My 2017 Reading List What is on your reading list for 2017?

My 2017 Reading List

My 2017 Reading List What is on your reading list for 2017?Every January, people talk about their resolutions and goals for the next year. I love seeing what others are planning. It is an exciting time of the year. Our motivation and energy is renewed and we look toward the coming year with excitement and insist that this year will be different, this will be the year I finally meet my goal(s).

We rarely meet all our goals, however. This can be discouraging and frustrating. It can make us feel like there really isn’t a point in making goals any longer. Many have become cynical and look with pity upon those who still, year after year, continue to push toward a goal but just can’t seem to quite make it.

Should we give up? Should we stop setting goals for ourselves? Have we learned nothing in our many failures? Is bitterness and cynicism the only thing we have waiting for us?

I say “no.” We set goals, but we may not complete them. We can let that set up in our spirit and make us crotchety or we can look at what we have learned in the process.

Maybe we need to make some adjustments to our end goal. Maybe we have learned a little more about ourselves that helps us modify our plan to reach our goal one day. Maybe we have changed and what we thought was our goal, is no longer something we care to reach for, so we make a new goal.

The child learning to walk doesn’t give up and just live her life on the floor after falling a few times. No. She has determination. She has gumption. She has grit. She has learned from her past falls and has modified her approach. Her muscles are strengthening and she is learning to keep her balance. She has dusted herself off and will soon be running.

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~ Charles Spurgeon Click To Tweet

My 2017 Reading List What is on your reading list for 2017?One of my goals every year is to read more. I am a very slow reader and, in the past, I have made many mistakes in reaching my goal to read more. One mistake, is not going into the year with a plan. Another mistake is going into the year with too big of a plan.

I have a friend who made it a goal to read 100 books in 2016 and she made it! What an amazing accomplishment! However, she is a very fast reader. I know I cannot read 100 books in a year and to make a plan to do so (at least at this point in my life) would be setting myself up for disaster. I wouldn’t make it and I would likely give up in a few weeks (or days). I know, for myself, I need to make a much more realistic goal.

This is my goal for this year. I am hoping to read 24 books this year. This still seems very challenging to my mind. However, one book I have actually already finished, another I will probably finish this week, and another I started before the new year. So, I already have a head start. Also, several of these books listed below are actually booklets so I should be able to finish them faster that a full book. It is my hope that I finish this list and have to add to it before the end of the year but I am setting a realistic goal for myself.

Below are the books I plan to read this year. There are a couple of other books I may read related to businesses I run that I have not included but they will likely be more used as reference books rather than reading cover to cover. I have included links for some of these books where you can get them for free or at a very low price.

You probably will notice that I mainly only list digital downloads. This is because I mainly read on the Kindle app on my iPad or iPhone. This is mainly because I have found digital downloads to be significantly more budget-friendly, more accessible, and quite the space-saver. I do still love the feel of the old-timey books but the convenience and savings have won me over.

As you can see, I have a lot of non-fiction, theology type books. This is what I truly enjoy reading. I do read the occasional fiction adventure but for the most part, Christian, non-fiction is my favorite genera.

Title Author Length Where to Find
Women of the Word Jen Wilkin 162 pages $7.53 at Amazon
The Attributes of God AW Pink 112 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
God’s High Calling for Women John MacArthur 93 pages $4.61 at Amazon
The Sovereignty of God AW Pink 188 pages Free at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church Paul Washer 40 pages Free at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
Triumphing Over Sinful Fear John Flavel 144 pages $4.99 at Amazon
All Things for Good Thomas Watson 105 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Monergism
The Bible Charles Spurgeon 44 pages Free at Chapel Library
The Comforter Charles Spurgeon 20 pages Free at Chapel Library
Confidence in God in Times of Danger Alexander Carson 64 pages Free at Chapel Library
Directions for Profitable Hearing and Reading Richard Baxter 24 pages Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
God’s Providence Charles Spurgeon 20 pages Free at Chapel Library
Free Grace Broadcaster: The Gospel Various 65 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free Grace Broadcaster: The Holy Spirit Various   Free at Chapel Library
Free Grace Broadcaster: Hope Various 127 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Psalm 139 Charles Spurgeon 20 pages Free at Chapel Library
Free Grace Broadcaster: The Scripture Various 85 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Spurgeon Gems Charles Spurgeon 44 pages Free at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Spurgeon’s Prayers Personalized Charles Spurgeon   Free at Monergism
The Story of the Puritans Erroll Hulse 32 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
Remedies for Division Among God’s People Thomas Brooks 20 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Everyone’s a Theologian RC Sproul 357 pages $8.99 at Amazon (Kindle)
$19 at Amazon (Hardcover)
$9 at Ligonier (digital)
$15.20 at Ligonier (hardcover)
How Shall I Approach God? Horatius Bonar 40 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library

I may not reach this goal this year but, regardless, I plan to read more and that is my ultimate goal.

