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Today's guest on the Happy Hour podcast is Lindsey Paschal. Lindsey is a wife to Dan, and momma to two boys, one of which was born a few weeks ago. Previously to staying home full time Lindsey was a teacher. Last year she documented her journey to reading 52 books via her instagram account.  She ended up reading 56 books.

On this podcast we discuss Lindsey's life as a teacher, and go through all the books that she read. Because of this conversation I decided that I would try and read 36 books in 2015. Eeeekkk. Hopefully I can make that!

Lindsey and I both keep up with all of the books that we read on GoodReads. It's an easy way to keep record of books that you have read and a running list of books that you want to read. Whenever I hear about a new book I want to read I just add it to my “to-read” section and when I'm ready for a new book I have a whole list at my disposal.


Here are the books that Lindsey read in 2014:

  1.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  2. Forgotten God by Francis Chan
  3. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
  4. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
  5. Restless by Jennie Allen (Jennie was on Happy Hour Podcast #12)
  6. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  8. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  9. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  10. Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle
  11. I Will Carry You by Angie Smith (I interviewed Angie for the IF podcast)
  12. Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons
  13. A Loving Life by Paul E. Miller
  14. The Rosie Project by Greaeme Simsion
  15. The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel
  16. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  17. Quiet by Susan Cain
  18. Christ in the Chaos by Kimm Crandall
  19. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarity
  20. Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster W. Cline
  21. Bread and Wine by Shaunna Niequiest (I interviewed Shaunna for the IF podcast)
  22. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  23. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  24. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  25. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity
  26. Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd (post I wrote about this book: HERE)
  27. Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
  28. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
  29. *It Starts with Food by Dallas Hartwig
  30. Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton
  31. Women of the Word by Jen Wilken (Jen was a guest on Happy Hour #14)
  32. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover
  33. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  34. *Left To Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza
  35. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  36. Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas
  37. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  38. How Toddlers Thrive by Tovah Klein
  39. Treasuring Christ when your hands are full by Gloria Furman (Gloria was a guest on Happy  Hour #19)
  40. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  41. Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
  42. *We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  43. Eight Twenty Eight by Larissa Murphy
  44. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  45. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  46. *Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
  47. Paper Towns by John Green
  48. *Defending Jacob by William Landay
  49. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity
  50. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  51. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  52. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  53. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  54. *Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng
  55. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  56. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

* = Her top six list

Lindsey talked about two books that she would want to read again, and they are both some of our favorite books we have ever read. Unbroken & Cutting for Stone. I also mentioned that I bought a young adult version of Unbroken for Cayden, and I have to report that he's loving the book.

I went through all the books that I read and you can find that list here: Jamie's Books in 2014

Thanks for listening. I would love to know what your book club is reading! Leave Lindsey and I a comment about your favorite book of 2014 and we'll be sure and add to our list for 2015!

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