Happy New Year, everybody!!! I hope everybody had a great weekend of (safe) celebrations and merrymaking. As for us, our annual New Years’ Eve Bonfire/Fireworks Bonanza got rained out, so I spent New Years’ Eve watching Newhart with my mom and dad. It was very cozy and quiet and…hobbity 😉

Lord willing, we’ll have the bonfire and fireworks this coming weekend instead. It’ll be a better deal anyway because we’ve got a chilly forecast coming up. And I **may** get to see Rogue One this coming weekend, too…so I’ll have something sad and angsty to brood on while I gaze soulfully into the embers. (*cue the Force theme*)

Anyhooz. Reading list. That was the whole point of this post. Ahem.

I read 26 books in 2016. That’s about one book every two weeks. I just don’t normally have time to devour books in less time. And just like at the end of 2015, I’m going to share my list.

Now, I have a confession to make…a lot of these books are Star Trek novels, and I have a good explanation. First, I got some for Christmas 2015, and second, a Tumblr friend sent me about a dozen Star Trek novels in January; she was getting married and moving and knew they’d have a good home with me. I’ll indicate those with a “(ST)” label, ‘kay?

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1. Prime Directive by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens (ST)

2. The Story of God’s Love For You by Sally Lloyd-Jones

3. Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda N. McIntyre (ST)

4. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

5. Ice Trap by L.A. Graf (ST)

6-10. The Rihannsu Series (My Enemy, My Ally; The Romulan Way; Sword Hunt; Honor Blade; The Empty Chair) by Diane Duane (ST)

11. Gemini by Mike. W. Barr (ST)

12. What Your Heart Needs For the Hard Days by Holley Gerth

13. The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge

14. War Dragons by L.A. Graf (ST)

15. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

16. Inception by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison (ST)

17. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

18. Leonard by William Shatner and David Fisher

19. The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

20. Vulcan’s Forge by Josepha Sherman and Susan Schwartz (ST)

21. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (re-read)

22-25 The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, & Winter) by Marissa Meyer

26. The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

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The ones I’d recommend…

So if you’re a nerd and you want a good Trek story, the Rihannsu books, Enterprise: The First Adventure, Ice Trap, and Vulcan’s Forge were excellent. 

I highly recommend all of the theology books. The Story of God’s Love For You is a simple, theologically-rich book about God’s plan of redemption from the beginning of the Bible to the end. What Your Heart Needs is geared towards women and is very encouraging and humorous. The Pursuit of Holiness changed my thinking on some things (for the better) regarding personal sin and repentance. I can’t recommend The Broken Way enough, although you should probably read One Thousand Gifts before you delve into its richness.

Leonard was a library find, and absolutely marvelous. I came away with a profound respect for Leonard Nimoy as a storyteller. I literally went through it armed with a notebook, scribbling down some very useful and encouraging quotes. Also, William Shatner is a highly entertaining author and I learned a lot about him in the book, too. Which was fun. My very own copy is coming in the mail THIS WEEK and I’m so happy about it!!

Hannah Coulter was my first introduction to Wendell Berry, and while his writing style isn’t what I usually read, I did enjoy it.

The Lunar Chronicles are awesome!!! Be aware that Winter, the fourth book, contains a few intense kissing scenes that I intend to edit a bit now that I have my own copy (hooray for white-out), but otherwise I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these sci-fi retellings of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. All of their stories intersect in an epic revolutionary tale. Definitely my kind of thing 😉

The ones with a “meh” rating…

I could make neither heads nor tails of A Wrinkle in Time. Maybe the upcoming movie will help me understand it?

The Scent of Water was so disjointed and had too many subplots about people that I didn’t care about.

Ross Poldark was okay once I got used to the spartan writing style, but I was so mad when I found out what happens later on in the story with him and Elizabeth, I lost all interest in the series.

My TBR List (so far) for 2017

I received some new books for Christmas, including two more Lunar Chronicles companion books (Fairest and Stars Above) and The Finest Hours. I also bought a new Trek novel, Doctor’s Orders, and Leonard with an Amazon gift card. I’m definitely going to be occupied for at least the next couple of months. But I’ve been frequenting the library a lot more these days, so if you have any good, well-written, exciting, edifying recommendations, let me know in the comments! My inner bibliophile thanks you!

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