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My 2016 Reading List 1.0

By on January 13, 2016

2016 Reading List

A big part of my goal to live on mission this year is to create a missional education, for my family and for myself.

I’ve always been a big reader.  But recently God convicted me that my kids need to see books, specifically the Bible, in my hand more often than my phone.  Ouch.

In this stage of life, reading tends to ebb and flow for me.  Some days, there are 5 books on my nightstand.  Other times, I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book to read that wasn’t part of our homeschool curriculum.

I decided this year I would make a reading list to keep me on track and make reading a bigger part of my life.  My goal is to read 2 books per month, one fiction and one non fiction but right now my non fiction list is longer than my fiction.  I also joined the Liturgy of Life reading group for the year and I am really excited about the books Erica has picked.  You can check out the reading list and join in!  On my list, reading selections for the Liturgy of Life group are marked LL.

Here is my 1.0 version of the list.  I KNOW there will be revisions and I would love to hear any recommendations you have for me.

Fiction 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Nightingale By Kristin Hannah

These is My Words by Nancy Turner

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Silence by Shusaku Endo (LL)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Non Fiction

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis (LL)

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis (LL)

Coming Clean by Seth Haines

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson

A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauly

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

What’s a must read for you this year?  I’d love to hear what you are reading/planning to read in the comments.

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    Erica

    January 13, 2016

    This looks like a great list. You will have to let me know your favorites. My husband and I have always been big readers but he has insisted on making reading a priority, for me at times it has come and gone, it wasn’t till this past year, mostly because I started the group on my blog which has held me accountable, that reading has become more of an everyday part of my life again, I tend to read more non-fiction now, on the faith and home and then a lot of health and nutrition stuff too but I do work in a novel every now and then and all of it has helped me to learn more about the world and just to have more to talk about with people and more insight into my everyday life. I am so grateful for good books. Excited to hear from you as we read some of the same books this year.

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      searchforthesimple

      January 20, 2016

      Hi Erica! I am really excited to be a part of your reading group this year. I also tend to read more non-fiction, most of the same categories you have listed. But I love a good fiction read. Looking forward to getting to know you more throughout the year.

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