books of the year

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Once again, through a complicated series of equations, I have deduced my top five books of the year. Basically, just the ones I liked the most. I completely attained my goal of reading 50 books this year – 70 total! Of course, several of them were re-reads, and I tend to read a book fast the second time through. However, I was pretty pleased with myself. Reading has always been an extremely important part of my life. It rejuvenates me, it gives me greater focus for my life, it educates, it inspires, and above all else, it gives me great pleasure. I highly recommend each of these books, so if you’re not an avid reader and definitely need something that you know is good – take any one of them. Click on the picture to link through to Amazon.

1) One Thousand Gifts - Ann Voskamp
If you’ve read this blog for long, this book doesn’t come as a surprise. It quite literally changed my life, and I consider it required reading for the Christian life.

2) The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh I just finished this book, and it was truly amazing. It is about a girl who ages out of foster care (obviously why I was interested in the first place), but the characters are well-developed and the writing is wonderful. It is simultaneously uncomfortable, heartbreaking, and hopeful.

3) Kisses from Katie – Katie Davis
It's not that this book is classic literature or anything; it's just that this woman's story is so incredibly compelling. Radical obedience, reckless abandon, total commitment to Jesus - this is the life I want to live too. Not that I want to move to Africa and be a single mom of 14 children - that's Katie's part of God's story. But I want my story to echo hers in exactly the ways that count. Sacrifice, service - following Jesus as close as I can.

4) Bossypants - Tina Fey
Of course Tina Fey is a favorite of mine, but this book is poignant, hilarious, and well worth your time. I laughed all the way through.

5) She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems
Caroline Kennedy

This is a beautifully edited book of poetry. I found myself picking it up night after night. It’s the kind of book made for a long bath, lit candles, and a glass of wine. I don’t even have a bathtub, so that’s something I’m just imagining myself doing. But it sounds awesome, and if I did, this is the book I’d be reading.

What's the best book you read this year? 

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