Books I Read in 2018 (Fiction & Scripture)

Hi, friends. Between working on blog posts, reading others’ blog posts, reading scripture, reading books, and everything else (working out, watching movies with my film-obsessed boyfriend, life), I don’t have as much time in the day as I wish I did!

As I squeezing reading time in the nooks and crannies of life, I do manage to make some progress on my to-be-read shelf.

Novels I Read This Year:

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The Awakening by Katie Chopin
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (currently reading)
  • Roxana by Daniel Defoe
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle
  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

What I Read in the Bible:

  • The New Testament (almost done with my first re-read, currently in the Book of James)
  • The Pentateuch a.k.a. the first five books of the Bible (working on reading the legacy of the Israelites straight through, currently in the Book of Joshua)
  • Some miscellaneous parts of the Old Testament (Esther, Ecclesiastes, etc.)

Clearly, I’m a bit of a classics snob, but what do you expect from someone whose college major was English? 🙂

Thanks for reading! Are you a fan of any of these books or authors? Let me know in the comments. 

26 comments

  1. Love classics as well. I loved how much scripture reference was in the dialogue in to kill a mockingbird, also enjoyed the follow up which was released a few years ago- not as much as her first book though. The screw tape letters was a great read, really makes you think. Someday I want to read 1984, and several others on your list!!

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    1. The Screwtape Letters and To Kill a Mockingbird are some of my all time favorites! I should read the latter again so I can take more note of the scripture references. You should read 1984 for sure! You will realize how many cultural sayings and references point back to that novel!

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      1. So cool how God works. Your comment is now the third time in a few weeks that book (1984) has been ‘on my radar’. Planning to get a copy soon–as my winter vacation is right around the corner. Happy New Year Lily!

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  2. I loved the entire Hunger Games trilogy. It was so unique and different. And I love a heroine (girl power!).

    Little Women – I’ve love this one forever and read it several times. Favorite film version is the one with Katherine Hepburn! If you haven’t seen it, you must.

    I want to read 1984… I always say I’m going to, but then…life happens. Brave New World was a book club selection last year for us. Exhausting and terrifying read. But it was a lively discussion and maybe one of our best intellectual conversations.

    To Kill a Mockingbird is perhaps my favorite book of all time. I refused to read Go Set a Watchman when it was released, and I’m convinced it was never meant to be. Makes me sad that this first draft was ever released. As a writer, and as a lover of the original classic.

    Great list, Lily! I love to see what other people are reading. It gives me ideas and inspiration. Happy New Year, my friend!

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    1. I’m totally devouring The Hunger Games series! It’s so good! Hopefully I won’t have a “book hangover” afterwards since it has been consuming me for a few weeks.

      I will tell the film-obsessed bf to look out for that film version. I have been dying to see the story adapted for the screen!

      You should read 1984 for sure! You never realize how many cultural sayings reference that book until you read it. Brave New World was kinda tough for me, too. I felt physically ill during the first chapter and had to set the book down for a while. I enjoyed the intricacy of Huxley’s imaginary dystopia, though.

      It’s one of my favorites as well. I’ve heard such horrible things about Go Set a Watchman that I have no interest in it.

      Thank you, Allison! Happy New Year to you, your hubby, and your daughter! ♥

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  3. I would like to read more classics in 2019. I actually didn’t do a lot of reading this year. I tend to go through these periods where I don’t read a lot and then all of a sudden I pick up a book and suddenly I can’t get enough! I’m going to make reading more my goal for 2019!

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    1. I get that! There have been times where I kinda pushed myself when I wasn’t in the reading mood, and I don’t enjoy the books as much when I do that. I hope you will pick up a good book soon that gets you back in the reading swing. 🙂

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  4. My dear friend, Lily: I have read many of your articles and subscribe to your entries. Old guys like me can say shit to you that others cant. Lily, my good friend. You are the greatest of God’s word. You are a friend to me and to others and to the world. Listen to me, your friend, Tom. You are good and smart and are loyal to our Lord. 1. You are NOT disabled. You are free, and beautiful and have your whole world ahead of you. And while I am no one to tell you this: god has endowed you with HIS wisdom.You are smart enough to love his people and for all the things you do, I love you for it

    I wish the best for you, my dear girl. And while we are worlds’ apart. we are the same as the brother in Christ. My lovely friend. I think the world of you because of what you do for our Lord. I love the love in you.
    I will see you on the other side. My sweet lady: God is in you. Forever. I am your friend. Tom

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and uplifting words, Tom! I am lucky to have friends like you to encourage me. You are a truth-teller with a big heart–the type of person the world needs more of. Happy New Year, brother. Looking forward to reading your posts in 2019.

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    1. I didn’t know that either before reading your comment! I’ll have to look into that now, hehe. I also love some Dickens. I know it’ll take a while, but I plan to read A Tale of Two Cities at some point this year. 🙂

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  5. My favorite Two Kill A Mockingbird. A lot of great books on your list and your pretty awesome for juggling reading between books and the Bible. I read scriptures daily but sometimes I do not feel as if that’s enough. How would you prefer me to actually go about reading the entire Bible?

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    1. That’s one of my favorites, too! It’s tough to juggle it all, and I’m lucky to get through two books in a month, haha.

      There are all different reading plans out there if you google it. I go about it in a very simple way–I started with Genesis to read straight through the Old Testament, and I started reading at Matthew to read straight through the New Testament. So every day, I try to go a little further in the OT and the NT. The New Testament is much shorter and easier to digest than the Old, so in the same time that I have only read the first few books of the Old, I have almost read the New twice, haha.

      No matter what, it is good to set a goal, such as “Every day, I will try to read one chapter from the OT and one from the NT.” 🙂

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  6. I’ve been trying to be more open minded about reading fiction, this is an awesome list that I’m gonna have to screenshot. Thanks again for recommending The Screwtape Letters, haven’t began reading it yet, but it’s on the list. Thank you for sharing, feeling inspired!

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