Cupcakes and Sunshine: 10 Books I'm Reading in 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

10 Books I'm Reading in 2017

We are snowed in!

Sort of!

Two inches of snow outside and all of Georgia shuts down. What better day to snuggle in and read a good book then today!?

I've received many suggestions for books to read this year, and I can't wait to start on these! (in between reading for school and studying. hopefully it can be done-ha!) The following are on my list of books to read in 2017:

(sidenote: I don't have many of the following, so if you want to do some tradesies, I can send my books your way and you can send some mine and we can make a book club out of it!?)

1. Present over Perfect (Shauna Niequist):
I read Shauna Niequist's Bread & Wine a couple years back, and absolutely loved it. I think it has to be one of my favorite books ever, so when I heard about Present over Perfect, I knew I had to read it as well. The title is already speaking to me. As a self-proclaimed former perfectionist (& still working on it. eek), I'm most excited about this one.

2. Ragamuffin Gospel (Brennan Manning):
I have heard a couple of professors and friends suggest this one, so I'm excited to read it as well. Amazon says... "Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment. In this newly repackaged edition—now with full appendix, study questions, and the author’s own epilogue, “Ragamuffin Fifteen Years Later,” Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. The Father beckons us to Himself with a “furious love” that burns brightly and constantly. Only when we truly embrace God’s grace can we bask in the joy of a gospel that enfolds the most needy of His flock—the "ragamuffins.'"

This sounds like a good one, friends.

3. My Fringe Hours (Jessica N. Turner)
I think I actually heard about this one while listening to Jess Lively's podcasts a few months back. It's an interactive book that dissects how you spend your extra hours and free time here and there.

4. How's Your Soul? (Judah Smith)
My good friend Krista told me about this one. I haven't read any of Judah Smith's books before, but I've heard only good things. PUMPED for this one. 

5. Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
I am so excited to read lots of C.S. Lewis this year! I've never read any of C.S. Lewis' books before  and I'm really looking forward to changing this in 2017!!

6. The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)

7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
(so excited)

8. Through the Eyes of a Lion (Levi Lusko)

Speaking of lions, this book has been on my wishlist a long time. I've heard Levi speak the past couple of years at Passion, and this story tells of his family's pursuit of Christ in one of the most difficult times of their lives. It is hopeful and encouraging.

9. Breaking Busy: Finding Peace and Comfort in a World of Crazy (Alli Worthington)
Amazon suggested this one for me, and I think Amazon may know me a little too well. But I think it sounds great! Finding peace and purpose in a world of crazy?! Yes please! Has anyone read this one?  

10. My Utmost for His Highest: (Oswald Chambers)
I've heard from so many that this is a powerful devotional full of wisdom. Ready for it!

Any good reads you're looking forward to this year? Or have any that I should read?!
Happy, happy Saturday friends! Hope it's a good one.


  1. I need to read Breaking Busy.

    Enjoy your snow day!

  2. Snow days are the best reading days! I'm about halfway through Time Travel: A History by James Gleick. Super interesting. Also, I've got plenty of Lewis if you want to borrow :)

    See ya at school,



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