As the year is coming to an end, I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite books I have read this year. When Hannah from ‘The Different Girl’ asked if I wanted to do a collab on this, I definitely agreed. Be sure to check out her post and website to find some more great reads.
A goal of mine this year was to read more. I created a list of all the books I read this year in my planner and I am quite proud of myself, considering volleyball and enormous amount of homework I had. Looking back over the year, I read two types of books 1) classical school books and 2) encouraging Christian books. I’m going to share from both categories some of my favorites.
- Do Hard Things by Brett and Alex Harris– It was so hard to choose a favorite book, but after a lot of consideration, it came down to the book that inspired and changed me the most. This was one of my best friend’s recommendations and she never stopped talking about it so I got ahold of a copy. If you haven’t heard about this book already, it’s about teenagers rebelling against the low expectations that society/ stereotypes set. It is such a fantastic book, not only the writing, but the stories and the tips and the use of the Bible. This book encouraged me to go beyond that average and to do things that most people wouldn’t expect of me. Also, I bought the second book called ‘Start Here’. I haven’t finished it yet, (I’m trying to before the end of the year), but the book gives practical tips on where to start doing ‘do hard things’. I have loved it so far. If there is one book out of this whole list that I recommend reading, it’s ‘Do Hard Things’.
- Wait and See by Wendy Pope– A close second was this one about waiting on God’s timing. It came at a perfect time for me when I was really struggling with trusting God with my future love story. I actually already did a review on this book which you can check out here. I won’t go into too much detail, but I loved this book not only because it was so comforting and helpful, but it also had pages at the end of each chapter to read a long with Scripture and answer some questions. The end of the book strongly encourages you to give something up (whatever you’re struggling with) and put it in God’s hands. If you are struggling with faith and trust, this book is definitely a must read.
- Girl Defined by Kristin Clark and Bethany Baird– Yes! Another one of my favorites. I first found Kristin and Bethany on YouTube and fell in love with their channel. I was so excited to read their book! This one covers everything from beauty to love to our role as women. I loved the activities at the end of each chapter. it really helped me to apply what I learned into my life. My favorite part of the book was when it talked about the roles of women and how you can do it in whatever season your in! It really encouraged me that I don’t have to be married to practice hospitality and serve others, I can start right now in my singleness. If you’re looking for purpose as a women, this book is a great option for you! You won’t be disappointed because this book has something for everyone.
- Anthem by Ayn Rand– Anthem was a book I read for school earlier in the spring and I was surprised by how much I liked it. It is a dystopian which I absolutely love. Although the book can get confusing at times because there are certain words the main character is prohibited to use, the ending and the storyline was fantastic. It is probably my favorite book I have read for school so far. Not only is it short, but it’s entertaining and addicting. I was always wondering what would happen next. If you are looking for a dystopian novel with lots of action and a great storyline, this book would be perfect for you.
- Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich– This was a book I had to read over the summer for school. Although the language was a bit off-putting, the storyline and lessons from the story were wonderful. The book is about a lady who goes to live in different cities of the U.S., finding low-wage jobs and seeing if she can survive on it without any help. The story really opened my eyes to how hard it is to live on a low income and how many people actually go through it. I can never thing of Walmart or a restaurant the same. Many people live off of their next checks. This book encouraged me to be grateful for where I am and to be generous to those who are struggling. I really liked the concept of the book and the writing was unique with some humor.
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne– This is a more recent book I’ve had to read for school. I enjoyed this one the most of the one’s I’ve read for this school year because I thought the time period was interesting and I was always curious about what was going to happen. The story is about Hester, who must wear a scarlet letter on her chest because of her sins. She has to deal with discrimination and the consequences of her actions. I loved the storyline and the characters were thought out well.
Let me know what your favorite books you’ve read this year are! Also, if you’ve read any of the books I have, what did you think?
I hope this list could give you some ideas to add to your reading lists 😀
Have a blessed day,
Love, Ainsley ❤
(P.S if you haven’t already, check out my latest post: ‘Christian Christmas List Ideas’)