Books to Read


Like I mentioned in my, I’m determind to get back into a routine with reading! I’ve added books to my queue & have been gifted a few great books, too. Here’s a peek at the books next up on my list (pictured), as well as these that have been highly recommended:

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (just finished it & loved it!)

Rising Strong, Brene Brown

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

Bittersweet, Shauna Niequist

Tribes, Seth Godin

Life Together, Bonhoeffer

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!


And a massive roundup of!

Books of 2014

In 2014, I read 71 books throughout the course of the year! For the last several years, I have always set a goal of reading 52+ books per year, and I’m happy I was able to surpass that goal again. Believe me, having a 45 minute metro commute (each way!) helps get a good amount of quality reading time in! Anyway, I devoured so many interesting, fascinating, well-written books throughout the year, and reading has always brought me so much joy. I’m always grateful that I keep a little handwritten journal of all of the books I’ve read so that I can remember them at the year’s end.  I wanted to share with you some of the best books I read in 2014…


Top Ten Books of 2014

  • The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
  • The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  • Bread and Wine & Cold Tangerines, Shauna Niequist
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Jan Karon
  • Edge of Eternity, Ken Follett
  • Radical, David Platt
  • The Hundred Foot Journey, Richard C. Morais

Favorite re-reads:

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • East of Eden
  • The Secret Garden
  • Anne of Green Gables

Favorite new authors from this year:

  • Shauna Neiquist
  • Liane Moriarty
  • Jojo Moyes
  • Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

Some additional great book recommendations from 2014:

  • The Painted Girls
  • Beautiful Ruins
  • Serena
  • Mrs. Poe
  • The Goldfinch
  • The Lowland
  • The House I Loved
  • The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
  • Wild
  • Flat Water Tuesday
  • One Plus One
  • Happiness at Home
  • Frog Music
  • Big Little Lies
  • 7
  • The Mockingbird Next Door
  • The Vacationers
  • Start Something that Matters
  • State of Wonder
  • An Invisible Thread

What do you think of my book recommendations?! Do you wholeheartedly agree or disagree with any of my superlative picks? I would love to hear your thoughts!

What books are on your 2015 reading list? I can’t wait to get started with some new books soon… my queue at the library is filling up quickly!

A year ago, I wrote about my favorite (and least favorite) books of 2013, so be sure to check out that post with many other books recommendations and thoughts!