My Favorite Books Read in 2014

Today I’m linking up with one of my favorite bloggers Modern Mrs. Darcy to share my favorite books read in 2014.

In 2014, I had a goal of reading 24 books, and I was excited to hit 30. (See all of them here.) There is almost nothing that makes me feel more complete than reading, because it’s a way for me to travel, to experience different time periods, to better understand different cultures, countries and people, and to examine my own beliefs and faith – from my own home.

Here are my top choices from the year, in no particular order…

BookUnbroken1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. This one not only hits my 2014 favorites list, but also my lifetime favorites list. The second I was done, I shoved my Kindle at Evan to make him read it too. And then I ordered the hardcover to be able to re-read it. If you’re looking for a fantastic story that will evoke emotion you have – GET THIS BOOK!

(Oh, and while you’re at it, read this New York Times article about author Laura Hillenbrandand her decades-long battle with an illness that renders her unable to travel or even sit up sometimes. Fascinating and inspiring.)

BookSameKindofDifferent2. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Another book on my all-time favorite, must-read list of books. I bought both this and Unbroken in hardcover after reading on my Kindle, because they’re both worth owning and re-reading. I think about the stories in this book at least a couple of times a week. If you want a book that stirs your soul and strengthens your faith, a book you won’t be able to put down, buy this one. I don’t buy a lot of books because I love the library and Kindle sales, but this one is worth every single cent.

Book73. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. This book kicked me into a obsessive kind of thinking with topics like consumption, over-consumption, poverty and wealth. It really messed with my mind and my heart, in really good ways. I’m currently a few chapters into another Jen Hatmaker book, Interrupted.

BookMillionMiles4. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. This book is one I would have described as a great read immediately upon finishing it, but maybe wouldn’t have been certain to add it to my 2014 Favorites list. However, since reading it, I think about the concepts and insights in this book and the way they apply to my own life ALL the time. When a book sticks with you like that, it’s a keeper.

BookHatchingTwitter5. Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton. The drama of the true story behind the creation of social media site Twitter. Nonfiction that reads like fiction… So interesting. If you have any interest in social media at all, you’ll enjoy this book.

BookOutliers6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. Oh this book – it’s just fascinating. This is another book I shoved at Evan immediately upon finishing. Another one worth owning.

And because I have such a hard time choosing favorites, I had to throw in a few honorable mentions:

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequiest

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

Packing Light by Allison Vesterfelt.

I have a huge list of to-read books for 2015, with several already waiting on my Kindle or requested at the library, and I’m looking forward to diving in.

Did you read any great books this year? What else should I consider reading in 2015?FavBooks2014

 

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16 thoughts on “My Favorite Books Read in 2014

  • December 30, 2014 at 5:29 am
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    Hi- I found you through Modern Mrs. Darcy. I LOVE to read, and I love blogs about books. 🙂 I have the same taste of books as you, so I thought I’d send a comment.

    I loved The Invention of Wings……..great book. Also loved many of the books you mentioned above. Some I have not read, but put on my list for 2015.

    Have a great day-
    Kelly (Michigan) (blog-less) 🙂

    • December 31, 2014 at 6:15 am
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      I will add The Invention of Wings to my list, thanks for sharing!

  • December 30, 2014 at 5:49 am
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    Thank you for sharing your favorite books! I too often by my favorites in hardcover to own and reread (I often find new insights on subsequent readings). I would recommend The Color of Rain: How Two Families Found Faith, Hope, and Love in the Midst of Tragedy by Micheal and Gina Spehn. This powerful book opened up insights to me about my own faith life, all while telling the story of this very special family. I also recommend Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah, and Serendipity by Louise Shaffer. Both books over powerful stories (one nonfiction, the other fiction) about powerful women. I hope you enjoy these I and will definitely look into books you have recommended. Happy reading in the New Year!

    • December 31, 2014 at 6:16 am
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      Those books sound wonderful, thanks for the suggestions! My to-read list is growing longer now 🙂

  • December 30, 2014 at 6:39 am
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    I loved Outliers, too. His books are fascinating. I often think about Jen Hatmaker’s 7 as well. Hatching Twitter was really, really interesting. It was so neat to see behind-the-scenes of a startup (and not just any startup). Thanks!

  • December 30, 2014 at 7:12 am
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    It seems you like nonfiction – Have you read “The Happiness of Pursuit” by Chris Guillebeau? Or a great historical is “the Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard – it’s a great combination of science and history.

    • December 31, 2014 at 6:17 am
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      I haven’t read those, thanks for the suggestions… I’ll add them to my list!

  • December 30, 2014 at 11:29 am
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    Some great suggestions! The Donald Miller book is on my nightstand right now! I may have to check out Hatching Twitter, even though it’s not my usual kind of book!

  • December 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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    I don’t read much, but I have been trying to read more. this past year.

    My favourites this year were Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Wonder by RJ Palaccio, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Love Your Sister by Sam and Connie Johnson (Sam did the unicycle ride around Australia for his sister Connie in the name of breast cancer awareness and fundraising – I covered them on my blog), Tiddas by Anita Heiss (just loved the story of friendship between women – and I am friends with the author!) and The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin.

    I remember once you stated that your book posts featured affiliate links – does this one? I can’t tell and I’d like to know this sort of stuff when I read blog posts. Thanks.

    • December 31, 2014 at 6:20 am
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      I read Wonder and The Fault in Our Stars this year too, and enjoyed both. I’m a much bigger fan of nonfiction though. I have Seth Godin on my list for future reading, I enjoy his blog and liked his book Purple Cow. Yes, this contains my affiliate links.

  • December 30, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    I love Jen Hatmaker! 7 is one of my all-time favorite books!

    • December 31, 2014 at 6:21 am
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      Me too, I finally caught her HGTV show the other day. She’s so funny. Have you read Interrupted? I’m really excited about it so far 🙂

  • December 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm
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    Unbroken is one of my all-time favorites and I loved 7 as well; and Bread and Wine and The Happiness project made my favorites list! Thank you so much for sharing; I will be adding Same Kind of Different as me to my list for 2015!

    • December 31, 2014 at 6:20 am
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      If you loved those other books, you will LOVE Same Kind of Different as Me!

  • December 31, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    I loved so many of these books too – very fun! Hands Free Mama was so very good, and I can’t wait to read Hatching Twitter – it is showing up on everyone’s list this year. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • January 3, 2015 at 9:28 am
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    Since you loved Unbroken and Same Kind of Different as Me, I’m excited to read your other picks!!

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