2014: The Book List.


Jared and I set a goal to read at least 24 books this year. I have no idea if this is a lot, a little, too many, too few, but two books a months sounded both reasonable and just challenging enough. I also figured it would “trick” me into reading like a crazy little fiend, because I’m nothing if not a classic over-achiever.Turns out, I was right, because I’ve already plowed through two books this month. I doubt this pace will continue, but I hope and plan to maintain a strong focus on reading books as a way of learning, resting and growing this year.

2014 Book List


  1. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – Finished!
    I really liked this book, possibly even loved it. Told from the perspective of a young woman who has just aged out of foster care, this story was rich with robust, believable characters, the harsh realities of life in a broken world and the beauty and grace found in human relationships. Highly recommend.
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – Finished!
    Such an engaging book! This book is written in a quirky, unique way and reminded me of the magic of a story skillfully woven together over hundreds of pages. It was fast-paced (or maybe I just was? Couldn’t put it down!), charming, real and funny.
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  4. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
  5. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  6. The Circle Series by Ted Dekker
  7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  9. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (to be published 10/2014)


  1. When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman
  2. The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
    by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  3. The Reason Why I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism 
    by Naoki Higashida
  4. 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
  5. Redeeming Sociology by Vern S. Poythress


  1. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller
  2. Jesus the King by Tim Keller
  3. In My Place Condemned He Stood by J. I. Packer
  4. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
  5. Just Do Something Kevin DeYoung

Parenting/Adoption/Orphan Care

  1. Adopting the Hurt Child by Gregory Keck
  2. Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson
  3. The Whole Brain Child by Dan Seigel and Tina Bryson
  4. Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson
  5. Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman

No Pressure Non-Guilt Trip Only If There’s Somehow Time Extras

These books were largely chosen based on a discussion in the forums of The Influence Network and posts by Hayley MorganKristen HowertonRussell Moore & Chelsea Williams.

What do you plan to read in 2014?

Author: Abby Perry

Abby has written for The Gospel Coalition, Christ and Pop Culture, Upwrite Magazine, and The Influence Network. She is the communications coordinator for a nonprofit organization and co-facilitates two community efforts—one promoting bridge-building racial reconciliation conversations and one supporting area foster and adoptive families. Abby graduated from Texas A&M University and currently attends Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her family live in College Station, Texas.

6 thoughts on “2014: The Book List.”

  1. Great list!!! I really enjoyed Where’d you go Bernadette as well. It was so clever! I read 24 books last year, and it was hard but doable! This year I’m aiming for 18. Oh, and if you ever want to borrow any of Shauna Niequist’s books, let me know! I’ve loved all of them.

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