24 Books That I Am Excited to Read in 2014

24 books for the new year

Wednesday I shared that one of my goals is to read 100 books this year. For some some that sounds like a lot, and yes it is a big goal, but for me I think it is attainable. I know that I have shared many times before my love for books and I believe that we make the time for things we love most of all.

In my new monthly feature that I’m going to be rolling out in a few days, Book Notes I will share several book related thoughts including how I pick the books I read, making a reading plan, how I make the time to read, reading controversial books, and more.

Today I wanted to continue to kick off the New Year by sharing several books that I am super eager to get my hands on this year. These are books that I have had my eye on for a while or are already on my bookshelves but just haven’t had a chance to read yet, or have been recommend to read by others. Plus my Kindle is also loaded with a ton of books that I have been eagerly downloading when they were free or really cheap (there are several free Beth Moore that are still available!)

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Intentional Blogger by Nikki Hughes and Leigh Ann Daulton

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while and finally purchased a copy. I’m only one chapter in and am already in love with it. Nikki and Leign Ann are so encouraging!  Not only do you get their eBook but you also get a whole file of downloadable forms to use as you plan and grow your blog and writing.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

This has been on my to-read list for a while and I’m reading it as part of a monthly women’s book club at church. We were supposed to read it last fall but it kept getting pushed back for several l reasons. We are FINALLY reading it this month and next and I am so excited.

Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins

I discovered Jeff Goins last year and I love his writing style and his approach to encouraging writers. I finally snagged a copy when it was on sale last fall.

Jane Austen: The Complete Collection

I was planning on reading all of Jane Austin’s book anyway this year, then I found this book club and I thought what a fun way to read through her novels.

Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough by Justin and Trisha Davis

I recently read an interview by the authors and was so touched by their testimony. We live in a broken world where Satan loves to destroy strong, Godly marriages. I have read countless heartbreaking Facebook updates of breakups from couples who are believers but sin has won. I think this book will be a good reminder and motivator to keep up the fight.

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn bu Melanie Shankle

Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker

After reading 7 and her blog, I am eager to read more of her books.

The Complete Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery

I read the first Anne book in college (I don’t know how my book loving self missed out on her when I was younger) and fell in love with her. I have wanted to read the rest of the collection ever since. The entire series is available on Kindle for only $0.99!

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson

I’ve heard great things about this book, and I always gain so much from reading about prayer something I definitely need to be doing more of.

Becoming God’s True Woman, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy and Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

This will be the year when I read most of Nancy’s great books!

The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron

I’m making it a priority to read books about the craft of writing this year.

Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard A. Swenson

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff

I’ve only recently discovered Jon Acuff (where have I been?) and his blog makes me laugh and think like no one else.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lemont

Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons

Fit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic

I loved Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches so I have anxious to read her follow up book.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

I’ve heard this one is almost as good as The Forgotten Garden so we’ll see. Reguardless I’ve been anxious to read Kate’s remaining two novels this year.

This is not the complete list of books that I want to read, that would be one LONG list, but just a sampling of books that I am really excited to start diving into.

What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

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18 Comments

  1. Glad you’re joining the book club! As for the rest of your list, all I can say is that I feel like we are literary kindred spirits! So many of those books are ones I want to read (or have read) as well! 🙂

  2. Sarah Fuller says:

    Great list. Found a number that I was not familiar with to read.

  3. You are going to love the Anne of Green Gables series, it was one of my all time favorites growing up! I looks like you’ve got enough to keep you busy this year!

  4. Great well rounded list! I’ve read all the Jane Austen’s! Love them, what fun for a book club. I also love that you have a “variety”. Pinning

  5. I’m obsessed with GoodReads so I’ll definitely be checking out these books and reading more about them. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I read the Anne books when I was in high school and they are still my favorite books of all time. This year I read Emily of New Moon and its sequels for the first time and I wondered why I had never picked them up before then! I have The Forgotten Garden on my short list. I loved The Secret Keeper so, so much that I’m afraid to be disappointed. 🙂

    1. I haven’t read The Secrete Keeper yet, but I have heard from people who have read both that they are Kate Morton’s two best books. I’ll have to add the Emily books to my future list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Hi Monica I am working on the post today and it will be publish tomorrow (Wednesday). Thanks for checking, I can’t wait to start sharing that series with you all! 🙂

  7. Sarah @Snow Globe Shaken says:

    This is a wonderful list of books. I love to read and have added some of these to my list for this year. Thank you so much for all the ideas.

  8. LOVE your list. I want to read Circle Maker and Choosing Gratitude as well. Maybe I’ll whip through my list this year and do some extra. I need to read the Anne books again. It’s been a long time!!! Pinning this post for ideas.

  9. Great list. You’ll love “Bird by Bird.” Books I am excited about this year? “Jesus Feminist” by Sarah Bessey. And I’m going to read a few Barbara Kingsolver books… I love January in some ways, because it’s the month I compile my yearly reading list. Thanks for sharing.

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