I had huge plans for reading in 2016 that I fell way short on, but still really enjoyed most of what I read with a few exceptions. (I've decided that life is way too short to spend on bad books. I use the method of reading books that is described in Lit! that I only have to read 100 pages minus my current age into the book and make a decision from there... that frees me up so I don't have to commit to read a book all the way through if I'm not loving it.)
Here's the top books I read this year in four different categories:
(Disclaimer: I honestly don't remember if there was language in this book.
Light language doesn't usually bother me so I may have missed it, but if there was some, it wasn't much.)
I recommend this book to everyone who asks me about books... and everyone I recommended it to loved it. If you liked The Help or To Kill a Mockingbird, you'll love this one.
I had to choose two books for this category!
This book had some thoughts and applications that took my breath away and changed some long held misunderstandings I didn't realize I had. Quick read. Thin book. Powerful. Someday I want to memorize the poetic gospel at the end of the book.
If you've never read the Puritans, you should start. Though there are some antiquated words, the value and wisdom you'll gain is well worth a little struggle. This is a great book to start with because it is SUCH an important subject, and it's a small book of 117 pages packed full of useful and practical truth.
Okay, had to choose two again...
I have not read about any of the missionaries and martyrs of Christianity, and 2016 was the year to change that. I told myself it was okay to read the brief, children's version of these biographies to get a good overview and decide which missionaries to dive further into. I loved this book on Amy Carmichael as it was an easy read but I didn't feel like there were huge chunks missing. She was an extraordinary woman with a tough, spunky, never quit attitude that I admire.
A man built a tiny home, before tiny homes were cool. But he built his on the outer most part of Cape Cod and lived a year there by himself. He describes the life, the wildlife, the ocean, the storms, through journal entries. I just loved being transported there while I was reading.
This book was closely tied with another that I loved about the solitary life in gorgeous natural settings: One Man's Wilderness. Both books were amazing and definitely will be re-read.
I had a poor literary education and a childhood and teen years that didn't allow for any reading, so I'm catching up on all the classics I missed. Fahrenheit 451 was written in a dream-like state that kind of bugged me, but as I read further I began to see why. It was written well before things like wall-sized TV screens, social media, and fingertip sized ear buds, but all were in there with not so surprising results of a life lived fully wrapped up in that. I'm glad I read it.
I read a few more classics also, but none that I really loved. Huckleberry Finn was good to re-read, but not my favorite, and I stopped reading 1984 when it turned weirdly inappropriate. I think I got the gist of it though.
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