Leah Farmer

Personal perspectives on faith, literature, and life.

Currently Reading

Fiction

Everything We Left Behind
Kerry Lonsdale
The Girl with All the Gifts
MR Carey

Memoir

Non-Fiction

What is the Bible?
Rob Bell
White Hot Truth
Danielle LaPorte
Sacred Space
The Irish Jesuits

What I read in 2017

Fiction

News of the World
Paulette Jiles
Dead over Heels
Charlaine Harris
The Round House
Louise Erdrich
Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening
Martha Beck
The Julius House
Charlaine Harris
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Diane Ackerman
American Gods
Neil Gaiman
The Secret Cord
Geraldine Brooks
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
Charlaine Harris
Midnight Crossroad
Charlaine Harris
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle
Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
The Lone Wolf
Jodi Picoult

Memoir

The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street
Trevanian
Priestdaddy
Patricia Lockwood
Hunger: A Memoir of My Body
Roxane Gay
EnLIGHTened
Jessica Berger Gross
Wishful Drinking
Carrie Fisher
Make Your Bed
William H McRaven
Spilled Milk
KL Randis
Hallelujah Anyway
Anne Lamott
Nevertheless
Alec Baldwin
Two Turns from Zero
Stacey Griffith
Talking as Fast as I Can
Lauren Graham
When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
10% Happier
Dan Harris
Drinking: A Love Story
Caroline Knapp
A Broken Hallelujah
Liel Leibovitz

Non-Fiction

The Crossroads of Should and Must
Elle Luna
Modern Day Vikings
Christina Johannsson Robinowitz
The Almost Nearly Perfect People
Michael Booth
An American Sickness
Elisabeth Rosenthal
Our Final Invention
James Barratt
Radical Candor
Kim Scott
The Little Book of Hygge
Meik Wiking
No Mud, No Lotus
Thich Nhat Hahn
Emotional Agility
Susan David
Joy Inc
Richard Sheridan
The Art of Extreme Self-Care
Cheryl Richardson
The Book of Joy
Bishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama

What I read in 2016

Fiction

Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Everything We Keep
Kerry Lonsdale
Woman of God
James Patterson
Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng
The Wonder
Emma Donaghue
Commonwealth
Ann Patchett
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
Hollow City (2nd Mrs. Peregrine book)
Ransom Riggs
Secrets of a Charmed Life
Sarah Meissner
The Girls
Emma Cline
Truly Madly Guilty
Liana Moriarty
After You
JoJo Moyes
The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood
Miller’s Valley
Anna Quindlen
Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
Run
Ann Patchett
Freddy and Fredricka
Mark Helprin
The Last Anniversay
Liane Moriarty
The Nest
Cynthia d'Aprix Sweeney
The Financial Lives of Poets
Jess Walter
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
A Man Called Ove
Fredrick Bachman
The Witches of Eastwick
John Updike
Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman
The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist
Sunil Yapa
Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline
Three Wishes
Liane Moriarty

Memoir

Running Ransom Road
Caleb Daniloff
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Amy Schumer
Born a Crime
Trevor Noah
For the Love
Jen Hatmaker
Big Girl
Kelsey Miller
Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert
Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance
Love Warrior
Glennon Doyle Melton
Truth & Beauty
Ann Patchett
Post Traumatic Church Syndrome
Reba Riley
Wearing God
Lauren Winner
Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out
Marc Ecko
My Life on the Road
Gloria Steinam
The Year of Yes
Shonda Rimes

Non-Fiction

What We Talk About When We Talk About God
Rob Bell
Sensual Orthodoxy
Debbie Blue
The Universe Has Your Back
Gabrielle Bernstein
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
Patrick Lecioni
Crucial Conversations
Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, & Switzer
Designing Your Life
Bill Burnett
Warrior Goddess Training
Heatherash Amara
Coming Closer to Ourselves
Pema Chodron
End Emotional Eating
Jennifer Taitz
H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Leaders Eat Last
Simon Sinek
The Coaching Habit
Michael Stanier
Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence
Debbie Ford
The Obesity Code
Jason Fung
The Lean Startup
Eric Reis
The Botany of Desire
Michael Pollan
Triggers
Marshall Goldsmith
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Mary Roach
Tears to Triumpth
Marianne Williamson
The Body Never Lies
Alice Miller
The Drama of the Gifted Child
Alice Miller and Ruth Ward
The Marshmallow Test
Walter Mischel
Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
Angela Duckworth
Women Who Run With the Wolves
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Toxic Workplace
Mitchell Kusy
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel A. van der Kolk
How to Be Here
Rob Bell
A Little Daily Wisdom: Christian Women Mystics
Carmen Acevedo Butcher
Sacred Space: The Prayer Book for 2016
The Irish Jesuits
Grounded
Diana Butler Bass
The Naked Now
Richard Rohr
The Four Agreements
don Miguel Ruiz
Earth Prayers
Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amadon
Fit From Within
Victoria Moran
A Course in Weight Loss
Mariann Williamson
The Sea in You
David Whyte

