Ten Books I Still Need To Read

I’ve decided to join up with The Broke and the Bookish today for their Top Ten Tuesday Link-Up, the topic “Top 10 Books I Meant To Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To” really piqued my interest and got me to thinking about which books have gone unread or unfinished. Thanks to my goodreads account and the pile sitting on my nightstand, it is a relatively easy list to produce.

Links to the books will be provided for your convenience only as I am not at this time an affiliate with anyone, though I do hope to achieve that status in the future.



  1. The Gifting Series by K.E. Ganshert
  2.  The Awakening
  3. The Gathering
    “If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.”

    Is this cheating? Not only is it a trilogy (I hadn’t intended to count it as 3 individual books, but then I discovered I only had 7 other books on this list, and non of them are fiction so, to balance the playing field and complete the list I decided to include them all) it’s also one I’ve read twice, and listened to on Audibles once…But, I had really wanted to reread or re-listen to it after finishing my novel, because it sort of borderlines my genre, and it’s kind of sort of amazing. If this were a list of books that need to be made into major motion pictures, this series would top that list as well!  And not just because Ganshert is my all time favorite author, but because it’s poignant, thought provoking, and left a lasting impression on me, and obviously I cannot get enough. Direct link to Amazon
  4.  Listen Love & Repeat by Karen Ehman
    Other centered living in a self centered world

    When it comes to non-fiction books, I have a major problem. They all sound fabulous, the blurbs pull me in, I want to read them, I long to read them, I often even break down and buy them, like this one and the one below, and then, they arrive, and within a chapter or two, I put it down and forget about it entirely. That’s what happened here, ooops. Maybe I’ll try to get back into it this year.
  5. Craving Connection by by Crystal Stine (editor) from the (in)Courage community
    30 Challenges for Real Life Engagement

    Same as above, I got it, was so excited to start reading it, especially because I was already familiar with a few of the contributors from blogs I follow, but I just put it down and forgot more or less all about it. Am I the only one who never does this with fiction but almost always does it with non-fiction? It’s currently sitting by my bed waiting for my attention. Direct link to Amazon.
  6. Why I Didn’t Rebel by Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach

    A Twenty-Two-Year-Old Explains Why She Stayed on the Straight and Narrow—and How Your Kids Can Too

    There’s an interesting story behind how this book ended up on my nightstand. I had apparently read the blurb, decided I’d wanted to read it, and added it to my Amazon cart for later or without realizing it? I’m honestly not really sure, but when my husband logged on to use my prime and buy me a few books for my Birthday this one just sort of showed up at the same time as the others. It looks like a great and important one to read as parents of a ten-ager (see what I did there?) but I think I actually was drawn to it for novel research purposes. There is some definite rebellion oriented threads to my plot and I thought this could be a great reference for the main character. Also, I’m writing YA in a completely different world than the one I grew up in and thought it would be helpful to get into the mindset of a millennial. Direct Amazon Link.
    Update: As I’ve been completing my list I needed to get some information from my Amazon Orders and have discovered this book is not listed as one purchased for my Birthday. It’s not in my Amazon history at all. I *think* because it’s on my goodreads to be read list, that I must have entered, and evidently won, a goodreads contest for it! Woohooo love winning things!  (but I’m surprised I didn’t get any kind of notification about this, is that normal?)

  7. Victory in Spiritual Warfare By Dr. Tony Evans
    Field Guide for Battle

    I started this book just before Christmas and then set it down because life got in the way, but I picked it back up yesterday and am determined to finish this one. I am reading this for novel research, and I’m loving it. So far, this is one of those books where you highlight or underline nearly the entire page. I’ve got a few notes in it with my name or my kids names on them, and a few for my imaginary friends, so it’s definitely proving to be a great investment.Also, did you know that Dr. Tony Evans is Priscilla Shirer’s father? This in and of itself is an affirmation of what to expect from him! Direct link to Amazon.
  8. Mother & Son the Respect Effect by Dr. Emmerson Eggerichs

    I bought this because that ten-ager I mentioned, and I, ride the crazy cycle all day long, every day, and because my husband and I read and loved the Love & Respect book when we were newly married. I’ve started it and even read some of it to him, to which he rolled his eyes. I’m still hopeful it will make a difference, if and when I finish it. The one thing about this book series is that it includes a ton of self promotion and the first few chapters is a lot of talking the program up, I think this is a definite example of less is more, but I love the suggestions and acronymns sprinkled throughout so I wade through the other stuff. Direct link to Amazon.
  9. You’re First Novel by Laura Whitcomb
    An Author/Agent team share the keys to achieving your dreams

    This book was a gift from my husband for my Birthday to show me his love and support for my dream. It’s great to get some new writing books on the shelves because the ones I have were from way back when I was in college and so much has changed in the publishing world, that these new resources are going to be killer. I started this right after Christmas, but haven’t had a ton of time to dig deep into it yet, but I’m excited to crack it open and mark the life out of it this year.
  10.  Revising Your Novel by Janice Hardy

     First Draft to Finished Draft: A step-by-step guide to revising your novel

    This was another gift from my husband, I’ve read the first 5 or 6 chapters and love it. What I have really liked about this book, is that it has mostly just reiterated everything that I had already known/expected from the drafting/rewriting process. This might sound like a bad thing, my husband thought I was saying it wasn’t helpful, but on the contrary I find it incredibly encouraging to see that I’ve got a good grasp on the process even though I’ve never really gone through it in its entirety, never attended a writing conference, and have been out of school for 15 years. Another one I can’t wait to finish! Direct link to Amazon.

I love participating in this link up, but boy does it take a lot of work to put it all together! Can you believe I didn’t have a single fiction book marked as want to read from 2017 on goodreads that I still haven’t read? Either I’m not very good at keeping track of my desired reads or I’m just much better at finishing fiction books. It’s probably a bit of both! There’s something about learning a characters names and drive that pushes me to complete a story, even if the plot or structure is weaker than I like. Reading more non-fiction was a goal for 2017, and well, I started more books than usual, finishing a few is now a goal for 2018!

What is on your list? Do any of these titles peak your interest?

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