30 Before 30

I recently turned 29 and noticed a trend among my same-aged friends making 30 Before 30 Bucket Lists. I don't really have a desire to travel or bungee jump or any of the common bucket list items. But I do have a desire to learn and grow and broaden my horizons. Hence, the 30 Books Before 30 idea was born. I've culled from friends' favorites, my pastor's recommendations, and random lists from the Internet to come up with 30 books I want to read before I turn 30 on October 10, 2015. I'm going to record them as I go on this page, and link them to my review (affiliate links used). Wish me luck!

1. You Before Me (Jojo Moyes)
2. The Secret Keeper (Kate Morton)
3. Out of a Far Country (Angela and Christopher Yuan)
4. Before Amen (Max Lucado)
5. Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
6. The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Fannie Flagg)
7. The Ship of Brides (Jojo Moyes)
8. Loving God With All Your Mind (Elizabeth George)
9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling)
10. Unspoken (Dee Henderson)
11. The Cuckoo's Calling (Robert Galbraith)
12. Sparkly Green Earrings (Melanie Shankle)
13. The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
14. Ordinary (Michael Horton)
15. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
16. Dear Mr. Knightley (Katherine Reay)
17. The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)
18. The Heist (Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg)
19. Unfinished Business (Nora Roberts)
20. Enchantment (Orson Scott Card)
21. Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
22. A Woman After God's Own Heart (Elizabeth George)
23. The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)
24. Perfect Touch (Elizabeth Lowell)
25. The Anatomist's Apprentice (Tessa Harris)
26. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)
27. Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel)
28. Yes Please (Amy Poehler)
29. Crazy Busy (Kevin DeYoung)
30. Give them Grace (Elyse Fitzpatrick)




Inspirational Fiction I Read This Year
1. Child of the Mist (Kathleen Morgan)
2. A Bride for Keeps (Melissa Jagears)
3. Meant to Be Mine (Becky Wade)
4. A Bride Most Begrudging (Deeanne Gist)
5. My Stubborn Heart (Becky Wade)
6. Ransome's Honor (Kaye Dacus)
7. The Rancher's Secret Bride (Brenda Minton)
8. Ransome's Crossing (Kaye Dacus)
9. Ransome's Quest (Kaye Dacus)
10. Bound to the Warrior (Barbara Phinney)
11. A Place in His Heart (Rebecca DeMarino) - didn't like. Poorly written.
12. Candle in the Darkness (Lynn Austin)
13. The Convenient Groom (Denise Hunter)
14. Dancing with Fireflies (Denise Hunter) - really liked it
15. Happily Ever After (Susan May Warren)
16. Submerged (Dani Pettrey)
17. Shattered (Dani Pettrey)
18. Stranded (Dani Pettrey)
19. Silenced (Dani Pettrey)
20. Sabotaged (Dani Pettrey)
21. Made to Last (Melissa Tagg)
22. Take a Chance on Me (Susan May Warren)
23. From a Distance (Tamera Alexander)
24. Within My Heart (Tamera Alexander)
25. It Had to Be You (Susan May Warren)
26. Instant Prairie Family (Bonnie Navarro)
27. When I Fall in Love (Susan May Warren)
28. Beyond this Moment (Tamera Alexander)
29. Perfectly Matched (Maggie Brendan) - terrible
30. The Outlaw Takes a Bride (Susan Page Davis)
31. Of Moths and Butterflies (V.R. Christensen) - not really inspirational fiction
32. 60 Acres and a Bride (Regina Jennings)
33. A Love Like Ours (Becky Wade)
34. One Night With a Rockstar (Chana Keefer)
35. The Chase (Janet Evanovich) - not inspy, but not going on my 30b430
36. The Job (Janet Evanovich) - ditto ^
37. Love Unexpected (Jody Hedulund)
38. Chasing the Sun (Tracie Peterson)
39. No Safe Harbor (Elizabeth Ludwig) - boring
40. Love Finds You in: Nazareth, Pennsylvania (Melanie Dobson)  - boring
41. Tidewater Inn (Colleen Coble)
42. The Bride Backfire (Kelly Eileen Hake)
43. Rosemary Cottage (Colleen Coble)
44. The Pelican Bride  (Beth White)
45. From the Start (Melissa Tagg)


7 Christian Living Books

  1. Out of a Far Country
  2. Before Amen
  3. Loving God With All Your Mind
  4. Ordinary
  5. A Woman After God's Own Heart
  6. Crazy Busy
  7. Give them Grace

5 Non-fiction

  1. Unbroken
  2. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
  3. Sparkly Green Earrings
  4. Yes Please

18 Fiction:
5 Highly Recommended by Friends 

  1. You Before Me
  2. The Secret Keeper
  3. The Rosie Project
  4. Enchantment

1 From a Genre You Wouldn't Usually Read (Station Eleven)
1 On the Bestseller List (The Girl on the Train)
1 Book You Should've Read in H.S. But Didn't (The Great Gatsby)
1 Published the Year You were Born (Lonesome Dove)
1 Highly Rated on Amazon/Goodreads (The Nightingale)

8 Just Because

  1. The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
  2. The Ship of Brides
  3. Unspoken
  4. The Cuckoo's Calling
  5. Dear Mr. Knightley
  6. The Heist 
  7. Unfinished Business
  8. Perfect Touch
  9. The Anatomist's Apprentice
  10. Big Little Lies

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