books read: january to june

 Note: Anything I recommend will be in bold. Academic recommendations will be in green and fictional ones in blue. And yes, I know this is a lot of books.  Remember two things: I live in a country that encourages indoor activities through its abysmal weather and that, as a PhD student, I am essentially a professional reader. I set 313 books as a goal for this year.


1. A Rogue by Any Other Name – Sarah MacLean
2. Sister – Rosamund Lupton (read for fieldwork – book club)
3. Letter From a Stranger – Barbara Taylor Bradford
4. Jump! – Jilly Cooper
5. Beautiful Creatures – Lulu Taylor
6. Changing Women, Changing Worlds: Evangelical Women in Church, Community and Politics – Fran Porter (read for research)
7. Religion and Change in Modern Britain – Linda Woodhead and Rebecca Catto (read for research)
8. The Power to Speak – Rebecca S. Chopp (read for research)
9. Home – Marilynne Robinson (read for fieldwork – book club)
10. Heiresses – Lulu Taylor
11. Sex, Race, God: Christian Feminism in Black and White – Susan Thistlewaite (read for research)
12. Perfect Strangers – Tasmina Perry
13. Power Trip – Jackie Collins
14. The Rose of Sebastopol – Katharine McMahon (read for fieldwork – book club)
15. The Pearl at the Gates – Anya Delvay
16. The Abduction of Julia – Karen Hawkins
17. The Darling Strumpet – Gillian Bagwell  
18. Lurgan Champagne – Kate Fearon (read for research)
19. Against The Grain: Contemporary Woman’s Movement in Northern Ireland – Eileen Evason (read for research)
20. Almost Perfect – Denise Domning (read for fieldwork – book club)
21. This Perfect World – Suzanne Bugler (read for fieldwork – book club)
22. The Venetian Contract – Marina Fiorato
23. Madame Taussand – Michelle Moran (audiobook)


24. The Throne of Fire – Rick Riordan
25. The Witness – Nora Roberts (audiobook)
26. Whatever It Takes – Adele Parks
27. The Crying Tree – Naseem Rakha (read for fieldwork – book club)
28. When God Was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
29. Setting the Truth Free: The Inside Story of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign – Julieann Campbell (read for research)
30. The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson
31. The Madness Underneath – Maureen Johnson
32. The Summer Book – Tove Johaansen (read for fieldwork – book club)
33. Is It Just Me? – Miranda Hart (audiobook)
34. Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique – Lisa Schwartzman (read for research)
35. The Good Father – Noah Hawkins
36. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne – Brian Moore (read for fieldwork – book club)
37. On Dublin Street -Samantha Young
38. Class – Jilly Cooper (read for research)
39. The Woman Before Me – Ruth Dugdall (read for fieldwork – book club)
40. A French Affair – Kate Fforde
41. The King’s Misstress – Gillian Bagwell
42. Sex Differences in Social Behaviour – Alice Eagly (read for research)
43. Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in 20th Century America – Lillian Faderman (read for research)
44. Women in Britain since 1945: Women, Family, Work and the State in the Post-War Years – Jane Lewis (read for research)
45. Chattel, Servant or Citizen: Women’s Status in the Church, State and Home – Mary O’Dowd (ed) (read for research)
46. Gender in Irish Society – Chris Curtain (ed) (read for research)
47. Outsiders Inside: Whiteness, Place and Irish Women – Brownwen Walter (read for research)
48. Women, Unionism and Loyalism in Northern Ireland: Tea Makers to Political Actors – Rachel War (read for research)
49. Women’s Work: The Story of the Northern Irish Women’s Movement – Kate Fearon (read for research)


50. I Wished For You – Amy Huberman
51. Horse Play – Jo Carnegie
52. Montana – Debbie Macomber
53. Wild Things – Jo Carnegie
54. The Cross in the Closet – Tim Kurek (read for research)
55. Dirty Tricks – Jo Carnegie (read for research)
56. The Innocents – Francesca Seal
57. The Reader – Bernhardt Schlink (read for fieldwork – book club)
58. Theology for Liberal Presbyterians and Other Endangered Species – Douglas Ottati (read for research)
59. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane (read for fieldwork – book club)
60. Could It Be I’m Falling In Love? – Eleanor Prescott
61. American Protestant Thought in the Liberal Era – William Hutchison (read for research)
62. Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism – Natasha Walter (read for research)
63. Changing Grooms – Sasha Wagstaff
64. Don’t Want To Miss a Thing – Jill Mansell
65. Pandora – Jilly Cooper
66. Religion on the Edge: De-Centering And Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion – Courtney Bender (ed) (read for research)
67. Perfect Timing – Jill Mansell
68. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson (read for fieldwork – book club)
69. War Brides – Helen Bryan (read for research)
70. Cynders and Ashe – Elizabeth Boyle
71. Four Sisters, All Queens – Sherry Jones


