I have too many booklists. Two on this blog, one on Goodreads, at least two in a pile of papers on my desk, several being used as bookmarks, converted grocery lists, and that one under my bed I’m afraid to retrieve because of the dust (I need to get that cleaned out…)

But who can resist another one? ūüėõ

Especially one that is of books I DEFINITELY have to read.  And books coming out this year! 

Check out some of these for yourself…they all sound pretty good.



 Signature Classics 

by C.S. Lewis

This set includes most of Lewis’ most famous works:¬†

Mere Christianity
The Screwtape Letters
A Grief Observed
The Problem of Pain
The Great Divorce

I just finished¬†Becoming Mrs. Lewis¬†and am hungering for Lewis…I’ve read the first two on this list, but a friend gave me this volume for Christmas and I am excited to try some new ones.



Watership Down

     by Richard Adams

I have heard so many good things about this book and I just never seem to get around to reading it.¬† I actually have it in a stack of to-reads next to my bed. Redwall is very much in my blood, but this animal novel of adventure and courage set in the English Downs is a new one for me…



Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life

by Douglas Wilson

For writers of every sort, whether experienced veterans, still just hoping, or somewhere in between…I want to read a few books that encourage me as a writer each year. This one sounds like a fascinating and helpful read.





The Tattooist of Auschwitz

      by Heather Morris

This book keeps popping up in other readers’ lists. About a Slovakian Jew who is forced to become the German tattooist at Auschwitz-Birkenau, this historical fiction has caught my eye and I hope it is as good as it sounds. As if I need any more WWII historical fictions on my shelves. ūüėõ



Girl, Wash Your Face

       by Rachel Hollis

I’ve already started this book and am loving it! Hollis actually has a new book coming out this year, but I will get to it once I am finished with this one.¬† Be prepared to laugh and cry and maybe blush a little…Hollis is so straightforward and honest and she says what needs to be said, all in a gentle, real way.



The Clockmaker’s Daughter

by Kate Morton

This sounds like an old-fashioned thriller, where events that occurred over a hundred years before must be unearthed and sifted. I’m hoping it won’t be generic…maybe I’m just reading it for the title? Should be interesting…



Whiskey in a Teacup

       by Reese Witherspoon

What growing up in the south taught me about life, love, and baking biscuits…

This autobiography caught my eye because it sounds hilarious and because I have a southern friend who might enjoy this. Even though I technically grew up in the South, I don’t have that much ‘southern’ heritage, so I am reading to learn. Recipes, how-tos, traditions, and funny stories…how can you go wrong?



The Huntress

     by Kate Quinn

Another post-WWII (I seem to be reading a lot of these lately), this one follows a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to bring to justice a Nazi war criminal known as the Huntress, who has gone underground in America.

This novel is reminding me of¬†Killing the SS, a Bill O’Reilly that came out last year in October. The history of Nazi Hunters is fascinating.



Under Pressure

      by Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

An urgently needed guide to the alarming rate of psychological stress experienced by girls from age ten through college…

We have an epidemic of young women suffering from stress and anxiety today.  Damour is a clinical psychologist who specializes in girls and she writes about her findings and gives insight into how young women might be supported in this all-to-real struggle. 



I Think You’re Wrong, But I’m Listening

by Beth Silvers, Sarah Holland

Our nation as a whole is so tired of the political scene…everyone yelling and no one listening or even trying to understand each other.¬† These two working moms from opposite ends of the political spectrum believe that there is a better way than conflict and anger.

If relationship is put before policy and understanding before argument, calm, grace-filled conversations are possible.¬† Very interested in this book! I haven’t read many recent books on the political background of my country and this one looks like a good one.



The Lost Girls of Paris

by Pam Jenoff

Author of¬†The Orphan’s Tale¬†(which I still haven’t read), Jenoff brings a story of¬† friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

Yes, another WWII story…and I normally try to avoid new releases.¬† I don’t care to read books surrounded by lots of hype, but I’m compromising on a few of these. This one caught my interest and I hope it holds it!




     by Dani Shapiro

A memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love…

I love memoirs!! And this one looks promising. Shapiro offers a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she made about her father and her subsequent struggle to piece together her own history and place in the world.



