2017 Book List

  1. Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard (Very good.)
  2. Coming to Know Christ by Robert L. Millet (Chapters 11-14 were especially good.)
  3. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (OK, not really my thing)
  4. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (fluffy fun)
  5. Holding Fast: Dealing with Doubt in the Latter Days by Robert L. Millet (good)
  6. Eternal ManĀ by Truman Madsen (sublime)
  7. Four Essays on Love by Truman Madsen
  8. Christ and the Inner LifeĀ by Truman Madsen
  9. The Book of Mormon
  10. The Marshmallow Test: Why Self-Control is the Engine of Success by Walter Mischel
  11. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson (She wrote another book I read last year. Same problem in each: many wonderful characters but one or two flat, unbelievable characters that she resorts to when she wants to move the plot along.)
  12. The Highest in Us by Truman Madsen
  13. Thunderdog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory (Page Turner)
  14. One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly by Ashley Mae Hoiland (Wow.)
  15. The Radiant Life by Truman Madsen
  16. The Book of Mormon (focus: family challenges, prayer, the atonement of Jesus Christ, faith)
  17. Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell (So good)
  18. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (I love the writing, but not the pessimism and defeatism. Second reading.)
  19. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, a Flavia deLuce Novel by Alan Bradley
  20. The Woman Behind The New Deal: the Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins–Social Security, Unemployment, Insurance, and the Minimum Wage by Kristin Downey (I really liked this.)
  21. The Book of Mormon (focus: charity, “and thus we see” editorial statements from Mormon, Moroni; qualities of the Savior; the Restoration & gathering)
  22. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (This reminds me that every sentence in a book CAN be amazing.)
  23. Demelza by Winston Graham
  24. At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women (I loved everything in this.)
  25. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (not recommended)
  26. I Have Learned Five Things by Elaine Christensen (Good poetry)
  27. The Book of Mormon (focus: things we do “in his name;” leadership)
  28. The Book of Mormon (focus: sources of JOY)
  29. Why I don’t Hide My Freckles Anymore: Perspectives on True Beauty edited by LaNae Valentine and Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen (This will make you worry about every message about body image you have ever conveyed to your daughters.)
  30. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Tender)
  31. The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright (pretty good telling of an incredible story)