Top of the Reading List for 2017

Top of the Reading List for 2017

Reading is always one of my goals, and it’s no different for 2017. Here’s the books and series topping my list. Any books you plan to read? If there’s anything you think I should read & review, be sure to let me know in the comments.


Out of Mao’s Sreading, out of mao's shadow, chinahadow, the struggle for the Soul of a New China

Since I’m visiting China in June, I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book. My uncle let me choose two books on China for Christmas and after reading a New York Times’ review, I can’t wait to learn about the political awakening in post-Mao China.

The Social Media President social media president, obama

Next semester, I’m taking a class on American Political Parties and Interest Groups. Our Professor has already warned us, “Every rule I’m about to teach you, President Obama broke in his 2008 campaign.”
Social Media drove Pres. Obama to the front lines and the White House. I look forward to checking out this book on his social media strategy.


If I had to choose one of my three political books, I would choose Superpower by Ian Bremmer.
With Donald Trump’s presidency shaking up the world of foreign policy, it can be terribly confusing to know where to even stand regarding international relations. What is America’s role in the world, anyway?
This book details the 3 paths America may take in the world. Since my professor lectured us on this for the last couple of weeks of fall semester, I’m pretty familiar with the premise. I think I know my foreign policy perspective, but we’ll see if my view are reformed after reading this.

Superpower, Ian Bremmer, Reading

Building Faith


radical, david plattThe subtitle for this book is – Taking back your Faith from the American Dream. As soon as I read that, I knew this book needed to be on my 2017 reading list.

Here’s the synopsis from the author

In Radical, David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences. With passionate storytelling and convicting biblical analysis, Platt calls into question a host of comfortable notions that are common among Christ’s followers today. Then he proposes a radical response: live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing.

Taking Men Alivetaking men alive, jim wilson

World Mag reviewed this book, telling stories of how this practical approach to evangelism has equipped believers to share the Gospel. The author, Jim Wilson has written a trio of books on evangelism, so I may try to read his entire series. (Though my budget may prevent that idea)


All the light we cannot see

All the Light We Cannot See

I first heard about this book nearly 2 years ago, and it has kept popping up since then. Another friend recommended it, a classmate was reading it right before class started, my kindle recommended it. Since I love World War II stories, I’m certain I’ll enjoy it.

First published in 2014, it won the Pulitzer Prize and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. (Also, did you know Carnegie gave away a medal for books? News to me)

Chronicles of Narnia

I haven’t read these since starting high-school, so I think I’ll read one a month starting in January. With age should come some deeper level of appreciation, I think. My favorite was the Horse and His Boy, in a few months I’ll have decided if Shasta is still my favorite Lewis character.  Perhaps if I finish up Lewis, I’ll start on Tolkien as well.

Narnia, lewis

And that’s the top of my 2017 reading list. By February, I’ll have probably updated and reformed it, so stay tuned! I’m also planning a series on creating characters, my favorite characters from a childhood book, and moving forward on my adoption autobiography. There’s much coming in 2017, so be sure to subscribe to stay updated!

Happy New Year!