The Library of Lost and Found

       by Phaedra Patrick

A library book!¬† There have been several of these published recently, but I chose this one to put on my list.¬† (I’ll read the others later. :))¬†

A mysterious book dropped off on librarian Martha Storm’s doorstep sparks the journey of a lifetime…a book of fairy-tales, family secrets…and books!¬†¬†


Home-for-Erring-and-Outcast-GirlsHome for Erring and Outcast Girls

  by Julie Kibler

This title settled the fact that I needed to read this book. Who WOULDN’T want to read a book like this?!?!

“An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for ‚Äúfallen girls,‚ÄĚ and inspired by historical events.”

Very excited!!





Building a StoryBrand

by Donald Miller

This book has become the modern bible for anyone in marketing, business, or, yes, copywriting.  Connecting with readers, clients, etc., this book is at the forefront of branding.  Miller shares his revolutionary methods of how to clarify your message so that others will hear and understand and get excited.

Looking forward to finishing this!




My Brilliant Friend

       by Elena Ferrante

My uncle bought this book for me.¬† It is one of his favorites: a highly complex, layered novel about family and friendship. The first of the Neapolitan Novels, this is a modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors.¬† A rich, intense, and glamorous story about two friends…and a nation.

This book has pages in the beginning with lists of characters…there are so many families involved and it is easy to lose track.¬† Looking forward to trying this!




Love Thy Body

by Nancy Pearcey

Are transgender people discovering their authentic self? Is the hookup culture really liberating? Does abortion lead to equality for women? Does homosexuality contradict our biological sex?

These are such important questions and ones that Pearcey, hailed as “America’s preeminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual”, takes on in this book.¬† She offers a respectful and riveting discussion of the secular worldview that lies behind trendy slogans and political talking points.¬†

I haven’t studied sexuality much and am looking forward to this book.



162340The Copywriter’s Handbook

       by Robert W. Bly

This is one of the textbooks copywriters’ refer to at many points in their career. Bly was one of the foremost copywriters in his day and is still one of the field’s top experts.

I have already started this book (the first on my list of copywriting manuals) and have really been enjoying it.¬† Bly is practical and sticks to the basics ‚ÄĒ proven techniques and tips for copywriters of all levels of expertise. This is a true classic of marketing.



A Million Little Ways

     by Emily P. Freeman

Last year, I read Freeman’s Grace for a Good Girl and couldn’t resist trying this one.¬† It sounds just as good as her last book.

We are all artists through the creative imprint of God. Art is in the little things we do, but it is so easy to lose focus when life grows hard, exhausting, boring…Emily encourages her readers to approach their jobs, critics, families, with the same wonder, bravery and hope that an artist approaches the canvas.



It’s All Love

     edited by Marita Golden

Black writers celebrate the complexity, power, danger, and glory of love in all its many forms: romantic, familial, communal, and sacred…

This collection of essays is full of memories and experiences: funny, bittersweet, heartbreaking, lonely…it is a diverse exploration of the gift of love.




The Sun and Her Flowers

      by Rupi Kauer

I had to include at least one poetry collection and I am so excited about this one.¬† Another Christmas gift, this is my first book of Kauer’s poetry, but not the first time I’ve read her work.

All her poems are free form and simple.  They are usually pretty short and easy to understand.  She writes poetry like someone would talk or journal and I really enjoy it!


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Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been

       by Jackie Perry

How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could? Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.

Author Jackie Perry shares her story and offers practical tools that helped her became whole. I have only recently heard about this book, but was immediately interested in this woman’s story.



How Did You Get This Number

     by Sloane Crosley

I have high hopes for this essay collection.¬† From the little I read while standing at a book fair, this book should be a wild and hilarious ride. Full of charm and wit and personal stories, this essay collection follows Crosley’s widely accepted¬†I Was Told There’d Be Cake¬†(which I need to find). I’m reading a little out of order, but it’s better to start late than not at all…at least, so I’m told.

Portuguese clowns, Paris, bear bells and grizzly cubs, how can it get any better?

Crosley’s voice is fueled by the perfect witticism, buoyant optimism, flair for drama, and easy charm in the face of minor suffering or potential drudgery.



I hope you are able to find some in this list to add to your own stacks at home! Leave your top 2019 to-read in the comments below…I would love to hear from you all.


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