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Favorite Reads of 2017

December 26, 2017

I read more books this year than I thought I would! I didn’t have high hopes. I set a goal for only 5 more books than I read last year. I’m just a really slow reader and getting through even 1 book can take me a while. I tried to read many different genre’s instead of the same ol’ LDS books that I always go to. Though, I did read a few of those!

In 2018, I set the goal for 5 more than this year which puts me at 20 books in 2018. I’m sure I’ll get it… I’m almost at 18 this year and my goal was 15! I’m really enjoying mixing up my reading. It can get pretty boring reading love story after love story or self-help after self-help. Ya feel me? Let me know what your goal is for 2018!! I’d love to follow your reading journey!

Below are all of my favorite reads of 2017. This one was kind of easy because majority of the books that I read this year were favorites. Only a few were like, meh-okay.

Quitter by Jon Acuff — I truly loved this book. It was the first book I finished this year and I’m ready to read more from him! I was at a point in my life where I felt ready to just quit everything and follow my dreams. I didn’t want anyone tell me otherwise!! I knew that following my dreams and quitting my day job was going to turn out just fine and I was going to be successful! Reading this book not only changed my mind but also allowed me to see that having a job during the day, even a 9-5, isn’t necessarily a bad thing! It’s okay to have a job to support your family! He does actually talk about not quitting your job before even talking about quitting your job. It’s just a really good book that I think a lot of people could benefit from!

Worth the Risk by Jamie Beck — This book was my favorite of the three in the St. James’ series. I remember reading her first book in this series and just thinking to myself that there was no way I was going to love the second or third book in the series. Boy, was I wrong! I am a sucker for romance, short reads and the same characters. I love that in the first book, I learn about characters that are still in the third book. Makes my heart happy and it’s easier to end the series than if there’s only one book! I know that Jamie has more books out there and I’m probably going to read some in 2018! If you read this series, let me know which book you like best and WHO you like best!! So far, Jackson and Gabby are my favorites!!

Worth the Wrestle by Sheri Dew — I’ve never read any of Sheri Dew’s book. She seems to have a lot of content out in the world. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I had no expectations going in. Again, I’ve never read any of her stuff but this book completely blew me away. It was like what the world needed at that moment in time. To hear a leader of my church speak of things and share information just really meant a lot. I can see how sometimes, leaders not really sharing their personal feelings on specific matters can seem like they don’t care or really even know what they’re doing. But because Sheri does share (say that 10 times fast!! lol), it just goes to show that our church leaders do know what they’re doing. That they are called of God and they are human!

Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk — I cannot stop raving about this book! It’s the cutest little love story ever!! It’s a book with an LDS-faith based character who dates someone that isn’t a member of the LDS Church. I loved the insight but even more so, I was able to set that aside and truly relate to the character with feelings that I’d felt going through painful AND happy things in life. I just feel like the characters were done very well and I was totally sucked in from the beginning. I can’t wait to read more from Tiffany in the future!

Seek This Jesus by Neill Marriott — I’m always very intrigued by people who are converts to the LDS church. I love hearing their stories, where they come from, life experiences and their heart-changing love for God. This book is a small, quick read but Neill does an AMAZING job sharing her story. Beautifully done!

Understanding Temple Symbols by Jack M. Lyon — Okay, this little temple-loving heart of mine exploded when I started reading this. I could not put it down and I was amazed at all of the different things I was learning about! From physical temple symbols to symbols of ceremonies/ordinances that go on inside a temple… I really felt like a whole new door opened for me! I love temples (if you can’t already tell), so this book was right up my alley. I loved the history that is shared and the photos of the artwork… just simply amazing!! This is one of those books that you keep on your bookshelf in your living room and pass on through generations to come!

Embracing the Broken by Tiffany Webster — Hands down my most favorite book I read this year!! Probably even competing with a few that I have on this list! You can read my full review here. This is a great read for Christian’s or anyone who battles perfectionism.

What were your favorite reads of 2017?

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  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says December 27, 2017 at 1:12 AM

    Jon Acuff’s books are AMAZING. I still need to read Finish but the rest of his books all have a permanent spot on my bookshelf.

    • Reply Ashley December 27, 2017 at 4:51 PM

      Right!? I need to read more of his stuff!

  • Reply kristen December 27, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    oh i read the st james books and i liked the 3rd one, but i think the 2nd was my favourite. i really liked hank and just felt all the emotions for cat. i have her other series on my TBR, hopefully i’ll get to it next year!

    • Reply Ashley December 27, 2017 at 4:52 PM

      I’m excited to read more from her!

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration December 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM

    Quitter sounds very interesting to me and I’m adding it to my TBR. I also suffer terribly from perfectionism and Embracing the Broken sounds like another book I need to read!

    • Reply Ashley Ziegler January 1, 2018 at 2:44 AM

      It totally opened my eyes to how much perfection controlled my life!

  • Reply Alexandra Consolver January 11, 2018 at 7:46 PM

    Quitter definitely sounds like something I should read! I am glad that you had a great reading year in 2017! :) XO – Alexandra

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