Inspired by my favorite bookish website and podcast (any my goal of reading 100 books this year), here is my attempt at three books I love in the genres where my reading most often occurs.  Since it’s my blog and I make the rules, of course I allowed myself some caveats (choosing an author instead of a title or having a tie for the third book) but for the most part I stayed within the three books I love parameters.  Enjoy!

Historical Fiction

  1. Ken Follet (Pillars of the Earth & World Without EndCentury Trilogy)
  2. Beatriz Williams (this one is my favorite, but all of them are great…plus a new title coming in January!!!)
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah



  1. The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris
  2. Water from a Deep Well by Gerald L. Sittser
  3. Dangerous Wonder by Michael Yaconelli

Leadership & Personal Development

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  2. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  3. A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards & Leading with A Limp by Dan B. Allender

Marriage & Parenting

  1. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
  2. Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
  3. Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Childbirth & Midwifery

  1. The Blue Cotton Gown by Patricia Harman
  2. Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent
  3. Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz & Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin

Memoirs & Biographies

  1. Found by Micha Boyett
  2. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy by Eric Metaxes
  3. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand


  1. Ruth Reichl (I’ve read most of her body of works, but her cookbook is delicious, her novel was pure fun, and her antics in this memoir are almost unparalleled.  And all for the love of food!)
  2. The Tenth Muse by Judith Jones
  3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Delancey by Molly Wizenberg & Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin & Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Narrative Nonfiction

  1. John Krakauer (I’m a huge fan of these two books, here and here, which have nothing to do with mountain climbing but are just as riveting).
  2. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  3. Columbine by Dave Cullen
  4. Border Odyssey: Travels Along the US/Mexico Divide by Charles D. Thompson, Jr.


  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  2. 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  3. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Books about Books

  1. When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning
  2. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  3. The Bookshop On the Corner by Jenny Colgan


  1. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya Ruth A. Tucker
  2. Operation World by Jason Mandryk
  3. The Book that Transforms Nations by Loren Cunningham & Janice Rogers
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