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What are your reading goals for this year? What do you plan to read? What has been the best book you have read recently? What is on your reading list (other than the Bible) that will draw you closer to God this year?

My 2017 Reading List What is on your reading list for 2017?


  • These all look like great reads! I’ve read ‘Women of the Word’ and loved it. I also have A.W. Pink’s book ‘The Attributes of God’ and Paul Washer’s book on my kindle. Will have to get to those soon. Thanks for all the links for these books! Hope you enjoy reading them all! : )

    • “Women of the Word” was excellent. That is the one I finished earlier this month. I need to write a review on it. 🙂

      I’ve been reading Pink’s “Attributes of God” a little slower because the men of our church are reading it together so I was going slow to keep up with my husband. However, I decided to just go ahead and finish so I’m almost done with it.

      I’ve also started MacArthur’s “God’s High Calling for Women” because we are reading it together in our women’s ministry this month.

      I’m a slow reader who is easily frustrated and easily distracted. I tend to read multiple books at once and have a bad habit of never finishing. I feel like I have a good start on this year and I’m hoping I can keep myself focused this year. 🙂

  • Angie @ ambient wares

    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  • Such a great list! Mine overlaps a bit, too : ) And I totally understand Christian non-fiction being your preference, it’s mine too. I don’t really care for fiction, but I love digging into books like the ones you listed. I hope you enjoy your reading this year!

    • Theology nerds unite! 😉

      • Haha! Love it. Just realized too- maybe next year look into Martyn Lloyd Jones? I suspect you’d treasure His writing based off this list!

  • Those look like some great books. It’s fun to look back on the year and see what all you’ve read, isn’t it? I never tracked this until a couple of years ago, but it’s fun to watch the list grow with the year. 🙂 Hope you enjoy! ((blessings))

  • This is the first year I’m being more purposeful with my reading. Last year I set a goal for a certain number of books (and hit it!), but this year I’m looking at each month and writing down the books I want to read. I’m also really, really working on reading what’s on my shelf before I add to it!

  • Angela Howard

    I was just making my list this week. So fun to see yours. Visiting from #turnituptuesday

  • Brandi Raae

    I mostly read fiction in my spare time and do read a lot. I’ve never come up with a yearly plan, though. I do have some Christian non-fiction ready to read on my Kindle – just can’t remember the titles at the moment. 😉 Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.

  • Mother of 3

    Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays. I am such an avid reader and love historical fiction, romance or well… most anything I can get my hands on.

  • Jann Olson

    That is quite a list! I set little mental goals, but don’t fuss if something comes up and they are not accomplished. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • You have quite the reading list there. All great titles. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lil

    What a great- and very deep reading list! I’ll have to look into many of these!

    I’m your neighbor in the Women to Women ministries link up and am so glad I stopped by!

  • i am Zoe Watson

    This looks like a great list to get through this year. I’m thinking of making a similar list of books on the topic of personal development! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 24 books will be quite an accomplishment. Good for you. Thanks for sharing your books at Together on Tuesdays 🙂

  • KristinHillTaylor

    What a list! I find I read more when I fix fiction & nonfiction and have different topics & genres. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    Thanks for the list! I just discovered Spurgeon and this is a great resource! I enjoy your posts!

  • Oh, I just love this list and will be pinning to my books-to-read board. Just seeing Charles Spurgeon’s name on there and I know it is just up my alley. Love the links as well. Thanks so much!

  • Wow! Those are some heavy books! I read fast, but I don’t think I could get through the concepts of those in a year. Good luck! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week.

  • Good luck with your reading goals! I need to read more… 🙂

  • Women of the Word is on my list , too! 🙂 And I love that you have a plan and a list for the books you want to read. I am not a big planner but I am learning to change that habit. I am eager to start seeing more order in my days and boundaries that keep me sane with the effort planning provides. Great list! I have read a few of those books and your list is reminding me to go back and re-read.

  • Lindsey Tradup

    I never thought of creating a reading list like you would a new years resolution… duh! I’ve pinned these for later so I will remember them the next time I’m at the library. I’ve tweeted and stumbled this post as well.

  • My small group bible study is reading Woman of the Word this month! So excited to be reading this!

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    This is a great idea for a resolution and an awesome list of books, thanks for sharing the links. I stopped making resolutions a few years ago, I pick a word of the year instead, that way I don’t feel like a failure when I don’t meet my list of resolutions. I think I was biting off way more than I could chew with the resolutions, and I couldn’t keep them. I made it too hard. Choosing one thing to improve upon, like reading more, would have been a great thing to do, not only is your goal going to help you learn, but draw you closer to God and reap all the benefits of the closeness and the knowledge and wisdom. Perfect idea.

    • I totally understand that. I am very bad at adding too much to my plate. My husband and I have deemed this year our “year of less.” Part of that is purging a lot of the junk we have collected over the years but also cutting back on commitments we make. I’m still really having to work on that last one more than anything else. LOL