What I read in 2015

Fiction

Fat Chance
Nick Spalding
Girl Waits with Gun
Amy Stewart
Hector and the Search for Happiness
Francios Lelord
The Book of Speculation
Erika Swyler
The Vacationers
Emma Straub
Barbara the Slut and Other People
Lauren Holmes
Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff
Big Stone Gap
Adriana Trigiani
The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Liane Moriarty
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Sherman Alexi
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloan
Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee
The End of the Affair
Graham Greene
What Alice Forgot
Liane Moriarty
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Mark Haddon
Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll
At the Water’s Edge
Sara Gruen
Eight Girls Taking Pictures
Whitney Otto
The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Husband’s Secret
Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
The Silver Star
Jeanette Wells
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin
Ruby
Cynthia Bond
A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
X: A Novel
Ilyasah Shabazz
The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
A Bone to Pick
Charlaine Harris
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
The Nightengale
Kristin Hannah
Real Murders
Charlaine Harris
Daughter of Gods and Shadows
Jayde Brooks
Eleanor and Park
Rainbow Rowell
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter
The Light Between the Oceans
M.L. Stedman

Memoir

Holidays On Ice
David Seders
Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery
David Clark and Marshal Ulrich
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Jenny Lawson
Accidental Saints
Nadia Bolz Webber
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
Jeff Hobbs
Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coats
Take This Bread
Sara Miles
Not My Father’s Son
Alan Cumming
Fearless Leadership
Carey D. Lorehnz
Searching for Sunday
Rachel Held Evans
I suck at relationships so you don’t have to
Bethenny Frankel
The Andy Cohen Diaries
Andy Cohen
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
Daniel B. Smith
Scary Close
Donald Miller
#Girlboss
Sophia Amoruso
Fight Back with Joy
Margaret Feinberg
The Daily Love
Mastin Kipp

Non-Fiction

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
Amy Cuddy
Mojo
Marshall Goldsmith
The Book of Forgiving
Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu
Leaders Eat Last
Simon Sinek
Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
Tom Rath
Why We Get Fat
Gary Taubs
Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert
Mindfulness: An 8 Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Mark Williams
Rising Strong
Dr. Brene Brown
In Defense of Food
Michael Pollen
The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown
Fellowship of Differents
Scot McKnight
Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World
Brian J. Robertson
The God We Never Knew
Marcus Borg
Emotional Intelligence 2.0
Travis Bradberry
The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo
Inner Critic Inner Success
Stacey Sargent
Womanomics
Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
The Greatest Prayer
John Dominic Crossan
The Dip
Seth Godin
The Thin Woman’s Brain
Dilia Suriel
Flipped: The Provocative Truth that Changes Everything We Know about God
Doug Pagitt
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
The Heart of Christianity
Marcus Borg
The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart
Women Food and God
Geneen Roth
52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You
Brett Blumenthal
We Make the Road by Walking
Brian McLaren

What I read in 2014

Fiction

Looking for Alaska
John Green
The Boston Girl
Anita Diamant
Prince Lestat
Anne Rice
A Book of Common Prayer
Joan Didion
Primordial
David Shawn
Interview with a Vampire
Anne Rice
The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer
A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth Ozeki
Rosie
Anne Lamott
Flat Out Love
Jessica Park
The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
Me Before You
Jojo Moyes
The Hundred Foot Journey
Richard Morais
The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
The Uninvited Guests
Sadie Jones
The House at the End of Hope Street
Menna Van Praag
Rules of Civility
Amor Towles
Resurrection
Leo Tolstoy
Caleb’s Crossing
Geraldine Brooks
A Long Way Down
Nick Hornby
The Giver
Lois Lowry
This is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper
The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
Oryx and Crake
Margaret Atwood

