Reading & Books

my 2018 reading list

I’ve been an avid bookworm all my life. I love, love, love the written word and losing myself in a really great read. However, the past few years, my reading has gone down dramatically and it’s been killing me. This year I am determined to pull myself out of the biggest, longest, most detrimental reading slump I’ve ever been in. I started more books than I finished and have truly missed the effect good, consistent reading has always had on my life. After stumbling across 3 beautiful blog posts the other day(Valerie @ Val Marie PaperCorie @ The Reset Girl & Gretchen Saffler @ Well Watered Women), I decided I need to construct my reading list for 2018 and be intentional about reading more than I have in a long time.

My goal is to read at least 50 books this year. There are definitely more than 50 on this list but I didn’t have the heart to do any cutting. I don’t expect to knock out all these titles by any means but I plan on getting through a good portion of them. Reading is so much a personal and emotional thing. I don’t want to ever feel like just because it’s on my list I HAVE to read it this year. I want to give myself options and no pressure. I will probably also read some books that aren’t even on this list. The great thing about book-loving is that there are always new titles to discover! The only goal is to finish at least 50.

A good number of the books on my list are ones that I own, have started and never finished, some I’ve owned for a long time and never cracked open and still others are books that I don’t own and am itching to buy. Also, I don’t plan on reading all of them in physical hard copies. I’ll read some on my Kindle and listen to some on audio (which is how I do a good chunk of my reading).

Alrighty, enough prelude! Let’s get to that list!

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Christian Living/Spiritual Growth

Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life – Lara Casey

The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging & Belonging – Sally & Sarah Clarkson

Discipline: The Glad Surrender – Elisabeth Elliot

Keep a Quiet Heart – Elisabeth Elliot

Let Me Be a Woman – Elisabeth Elliot

Woman of Influence: Ten Traits of Those Who Want to Make a Difference – Pam Farrel

Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World – Emily P. Freeman

Word-Filled Women’s Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church – Gloria Furman

Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church – Keith and Kristyn Getty

Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart – Dannah Gresh & Dr. Juli Slattery

The Feminist Mistake: The Radical Impact of Feminism on the Church and Culture – Mary Kassian

The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Practice – Stephen and Alex Kendrick

The Set-Apart Woman: God’s Invitation to Sacred Living – Leslie Ludy

Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks – Priscilla Shirer – Devotional

Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks – Priscilla Shirer – Bible Study Book

Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer – Priscilla Shirer

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength – Priscilla Shirer – Bible Study Book

The Armor of God – Priscilla Shirer – Bible Study Book

Finding the I AM: How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart – Lysa Terkerst – Bibe Study Book

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions – Lysa Terkerst

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Left Out, Less Than, and Lonely – Lysa Terkerst

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Joanna Weaver

The Acts of the Apostles – Ellen G. White

The Desire of Ages – Ellen G. White

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both our Hearts and Our Minds – Jen Wilkin

The Finishing School – Valerie Woerner

Adorned: Living the Beauty of the Gospel Together – Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Becoming a Woman of Discretion: Cultivating a Pure Heart in a Sensual World – Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Biblical Portrait of Womanhood: Discovering and Living Out God’s Plan for Our Lives – Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth



Love That Lasts: How We Discovered God’s Better  Way for Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sex – Jefferson & Alyssa Bethke

The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs – Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

The Love Dare – Stephen & Alex Kendrick

Keep Your Love On: Connection, Communication, & Boundaries – Danny Silk



Love Your Life Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want – Rachel Cruze

Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career – Jocelyn K. Glei

Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact – Jocelyn K. Glei

All Marketers are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works–and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All – Seth Godin

Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers  – Seth Godin

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us  – Seth Godin

What to Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn) – Seth Godin

Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age, It’s a Financial Number – Chris Hogan

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness – Dave Ramsey

Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves – Christy Wright


Personal Development/Inspirational

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything – Anne Bogel

Daring Greatly – Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone – Brené Brown 

7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World  – Adam Grant

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life – Gretchin Rubin

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) – Gretchen Rubin

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life – Annie Spence



I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

All the Lights We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

War & Peace – Leo Tolstoy

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Night – Elie Wiesel

Dawn – Elie Wiesel

Day – Elie Wiesel

A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf


Writer’s Craft

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind – Jocelyn K. Glei

Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age – Jeff Goins

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered – Austin Kleon

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield

Called to Create – Jordan Raynor

What are your reading plans this year?

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