72. An Offer You Can’t Refuse – Jill Mansell
73. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
74. The Taste of Apple Seeds – Katharine Hagena
75. The Universe vs. Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
76. Fame Game – Louise Fennell
77. Delirium – Lauren Oliver
78. Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver
79. Requiem – Lauren Oliver
80. Perfect Wives  – Emma Hannigan
81. Fever – Mary Beth Keane
82. Women in New Religions – (read for research)
83. Women and Religion – (read for research)
84. In Her Own Rite – (read for research)
85. Wicked Girls – Alex Attwood (read for fieldwork – book club)
86. Lapsed Protestant – Glenn Patterson (read for research)
87. Engendering the Social – Barbara Marshall and Anne Witz (read for research)
88. Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader – Sharlene Hesse-Biber, etc (ed) (read for research)
89. Community and Commitment: Religious Plausibility in a Liberal Protestant Church – Wade Clark Roof (read for research)
90. The Last Runaway – Tracey Chaviler


91. Gender and Qualitative Methods – Jarvilouam, Molsa and Vilko (read for research)
92. Feminist Organizations – Ferre and Yancey-Martin (read for research)
93. Serpent and the Goddess – (read for research)
94. The Soldier’s Wife – Joanna Trollope
95. Down London Road – Samantha Young
96.Wither – Lauren DeStefano
97. Fever – Lauren DeStefano
98. Sever – Lauren DeStefano
99. Divergent – Veronica Roth
100. Insurgent – Veronica Roth
101. The Becoming of Bodies – Rebecca Coleman (read for research)
102. Feminism, Inc.: Coming of Age in Girl Power Media Culture – Emilie Zaslow (read for research)
103. Trauma: A Social Theory – Jeffrey Alexander (read for research)
104. Heist Society – Ally Carter
105. Uncommon Criminals – Ally Carter
106. Perfect Scoundrels – Ally Carter
107. Aftermath of Feminism – Angela McRobbie (read for research)
108. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
109. Looking for Alaska – John Green
110. The Rose Petal Beach – Dorothy Koomson
111. Miranda’s Big Mistake – Jill Mansell
112. The Honey Queen – Cathy Kelly


113. This Child of Mine – Sinead Moriarty
114. Recipe for Love – Kate Fforde
115. The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton
116. The Selection – Kiera Cass
117. All the Beggar’s Riding – Lucy Caldwell (read for fieldwork – bookclub)
118. The Moon and Back – Jill Mansell
119. Elite – Kiera Cass
120. Thyme Out – Kate Fforde
121. The Rose Reviled – Kate Fforde
122. Somebody Like You – Cathy Kelly
123. Someday, Someday, Maybe – Lauren Graham
124. All the Duke’s Men – Sabrina Jeffries


There’s the first half of the year – currently behind on my goal and hoping to buck that up a bit. Been reading largely articles and research notes for the past two months but will be back onto books presently. There is some fantastic fiction out there right now and some truly pants stuff. If you like dystopian, I’d recommend The Selection and Divergent series above all.



Author: kristen

msw, mdiv (baylor university): phd (queens university belfast) : researcher, social worker, human resource director: focus on intersection of gender and religion: wife, daughter, friend, banyan tree

3 thoughts on “books read: january to june”

  1. That is quite an ambitious book list you have there. I have read the Divergent series and I loved it. I will have to try The Selection. I am also hit and miss on John Green’s books. I LOVED The Fault in our Stars (but then again it seems like so did the rest of the world) but I hate Looking for Alaska.

    Also if you haven’t read it I would suggest The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is reveting, haunting, and absolutely beautiful. But maybe that should be on the second half of the year reading list.

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