Memoir

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Yes, Please!
Amy Poehler
Small Victories
Anne Lamott
Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Barbara Kingsolver
Men Explain Things to Me
Rebecca Solnit
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs. Christians Debate
Justin Lee
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
Barbara Brown Taylor

Non-Fiction

The Motivation Manifesto
Brendon Buchard
The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart
What are you hungry for?
Deepak Chopra
The Mentee’s Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You
Lois Zachary and Lori Fischler
The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be
Mark Nepo
An Alter in the World
Barbara Brown Taylor
When Things Fall Apart
Pema Chodron
Skinny Rules
Bob Harper
Falling Upward
Richard Rohr
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
Jeff Sutherland
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
Carmine Gallo
How the World Sees You
Sally Hogshead
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Shawn Achor
The Confidence Code
Katy Kay & Claire Shipman
Simply Jesus
NT Wright
Galatians: The NIV Application Commentary
Scot McKnight
Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most
Marcus Borg
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Jen Sincero
The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting What You Want
Mary Hartley
The Singing God
Sam Storms
Hard Choices
Hillary Rodham Clinton
One Way Love
Tullian Tchividjian
Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians
NT Wright
Love Wins
Rob Bell
A Scandalous Freedom
Steve Brown
No Kidding: Women Writers On Bypassing Parenthood
Edited by Henriette Mantel
Writing Down Your Soul
Jannet Conner
Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership
Janice Maurturano
Traveling with Pemegranates
Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
Learning to Walk in the Dark
Barbara Brown Taylor
Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History’s Greatest Speakers
James C Humes
Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life
Glennon Doyle Melton
Quiet
Susan Cain
The Velvet Rage
Alan Downs
I Can Barely Take Care of Myself
Jen Kirkman
Lent for Everyone: Matthew
NT Wright
12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
Karen Armstrong
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell
Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
Brian McLaren
Polishing the Mirror
Ram Dass
The Anatomy of Peace
The Arbinger Institute
Eating Mindfully
Susan Albers, psy.d.
Leadership and Self-Deception
The Arbinger Institute
The Tapping Solution
Nick Ortner
The Daily Love
Mastin Kipp
The Monks and Me
Mary Patterson
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
Kathleen Flinn

What I read in 2013

Fiction

Middlemarch
George Eliot
Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar
Nicole Conard Walters
The Dalai Lama’s Cat
David Michie
The Forgotten Garden
Kate Morton
Illusion
Frank Peretti
The School of Essential Ingredients
Erica Bauermeister
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman
Nights at the Circus
Angela Carter
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
Cover of Snow
Jenny Milchman
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple
World War Z
Max Brooks
The Eyes of the Dragon
Stephen King
The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Road
Christopher Lamb
The Theory of Everything
Kari Luna

Memoir

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat
Rhoda Janzen
Spirit Junkie
Gabrielle Bernstein
Evolving in Monkeytown
Rachel Held Evans
One Thousand Gifts
Ann VosKamp
Lean In
Sheryl Sandberg
Mom & Me & Mom
Dr. Maya Angelou
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
David Sedaris
Adulting
Kelly Williams Brown
Pastrix
Nadia Bolz-Weber
A Long Faithfulness
Scot McKnight
Bossypants
Tina Fey
I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai
Stitches
Anne Lamott
The Year of Biblical Womanhood
Rachel Held Evans
Jesus Feminist
Sarah Bessey

