Books of 2017 // Lacey Reads

If you know me or follow me on Instagram, you might know that I love to read. I mostly read non-fiction with the occasional James Patterson book, but I like to read. I also like physical books. Paperbacks are my favorite. Some that are a little shorter than average are extra winners. I just find they are easier to carry and I always have a book with me. Car, nightstand, office, living room. There’s books waiting for me to pick up and read a few pages. This year I did use digital books more than ever and I didn’t hate it, but I still love a tangible collection of words. 

I use GoodReads to keep track of what I’ve read and what books I want to read. It’s such an easy website/app to use. Plus they have a yearly challenge that you can set and that’s an extra fun thing. In 2017, I set a goal of 40 books and I crushed it! In 2017, I read 61 books! I’m not sharing all the books I’ve read this year, but I am going to share my favorites with you! I might have too many, but you should definitely check these out. And speaking of checking them out….no I don’t buy all these books. I mostly use the library and I add to my stack the ones that I love, would read again, or can pass along. 

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A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley // It’s not secret that I love Emily Ley. Personally she’s great and I’ll be a fan because of who she is, the kindness she’s shown me, and the amazing products she creates. This book was an easy read and is such a simple guide to all those ideas each of us want to complete.

Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel // This book has been sitting on my shelf for a couple years and I finally read it. It’s a great read for any parent.

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson // Everyone told me that this is a must read. It’s great. I didn’t feel like it was life changing but I think it might be because it was hyped up a lot to me. 

Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford // I loved this book. Rachel also wrote Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life. These reminders are just what every mama needs.

Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing At All by Karen Ehman // I read this digitally and I won’t lie, I clicked it because of the cover. But I read it, learned from it, and I’d say it was pretty good. 

Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships by Lisa-Jo Baker // It’s not secret that this year I’ve had some issues with friends. Or maybe I should say people that I thought were my friends. This book was so wonderful as I struggled. I know my struggles aren’t over so I might even read it again this year. 

Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith by Heidi St. John // If you’re a mom wondering about how we will all parent in this time of craziness, this is a great book. Heidi St. John is no joke amazing and she will lay down some truth.

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp // If you read nothing else on this list, make it be this book. I got this from the library and I think I will be purchasing this book for myself. Then reading it again and highlighting it. If you don’t know who Paul David Tripp is….look him up, follow him on social media, read all the quotes. He’s a very wise man on marriage and parenting.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist // Simple? Soulful? Yes please! A great book. Must read, if you haven’t yet.

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin // Read it, learn it, study it. Jen Wilkin is amazing!

Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey // Love Lara. Loved this book. I picked it up again this week as we were driving around for Christmas gatherings.

The Nesting Place by Myquilyn Smith // A great book. Easy read. This book would make a great housewarming gift!

The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving, & Natural Homekeeping by Erica Strauss // I loved this book. Easy read, nice little afternoon book while kids are playing outside. It filled my head with ideas and possibilities. 

Julia Rothman Collection: Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, Food Anatomy // I got these last week as a Christmas gift. I’m obsessed. If you want to teach your children about nature, farm, or food…you need these. Beautiful imagery. 

Next week there will be a post about what the book plans are for 2018. I’m excited to share which books I’m planning on reading because there’s a lot! If you want to follow along, follow #laceyreads on Instagram. 

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