2018 in Books

2017 and previous years

The full list, as of 12/15, anyway:

  1. I’ll Be Your Blue Sky
  1. A Wrinkle in Time (audio) (re-read) (with Pip)
  2. Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry (audio)
  3. Gone-Away Lake (audio) (with Pip)
  4. My Name is Asher Lev
  5. The Little Way of Ruthie Lemming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town and the Secret of a Good Life (audio)
  6. When Dimple Met Rishi
  7. Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear (audio)
  8. The Penderwicks at Last (audio)
  9. Tower of Dawn
  10. The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture
  11. The Five Love Languages of Children (audio)
  12. A Prayer Journal
  13. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club
  14. Like a Mother:  A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
  15. Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace
  16. Wendell Berry and the Given Life (audio)
  17. The Ninety-Third Name of God: Poems
  18. The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
  19. Knight’s Castle (with Pip) (aloud)
  20. The War I Finally Won (audio)
  21. Wise Blood
  22. Hannah Coulter (audio)
  23. Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood
  24. Future Home of the Living God
  25. Wildflower Hill
  26. Cold Sassy Tree
  27. Crunchy Cons [with its absurdly long subtitle I’m not copying down this time]
  28. Les Miserables (audio)
  29. Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother (re-read)
  30. World of Trouble
  31. Home Education (audio)
  32. The Power and the Glory (2x!)
  33. What’s Wrong with the World
  34. Countdown City
  35. Practicing the Presence of God
  36. The Last Policeman
  37. To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (audio) (with J)
  38. Strangers and Sojourners
  39. On Pilgrimage
  40. The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard
  41. The Essex Serpent
  42. Creating with God: The Confusing, Holy Blessedness of Pregnancy (re-read)
  43. An American Childhood (re-read)
  44. The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Need from Grownups (audio)
  45. The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (audio)
  46. Black Rabbit Hall (audio)
  47. The War that Saved My Life (audio)
  48. Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons
  49. Anne of the Island (audio)
  50. Anne’s House of Dreams (audio)
  51. Charlotte’s Web (re-read) (with Pip) (aloud)

Fiction favorites:

  • The War That Saved My Life: I’m a sucker for blitz-era England. What is wrong with me?!
  • Les Miserables: I’m late to the party but now I think I’ll have a forever crush on Jean Valjean. And I haven’t even seen any of the movies yet!
  • I’ll Be Your Blue Sky: oh, Marisa de los Santos. Your lovable characters! Your luminous language and delightful verbal sparring! But oh, your shaky plots… Whatever. I loved it.

I’m surprised to see here that I didn’t read a lot of fiction this year, because fiction is usually my wheelhouse. A lot of things I started I didn’t love and didn’t finish, though, and many of the things I did love and finish were rereads. Depressing. Toss me some fiction recommendations for the new year?

Nonfiction favorites:

  1. The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture: Haley is an old friend who’s written a book that, like Dreher’s, brings together a lot of compelling movements and ideas to make a coherent vision of a life worth living.


Books contextualizing pregnancy and parenthood, audiobooks

I did not read enough full chapter books aloud this year but got distracted and relied upon audiobooks too heavily!

How did your year of reading look in 2018?

3 thoughts on “2018 in Books

  1. I don’t keep track of where my recommendations come from, so sorry if you’ve already read these (and I read them because they were on your list first– ha!).

    As Bright As Heaven
    Strangers and Sojourners
    Cold Sassy Tree


    • I definitely haven’t read As Bright as Heaven but I read the other two for Well Read Moms. I had such mixed feelings about S&S! Some passages were so beautiful but sometimes I didn’t understand why the characters did what they did.


      • Oooh. You’re right about Strangers. I didn’t understand either…but that seems to be exactly like some of the people I know in real life. Sometimes I look at people and think “Seriously?!?! *This* is how you’re going to respond to this situation?!?!” I really appreciated the examination of marriage in a way that’s completely different than how it’s portrayed in pop culture. Made for some good discussions with my husband.

        I wasn’t able to go to any of the WRM meetings, but I tried to follow the recommended list a bit. Forgot that’s where they came from. 🙂


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