Last year I challenged myself to read twenty books in a year! I know, I know, most of you are probably rolling your eyes because most of you probably read twenty books each month. I am not the fastest reader in the world. But I do love books and I do love to read. In the end, I only read about seventeen books last year, but many of these books have become favorites of mine. Here are a few of my favorite books from 2015.
Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis
The Grand Demonstration: A Biblical Study of the So-Called Problem of Evil by Jay E. Adams
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Othello by William Shakespeare
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Five Love Languages for Singles by Gary Chapman
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The books The Grand Demonstration by Jay E. Adams and The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield are two books I think every Christian should read. Both of these books address important Biblical theological questions as well as relevant social issues from a worldview grounded in the truth of God's Word.
The theme of 2016's reading list is, "books on my shelf I have never read". A few of these books are not on my shelf at all (yet) but are books I have nonetheless wanted to read for a while now. You may notice that some of these books are highly ambitious reads (at least for me, maybe not for all you bibliophiles out there) and I do not anticipate finishing all of these within the year. A couple of these choices are books I have read in the past and simply want to re-read since it has been a while since I read them. Next year's reading list will be themed "books on Ruth's shelves that I haven't read". As I sat in the living room of our apartment the other night, she remarked, "Funny, I've read all those books." Admittedly, Ruth has a lot more books on her shelf than I do. She has a lot more shelves, for that matter.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Cranford and Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Lydia Bailey by Kenneth Roberts
Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead
Merlin by Stephen Lawhead
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol. I by Diana Wynne Jones
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
The Monster in the Hollows (Wingfeather Saga #3) by Andrew Peterson
The Warden and the Wolf King (Wingfeather Saga #4) by Andrew Peterson
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Jeanette Li: A Girl Born Facing Outside, an autobiography translated by Rose Huston
If I make it through the first two titles before the year is up, I may attempt to re-read John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. Perhaps I should rename this year's theme to "read all the big books on my shelves."
I like to think of books as places I want to travel to, time periods, characters, and fantasy worlds I want to explore. Every so often I get a bad case of restless wanderlust and typically a good book is the perfect cure. Books are for people like me who want to explore the world but have yet to acquire the means to do just that. Also Pinterest is a less effective alternative to reading.