So, one item in my 25 before 25 list is “read and finish 25 books.”
I am the daughter of a librarian, so I grew up in a house of books. I loved reading before bed and I adored being emotionally moved by novels. Now however, sometimes I am truly terrible at finishing books – mostly the non-fiction selections.
I am usually too enthralled in fiction to dawdle, but often even in non-fiction books that I’m very interested in, I can just get disinterested, or move on to another title. It’s a lame habit, and I’m writing this list to help break it! (Some of these I have already started – months or even years ago. Pictured below are some I haven’t started at all. And, I’ve changed-up the list since I took these photos so I do apologize for that.)
25 before 25 Book List
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Not pictured because I just recently bought it, and since then I have not been able to put it down. The concept of story and how to apply it to our real lives is incredible and has hijacked my mind for the past week.
- Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
I got it for Christmas and have adored the first 70 pages.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
I started this over a year ago and I’ve really enjoyed the humor and the thoughtful themes, but it’s been slow goings.
- Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton
This is one of my husband’s very favorite books and he continually asks me to start reading it! Hamilton’s story is amazing, and displays God’s power.
- Crazy Love by Francis Chan
I need to take the time to give this book the attention it really calls for. I stopped in Ch. 2 several months ago.
- Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
I am looking forward to starting this sometime this spring, and thinking through the heart issues that are really behind body issues.
- Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
This book is just so darn pretty. And her definition of simplicity is great: “Living holistically with your life’s purpose.”
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
My copy is in the mail and I cannot wait to begin reading it. Her prose is so unique and truly attitude-altering.
- Radical by David Platt
It’s on the list because I’ve heard it will wreck your soul and I’m up for that.
- The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
A few months ago I checked The Golden Vein (a follow-up to The Artists Way) out from the library and it was really interesting. I want to study the day-to-day processes of creativity more, and I think this will be a great place to start.
- Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
Read several chapters of this classic over two years ago. Need to finish it.
- Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
- Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Started it over a year ago and enjoyed it, but will have to re-start since A LOT has happened in my brain since then!
- Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
We started reading this in premarital counseling and it was great stuff – really meaty Truth about marriage and people and sin.
- Sacred Influence by Gary Thomas
I got distracted from this after the first few chapters, but it was helpful so far.
- Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Good gravy this is a wonderful book. Breathes life into your weary heart. Points you to Jesus. I’ve been reading it for years (back and forth, back and forth, reviewing chapters, underlining, circling) and really should complete it.
- The Shack by William P. Young
My mother-in-law recommended it and loaned to me, and I remember hearing a lot about it when it came out, so it is on the list.
- Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
I have started this one, and learned a lot from it. Look forward to finishing it.
- Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
- How to be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward
Randomly picked this novel up in Brenham – so glad I did! It pulled me in so much that I actually finished it before I could finish this post! I’ll write more on it later. Ward is an amazing story teller. But it does have some shady language, just FYI.
- Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
I read this collection of biographies a few years ago in a summer girls group (thanks to Christine!). It was very encouraging to read real women’s stories and I want to re-read it now that I’m married and have a different role/perspective.
- The Artist in the Office by Summer Pierre
Y’all. (Even though I don’t consider myself a legit artist,) I am stoked about reading this. According to the description, it “encourages small acts of creativity and a simple shift of perspective to help readers bring their artistic selves into the workplace and thrive in all aspects of their lives.” Ordered it just today!
- Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper
Deadline for this one is before next October – in time to plan for the holidays.
- Women Doing Excellently: Biblical Women and Their Successors by Paula Clifford
Another random selection from Half-Price, but I’m really interested to get into it sometime this year. Stories of real women’s lives are helpful to me.
- Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
This is sure to be thought-provoking. Bought it when it came out, never started it.
So, that’s the list. It is what it is mainly because most of these books I already own and I’m realizing that it is silly and wasteful to buy books but not read them. Hopefully, I ‘ll read more than just these. Tentatively, I also really want to: re-read Francine River’s Mark of the Lion series and Redeeming Love (also because I know I’ll crave more fiction than what is in this list); Wild Swans by Jung Chang, which I started over two years ago and will be a long haul, but is SO interesting; and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, because it’s a classic that I already own and, as a former English major, I feel like really should have read by now.
I’m hoping to write review/reflection posts on each of these as I complete them. Yay for blogging as an accountability tool!
What books are you reading right now? Have you read any of these or have any other recommendations?