Tuesday, October 28, 2014

30 Books Before 30 . . . Recommendations Needed!

I've noticed a trend, lately, that my friends are making "30 before 30" lists. I just turned 29, so I considered it, but I don't have 30 things I want to accomplish in my life. Let alone accomplish in one year! Lol. Maybe that makes me totally boring/uninspired, but it's the truth. I do, however, have a desire to learn and grow, and spend my time more productively than constantly browsing the Pinterest humor boards and binge watching Gilmore Girls. Hence, my "30 Books Before 30" idea was born.

I want to use this as an opportunity to "expand my horizons." I traditionally read only "inspirational fiction," but I'm ready to branch out - which is where you, my faithful readers, come in. I'll be honest that I'm not ready to branch all the way to fantasy or sci-fi. That just does not interest me. But I'll readily take general fiction recommendations. It's important to me that they be clean, though. I can handle a little bit of swearing and innuendo, but anything beyond that is too much for me.

I'm also looking for non-fiction/Christian living recommendations. My pastor recently shared 50 of his top favorite books. I'll definitely be borrowing heavily from that list. And I have a few more ideas pinned here. But I'm interested to hear what else you all might recommend.

I'll be 30 in 347 days. That's 49.5 weeks. 11 months. Which means I'm going to have to read about 3 books a month. When I was in high school, I sometimes read 3 books a week, but I have this thing called responsibilities now, that is going to make that more difficult. Haha. It's going to be interesting. And it honestly might become 31 Books Before 31 Years. Lol. But I'm going to try my best! I'll probably have to do one hard theological book every month and 2 easier fiction/fun reads to make it on time.

So lay 'em on me. What do you recommend? What's the best book you've ever read? Go!


  1. You are really missing out by not reading any sci-fi or fantasy books. Most of my favorite books are in those genres! You should really give them a chance... they probably aren't all what you think they are.

    Watership Down is one of my all-time favorite books... I'm honestly struggling to think of other non-sci-fi/fantasy books to recommend so I'm going to recommend them anyway ;) "The Hobbit," "Ender's Game," "The Name of the Wind," "Out of the Silent Planet," "Enchantment" (this is a really short book and really great. It's a fairy tale.).

    I've been keeping track of my reading the last few years on Goodreads so you can see my books and ratings on there. Good luck reaching your goal!!

  2. I know you said no fantasy, but if you haven't read the Harry Potter series, you really should dive in! It is their characters and plot development that make them amazing books, not the magic/fanstasy factor. Just do it :) I've been going through the series (for the umpteenth time) on audiobook and remembering again just how much I love them. Lots of great Gospel undertones too, throughout the series.

    Boundaries is a great book that falls in the Christian Living category. I've also really been wanting to read Micha Boyett's book, Found, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Based on the amazingness of her blog, I think it's probably a good one.

    I hope you'll share your list with us when it's all settled :)


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