If there is one thing I love almost as much as I love traveling, it is reading. I’ve found that books are the best way to travel without really traveling – they can transport you to new worlds and kickstart new adventures almost as easily as an airplane, and they are far less expensive. Since 2011, I’ve had an annual goal of reading 50 books each year. And while I’ve regularly fallen a bit short of this goal (thanks, over the years, to grad school, starting a new job, and, you know, life), that goal has motivated me to read – and read a lot. Even when I don’t hit 50, I’m still cruising through books all year.

If you need ideas for books, I’m here to help!

Check out what I’m reading this year (below), or go back to the archives to see my reading lists from 2017 and 2016!

Have something I should definitely read? Let me know in the comments! I love suggestions!

1. Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

2. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

3. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

4. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

5. Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle

6. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

7. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

8. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner

9. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

10. Still Me by JoJo Moyes

11. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

12. If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey 

13. The Immortalists by Chloe BenjaminThe Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

14. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

15. Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Bruggeman 

16. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

17. I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

18. Educated by Tara Westover

19. Assimilate or Go Home by DL Mayfield

20. Everybody Always by Bob Goff

21. China in Ten Words by Yu Hua

22. Factfulness by Hans Rosling

23. Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler

24. The Very Worst Missionary by Jamie Wright

25. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

26. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

27. I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

28. Inspired by Rachel Held Evans

29. The Enneagram in Love and Work by Helen Palmer

30. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

31. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

32. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

33. This One Is Mine by Maria Semple

34. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

35. Learning to Speak God from Scratch by Jonathan Merritt


4 thoughts on “Books

  1. Jill says:

    I agree…..loved Light Between Oceans….was so torn who to root for!
    Have you read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett? One of my favorites….so well written.


  2. Jessica says:

    Hey Allison,

    You should check out:

    Jenny Simmon’s book The Road to Becoming
    The book thief by Mark Zusak
    The single woman: Life, love and a dash of sass by Mandy Hale

    Let me know if you read any and what you think!



  3. John Courtright says:

    The Prince of India or Why Constantinople Fell (Volume 1)
    by Lew Wallace
    1893. This novel from Wallace, the writer of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (another book I would highly recommend; much, much better than the movie), recounts events leading to the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. The legendary wandering jew, in the guise of a Prince of India aids in bringing about the downfall of the city and its empire by aiding and advising the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II. What an adventure! Wonderful writing! I was certainly transported to another place and time!


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