2) being, minimally thought provoking/entertaining. Won’t read it again.
4) being, a really great book, useful to instruct, thought provoking/good entertainment, very challenging, growth as a reader, way more good than bad, would recommend. Worth reading again.
5) being, found enjoyable, challenging, useful in many ways, would highly recommend with no holding back, over all EXCELLENT book. Need to read again!
A 3 1/2 star is not as harsh as a 3, but not quite deserving of a 4 (a really great book), but a good book none the less.
Did I even have a book list of some sort? I seem to be getting lazier with my book goals as the years progress, compared to my 2013 rigid reading plan.
Reading List 2016
Gardening Book (need to soon lol)
Hospitality Commands (le sigh, maybe this year?)
A Chance to Die (Maybe this year?)
Considering I exceeded 12 books, I give myself a pass for missing 3 specified books. *Slow Clap for self*
I'll have 3 Sections: Non Fiction, Fiction, and Children's.
- Nourishment From The Word - Kenneth Gentry 5 Stars
- 75 Bible Questions Your Instructors Pray You Won't Ask - Gary North 5 Stars
- Jim Elliot: He is No Fool - Irene Howat 5 Stars
- The Expository Genius of John Calvin - Steven Lawson 5 Stars
- Super Immunity - Joel Furhman 3 1/2 Stars
- With Liberty and Justice For All - Dr. Joe Morecraft III 5 Stars
- The Sovereignty of God - A.W. Tozer 5 Stars
- The Christian and the Magistrate: Roles, Responsibilities, and Jurisdictions - Pierre Viret 5 Stars
- Awe: Why it Matters For Everything We Think, Say and Do - Paul David Tripp 5 Stars
- Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children - Donald Van Dyken 4 Stars
- Defiance: The Bielski Partisans - Nechama Tec 3 1/2 Stars
- Hiding in the Light - Rifqa Bary 5 Stars
- Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism - Gary North 5 Stars
- Death Comes to Pemberly - P.D. James 3 1/2 Stars
- The Doctor's Are In: The Unofficial Guide to Doctor's Who's Greatest Time Lord - Burk Graeme 3 1/2 Stars
- Mr. Darcy's Diary - Amanda Grange 3 Stars
- Smith of Wooten Major and Farmer Giles of Ham - JRR Tolkien 4 Stars
- The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men - Jack Caldwell 2 Stars
- Captain Wentworth's Diary - Amanda Grange 4 Stars
- The Maze Runner - James Dashner 2 Stars
- Hostage Lands - Douglas Bond 5 Stars
- The Scorch Trials - James Dashner 1 Star
- The Death Cure - "" 1 Star
- Hammer of the Huguenots - Douglas Bond 5 Stars
- The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy 5 Stars
- UnDivided - Neal Shusterman 3 Stars
- Cheaper By The Dozen - Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. 4 Stars
- The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey 2 Stars
- North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell 4 Stars
- The Forgetting - Sharon Cameron 3 Stars
- The King Without a Shadow - R.C. Sproul 5 Stars
- The Donkey Who Carried a King - "" 5 Stars
- The Barber Who Wanted to Pray - "" 5 Stars
- The Truck Book - Harry McNaught 5 Stars
- Curious George and the Pizza - Margret Rey 2 1/2 Stars
- The Money Tree - Dave Hunt 3 1/2 Stars
- The Priest With Dirty Clothes - R.C. Sproul 4 1/2 Stars
- The Knight's Map - "" 5 Stars
- A Fly Went By - Mike McClintock 3 Stars
- PJ Funny Bunny in the Great Tricycle Race - Marilyn Sadler 2 Stars
- Mother Goose and the Sly Fox - Chris Conover 2 Stars
- The Tortoise and the Hare: An Aesop Fable - Janet Stevens 2 Stars
- My Autumn Book - Wong Herbert Yee 3 Stars
- The Lightlings - R.C. Sproul 5 Stars
- The Prince's Poison Cup - "" 4 Stars
- The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales - Heather Amery 3 Stars
- The Complete Brambly Hedge - Jill Barklem 5 Stars
- The Magnificent Amazing Time Machine: A Journey Back to the Cross - Sinciair Ferguson 4 Stars
- How Far is Faith - Amy Parker 5 Stars (board book)
- How Big is Love - "" 5 Stars (board book)
- How High is Hope - "" 5 Stars (board book)
- How We Learned the Earth is Round - Patricia Lauber 3 Stars
- John Calvin - Simonetta Carr 5 Stars
- John Owen - "" 5 Stars
- John Knox - "" 5 Stars
- Come Ye Children: A Bible Story Book for Young Children - Gertrude Hoeksema 5 Stars
- Athanasius - Simonetta Carr 5 Stars
And here is my take away from my Non-Fiction, I am happy with the selections I did read. It was a nice spread of theology, history, health, biography, and political. Also bonus when any of the aforementioned cross over with theology! I can't choose a favorite. I just can't, too many good ones. Plus, they are such different topics it is hard to compare.
