationships among people on the spectrum. Yes, I know these are works of fiction, but come on – let’s keep the hope alive. I’d recommend The Rosie Project for a lighthearted, hope-giving, funny story. I do not recommend The Rosie Effect at all. And lastly, I obviously recommend looking to the Lord for what will happen in the lives of our children. Amen, and moving on.

And thanks to snow days, I also started a new book just yesterday, and I love it. It’s called We Were Liars and was recommended on my facebook request by my librarian friend. I don’t usually go for mysteries, but this one is truly hard to put down! (Shout out to Laura!)

Other suggestions by my friends:

All the Light We Cannot See

One Plus One and others by JoJo Moyes

Something Borrowed and others by Emily Giffin

Charles Martin – (anything by him said a friend)

Go Set a Watchman – but I’d need to read To Kill a Mockingbird first. (Yes, I grew up in Alabama and never read it. Forgive me.)

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

The Invention of Wings

Cutting for Stone (one friend read this one four times!)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Nightingale

The Gateway Chronicles

The Pecan Man

anything by Laura Frantz

Price of Privilege

To Win Her Favor

And on pinterest I’ve found the following suggestions:

What Alice Forgot

The Things of Earth

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Treasuring Christ when your Hands are Full

Stepping Heavenward

The Wingfeather Saga (written by Christian playwright and musician Andrew Peterson)

The Royal We

And the following I heard about listening to a podcast featuring Anne from The Modern Mrs. Darcy blog:

Fates and Furies

Love and Other Ways of Dying

Wow! This is quite a long list, yes? I imagine for some of you a list like this is completely doable in one year, but for me? It’s my plan to try to read at least one book per month which will be more than I’ve read in many years. Reading more than that would be icing on the cake and would be thrilling, yet I’m not holding myself to that as a goal. I’ll update you on my progress, as well as give my opinions as I go along.

And though this is a long list, I know full well it’s not at all exhaustive, so if you have a recommendation not listed, please share! I’d love to add your suggestions to my list of options.


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