*List updated with links to reviews for books read. Last updated 5/18/18
Christmas has past and the New Year is almost upon us. This week is a popular time for reflection, goal setting, and resolution making. Are you a New Year’s Resolution person? I’m not. However, one of my favorite bloggers has been talking a lot about her process of evaluating the past year and planning for the coming year. (The conversation about planning has been on Instagram story, not her blog.) Her process and enthusiasm for it inspired me to at least spend some time planning for 2018 in the hopes of being more productive in certain areas (like reading and, therefore, blogging). My goal? Read at least two books a month. How to achieve that goal? Make a book list of bloggable books to make it easier to pick.
I may still make some edits to this list, but here’s what I’m currently hoping to read and blog in 2018. Use it to get ideas for yourself or join me book by book throughout the year!
Books from Indie Christian Books
A ton of my books this year are coming from the independent Christian author community. Over the past few years, there’s been a strong push among these authors to pay attention to quality, so I’m excited to share my thoughts on these books with you.
October, by J. Grace Pennington
This is a contemporary novel by the author of the Firmament series. I got this book for Christmas, and I’ve heard good things about the author’s first stab at contemporary.
READ MY REVIEW
Kindle $0.99, Paperback $9.99
- War of Loyalties, by Schuyler McConkey
This debut novel is special to me because the author followed a similar process to the one I used for Counted Worthy. She wanted to really aim for a professional result without ending up in a financial hole, so she used Kickstarter fundraiser. Her book is the first time I’ve been able to pay forward the generosity I experienced from all my Kickstarter backers. Now, I gotta be honest. This is a behemoth of a book. Kind of intimidating! But I’m excited to give it a go.
Kindle $4.99, Paperback $24.63
- Water Princess, Fire Prince, by Kendra E. Ardnek
After running the Indie Christian Book sale in partnership with this girl for a couple of years now, I’m kind of embarrassed that I haven’t read any of her books yet. Hoping to fix that in 2018! (Also need an excuse to buy book 2 and enjoy its beautiful new cover art.)
Kindle $2.99, Paperback $17.99
- The Mountain of the Wolf, by Elisabeth Grace Foley
This author has a collection of fairy tale retellings that are completely historical and non-magical. It’s an intriguing idea. I already enjoyed her take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Lost Lake House, so I’m eager to read this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
Kindle $2.99, Paperback $6.99
- Your Kingdom Calling, by Rachel Starr Thompson
I absolutely adore this author’s story-telling style. Her writing was my first introduction to quality self-publishing and was instrumental in my decision to self-publish. I’ve been wanting to try her non-fiction for a while and this short book seems like a good way to break into it.
- Bound, by Victoria Lynn
Confession. I purchased this book mostly because I really enjoyed getting to know Victoria over the course of this year’s ICB sale. She says she’s all about the characters when she writes, so I’m looking forward to getting to know some cool fictional people in this book.
Kindle $0.99, Paperback $11.99
- Melody, by Penny Kearney
This one isn’t published yet. The author and I both went through the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum and used to critique each other’s stories in high school. Melody is a fairytale retelling involving mermaids. You can find out more by following her on Instagram at @pennykearneybooks.
- So To Honor Him, by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
A historically accurate “retelling” of The Little Drummer Boy. Kind of bummed I didn’t have time to read this for Christmas 2017 but looking forward to getting in the Christmas spirit with this story next year.
Kindle $2.99, Paperback $6.99
- White Wolf, Ash Princess, by Tammy Lash
Based on our online interactions, this author has lots of energy and a genuine heart. I won a giveaway she hosted, and as a result, she’s going to be weaving some of me into one of the characters in the book she’s currently working on. :O
Kindle $3.99, Paperback $14.99
- The Girl Who Could See, by Kara Swanson
This book drew me in with its cover. The synopsis reminds me a little of Chuck Black’s War of the Realm series (which I need to re-read sometime). This one is kind of an outlier for me. I’m not sure what to expect. Hopefully the story is as beautiful as the cover.
