Thirty-Two Books


 So, I've been reading a lot of books this year.  A lot more than normal.  I don't know if it's just because I'm requesting more books to review or what, but I am in a reading-mood.  All year so far.  So instead of trying to do a massive book list at the end of the year and end up feeling completely overwhelmed, I'm breaking it off into more manageable chunks.

I've read 32 books so far.  Thirty-two!  That's pretty good, if I do say so myself.  Check out my abbreviated reviews below, and let me know if there are any books you have questions on and I'll tell you what I thought!

Also, there are several I highly recommend, so I'm making the titles of those books bigger, so if you want to skim, pay attention to those ones!

Here we go!  Thirty-two books.


1.  Who Is This Man? by John Ortberg - This book was excellent.  It probably deserves a whole post for a review, but I will keep it brief here. It talks about the impact that Jesus has had on the culture and the world.  It was easy to read and very interesting, and it showed me ways that Jesus impacted the world that  had never even thought of before.  I think everyone should read this, whether you are a Christian or not.  If you believe in Jesus, you will come away realizing how great He is and wanting to spend more time with Him!  If you are not a Christian and have ever wondered what all the fuss is about Jesus, this book explains why He was and is such a big deal.  Highly recommend!

2.  Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood As A Sacred Role by Erin Davis - Another book I highly recommend to all moms out there!  This book will help you refocus on what you are really doing as a mother and why it's important.  Seriously.  If you are a mom, go get it now.
3.  On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin - Liked it!  Review coming soon!

4.  The Good Girl by Christy Barritt - I wasn't sure what I thought about this one some of the time, because the character is wrestling with her faith and for a while there I wasn't sure if she was going to come through.  But it turned out good.  It also involves a really creepy mystery story.

5. Miss Match by Erynn Mangum - Not pictured (whoops). Fun book!

6.  Rematch by Erynn Mangum - Along the same lines as Miss Match!

7.  Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh - This was a fun book!  And it made me want to buy Jelly Bellies.  Click to read my full review.

8.  The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn - Good book, about the very early church.  I want to read the next one now.

9.  Stealing The Preacher by Karen Witemeyer - Fun book!  Read my full review here.

10.  Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble - Relaxing book.  Read my full review here.

11.  Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum - This was a Christian chic-lit book, and a fun read!  I like Erynn Mangum's books.

12.  Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn - This is a Star Wars book!  I don't know how they think up these story lines, but I liked this one a lot.  This book takes place after The Phantom Menace and before The Clone Wars (for this elf you who know your Star Wars), and involves a character named Thrawn who is a military genius.  I enjoyed it!

13.  The Crystal Star by Vonda N. McIntyre - Another Star Wars book!  In this one Leia and Han's kids get kidnapped.  Very interesting story!

14.  The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built A Dynasty by Willie Robertson - I really enjoyed this book!  I jumped on the Duck Dynasty train a little late, but I love the show now, and this book gives a lot more information about the family, mixed in with funny stories and recipes!

15.  Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer - Really good!  I want to read more by Singer, and I love law fiction.  Click to read full review.

16.  The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson - I enjoyed it.  Click to read full review.

17.  Humble Orthodoxy: Holding The Truth High Without Putting People Down by Joshua Harris - I think every Christian should read this book.  There has to be a balance between being too lenient in our beliefs and being too prideful in our beliefs, and it's hard to find, but this book will make you want to.  I highly recommend it!  It was short, to the point, and so good.

18.  Persecuted: The Global assault On Christian by Paul Marshall - I recommend this book to any Christian.  It's a little dry because it reads like a news report, but I've never read a better source on Christian persecution throughout the world.  Click to read my full review.

19.  The Guardian by Beverly Lewis - Sweet book, enjoyed it.  Click to read my full review.

20.  A Matter Of Trust by Lis Weihl - A page-turner for sure, and a great mystery!  Click to read my full review.

21.  The Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack - This book is a testimony/survival story, and I enjoyed it.  Click to read my full review.

22.  The Christian Mama's Guide To Having A Baby by Erin Macpherson - Liked it a lot!  Click to read my review.

23.  The Christian Mama's Guide To Baby's First Year by Erin Macpherson - Liked it a lot! Click to read my review.

24.  The Christian Mama's Guide To Parenting A Toddler by Erin Macpherson - Liked it a lot, again!  Her books are so fun to read.  Click to red my review.

25.  The Whitney Chronicles by Judy Baer - Funny, cute story!  Loved it!

26.  The Baby Chronicles by Judy Baer - Another funny, cute story.  Loved it again!

27.  Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell - This book was cute, I enjoyed the storyline, and it made me want to eat candy.

28.  Babylon Rising by Tim Lahaye - Good book, exciting, mysterious storyline.  Another book that makes me want to read the sequel one of these days.

29.  Inconceivable: A Medical Mistake, The Baby We Couldn't Keep, and Our Choice To Deliver The Ultimate Gift by Sean and Carolyn Savage - Okay, I read the book by the other couple last year, and that one was more factual - this one was absolutely heart-wrenching.  In a good way, but also in a sad way.  Sean and Carolyn take you through every painful moment - it's a highly personal story, but one I'm so glad they shared.  I kind of cried my way through the book, but I'm glad I read it. I can't imagine finding out the baby I was carrying was not mine and having to give them up, but I feel like they handled the whole thing in such a beautiful way even through their pain.  Definitely worth a read.

30.  Gianna: Aborted and Lived To Tell About It by Jessica Shaver - This book was so good, but also heart-wrenching.  You might cry.  But you'll be inspired and challenged too I think.  Powerful book. I recommend it.

31.  Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots by Laura Ingraham - Sarcastic and funny!  I didn't agree with all of her criticisms, but I'd say I agreed with 95% of them.  You should know I'm a conservative, so if you're more liberal - you probably won't appreciate it as much as I did.

32.  Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones - Also not pictured.  Good book, but slightly annoying because I felt the male protagonist was too physically perfect.  But other than that it was a good book and made me want to read the end.

Anyone else read anything good lately?  Comment below!  Always looking for more good books.
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Whitney said...

Definitely adding Beyond Bathtime to my reading list!

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

I've read a little over 30 books this year as well. "Rosemary Cottage" was among them! I loved the book and you're right...the plot twist was really surprising! :)

I read Gianna many years ago and found it to be such an amazing testimony. Did you ever see the movie "October Baby"? She sings a couple of the songs in it.

Sarah said...

Thank you very much for the recommendations!

If you haven't read "Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir" by Kelle Hampton, I highly recommend it.

HLBurke said...

Wow, that's a lot of reading. I am so far behind. It seems like reading is the last thing I do now and I've got a huge stack of books I want to read scattered all over the house. I'm actually giving away a copy of a book on my blog right now. . .very self-promoting of me, I know.

Inspired said...

Have you read any books by Jill Savage? You and I are attracted to the same kinds of fiction titles and I've found Jill's books easy to read, very applicable to my life, and very inspiring.

I'm reading "No More Perfect Moms" and "Living With Less So Your Family Has More." Both are by her, and I'm loving both so much!!

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