“Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that.”
I can’t find the words exactly, to describe how I feel when I walk through a bookstore, but I guess I sort of feel like Nel in my first published book when she writes, “As we walked through a sea of bookshelves, I felt as though he(Mr.Levitt) was Moses, leading me into the promised land. My fingers skimmed through the shelves as the voices and footsteps of the others had disappeared deeper into the sea.”
It is a magical feeling, yet finding the right book can always be a daunting task. Wandering the bookstore for hours, you read the synopsis of about a hundred books and still don’t know where to begin. In today’s modern world, it seems that anything and everything goes, so sometimes it is quite a difficult task to find a book that will enrich, rather than take away from your intellectual and emotional life.
Since graduating from college, I’ve read a lot. In fact, I’ve read more this past year than the entirety of my college education! And, in doing so, I’ve had a lot of people message me for a book list, so I thought I would compile a list of my favourites here!
So, here is my 2017 List for both Fiction and Non-Fiction.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis
1.All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2.The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (if you like mystery, everything Kate Morton is fantastic!)
3.Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
4.Evening Class by Maeve Binchy
5.The Poldark Series by Winston Graham
6.The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman
7.The Song of Hartgrove Hall by Natasha Solomons
8.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (I didn’t read this one this year, but it is my all time-favourite book)
9.The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
10. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald (because whenever you make a book list, The Great Gatsby should be included.)
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Non-Fiction: Inspirational and Theology Reads
1.Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
2.God’s Pursuit of Man by A.W. Tozer
3.The Artisan Soul by Erwin Mcmanus
4.The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
5. Dangerous Love by Ray Norman
6. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
7. A Million Miles in A Thousand Years by Donald Miller
8. The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
9. Into the Mud by Christine Jeske
10. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
I hope you enjoyed this list! Feel free to share your favourites as well.