Coffee With Sprinkles Book List 2019

In 2018, I challenged myself to read 52 books. That may sound like a crazy amount of reading to some, and to others, it may not seem like much of a challenge at all. In my case, it was difficult enough to be challenging, but attainable enough to be enjoyable.

Pushing myself to fill more time with quiet reading turned out to be one of the best decisions for my mental and spiritual health that I have ever made. By the end of the year, I’d like to think I was more peaceful, joyful, and focused–and hopefully a little smarter.

(If you are in a season of anxiety, hurt, confusion, or overwhelm, consider giving yourself a healing gift: the time and margin to fill your mind with real, life-giving books.)

I also feel like I rediscovered a part of me that had been asleep for awhile…the bookworm me who would spend hours reading in my grandparent’s walnut tree and who would go to my friends’ houses just so I could read all their books. (Yes. I really did that. Which may explain why I had very few friends…) I haven’t climbed any walnut trees in awhile, but I have definitely rediscovered my love for books.

I’ve decided to shoot for the same number of books this year, 52, while being a little more strategic. I’ve divided my reading list roughly into 5 categories, and while I will most likely be reading more than one book at a time, I’m going to try and keep the categories in rotation. I’m hoping this will help me to avoid the overwhelm that comes when I read too many books at once on a particular topic.

There are a couple of books from last year’s list that I plan on reading again. I plan to read these more slowly, take notes, record my observations, and review any books that stand out as I finish them. (Along the same lines, I will be focusing on improving my review writing technique, as well as my writing skills in general.)

The biggest change I’ve made to my reading challenge this year is the addition of more “just for fun reads.” The bookworm me that woke up last year wants to reread some old favorites—the books that turned me into a book lover in the first place—and read them with grownup eyes. In addition, I’ve added some biographies, some new-to-me fiction, and a classic that I am embarrassed to say I have never read. The plan is to choose one of these “fun reads” as a treat for every other four books that I finish and review.

Alright. With all that said, here is my list as it currently stands, divided into the categories I’ve assigned them in my brain. There are more than 52 books, and the list is growing by the day! (You can follow it on Goodreads if you’re interested.) This is to give myself some margin and keep my options open a little bit, although I’m dedicating myself to not borrowing or purchasing any new books until I’ve read the ones that are already in my library.

Be sure to leave me your suggestions in the comments here or on my Instagram feed. I love seeing what my friends are reading and adding your recommendations to my list! Hey, do you want to come over and read books with me?

(There are two books in particular that I am super excited about, one that I am a little nervous about, and one that I am dreading. I’ll talk more about those as I read them.)

Coffee With Sprinkles Book List 2019

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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

George Muller of Bristol by A.T. Pierson

About My Mother: True Stories About a Horse Crazy Daughter and her Baseball Obsessed Mother by Peggy Rowe


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

Gilead by MariLynne Robinson

Home by MariLynne Robinson

Lila by MariLynne Robinson

Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker 

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

 The Green Ember by S.D. Smith (prescreening this for my kids)


 Anne of Green Gables 8 Book Series by L. M. Montgomery

 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

HOME | FAMILY | MINISTRY: (I’ve grouped these three together because these categories all kind of merge into each other in my life, and are very hard for me to separate.)

Parenting: 14 Principles by Paul David Tripp (re-read)

The LifeGiving Home by Sally & Sarah Clarkson (re-read)

The Family You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman

 Raising Men, Not Boys: Shepherding Your Sons by Mike Fabarez

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith

 Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith

For the Love of Discipline by Sarah Wallace

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp

 The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande

 Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

 Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds by Ruth E. Van Reken, David C. Pollock, Michael V. Pollock

 The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

 KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology by Rick Morton

 Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Tony Merida

 Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living by Tom Davis

Childhood in a Global Perspective by Karen Wells

 Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse: A Sensitive Biblical Guide for Counselors, Victims, and Families 

The Art of Crossing Cultures by Craig Storti 

Reclaiming Hope: overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster & Adopted Children by Marcy Pusey


A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist

 Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-related Diseases, and Coping by Robert M. Sapolsky

 It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa TerKeurst 

Switch On Your Brain by Caroline Leaf

A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

Love Focused: Living Life to the Fullest by Bob & Judy Hughes

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture by Adam S. McHugh

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen

Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They are Missing Something by Brant Hansen

The Irritability Cure: How to Stop Being Angry, Anxious, and Frustrated All the Time by Doc Orman, M.D.

Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What Want by Maria Goff

 In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character by Jen Wilkin

You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with ADD by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo

The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer that Changed My Life and Just Might Change the World by Richard Stearns

Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentmentby Linda K. Dillow

It’s All Under Control: A Journey of Letting God, Hanging On, and Finding a Peace You Almost Forgot Was Possible by Jennifer Dukes Lee

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller

Love Does for Kids by Bob Goff (prescreen for my kids)

Case for a Creator for Kids by Lee Strobel (prescreen for my kids)

The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey (prescreen for my kids)

Speak Up and Get Along! by Scott Cooper(prescreen for my kids)

Do any of these books look interesting to you? Share what you’re reading in the comments!

Happy Reading!