My Favorite Books of 2018

my favorite books of 2018

My favorite kind of morning is spent waking up slowly, throwing on a cozy sweater, and reading a good book as a sip my coffee and eat my breakfast. It’s just the best. Nothing beats it.

I made a goal last January to read 20 books in a year, and I’m proud to say I reached that goal! YAY! Because I’m always on the hunt for a new book to read, I love when people share their recent reads (it’s also why I’m obsessed with Goodreads. If you don’t have Goodreads, go make an account now because it’s so fun!!).

While a good portion of those 20 books I read in 2018 were from my American Literature class I had to take (in other words, they were really boring), I did read a handful that I LOVED. So, here are my favorite books of 2018 in the order that I read them!

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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

By Shauna Niequist

I really enjoyed this book. It was one of the first ones I read in 2018, and it was such a great reminder for the beginning of the year. I have a bad habit of filling my schedule to the brim instead of taking life slowly and enjoying the season God has me in.

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If you only knew: My unlikely, unavoidable story of becoming free

By Jamie Ivey

I’m a biiiiig fan of Jamie Ivey! Jamie stopped in Waco on her book tour, so my roommate Elizabeth and I were super excited and got tickets (and a copy of the book!). The book is very honest and vulnerable, and Jamie’s message is something very important for the church to hear!

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Magpie murders

By Anthony Horowitz

I bought this book at the airport this summer since I was getting bored with the book I had brought with me. Honestly, I just thought the cover looked cool. It was actually a very interesting book and kept me guessing the whole time!

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Big magic: Creative living Beyond fear

By Elizabeth Gilbert

Tbh, this book was kinda weird, but I loved it!! Elizabeth definitely has an interesting take on how creativity works. Even though I’m not sure I totally agree with her, it was pretty inspiring! I would recommend this to all you creative girl bosses out there :)

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The Name of the wind

By Patrick Rothfuss

READ THIS BOOK!!!! Hudson was browsing books over the summer and was shocked by how highly-rated it was (like, rated higher than Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings). He started reading it and was really enjoyed it, so I picked up a copy myself. The ratings didn’t lie!!! This book is incredible and I’m currently reading the second one in the series.

If you like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, you’ll love this!

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely fine

By Gail Honeyman

This book was so good! It was funny, a bit sad, quirky, and sweet. Highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a light, fun read!

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Dance Stand Run: the God-inspired moves of a woman on holy ground

By Jess Connolly

THIS. BOOK. IS. INCREDIBLE. I’m telling every girl I know to read this book because it is SO important! I’m so grateful my podcast gals Elizabeth and Elaine told me about it because this is probably my current favorite. I’m going to re-read it soon because it is so full of truth that I want to soak in again.

Seriously, girls, BUY THIS BOOK!!!

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Preparing for Marriage: Help for Christian Couples

By John Piper

After Hudson and I got engaged in November (still not over it!!!), I went on a bit of a book-buying spree on Amazon and got several about marriage!

This one was my favorite I’ve read so far! It’s pretty short, but it has lots of truth and advice straight from God’s word in it. I also like that it has discussion questions in the back for you and your fiancé to talk through together!

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The Orphan’s Tale

By Pam Jenoff

Historical fiction is *probably* my favorite book genre. I especially love World War II-era books. Circus books are also fun. This is both of those things!

I read this book in a matter of days, and I just loved it! Hudson can confirm that I cried quite a bit during this book haha, but it was such a sad but very touching story. Highly recommend!

There ya have it— my favorite books of 2018! This year my goal is to read 25 books, so if you have any suggestions, leave a comment down below!! :)

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