As far as fiction this year was definitely filled with some severe disappointments. I pick up YA Dystopian after seeing a movie preview or seeing the movie and I'm expecting it to be good and entertaining and it's just a waste of my time. And not very much of it, fortunately. YA Dystopian I can breeze through in a couple hours. There's nothing great about the writing or literature, the story lines are always disappointing, and yet I kept going back to read more. It's like a tootsie roll...candy and yet always kind of gross yet you still kind of eat it anyway. This was a mistake. First off, I am not a Young Adult, lol, secondly, why waste time reading lame story lines and sub par writing? They make for an entertaining movie. But as far as worldview, zilch. So, I was unwise with my time reading several. The only redeeming one this year was to complete the Unwind series by Shusterman. Now that has quite an interesting moral story to tell, and though he lacks great writing, I can forgive him for his choosing a sacred cow to write a good story about, albeit a little lacking (comparing abortion/murdering babies to murdering/"unwinding" troubled teens and donating their organs/body parts). My favorite Fiction of the year? North and South hands down, no debate. It's not that Douglas Bonds books were not fantastic (which they were), but North and South stirred the book lover in me and I admired her writing style, skill, and story. The kind of good that makes me want to read it once a year or more realistically, every other year or so.
I absolutely read 3948750293586702439875x more children's books than I reviewed. Well, maybe not quite that many, but I did read more than I can count, and read the same books more times than I can count even in one day. So these were just new books I read for the first time and actually gave the time to post on my Goodreads account to review. How can I possibly choose a favorite when I read everything R.C. Sproul AND read Jill Barkem's Brambly Hedge books?! These will definitely be all time favorites for forever. I am slightly obsessed with the mice of Brambly Hedge. I love the pictures, I love the writing, I love the story, I love how clever everything is. It's fantastic! But then you have a whole slew of Sproul books which beef up my children's story collection with wonderful Christian Children's books with good theology. I mean that right there is worth million bucks! Get the Brambly Hedge books and get all the R.C. Sproul books. I don't quite own all the Sproul books, but anticipate we will this year.
Here is my rough idea of new goals, as I am still in the process of creating my reading goals for 2017. I want to read better fiction. I think first up will be Ben Hur. I will not pick up another YA book. There, I said it. Now I can't review one next year out of shame, heh. Next, Sometimes I feel guilty for owning so many books that I have not read yet. I am toying with the idea of mostly reading books off our bookshelves. Maybe if I am diligent I can read a sizable portion. I hesitate to say all, because that's a lot of reading. Plus, I will still probably borrow books too. And buy them. Who am I kidding this is why I have so many books that have yet to be read. But just maybe I will. If I do, I'll note next year review about which came off my bookshelves as a special matter of satisfaction.
If you made it thus far, thanks for reading my rambling. I mostly just post this for my own delight reveling in the friends I made this year in the form of books. :) I linked to several reviews on my Good Reads page, but just the few I remembered writing a review for, I may have missed a couple so feel free to check out my GoodReads Account. It is on that page I try to record my thoughts on the actual book as opposed to only a numbered rating system.