Kindle $2.99, Paperback $8.99
- The Rise of Aredor, by Claire M. Banschbach
Personal connections are everything, folks. This is another ebook purchase inspired by the ICB sale.
Kindle $3.99, Paperback $13.99
Traditionally Published Fiction
Yes, I still read this stuff sometimes. Let me know if there are any books releasing in 2018 that you’d like an opinion on before you purchase. I’ll try to add them to my reading plans.
- Another Day, Another Dali, by Sandra Orchard
I purchased this book after reading and enjoying the first story in the series, A Fool and His Monet. It’s been sitting on my desk since April, so it’s time to actually read it!
Kindle $5.99, Paperback $9.63
- Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson
This guy is so good at the craft of writing that I despair about my own writing every time I read one of his stories. My friend Emily from This Incandescent Life has been RAVING about this series lately, and it doesn’t take much to convince me about something from Sanderson.
- Unashamed, by Francine Rivers
A few weeks ago, something mentioned in a message at church made me curious to find a novel about Rahab. Three or so options popped up, and this looked the most interesting to me.
Kindle $8.53, Paperback $14.06
- Not By Sight, by Kate Breslin
One of my Instagram followers recommended this book to me after I requested 2018 reading list suggestions on my Instagram story. It’s outside of my typical reading rut, but the synopsis totally intrigues me!
Kindle $7.03, Paperback $7.40
- Heartless, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Late to the party on this one. My Goodreads friends have been recommending this series for a few years now. Finally going to give it try.
Kindle $5.99, Paperback $12.80
- Under a War-Torn Sky, by L.M. Elliot
I read this book in my early teens and, while I don’t remember the plot at all, the title has stuck with me as a story that I found impactful. Curious to go back and see if I can figure out why, out of the hundreds of books I read, this one stuck with me.
Kindle $5.99, Paperback $4.79
- Hero, Second Class, by Mitchell Bonds
Because how can you go wrong with books from Enclave? (For some reason I couldn’t find normal listing for this book on Amazon, even though book two is listed as usual.)
Once, We Were Brothers, by Ronald H. Balson
The premise of this book pulled me right in. Two brothers, once close, on opposite sides of the Holocaust. One of my favorite books from my early teens was Enemy Brothers, which had a similar premise. This book seems like a more grown-up, serious version of the concept.
READ MY REVIEW
Kindle $9.99, Paperback $9.98
Traitor’s Masque, by Kenley Davidson
A Goodreads friend recommended this to me because I love Robin McKinley’s Beauty. It’s a Cinderella retelling.
Kindle $2.99, Paperback $12.99
READ MY REVIEW
A reading list wouldn’t be complete (for me) without a few non-fiction titles.
- The Little Woman, by Gladys Aylward
This missionary who lived from 1902-1970 was one of my childhood heroes. Her autobiography has been on my shelf, waiting to be read, for years. Hopefully, 2018 is the year it’s been waiting for!
Kindle $4.61, Paperback $7.99
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, by Nabeel Qureshi
One of my close friends recommended this in response to the Instagram story post I mentioned above. She said she listened to the entire audiobook in a day and a half! That’s a pretty good recommendation.
Kindle $9.99, Paperback $11.22
READ MY REVIEW
- This Changes Everything, by Jaquelle Crowe
Jaquelle is a key figure in the Rebelution community and, as such, has become a dear friend. I wanted to read her book closer to its release date, but since that hasn’t happened, 2018 will have to do!
Kindle $8.54, Hardcover $11.39
- The Writer’s Guide to Psychology, by Carolyn Kaufman
Work or fun? We might never know. This is another book recommended to me years ago that I just haven’t gotten too. Hopefully having a plan makes it happen.
Well, that does it! Twenty-four books for 2018.
Which of these books do you want to read? Have you already read any of them? What books are you most looking forward to reading this coming year? Are there any books that aren’t on my list but should be?