In November of 2014, I read a blog post encouraging persons to set aside a bookshelf for all the books read in a calendar year. As the year goes by, you see the shelf filling and are reminded of time well spent. (I wish I could remember who to thank.)
The project was so rewarding in 2015, I continued it in 2016, 2017, and now 2018. I’ve found the process of adding books enjoyable and helpful. Sometimes you forget a really good book.
- If you read most of your books electronically, consider setting up a virtual bookshelf on Pinterest.
- Another option is to set up a profile on Goodreads. Be sure to fill in a start and end date for each book you complete. You can even set up a reading challenge for the year.
- This year’s list includes books I read and books I listened to while traveling. There are wonderful, free audio books available through your local library and via streaming if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.
- This year, I’m using an affordable audiobook subscription service called Playster which provides far more titles than are available through the library.
So my friends here’s my 2018 bookshelf. I hope it encourages you and that you find a treasure or two. Should it be helpful to you, I’m glad to provide more feedback on specific selections. Just leave a comment below. Also, feel free to leave your book recommendations in the comments.
Happy reading. Happy exploring. Happy growing. – Lisa <><
- Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger
- Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
- Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
- A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 1) by Ellis Peters
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer
- Hatchet (Brian’s Saga Book 1)by Gary Paulsen
- Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
- Somebody Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
- A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet Book 1) by Madeleine L’Engle
It’s especially fun to listen to a person read their own memoir via an audiobook.
- Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott
- Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott
- Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
- The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ask for Help by Amanda Palmer
- Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal
- The Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
- Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Bible Study and Theology
- Earn, Save, Give: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money by James A. Harnish
Devotionals and Prayers
- Moments With the Savior by Ken Gire
- Pauses for Lent: 40 Words For 40 Days by Trevor Hudson
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
- The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves by Curt Thompson MD
- The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute
WOW!! I’m impressed. Thanks for sharing a great way for me (and others) to find good books. LY