{30} Books I Consider My Favorites

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source : Mandi Ehman

I am counting down the days to my 30th birthday, and I couldn’t be more excited! Truly! As I was brainstorming ways to celebrate here on the blog, I couldn’t help but think that 30 lists of {30} items would be just about perfect for my type-A, list-making self. Join me for the next month as I share the things I’ve learned in the past 30 years and my hopes for the future! See all 30 Days of {30} posts here.

I’ve been a reader since my elementary school days. It was a habit I dropped in the early years of motherhood, but I’m happily back to reading several books a week, something I hope continues throughout the next decade! The list below includes books I read when I was in junior high and high school as well as some I’ve read more recently.

I’m not including the Bible on the list, because I’ve never considered it just a book, and although there were times when I was making this list that I wanted to list the individual books in a series one by one to help me reach 30, I’ve grouped them together as one “book” each instead!


Yesterday I shared 30 of my favorite children’s books. Although I read — and enjoy — a lot of books myself, but it’s a small minority that I would put on my “favorite” list. In no particular order — and crossing a broad range of genres — here are the 30 books I would consider my favorites:

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

2. The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast by C.S. Lewis

3. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman

4. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

5. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

6. The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh A. Bortins

7. Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider

8. Yellow Crocus: A Novel by Laila Ibrahim

9. China Cry: The Nora Lam Story by Nora Lam

10. Run, Baby, Run by Nicky Cruz

11. Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood by Jamie C. Martin

12. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

13. Women of the West Series by Janette Oke

14. The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule

15. I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature by Jennifer Ward

16. Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them by Liz Curtis Higgs

17. One Child by Torey L. Hayden

18. When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction by Beth Moore

19. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie J. Davis

20. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

21. The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer

22. Fit to be Tied by Bill & Lynne Hybels

23. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

24. Becoming a Spirit-Led Mom: Finding God’s Help When You Need It Most by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock

25. Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury

26. The Chamber by John Grisham

27. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver

28. The New Dare to Discipline by James C. Dobson

29. My Utmost for His Highest, Updated Edition by Oswald Chambers

30. Eden Thrillers Series by Sharon Linnea

What books are on your favorites list?