I have two friends, bookworms like me. We’ve been chatting about books for at least a year or more. This past month, the emails have just been flying back and forth between Anne, Carrie and I. I think we met over Booking It many moons ago. (The power of the Internet….)
Our quest: to discover some great books to read this year.
We’ve read books in common over the last couple years. It’s been agreed in our trio that we’ve found some fabulous reads in that time. The great thing about it as that we each bring a different perspective to the reading.
- I’m old; they’re young.
- I have many children. Anne has a fair handful. Carrie isn’t yet a mom.
- At a party one of us might order a margarita, another a glass of red wine, and another a glass of iced tea.
- We all love God.
It makes for lively discussions.
Both ladies have graciously agreed to co-host Booking It with me this year. I’m thrilled. They are wise women and I’m blessed by their friendship.
We’re going to do a “She Says, She Says, She Says” kind of reporting on a variety of books as well as some in common. It could get interesting.
Over the last month, we’ve pulled together a list of books that we’re curious about. Some of them one of us has read. Some none. We collectively throw out a big HUGE disclaimer:
We can’t vouch for these books. Read at your own risk.
But, if you’ve read and enjoyed a book on the list, we’d love to know! They sound interesting to us, but we’d love to know what you think. And yes, there might be one or two controversial books on the list. That’s okay.
Reasonable minds can disagree.
Books that might be interesting to read:
Suffice it to say, these would compose our collective, prospective reading list for the year, in a very jumbled order. Tell us what you think!
(If you make a purchase through any Amazon links, Amazon will compensate me a small amount in way of advertising fees.)
- The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn.
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
- Listening to Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices by Leonard S. Marcus
- To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel Pink
- What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off by Laura Vanderkam
- Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Secret of Teams: What Great Teams Know and Do by Mark Miller and Ken Blanchard
- The Mother Tongue – English And How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
- The Little Green Grammar Book by Mark Tredinnick
- Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams
- Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing by Patricia O’Conner
- Real Love for Real Life by Andi Ashworth
- Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths That Last by Josh Harris
- Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money by Dave Ramsey*
- Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma*
- The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times, and a Happy Home on a Budget by Amy Allen Clark*
- If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling by Amy McCready
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
- An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler
- Organize Now! Your Money, Business & Career: A Week-by-Week Guide to Reach Your Goals by Jennifer Ford Berry*
- The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
- 44 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith
- Portuguese Irregular Verbs series by Alexander McCall Smith
- The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
- Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen by Amy Pennington
- The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week)
- The Lord Peter Wimsey Stories byDorothy Sayers
- A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (language warning)
- All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending by Laura Vanderkam
- A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
- Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God by David Platt
I’d say that’s a long list! Have you read any of them? What do you think?
FishMama’s Stamp of Approval
If you’re looking for something tried and true, I can swear that I loved each of these books — or have been significantly influenced by its overall message:
- The Bible
- The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson (book 4 is due this year!)
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller
- One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider
- The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
- French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon
- Love Does by Bob Goff
- Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano
- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Remember we’ll be Booking It on the last Monday of the month, talking about what books we’re reading and discussing what we’ve read in common. Get reading!
What’s on YOUR list this year?
PS. Please don’t hash or praise a book on the list unless you have actually read it or have attempted to do so.