2014 Reading Challenge: 56 Books

My love affair with Goodreads began in 2012, though I didn’t start using it regularly until about a year later. Since then it has been my first stop for all things books. In 2014, my goal was to read 50 books in the year and I made it! I read 56 total. The full list is below. The books in bold are those I’d recommend and I added a bit more of a review for the books I really loved.

  1. The Last Town (#3 of Trilogy) – Blake Crouch
  2. Wayward (#2 of Trilogy) – Blake Crouch
  3. Pines (#1 of Trilogy) – Blake Crouch
  4. Anthem – Ayn Rand
  5. All of the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  6. Impossible – Nancy Werlin
  7. Linger (#2) – Maggie Stiefvater
  8. Shiver (#1)- Maggie Stiefvater
  9. Bitter Kingdom (#3) – Rae Carson
  10. Crown of Embers (#2) – Rae Carson
  11. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (#1) – Rae Carson
  12. Son (#4) – Lois Lowry
  13. Messenger (#3) – Lois Lowry
  14. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  15. Gathering Blue (#2) – Lois Lowry
  16. Slaughter-house Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  17. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  18. Graceling – Kristen Cashore
  19. Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
    • This book will always be one of my favorites. I have had conversations with friends who vehemently hate this book, but for me, it wasn’t about deep theology. I wasn’t looking for an apologetic, I was reading about one man’s experience of faith and religion. It resonated with me and many of the circumstances I was facing when I read this the first time (as a sophomore at a very Atheist/Agnostic university). Give it a read, or don’t…though I personally think you should.
  20. The Sun Dwellers (#3) – David Estes
  21. The Star Dwellers ( #2) – David Estes
  22. The Moon Dwellers (#1) – David Estes
  23. The Atlantis World (#3) – A.G. Riddle
  24. The Atlantis Plague (#2) – A.G. Riddle
  25. The Atlantis Gene (#1) – A.G. Riddle
  26. Take Me With You – Catherine Ryan Hyde
  27. Reached (#3) – Ally Condie
  28. Crossed (#2) – Ally Condie
  29. Matched (#1) – Ally Condie
  30. Love the One You’re With – Emily Giffin
  31. The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) – James Dashner
  32. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) – James Dashner
  33. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) – James Dashner
  34. Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) – Orson Scott Card
  35. Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You – Stasi Eldredge
  36. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden – Mark Owen
  37. Serena – Ron Rash
  38. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown
    • This book gets ALL of the stars. It should be required reading for anyone who breathes. At least for me, it gave a voice to the many emotions life brings. It’s a challenge and encouragement for anyone who wants a better understanding of relating to others and to themselves. I loved it. Also – watch all of Brené Brown’s Ted Talks.
  39. Americanah – Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
    • If you know me, you know I love this book. Another instant favorite, Chimamanda has created a masterpiece here. Please, if you have any desire to learn about circumstances different from your own, read this book. Take some time to live life in someone else’s shoes.
  40. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just – Tim Keller
  41. A Spirituality of Fundraising – Henri Nouwen
  42. The Circle – Dave Eggers
  43. Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus – John Eldrege
  44. The Fault in Our Stars – John Greene
  45. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
  46. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  47. If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) – Gayle Foreman
  48. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell
  49. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  50. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
  51. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand
  52. Allegiant (Divergent, #3) – Veronica Roth
  53. Insurgent (Divergent, #2) – Veronica Roth
  54. Divergent (#1) – Veronica Roth
  55. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  56. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

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