I'm an avid reader and I read all sorts of things. I've been trying to get better at writing reviews, since that's something I appreciate as a writer myself. Feel free to click through the links if any of these titles catch your interest and you want to know what I thought.


• Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? by Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne  (✮✮✮✮)
• How to be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want To Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick  (✮✮✮✮)
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman (✮✮✮)
• The Magician King by Lev Grossman  (✮✮)
• Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau  (✮✮✮✮)
To Sell Is Human: The Surprisng Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink  (✮✮✮)
• The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World by Leon Logothetis  (✮✮✮✮)
• This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  (✮✮✮)
• Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson  (✮✮)
• The Mothers by Brit Bennett  (✮✮✮)
• The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson  (✮✮✮)
• Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance (✮✮✮✮)
• Break Open The Sky: Saving Our Faith From a Culture of Fear by Stephen Bauman (✮✮✮✮)
• We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (✮✮✮✮)
• Lila by Marilynne Robinson (✮✮✮✮)
• Amoris Laetitia: On Faith and the Family by Pope Francis (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Perfect Little World: A Novel by Kevin Wilson (✮✮)
• Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey into the Exotic Food Underground by Ian Purkayastha (✮✮✮✮)
• Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil (✮✮✮✮)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (✮✮✮✮)
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (✮✮✮✮)
The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World by Sandra Maria Van Opstal (✮✮✮✮)
• Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh (✮✮)
• The Enneagram Advantage: Putting the 9 Personality Types to Work in the Office by Helen Palmer (✮✮✮)
• Universal Harvester by John Darnielle (✮✮✮✮)
• Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond (✮✮✮✮)
• Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra (✮)
• The Magicians by Lev Grossman (✮✮)
• Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin (✮✮✮✮)
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Silence by Shusaku Endo (✮✮✮✮)
• It's Only The Himalayas by S. Bedford (✮✮)
• The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (✮✮✮✮)
• The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (✮✮✮✮)
• The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt (✮✮✮✮)
• The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (✮✮✮✮)
• Saints by Gene Luen-Yang (✮✮✮✮)
• Boxers by Gene Luen-Yang (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (✮✮✮)
The Circle: A Novel by Dave Eggers (✮✮)
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans (✮✮✮)
Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron (✮✮✮✮)
• Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (✮✮✮✮✮)
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (✮✮✮✮)


• Chicago by Brian Doyle (✮✮✮✮)
• Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America by Brian Benson (✮✮✮)
• Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight (✮✮✮✮)
• Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton (✮✮✮)
• Street Life Under a Roof: Youth Homelessness in South Africa by Emily Margaretten (✮✮✮✮)
• The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture by Euny Hong (✮✮✮)
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin (✮✮✮✮)
• A Tale For The Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Garden City: Work, Rest, and a New Way to Be Human by John Mark Comer (✮✮✮)
• Beautiful Ruins: a Novel by Jess Walter (✮✮✮✮✮)
Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations by Chris Fair (✮)
Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home by Pope Francis (✮✮✮✮)
• Homegoing: a Novel by Yaa Gyasi (✮✮✮✮)
• If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For by Jamie Tworkowski (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell (✮✮✮✮)
• Fight: A Case for Christian Non-violence by Preston Sprinkle (✮✮✮✮)
• Born for This: How to Find The Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau (✮✮✮)
• Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything by Simon Majumdar (✮✮✮)
• A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (✮✮✮)
• The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau (✮✮✮✮)
• Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E.P. Seligman (✮✮✮)
• The Son of Laughter by Fredrick Buechner (✮✮✮)
• Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (✮✮✮)


• The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (✮✮✮)
• The Light of the World: a Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander (✮✮✮✮)
• And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseni (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Under the Same Sky: A Memoir of Survival, Hope, and Faith by Joseph Kim (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunée (✮✮)
• A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami (✮✮)
• Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (✮✮✮✮)
• The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War by Denise Chong (✮✮✮✮✮)
• NW: A Novel by Zadie Smith (✮)
• A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins (✮✮✮✮✮)
• When Waters Whisper by Dan Daly (friend's book)
• The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan (✮✮✮✮)
• Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair (✮✮✮✮)
• This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (✮✮✮)
The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home by Pico Iyer (✮✮)
• The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz (✮✮✮✮)
• The Invisible Girls: A Memoir by Sarah Thebarge (✮✮✮✮✮)
• State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Home by Marilynne Robinson (✮✮✮✮)
• Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller (✮✮✮✮)
• A Country at War With Itself: South Africa's Crisis of Crime by Antony Altbeker (✮)
• Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Ariana Huffington (✮✮✮✮)
• A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof (✮✮✮✮)


• Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters (✮)
• Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (✮✮✮✮)
• The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau (✮✮✮✮✮)
• India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India by Akash Kapur (✮✮✮)
• Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power (✮✮✮)
• Moment Maker: You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You by Carlos Whittaker (✮✮✮)
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (✮✮✮✮)
• Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge (✮)
Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit by Erwin Raphael McManus (✮✮✮✮✮)
• American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar (✮✮✮✮)
• What is the What by Dave Eggers (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality by Barbara Bradley Hagerty (✮✮✮✮)
• Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Naht Thanh (✮✮✮)
• The Tiger's Wife: a Novel by Téa Obreht (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Crowd, The Critic, and the Muse: a Book for Creators by Michael Gungor (✮✮✮✮)
• Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner (✮✮)
• Into The Mud by Adam and Christine Jeske (✮✮✮)
• Life of Pi by Yann Martel (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Aleph by Paolo Coelho (✮✮✮)
• The Entitled: a Tale of Modern Baseball by Frank Deford (✮✮✮)
• The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller (✮✮)
• Snow by Orphan Pamuk (✮✮)
• With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (✮✮✮✮)
• Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katharine Boo (✮✮)
• Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy by Matt Litton (✮✮)
• Wounded Prophet: a Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen by Michael Ford (✮✮)
• Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time by Jeremy Courtney (✮✮✮✮)


• The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (✮✮✮✮)
 Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in a Portland Pub and Other Unexpected Places by Tony Kriz (✮✮✮✮)
• Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff (✮✮✮)
• Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry (✮)
• Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America by Jeff Chu (✮✮)
• In Search of a Confident Faith: Overcoming Barriers to Trusting in God by J.P. Moreland (✮✮)
• Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman (✮✮✮✮)
• The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian and the Risk of Commitment by Daniel Taylor (✮✮✮✮✮)
• In The Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet by Matteo Pistono (✮)
• Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro (✮✮✮)
• A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Can Serve the Public Good by Miroslav Volf (✮✮✮)
• Life After God by Douglas Coupland (✮✮✮✮)
• Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Steinberg (✮✮)
On The Road: The Original Scroll by Jack Kerouac (✮✮)
Miracles by C.S. Lewis (✮✮✮)
• The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho (✮✮✮✮✮)
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (✮✮✮✮)
• The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things by Ken Wytsma (✮✮✮)
• Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield (✮✮✮)
• Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (✮✮✮✮)
• The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker by Brad Lomenick (✮✮✮)
• Faith and Doubt by John Ortberg (✮✮✮✮)
• Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (✮✮✮✮)
Out of Exile: Narratives from the Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan by Craig Walzer (✮✮✮)
Around Africa on my Bicycle by Riaan Manser (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller (✮✮✮✮)
• The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: a Novel by Michael Chabon (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (✮✮✮✮)
• Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation by Donald Miller (✮✮✮✮)


• Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (✮✮✮)
• Haiti: After The Earthquake by Paul Farmer (✮✮✮)
• Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales (✮✮✮✮)
Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (✮✮✮✮)
• The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (✮✮)
• Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (✮✮)
• The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (✮✮✮)
• The Five Love Languages: How To Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman (✮✮✮✮)
• Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity by Mark Batterson (✮✮✮)
• A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller (✮✮✮✮✮)
 Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell (✮✮✮✮)
• The Road by Cormac McCarthy (✮✮✮✮)


• Never Let Me Go: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality by Rob Bell (✮✮✮✮✮)
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
• Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan (✮✮✮)
• Wild Goose Chase: Reclaiming the Adventure of Pursuing God by Mark Batterson (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Elementary Particles by Michele Hollebecq (✮)
• Gomorrah: A Personal Journey Into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System by Roberto Saviano (✮)
• The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller (✮✮✮✮✮)
• Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects by Marshall McLuhan (✮✮✮✮)
• The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (✮✮✮✮✮)
• The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni (✮✮✮✮✮)

Philippe Lazaro