Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Top Books of 2014 So Far...

Much like last year, I want to stop and evaluate all the best books I have read so far this year. I have read 13 books this year that have been given a 5 star rating by me. See all my books read this year on my Goodreads Shelf. Two of the 13 are children's books, which I don't count towards my 2014 goal of 60 books read, and so won't factor into my list here either. Only one book is a fiction read!!! I am really shocked by this. Four of the 13 also made it onto my Lifechanger Shelf

Even though all 13, or 11 minus the children's books, received a 5 star rating from me. I found it fairly easy to narrow it down to my top 6 books of the 2014 year. Ordering those ones however....whew!

The Final Top Six for the First Half of 2013 are.........*drum roll*

6. Restless: Because You Were Made for More
Writing my review for 'Restless' was nothing short of hard work! Allen gives great insight and tools to help you decide where to go next, what to make of this thing called Life, and connecting all our threads.

5. Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval - and Seeing Yourself through God's Eyes
This book was SO wonderfully written. I love to re-read my own review even just to remember the places Lee took me and the things she taught me. I didn't think this book would apply to my own life when I first picked it up, but I was proven very, very wrong. 

4. You're Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days
Holley Gerth's latest book was such a breath of fresh air. Reading it felt like sitting at a cozy, coffee house chatting with a best friend. My review can be found HERE, and if ever you need an encouraging read, pick this one up first! 

3. Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role (True Woman)
I haven't shared a review for this one, but I might still yet. In a nutshell: it was a short, quick read that was Biblically based. Erin Davis made me pause and evaluate my role of mother and look at it from God's viewpoint and not the world's. I think I may be re-reading this one again very soon!

2. Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding, #1)
My one fiction book!! And here it is at #2 :) 'Once Upon a Prince' is this book's predecessor. And although I didn't review it here on the blog, it did inspire this post. This book was just plain fun, romantic, and every thing the little princess inside of me dreams for. I can't wait to continue reading this series!

1. Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest
This was an easy first place book for me. Everything from the cover, the story, the words, the idea is just wonder.ful! My official review can be found HERE, but check HERE and HERE for some Whitespace inspired posts. Creating and finding spiritual whitespace is always floating at the back of my mind now. And Bonnie Gray's story totally inspired me at a time when I needed it the most. Read this.

Well, friends, there you have it. My top 6 books of far!! Did you list your top books of 2014 so far?? List them in the comments below or leave a link! Want me to check out your Goodreads shelves? Leave a link as well!


  1. Oh this is a great idea for a post! Especially when at the end of the year it may be hard to spotlight all the books you really enjoyed reading. I'm glad these books were such good reads for you! Although I am surprised too that there is only one fiction book! I read so much fiction generally but there are some non-fiction books on my TBR shelf that I need to get too - you're reminding me that I should pick one up soon! :)

  2. Haha, you know I'm almost exclusively a fiction reader, but great list!