I don’t know why I’m so nosy about other people’s reads, but…I totally am. And since some of you might be fellow bookshelf snoopers, I thought I’d share the books I read in 2014. In exchange, you have to tell me all about your favorite reads of 2014 in the comments! The one thing I hate about making these lists is that I always feel like I’ve missed a book….or ten.
I am definitely a fiction kinda girl, so I was surprised to see how many non-fiction books I read this year!
- Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line by Karen Edmisten
- Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley
- Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider
- Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
- A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
- True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort
- Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler
- Diary of a Country Mother by Cynthia Montanaro
- Chastity is for Lovers by Arleen Spenceley
- A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily Freeman
- Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie
- The Little Oratory by Leila Marie Lawler and David Clayton
- Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis
And I was shocked to realize how FEW fiction first-time reads I finished. I think I can just fill up my 2015 reading list with fiction without feeling a bit sorry!
Every year I end up re-reading one of Austen’s novels and one of the “Anne” books….but I don’t typically read almost ALL of them in one year. Maybe I really needed some comfort reads?
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
- Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
- Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery
- Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Started but Haven’t Finished:
All three of these are great. Les Mis is just long, but I’m more than 1/3 through the beast, though, so that’s SOMETHING! And the other two are just heavier reads. But I fully intend to finish them in 2015.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart
- Mary: The Church at the Source by Hans Urs von Balthasar and Pope Benedict XVI
Didn’t Even Start:
These I didn’t even get a chance to pick up, but they’ll be on next year’s list, too!
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education by Laura M. Berquist
- After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory by Alasdair MacIntyre
I’d have to say that Something Other Than God was probably the most compelling thing I read all year. I could not put it down. The Little Oratory was probably the most life-changing book I read (just WAIT til you hear our podcast with the author, Leila Lawler in January! She is awesome!) A Jane Austen Education won the prize for the book I most vehemently disagreed with. Villette wins for most anti-Catholic remarks and Teaching from Rest wins for feeling most like drinking a lovely cup of hot tea.
What were some of your favorite reads in 2015? Share in the comments! I LOVE seeing your recommendations to add to my new reading list.
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