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…
1. 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.)
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
Check out my 2013 top book picks here.