Our Top 20 (ish) Reads of 2018

My book list wasn’t exactly strategic last year. It had been several years since I had consistently read anything that wasn’t a blog or school related, so my strategy was more or less “just dive in anywhere and see where I end up.”

I began with a list compiled from recommendations by other bloggers, friends, and my husband. Out of necessity, most of my reading was done on a kindle app. If you read via kindle, you know that when you sample or finish a book, the app will recommend more books in the same genre for you. Many of these recommendations also made it to my list.

In addition, I also started listening to several podcasts last year. Many of the books I read were due to recommendations given by my favorite podcasters.

In the end, there were many books on my list which I did not read, but also many that were added as I hopped around between several rabbit trails of interest throughout the year. There were a few books that I started but lost interest in, and others that I lost interest in before I even started them!

In my last post, I mentioned that I read 55 books. I’m pretty sure that I actually read more, and they didn’t all get recorded. I plan to keep better track and be more strategic this year by implementing my Goodreads account more. If you’re on Goodreads, look me up! I’ve already found several books to add to my 2019 list, just by following along with what my friends are reading!

Without further bloggity-blah-blah, here are my top 10 favorites from 2018:

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ALEASSA’S TOP 10 (ish) READS OF 2018 (in no particular order):

  1. In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence: My Kids, Your Kids, Our Kids by Philip Darke and Keith McFarland (this is available for free right now on Kindle Unlimited!)


2. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp


3. The Connected Child: Bring Hope & Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis and Wendy Lyons Sunshine


4. Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin


5. Praying for Your Elephant: Boldly Approaching Jesus with Radical and Audacious Prayer by Adam Stadtmiller


6. The Urban Halo: A Story of Hope for Orphans of the Poor by Craig Greenfield


7.The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship by Shaunti Feldhan


8. Gospel Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax


9. Daring to Hope:Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors

10. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life In An Ordinary World by Bob Goff

11.  BONUS: The LifeGiving Trilogy by Sally and Clay Clarkson These didn’t make it in my Top 10 from 2018, only because The LifeGiving Home & LifeGiving Table were re-reads from 2017, and although I thoroughly enjoyed the LifeGiving Parent, I didn’t love it quite as much as Parenting by Paul Tripp.

Guess how hard it was to pick just ten favorites? There were so many that I loved. 

But don’t go away yet, because there’s more! 

Adam has so kindly shared his Top 15 (because 10 is just too hard, people!) from the 72 books that he read in 2018.  You’ll notice that we share a few favorites between us.


  1.  Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles by Paul David Tripp

2. Mindhunter – Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas


3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl


4. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel


5. Til We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis


6. Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family by Steve Farrar

7. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus:A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi


8. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight


9. Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father by Dan Cruver


10. Praying for Your Elephant by Adam Stadtmiller


11. Know Why You Believe by Paul E. Little

12. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown


13. Jesus Unmasked: The Truth Will Shock You by Todd Friel


14. This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax


15. A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent (available free on Kindle Unlimited right now!)

Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them as well as your recommendations! 

I will be posting my official list for 2019 soon, but in the meantime, you can find it on my Goodreads account, entitled “Coffee with Sprinkles Book List 2019”. Both my internet and my computer have issues, to put it mildly, so I do have trouble posting as regularly as I’d like to, here on the blog. If Goodreads isn’t your thing, you can also follow my new Coffee With Sprinkles Instagram account for book recommendations, quotes, fun posters, and bloggy-type content. 

Happy Reading!