As you already know, I LOVE BOOKS!! A LOT! 🙂 They’re my passion, not just a hobby of mine, they’re a way of living my life. These are The Books I Loved in 2016.
My books get me through boredom or sad times. Books are a great gift for humanity. I can’t imagine my life without reading, I just can’t.
I wasn’t always a bookaholic, in fact, in high school, I didn’t read almost anything, I simply didn’t like reading. But now I devour books, I read in the morning, afternoon and at night.
There are people that say that they don’t have time to read while watching tv. They’re lying. They don’t want and they’re not interested in reading. Don’t fall for that excuse.
As you can see from my Goodreads account, I read 28 books in 2016, that’s not how many I wanted to read, but that’s the number, unfortunately.
The thing is, I have so many books I haven’t even had a chance to read, and I buy new books, so I have more books to read.
You know that quote no, by Frank Zappa?
So many books, so little time.
This quote suits me like a glove.
I have too many books on my reading list, a list that I will never finish.
From these 28 books, I picked 8 that I truly loved and I’ll tell you just a few things about it, maybe you will like them, as much as I did.
1. La casa de las hermanas, by Charlotte Link (Sisters House)
For me, this was the best book I’ve read all year. I loved it. It has like 600 pages but time flew by when I read this excellent book. I love that the author makes your curl inside the book and live there with the characters. It was so interesting that I could not hear a thing from the real world while reading this. I think that Charlotte Link is an excellent author, she really makes everything so interesting and curious that you want to just keep reading until you finish the entire book. I have to say, reading this book, with those 600 pages, was just a flash for me, because I loved the book very much.
“You are no longer a young girl who believes that she should be out of life what is best. Just nothing you do not. A couple of times you get lucky and drop you from the sky this or that, accidentally and undeservedly, but most of the things you have to fight it alone and you can enjoy if you get half of what you wanted.”
2. A thousand splendid suns, by Khaled Hosseini
Wow, this book makes me cry and suffer so much for those women, you have no idea. It’s such a real and sad book. Reading this book I would weep almost continuously and my husband would say to me: “Why you read it if it makes you sad?”. I read it and finished it because I really wanted to see what will happen next.
I really recommend you to read this one. You really can’t stop reading it, until you finish the entire book. It’s amazing.
“Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.”
3. Set Apart Motherhood, by Leslie Ludy
When I was in high-school I read 2 books by Leslie Ludy and her husband and I loved them. Those books were quite the rage back then, about relationships and marriage.
I want to have children and to raise them in a Christian way so I was curious about this particular book. I have to say that I loved it. It touches some very interesting topics, like Joy and Kindness. Those two things are missing in a lot of homes. So if you want to be a joyful mom or dad, even in the trials, (when it’s even harder to be joyful and have a kind heart for your kids) you should give this book a try.
“Worry is refusing the given. Today’s care, not tomorrow’s, is the responsibility given to us, apportioned in the wisdom of God. Often we neglect the thing assigned for the moment because we are preoccupied with something that is not our business just now. How easy it is to give only half our attention to someone who needs us—friend, husband, or little child—because the other half is focused on a future worry. Whenever you are tempted to dwell on fearful”
4. Undaunted, by Josh McDowell
This book wrecked me in little pieces. I just couldn’t believe the things John McDowell had to go through. This story was so sad but encouraging. I love the fact that he fell, but he got up so many times. He still had the strength to move on and to forget. That’s pretty amazing no?
Josh McDowell has a heartbreaking story, and that’s the thing that made him who he is today, a man of God.
“Christianity is not a religion. Religion is humans trying to work their way to God through good works. Christianity is God coming to men and women through Jesus Christ.”
― Josh McDowell,
5. The atonement Child, by Francine Rivers
This is a strong book, it talks about a girl who was raped, and with that, her whole world shattered. It’s so sad when something like this happens, the scar remains with you forever.
In this book, it talks a lot about the pregnancy of this girl because she didn’t want to have an abortion, but it didn’t talk so much about healing after a rape. And that’s sad because maybe someone would reach to this book for comfort and she/he would not find it. I believe that with a lot of help, you can forget what happened to you, even though, the scar will forever be there. But there’s hope of forgetting and moving on.
“A woman could be the wind beneath a man’s sails or a gale to send him into uncharted waters. She could be an anchor in stormy seas, or she could let him drift into the rocks.”
6. Love without limits, by Nick and Kanae Vujicic
This is one of the best books I’ve read this past year. I loved it very very much. It’s the love story of Nick and Kanae. I’ve said it all. You have to read this and prepare to be amazed. Their love is truly amazing and it’s like a love story written by God.
“Marriage is a long-term commitment. You should only step into that commitment if you truly love the person and want to spend your life with her.”
7. When Crickets Cry, by Charles Martin
This is another lovely book that I really enjoyed. I love Martin’s writing style. I’ve also read “Wrapped in Rain“, it was just as good.
This particular book was a pleasant read and a book good for the heart. I loved it. 🙂 I can’t wait to read other books by Charles Martin.
“From out of your heart, you speak.”
-Emma, When Crickets Cry”
8. Tending Roses, by Lisa Wingate
Sometimes I buy books just for the cover, not knowing anything about it. I bought this book just like that and I wasn’t sorry at all. This is a book about family, healing, heartache and love that conquers all. So, when I read something like this, it just breaks my heart.
It’s easy to read and makes you wonder about family and relationships.
“Happiness is not in getting what you want, but in learning to want what you get. Don’t waste your time crying over what you’re not given. When you have tears in your eyes, you can’t see all the beautiful things around you.”
Do you have some great books to share? So, that I can add them to my never-ending reading list? 🙂
Thanks for reading.