It’s no secret that I LOVE to read. It’s a passion that started in childhood, and I don’t see it ever waning. I don’t get to read as often as I did in my childhood and pre-mommy days, but when I do get to dig into a good book, I can help but sharing them with you!
I just started this board–based on my memory (so it might be missing a few books), but you can now follow my Books Read in 2014 (and beyond) board on Pinterest as well as my Books! Books! Books! board, where I pin books I want to read and all other books posts!
Without further ado, check out the best books I read in 2014!
In 2014, I really dug into turning this blog into a business (and worked with my business partners to grow Ultimate-Bundles as well). I loved reading iBloom in Business early in the year. It was a super motivating and practical read written by Kelly Thorne Gore, a coach for Christian women in business.
I discovered Jennifer Fulwiler’s blog through this eBook that she used as a bonus for when she launched her memoir!
As I embark on writing a memoir this year about how we made it through the Recession, I am definitely going back to this book! I really appreciated her take on following your dreams while keeping your family top priority.
Unfortunately, The Family-First Creative is not currently for sale, although if you are super interested in it, I would email the author and beg her to sell it to you. It’s just that good!
Well, it looks like my favorite reads from 2014 are starting to take on a theme here!
At the beginning of 2014, it was becoming more and more apparent that as this blog and Ultimate-Bundles grew, I was becoming more of a work-at-home mom than a stay-at-home mom.
This is something I have honestly struggled with. Reading The Measure of Success really helped. It’s co-written by two Christian women who address the idea of working women in an objective, biblical and intellectually stimulating fashion. I loved it.
In 2014, I admitted that I had been living in survival mode for quite some time (I think I might still be in it!). It was the perfect timing for my friend Crystal’s book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, to release.
No matter if you are a stay-at-home mom, working mom, work-at-home mom or not even a mom at all, this book is for anyone who has ever felt stuck in the survival mode trap. There is hope for a way out! (I need to re-read this one!)
Although I had had Trim Healthy Mama for almost two years, I had never made it past the diet section of this book. Oh.my.goodness, the chapters on hormones are probably the best in the entire book! I am kicking myself for not reading them earlier!
This diet works. It is not as easy as some people make it out to be, though. I followed it strictly in the month of October and lost 10 pounds (and felt great!). Too bad I gained it all back! I hope to go back on this diet again this month.
In his debut as an author, I ended many a chapter of Tables in the Wilderness with: “Man! Preston Yancey can WRITE!”
I don’t think it’s uncommon for those who grow up in the church to grapple with their faith during their college years and beyond (I know I did.), and I loved Preston’s transparency about his crisis of belief.
Parts of the book took me back to my college years, but by the end of it I could see Preston’s wisdom beyond his years, and it gave me a fresh hunger for God.
Memoirs have become my favorite genre–especially those that read like novels. The Nazi Officer’s Wife had me captivated from page 1. I could hardly put it down!
I have always been intrigued by the World War II era–even having nightmares of being in a concentration camp myself during the times I studied the Holocaust in school.
The author of this book, Edith Hahn Beer, was actually a Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by hiding that and taking on someone else’s identity. In the process, she married a Nazi officer.
Her unique perspective on the War and love and loss during that time period is riveting, to say the least.
I am soooo glad I finally read Loving The Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches a few weeks ago! It’s really one I wish I had read five to six years ago, when my girls were younger. But at 2, 4 and 6, we are definitely still in the trenches, and I learned a lot and was inspired and challenged by this book.
I recommend any mama of littles read it, and it would make an excellent gift for an expecting mother.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! I read You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream around the time I signed with my literary agent, and it was as if God was whispering to me through this book (and His Word and some friends) that He has placed a big dream in my heart for a reason.
I cannot speak highly enough of this encouraging read. This was the first book I read by Holly Gerth, and I hope to read more soon.
Atlas Girl has earned the number 1 spot in the best books read in 2014 because not only was it my favorite read from 2014, but it is one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put this memoir down!
Love, loss, family, friendship, God: This book touches it all. It made me want to be a better wife, daughter, mother. It evoked both laughter and tears.
Read it. You won’t regret it.