My 2017 Reading List

My goal this year is to read 80 books and feature many of those here on the blog. Part of making sure that I actually get around to doing that is making myself a reading list. You’ll notice quite the variety in my choices: Christian Living/Discipleship, classics, history and biographies, memoirs, politics, science fiction, thrillers, and young adult fiction. All of these books are well review and most of them have been recommended to me at some time or another.

I’ve divided them all by genre in the hopes that you, reader friends, will use my list as inspiration for your own. If you’ve read any of these books feel free to comment your thoughts/reviews. I love to hear others’ opinions.

Alright, are you ready for this beast of a list? Here we go:

Christian Living:

The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins by Kyle Idleman

The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Live by Barnabas Piper

Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith by Barnabas Piper

The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity by Barnabas Piper

Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme by David Kinnaman

They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East by Mindy Belz

How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Iliad by Homer

The Odyssey by Homer

Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Emma by Jane Austen

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

Christian Classics:

The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

History and Biographies

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race         by Margot Lee Shetterly

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The Gene: An Intemate History by Mukherjee Siddhartha

The Legacy of Luther by R.C. Sproul

Evicted: Poverty and Profit the American City by Matthew Desmond

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster        by Jon Krakauer

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye

Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry W. Hurtado

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip Zaleski

Doctors: The Biography of Medicine by Sherwin B. Nuland

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy

Classical Gods and Heroes by Rhoda A. Hendricks


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Fenollera Sanmartin

How Few Remain: A Novel of the Second War Between the States by Harry Turtledove


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Settle for More by Megyn Kelly

On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue

Recollections of Full Years by Helen Herron Taft


The Unholy Trinity: Blocking the Left’s Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender by Matt Walsh

The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism by Levin Yuval

The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita

Science Fiction and Thrillers

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Martian by Andy Weir

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Out of the Silent Plant (Space Trilogy, #1) by C.S. Lewis

Prelandra (Space Trilogy, #2) by C.S. Lewis

That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, #3) by C.S. Lewis

Young Adult Fiction

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

And that, my friends, is my reading list as of today. As time progresses, you can be certain that I will be adding new books to my list. If you would like to stay up to date with what is on my reading list and my progress with my 2017 Reading Challenge follow me on Goodreads! I’ll also be featuring these books on Instagram, @delightfullychaoticblog (go follow it!), and on Facebook, @delightfullychaoticblog (go like it!).

Let me know what books you plan to read in 2017 and what you’re reading challenge is!

Love and Happy Reading,




3 thoughts on “My 2017 Reading List”

  1. The Unvanquished by Faulkner is good to which I recommend In conjunction with A Lesson Before Dying and A Gathering of Old Men both by Ernest Gaines

    I also have really liked David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell I just got his other book Blink* and I’m going to start The Innovators as my next biography and Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates as a pleasure read.


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