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My Favorite Books of 2018 & Books I Want to Read in 2019

This year I am going to do something a little different and share my personal book lists over here. Previously I had been sharing them over on my other blog but this year it feels like this is where they should be.

I have always been a reader but now a mother and home educator I feel even more aware of how everything I do is setting some type of example for my kids (whether it is a good or no-so-good action) and being an avid reader is an example I want to set. So far I seem to be doing pretty good with that example!

Today I wanted to share the top books I read in 2018 and then dive into my to read list for 2019.


The best fiction and non-fiction chapter books I read in 2018


In 2018 I read 91 books and for this next year I actually want to read less books. Not because I want to read less necessarily but I want to read slower and also read more classics and non-fiction so I set myself a goal of 60 books for this year.

Now, let’s get on to my favorite books of 2018! (Just a note, these are my favorites that I read in 2018, not most of them were not actually published in 2018.)


The best fiction and non-fiction chapter books I read in 2018






Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed

I really enjoyed this book, though I don’t think the subtitle accurately describes it, or maybe I just got something else out of it than intended but for me the book was a lot more about finding God in the hidden moments, something I want to get better at doing.


I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I read Ann Bogel’s newest book on our flight to Phoenix last month and Jared was laughing beside me as I laughed out loud while reading it. I feel like I have experienced each of the delights and dilemmas she shared about.


Letters to the Church

I enjoy Francis Chan’s speaking and his general approach to the Christian life, this book was a really good refresher.



Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

My word for last year was gentle and this book opened my eyes to a few areas I needed to work on and it really make a difference in my year.


Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den

Corrie Ten Boom is one of my role models. I love how she was just an ordinary person but had such bravery, I admire all that she did.





Tilly & The Bookwanderers

A book that every book lover will enjoy! Imagine your favorite book characters coming to life and being your friend.


Sherlock Holmes

I read all the Sherlock books this year, most of the for the second time, the short stories still remain my favorite but really, I like all of them.


Wuthering Heights

This was a book I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy and yet I quite did! It’s a great read during the month of October



The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

I read (and enjoyed) a few Agatha Christie books this year. This one I read with my classics book club.


The Moving Finger

This was my first of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books and now I want to read more of them!


And Then There Were None

I never know where Agatha Christie’s books are going, it’s one of the things I love about them!



I Am David

I read this in high school (as a required read) and didn’t really get it, then this year I re-read it after a friend raved about it and I’m glad I did, what a powerful book!


Vienna Prelude

This book taught me so much about the events that lead up to World War II!


The Nightingale

I learned a lot from historical fiction this year! Surprisingly, this one made me think a lot about the Germans who were in the war but didn’t necessarily want to be.



The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I put off reading this book for a long time because I knew there would be tears. There were. I highly recommend it.


Number the Stars

I am looking forward to reading this one with the kids down the road, I think it is a really good introduction into WWII for kids.


A Night Divided

This was a fascinating intro to the Berlin wall for me and has made me interested in learning more about it.


Books I want to read in 2019 - non-fiction, biographies, fiction and classics.






Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – I’ve read shorter versions of his story but I am excited to read this one, I bought a copy thanks to a gift card I got for Christmas so I’ll read this one soon.

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family – this book was on my to-read list last year and I never got to it, this year is the year!

Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken – this one was recommended by one of my good friends so I plan on reading it early in the year. I’ve read some of his fiction but I hadn’t realized he wrote non-fiction as well prior to her recommendation.

George Muller of Bristol

Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It


Because Ephraim is from South Africa we have a connection with that country that can never be broken, I want to read these next two books to learn more about the country he comes from.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood


Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder – who doesn’t want to know more about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her life?

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

I Am Hutterite: The Story of a Young Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage – this one I am actually reading right now as part of my book club I’m in at my library, it is a very interesting book so far!

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything


I’ve chosen Elisabeth Elliot as my literary mentor for the year so I want to read as many of her books as possible, starting with these ones:

Shadow of the Almighty

God’s Guidance: Finding His Will for Your Life

Secure in the Everlasting Arms

Discipline: The Glad Surrender

Be Still My Soul: Reflections on Living the Christian Life


The best fiction and non-fiction chapter books I read in 2018


Great Expectations

Lord of the Rings – we have been watching the movies and I’ve wanted to read the books forever (I love The Hobbit) so it’s about time I read Lord of the Rings


The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name


The best fiction and non-fiction chapter books I read in 2018


The Bell Jar

Emily of New Moon

Story Girl

The Mill on the Floss

Agnes Grey

The Little Prince

Agatha Christie’s books – as many of the ones I haven’t read as I can get in (starting with the ones I own that I haven’t read yet)

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