Books I’ve Read – 2014

I’m really bad at remembering what books were about after reading them. So I’m afraid the list below will not include reviews. However, I will highlight a few that have managed to stick in my mind and why:

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – From time to time, I find myself sitting opposite women who are finding it really hard to see a way forward in a marriage where communication has all but broken down. This novel explores what it might be like to wake up one day having forgotten the past 10 years of your marriage, and how issues that seemed so significant in the daily grind lose their grip.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – I don’t remember much about this book. But I do remember identifying a little with one of the single women in the book and I remember the heartache of bravery while trapped in an awful situation.

The Rosie Project by Grahame Simsion – I just loved this book! It made me laugh out loud (in public) and weep a little out loud (in private).

In the list below of Christian Books/Applied Theology, I find it too difficult to pick favourites. I feel I had a good diet of things to apply and learn from this year. However, the ones that crop up pretty much every day in my thoughts and speech are: True Friendship by Vaughan Roberts, And So to Bed by Adrian Reynolds, and A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada.

Fiction

Eventide Kent Haruf

Perfect Rachel Joyce

Benediction Kent Haruf

A Faraway Smell of Lemon Rachel Joyce

The Storyteller Jodi Picoult

The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd

The Engagements J.Courtney Sullivan

Life After Life Kate Atkinson

The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty

The One Plus One Jojo Moyes

What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty

Instructions for a Heatwave Maggie O’Farrell

We Are Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler

The Brightest Star in the Sky Marian Keyes

The Hypnotist’s Love Story Liane Moriarty

Longbourn Jo Baker

Sister Rosamund Lupton

At Home in Mitford Jan Karon

Painter of Silence Georgina Harding

Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty

We Are All Made of Glue Marina Lewycka

The Rosie Project Grahame Simsion

The Last Anniversary Liane Moriarty

The Universe Versus Alex Woods Gavin Extence

The Light Between Two Oceans M.L Stedman

Fangirl Rainbow Rowell

Lila Marilynne Robinson

Short Stories

Varg In Love Alexander McCall Smith

To Build a Fire Jack London

Memoirs

Garlic and Sapphires Ruth Reichl

Tender at the Bone Ruth Reichl

Notes From a Small Island Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson

Christian Books – Applied Theology

Ordinary Hero Tim Chester

The Heart of Singleness Andrea Trevenna

True Friendship Vaughan Roberts

If I Should Die Before I Wake K. Scott Oliphint and Sinclair B. Ferguson

Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity Michael Card

And So to Bed: A Biblical View of Sleep Adrian Reynolds

The Single Issue Al Hsu

Eating Heaven: Spirituality at the Table Simon Carey Holt

Life Together Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition Andrew Purves

How People Change Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp

A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain and God’s Sovereignty Joni Eareckson Tada

Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life Douglas Webster

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