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Oh, how I love to read! Confession: I get excited at the start of a new year thinking of the books I'll read that year. I've learned that sneaking in 5 minutes here or 10 minutes there - waiting in line, at an appoinment, right before bed - helps you get through a lot of books! Here are 20 of the books that I read in 2018. These aren't necessarily recommendations but suggestions of places to start to help you find your next great read. Enjoy, and happy reading!

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A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

by W. Bruce Cameron

This book made me appreciate my dog so much more. It's a sweet read with a great message. 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

Pretty funny. It is surprisingly pleasant to read humor in Shakespearean English. 

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A Voice in the Wind

by Francine Rivers

This is a masterpiece!!! I'm officially dubbing Rivers a master of the historical epic. Phenomenal!

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by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

I'm working my way through the Left Behind series. All have been suspenseful, creative, and thought-provoking. This one does not disappoint. 

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Before We Were Yours

by Lisa Wingate

Heartbreaking. Thoroughly researched. Superbly written. You will appreciate Wingate's literary skills. 

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Crazy Love

by Francis Chan

This challenged me to be a better Christian and think more about my choices. So good!

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In His Steps

by Charles M. Sheldon

This book takes a look at what Jesus would do in everyday life situations, which makes you question what you should do in your own daily choices.

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In This Moment

by Karen Kingsbury

A sweet story that looks at modern day church versus state situations. I couldn't wait to see how it ended!

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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

by Misty Copeland

Copeland's memoir covers the many obstacles she faced to become the first female principal African-American ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre. 

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Mr. Miracle

by Debbie Macomber

A short, sweet, feel good Christmas read. It made me smile. 

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Nicolae: The Rise of the Anti-Christ

by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

This series is thought-provoking and makes you wonder what the last days will entail.

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by Elie Wiesel

A first hand account of the Holocaust that revealed new (to me) horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. A very important read.

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by Kwame Alexander

Completely in prose, this is an awesomely clever coming of age story.

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Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides

by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Edge of your seat reading! I thoroughly enjoy this series. 

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Stuck in the Middle

by Virginia Smith

Surprisingly good! I didn't know what to expect but found myself relating to the characters and rooting for each of them. 

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The Prayer Box

by Lisa Wingate

This book is so cleverly done, weaving the historical and modern together. Such a good read!

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The Princess in Black

by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

This is a sweet book little girls can enjoy with a great message: princesses are heroes too! 

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The Whistler

by John Grisham

It still amazes me how Grisham can coordinate so many details in one story! Excellent!

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Waiting on God

by Andrew Murray

This is a great devotional book to read a little at a time. There's a reason for the waiting, both externally and internally. 

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Wuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte

A number of twists and turns to keep you guessing but a great ending to make you smile. 

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