I make lists of books I have, I add books friends recommend, then books who have great reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. As a result I have a huge list of the most eclectic kind. This is the where the pruning begins, excluding all but the most exciting ones. The final list makes me so excited, it’s hard not to pick up every single book and start reading right away, forgetting about food and sleep.
It might sound tedious to you, if you don’t have a nerdy bone in you. But I’ll tell you, I enjoy every minute of it.
Sharing it with you is part of the thrill, so here goes:
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, Jen Hatmaker
I’m done with this, so it’s almost a waste to put it in. But it was on the original list. Besides, I enjoyed it very much. I expected to feel very guilty and a terrible materialistic monster of a person while reading this. And I do a bit, but Jen Hatmaker is so honest, so unpretentious and so funny about it, that I am inspired without feeling extremely burdened.
David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell
I’ve been wanting to read this for too long. The only Malcolm Gladwell book I haven’t read yet. That’s it, I bought a hard copy of this. They had it at KYOBO in Seoul! In English, too! And only a little more expensive than in the US! It’s also about time I own a book by the author I like so much. I’m THRILLED.
The Jesus Hearted Woman, Jodi Detrick
One of the few hard copy books I took with me to Korea. My friend Heidi suggested we start reading it together and I figured: why let a few thousand km stand in the way of that? Not sure if Heidi’s still up for it, though!
Soul Detox, Craig Groeschel
Another book I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Friends who’ve read it recommend it, including my sister – who told me about it in the first place.
You and Me Forever, Francis and Lisa Chan
A great birthday gift I got from my friend Anna, from Belarus. Considering how much my husband respects Francis Chan, this is a perfect book for us to read together, which we already started doing.
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand is one of my husband’s favorite authors. He has read both Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead numerous times, but he recommends that I start with the first. This was the first paperback we bought in Seoul, too!
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
When my friend Heidi had to name one book that has defined her, at our first ever English Book Club meeting, she named this book. Knowing Heidi, I expect this to be highly inspirational.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
Here’s the plan. (1) I will go to the KYOBO Bookshop, the huge one at the Shinsegae Department Store in Busan, where Igor and I happen to be this week (2) I will find this book in English, which should be easy enough because I saw it in Seoul (3) Find a cosy reading spot, which they have and it’s the best thing (4) Read this little book from cover to cover, because it’s pretty short. How is this not going to be fun?
All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
My sophisticated bookworm friend Anna speaks very highly of this book, which is why it made it’s way into this list. It also serves a good purpose. Every year I pick at least one book that is out of my comfort zone – my bookish adventure, if you will. All King’s Men fills this spot for 2015.
Mark of the Lion series, Francine Rivers
Considering just how much I liked every single book I read by Francine Rivers so far, and that she is by far the Christian fiction writer I admire most, my reluctance to start this series doesn’t make sense. Granted, I’m not big on history novels, but my husband read them all in a breath. If that’s not the best recommendation in the world, I don’t know what is.
These are some of the books I’m excited about reading this year.
PLUS the books we’ll be reading with THE ENGLISH BOOK CLUB. If you’re in Chisinau, Moldova and you read in English, you simply have to join this bookish bunch. The book we’re reading now is And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. ASK to join the page if you are interested, and you’ll get more details.
What’s on your to read list?
Featured photo Credit to Dana, of DLR Photography