My Favorite Books from 2017

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  One of my favorite bloggers, Crystal from Money Saving Mom shares her favorite books that she’s read from the past year and I LOVE this idea so I decided to start the tradition myself. As an avid reader and book collector, I’m always looking for good book recommendations and I’m sure some of you are the same. Since this is the first year that I’ve done this, a few of these books are ones that I technically read in 2016, but you don’t mind, right? I hope you enjoy this list and be sure to leave your book recommendations in the comment section below.

 

Dear Mr. Knightley

  This was a fiction title that Crystal (as mentioned above) recommended on her website. I rarely read fiction that isn’t historical or christian based, but I decided to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. It was a little bit slow to get into, but ended up being a really charming story that kept me captivated and I really loved the ending. I’ve since bought several more of Katherine Reay’s books, but haven’t read them yet.

 

Loving the Little Years

  I know this book is a little old, but it’s been on my to read list since I had kids and I finally got around to it this year. It’s a short read with quick chapters, but full of sound wisdom. I read a chapter every morning during my devotional time and it was the perfect way to start my day. I’m sure I will read it again.

 

Hands Free Mama

  I’ve actually read this one several times and it’s one of my all time favorites. I couldn’t make a favorite reads list without it. Rachel shares how she went from a life of busyness and distraction to a one of slowing down and really taking in the moments that matter in life. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. I know you will love it. Every chapter brings me to tears.

 

Caroline

  As an avid fan of Little House on the Prairie, I knew I had to read this book as soon as it came out. It’s a fictional account of Caroline Ingalls’ (ma’s) perspective of pulling up roots, leaving everything behind, traveling across country in a covered wagon and starting a new life on the Prairie. It’s wonderfully delightful from beginning to end.

 

Home Management Plain and Simple

  Formerly titled, Large Family Logistics, this newly updated version is an amazing resource for every mom and homemaker. It’s full of encouragement and includes tons of tips for running a smooth household. From laundry to meal planning, this book has it all. It’s one that I will read again because there is so much to be gleaned from it.

 

More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting

  This one just might be my favorite read of the year, although that’s a hard decision to make. It’s about the Amish culture and how they parent their children. It’s fascinating and sensible all at once. I love how their culture is so oriented towards faith, family and community. I will definitely be reading this one again.

 

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

  Hygge seemed to be on everyone’s lips this year and I’m all about a trend that includes staying home, getting comfy and sitting in front of the fire, so I knew I had to learn more. This little book is an easy read and teaches you all about the Danish concept of Hygge with tons of ideas to incorporate it into your own life.

 

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms

  We read this book in my bible study group this year and I really enjoyed it. While I’m not sure I would have read it on my own, I found myself inspired after just about every chapter. In it, Tebow shares his story of staying true to who he is in Christ amidst his uncertain football career and how he walks through trials without losing his faith.

 

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages

  I’ve read a lot of Shaunti Feldhahn’s books and they’re all wonderful. This book is based on data that she has collected from married couples of all ages/stages and has boiled all the information down to which habits make for a highly happy marriage. It’s a truly fascinating read that I find myself thinking about often in my day to day life.

 

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

   I’m a little late to the game here too as this book has been out for a while, but it was a really great read. It captured my attention from beginning to end and really caused me to think deeply about my own life. Ann Voskamp has an incredible way of expressing herself in a truly beautiful and personal style that is easy to relate too. I know you’ll love it too.

 

What were some of your favorite books that you read this year?

I’d love to know!

 

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