By Tara Jane
In 2016 I wanted to read more. My goal was to read one book per month, and I’m stoked that I surpassed my goal! I read fourteen books over twelve months. Some were easy, cheesy young adult fics to challenging Christian books to chunky medieval fantasy novels. Like all good books should do, each book caused me to ask questions about the world and myself and caused me to contemplate new ideas.
I started this blog post two weeks ago, thinking about how lovely it would be to review each book I read, discussing how it shaped and changed me. But I got lazy and now it’s 2017. There’s more to say on some books and less to say on others. 140 characters makes for a good brief summary of each book for now.
Here’s a tweet for every book I read in 2016:
Radical – David Platt
Am I too comfortable/lazy in my faith? Surely I can use my time/money/resources better to glorify God and spread the gospel worldwide.
Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso
Rags-to-riches. She knew her market & how to beat her rivals, interesting business insights. Gets a bit self-helpy. She’s now bankrupt #awks
Champion – Marie Lu
3rd in ‘Legend’ trilogy. YA dystopian, corrupt government, teen rebels, cute boy. Props for making an Asian girl the main character.
The Melody Lingers On – Mary Higgins Clark
Like that time you left the TV on and watched whatever show was on next. It kept my attention, but wouldn’t read again.
All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
What happens to those who lose loved ones to suicide? Having friends struggling with mental illness made this a hard yet worthwhile read.
Maze Runner – James Dashner
How did this become a movie? Or get a sequel? Y did I finish dis? Life’s too short to read boring books.
Money Counts – Graham Beynon
Slow but helpful. Always good to be challenged about using money to glorify God, rather than for ourselves.
The Northern Lights (His Dark Materials book 1) – Phillip Pullman Also published as The Golden Compass
Slow start, hooked though. He really challenges the authority of the church, and the concepts of sin and souls.
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials book 2) – Phillip Pullman
Oh, this is agnostic version of Narnia. He says children = pure. Bible describes us as sinful from conception. Good to read other worldviews
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials book 3) – Phillip Pullman
Bit preachy, lost the plot. Says souls become one with nature in death & sin is natural/necessary. Disagree but still gr8, would read again
Dangerous Calling – Paul Tripp
If in ministry: don’t be a hypocrite. Couldn’t work out if this book was tough to read because challenging or boring
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
Never thought I would actually start thanking my objects before I chuck them in the bin.
The Wheel of Time book 1: The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan
Gave up 10 years ago because it was long/hard/boring. Tried again & LOVED it. Only 14 books left in the series!
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
Humans have such great capacity for evil, and an even greater capacity for justifying it.
What books shaped your 2016? What did you think of any of these? Would love to hear your thoughts!