I don’t see myself as a literary critic, but I am someone who reads an average of 70 books or so a year, so I definitely have my opinion of what I like and what good writing is!
– I’ll give a short review and opinion of each, but you’ll just have to trust me that they’re good and read them yourself without too much pontificating on my part (Remember, I’m a short attention span girl.)
– I let myself down completely when I finished up my list and realized I’ve only read about 50 books this year. Whaddup?
5. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. I found this book hilarious and totally interesting; others found it disturbing and battles erupted over it all over the internet. In it, Chua describes her parenting of her two daughters. Forcing both to practice for hours and hours -even on vacation – so that they could be perfect at playing the piano. Well-written and interesting and, dare I say it, funny.
4. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Rubin decided to tackle the task of “being happier” by turning non-concrete goals into tangible lists to follow and charts to mark. She pursued goals such as being a better mother, being a better wife, being a better friend. Loved the idea and loved that she turned it into something she could track. I totally get that.
3. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein. Okay, so it was probably my fifth time through the book, but this time? This time my kids were finally old enough to listen. I read it out loud and loved it when they referenced Gollum or the ring or Gandolf in the months to come. I read and re-read the first few sentences to them many times, and asked, “Do you get it? Do you see the beauty in those words?” In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. “
2. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. Ramsey gives excellent advice on running your own business. Do I need to say it again? Excellent advice. Read it.
1. And my top favorite book of all year, and possibly of the last ten years, was actually a volume containing two books, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image by Dr Paul Brand and Philip Yancey. Amazing, amazing books. They combine the miracle of the human body and relate it to the spiritual Body of Christ. How do the parts all work together? Why is pain a good thing? I wish I could give a proper review of this book in eloquent words…but I would fall short, no matter how much I tried. Please just give this book a chance!
Two Honorable Mentions go to:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (interesting medical and human interest story)
Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Claire Davies. This was probably the most practical book I read and also goes to prove I read any book whose title is mentioned in front of me. Must Get Help.
For a complete list of books read this year you can look HERE (although it is still a work in progress…)
What was your favorite book of this year?