My Must-Read Book List

Courtesy of iStock/Petrunjela

Courtesy of iStock/Petrunjela

My December 1st blog post was about the perfect gift—which, for me, would be a sandy beach on a warm, sunny day with a chair, a cool beverage, and a book. If that sounds like you, you are in luck: I have created a list of some of my favorite books. You know, the kind of book you can’t put down. The kind of book you force on your friends. Those books that you stay up way too late reading, and finish within three days!

This, friends, is my must-read book list.


I love a fictional story I can get lost in. I will cross genre lines if there is a good love story driving the plot. These are some of my favorites in no particular order. Not all of them were chosen because of a love story element, but all of them were chosen because these are the stories that stuck with me days after I had put the book down and in some instances, as you’ll notice, the reason I purchased the next book in the series (I don’t typically read series).

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Seaside by Terri Blackstock

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

The Noticer by Andy Andrews (Series)

The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews (Series)

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Series)

After You by Jojo Moyes (Series)

Still Me by Jojo Moyes (The third book in the series, coming out in 2018! I haven’t read it yet, but I have pre-ordered it.)

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Kandel (Series)

Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Kandel (Series)


I also love a good self-help book. Many times, my favorite self-help books are the ones with spiritual elements—meaning books with a Christian slant or books that grip me on a soul-deep-discovery level. Here are some of my favorites, again in no particular order.

The Story of With by Allen Arnold

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

I Am by Michele Cushatt

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian D. McLaren

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst

Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

Your True Home by Thich Nhat Hanh

Now, get your hands on your next book! And if there is a book you think needs to be added to this list, please tell me about it here. I’ll be sure to read it and add it to the list.