Top 10 Favorite Books of 2014

I did quite a bit of reading in 2014 (69 books). Here are some of my favorites and highly recommended from 2014. These are ones I read and thoroughly enjoyed. Happy reading friends!

41: A Portrait Of My Father
 George W. Bush
George W has a really good insight into the 41st President and it was interesting to see how their relationship and the family circle was like for the Bush family. It's really an amazing story told by one President of another President from an upclose and personal relationship.

A Survival Guide For Life
Bear Grylls
This is a book to come back to as encouragement and inspiration. Simple tips and insights to soak in like: to receive you must give, the best quality is kindness, if you risk nothing, you gain nothing. I love his style of writing (as you can note here) and I can't wait to read this again once Josh finishes it.

Dear Mr. Knightley
Katherine Reay
I love Jane Austen. So when I saw this I knew I needed to read it. I love the twists and turns it took and the simple, pure love story it brought about.

Love Does
Bob Goff
Josh and I began this beginning of the year as our first book to go through as a couple. We finished it on the 31st at 10ish at night. We laughed and I might have cried at some parts. It was our first book to read through as a couple and it was perfect. Now to find our next book to read through together! I highly recommend this book if you haven't read it yet.

Surprised By Motherhood
Lisa-Jo Baker
This was one of the first blogs I followed and her story really touched me since she also lost her mother as a teenager and I could really relate to her. Lisa-Jo has a way with words and the cover is simply beautiful too.

The Fault In Our Stars
John Green
I loved this book and read it a month before I went and saw the movie. Both of them had me crying. Especially since she had thyroid cancer. Definitely resonated with me. It's bold, raw and funny also.

Notes From A Blue Bike 
Tsh Oxenreider
Tsh takes you on a journey in this book and it is one to remember. As she says in her book- "Life is chaotic.  But we can choose to live it differently.  It doesn't always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions." It talks about living simply, fully and intentionally. 

Mansfield Park
Jane Austen
I enjoyed the main character in this one- Fanny Price. I have a goal of finally reading all of Jane Austen's book and this was the first one I crossed off my list. It is one of the deeper novels she wrote and it's why I wanted to tackle it first. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it.

The Nesting Place
Myquillyn Smith
"It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful". Myquillyn repeats this quote and you even can tell by the front cover with the chair propped up by books that she lives by it. I loved this book for so many reasons- the beautiful photography, her renting stories and how you shouldn't be afraid to place things on the walls and in the rooms. Now I see our rentals as practice to see what I will love in our home.

A Million Little Ways 
Emily Freeman
This book is about turning down the noise of the critics and move into courage to be who you most deeply are. It's about the simple human acts of listening, waiting, creating and showing up. Plus it is Myquillyn's sister. This book is fresh, needed and purposeful. It's about being brave and truly uncovering the art you were made to live. 

What was your favorite book last year?