Books Read in 2017

The last week of every year I like to make a list of all the books read during the year. The ones from January or February seem like such a long time ago. I’ve divided them into categories, which I think makes them easier to peruse. I used to distinguish between audiobooks and ink-and-paper books, but so often I do look up passages from the physical book that I don’t think it really matters. But for the record, most of the classics were audiobooks as well as a few of the others.

So here goes! The titles link back to my reviews.


The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
The Story Girl by Lucy Maude Montgomery
The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington was included in the book Uncle Tom or New Negro, listed under Secular non-fiction and counted there.

Christian non-fiction:

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung
Daily Light on the Daily Path compiled by Samuel Bagster, not reviewed, read yearly for decades now.
ESV MacArthur Study Bible
Eight Women of Faith by Michael A. G. Haykin
Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More  – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior
Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging by J. I. Packer

God Is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Jennifer Rothschild
How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart
Jane Austen: Christian Encounter Series by Peter Leithart
Lessons I Learned From My Grandchildren by Delia Halverson. Not reviewed. Not recommended. Disappointing.
A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson
Love in Hard Places by D. A. Carson
The Magnolia Story by “Fixer-Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino
Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables by Phil Vischer
No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God by Aimee Byrd
A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Design for Women Mentoring Women by Susan Hunt
Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber
Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung
What Is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever
What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz

Secular non-fiction:

Between Friends: Craft Projects to Share by Charlotte Lyons
French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook
Songs of a Housewife: Poems by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Uncle Tom or New Negro?: African Americans Reflect on Booker T. Washington and UP FROM SLAVERY 100 Years Later edited by Rebecca Carroll.

Christian/inspirational fiction:

All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin
All Things New by Lynn Austin
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
Grow Old With Me by Melinda Evaul
If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Tale by Sandra D. Bricker
June Bug by Chris Fabry
Love of the Summerfields by Nancy Moser
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay
A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin
The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron
The Sandcastle Sister by Lisa Wingate
The Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate
The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate
The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson
Snapshot by Lis Wiehl
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate
The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser
The Tidewater Sisters by Lisa Wingate
Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin
Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson
To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon
Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney
Unlimited by Davis Bunn
Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin
Waiting for Peter by Elizabeth Musser
Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser

Other fiction:

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

Christmas reading (I don’t usually make this a separate category, but I read quite a few short novellas this year):

Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter Novella by Susan May Warren
Gospel Meditations for Christmas by Chris Anderson, Joe Tyrpak, and Michael Barrett (not quite finished with this but will be Dec. 31)
The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren
Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh
One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg
Sarah’s Song by Karen Kingsbury
The Shoe Box by Francine Rivers
Silver Bells by Deborah Raney

That’s 76 books by my count! Goodreads has me at 74, but I have a couple here not listed there. I think it’s a pretty good combination between fiction and non-fiction, old and new.

In just a few moments I’ll share Here are my top picks from this list.

Semicolon invites us to share our end-of-year bookish lists as well as regular reviews on her Saturday review of books this week.

6 thoughts on “Books Read in 2017

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  2. I always enjoy your book lists since we have many tastes in common. This is the first year I’ve ever read Christmas-themed books in December (except for The Christmas Carol) so it was fun to dip into a few novellas. The Deborah Raney title sounds like something I’ll need to read next year.

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