Non-Fiction

Wonderstruck
Margaret Feinberg
Women, Food, & God
Janeen Roth
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln’s Killer
James L. Swanson
Uncertainly
Jonathan Fields
The Way of the Happy Woman
Sara Avant Stover
Tribes
Seth Godin
The Idolatry of God
Peter Rollins
The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace
Don Miguel Ruiz
The Mastery of Love
Don Miguel Ruiz
What We Talk About When We Talk About God
Rob Bell
The NKJV Bible
New King James Version
Vagina
Naomi Wolff
The Places that Scare You
Pema Chodron
Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value
Marc C. Thompson & Bonita Thompson
The Furious Longing of God
Brennan Manning
Abba’s Child
Brennan Manning
Daring Greatly
Dr. Brene Brown
Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal
Mary Roach
My Family and Other Animals
Gerald Durrell
The Zen Leader
Ginny Whitelaw
Salvation on the Small Screen
Nadia Bolz-Weber
Creativity
Matthew Fox
The Sacred Romance
Curtis & Eldridge
The 8 Habits of Love
Ed Bacon
Finding Your Way in a New Wild World
Martha Beck
40 Days and 40 Nights: Taking Time Out for Self-Discovery
Ilene Segalove
Fit From Within
Victoria Moran
The Gifts of Imperfection
Dr. Brene Brown
The As If Principle
Richard Wiseman
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus Christ
Reza Aslan
From Gutterballs to Strikes
Mike Durbin
Speaking of Faith
Krista Tippett

What I read in 2012

Fiction

The Winter Sea
Susanna Kearnsley
I Don’t Know How She Does It
Allison Pearson
The Talisman
Stephen King
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Long Lost
Harlan Corban
The Weird Sisters
Elanor Brown
Bel Canto
Anne Patchett
Dead in the Family
Charlaine Harris
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Douglas Adams
The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
The Fire Starter Sessions
Danielle Laporte
The Casual Vacancy
J. K. Rowling
A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness
Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
The 12 Tribes of Hattie
Ayana Mathis
Lamb
Christopher Moore

Memoir

The Mennonite in the Little Black Dress
Rhoda Janzen
Poser
Clair Dederer
Wild
Cheryl Strayed
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
Jenny Lawson
Yoga Bitch
Suzanne Morrison
Quitter
Jon Acuff
Help, Thanks, Wow
Anne Lamott
Dying to Be Me
Anita Moorjani

Non-Fiction

James
Beth Moore
Justification
N. T. Wright
Hungry for God
Margaret Feinberg
She Who Is
Elizabeth Johnson
The Four Agreements
Miguel Ruiz
Sexual Politics
Kate Millett
Prophetic Imagination
Walter Bruegmann
Wishes Fulfilled
Dr. Wayne Dryer
The Power
Rhonda Byrne
Reason for Hope
Jane Goodall
The Untethered Soul
Michael Singer
What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
Laura Vanderkam
The Magic
Rhonda Byrne
The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg
The Meaning of Wife
Anne Kingston
Grace Eventually: Thoughts on Faith
Anne Lamott
Wheat Belly
William Davis
State of Wonder
Ann Patchett
Invisible Acts of Power
Caroline Myss
Clear Cut
Ginny Jordan
How to Be a Woman
Caitlin Moran
The Power of Intention
Dr. Wayne Dyer
A Return to Love
Marianne Williamson

What I read in 2011

Fiction

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Lost in a Good Book
Jasper Fforde
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Helen Simonson
Room
Emma Donoghue
Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
Her Daughter’s Dream
Francine Rivers
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley
The Three Kings
Alisa Valdez Rodriguez
Socks
Beverly Cleary
Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier

Memoir

Punk Monk
Andy Freeman & Pete Greig
The Bicycle Diaries
David Byrne
The Cloister Walk
Kathleen Norris
Veganist
Kathy Freston
Even Silence Has An End
Ingrid Bettancourt
Place of Yes
Bethanny Frankle
Unlimited
Jillian Michaels
Such a Pretty Fat
Jennifer Landcaster
Dance of the Dissident Daughter
Sue Monk Kidd

Non-Fiction

Steering by Starlight
Martha Beck
Loving What Is
Byron Katie
The Miracle of Mindfulness
Thich Nat Han
Living Jesus
Luke Timothy Johnson
Dish
Jeanette Wells
The Joy Diet
Martha Beck
Excuses be Gone
Wayne Dryer
The Sexual Politics of Meat
Carol Adams
Blue Parakeet
Scot McKnight
Eating Mindfully
Susan Albers
A Course in Weight Loss
Marianne Williamson
Good to Great
Jim Collins
We Were the Mulvaneys
Joyce Carol Oates
Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating
Erik Marcus
Love Wins
Rob Bell
Recipes for Life from God’s Garden
Rhonda Malkmus
Forgotten Garden
Kate Morton
In the Heart of the Sea
Nathan Philbreck
AND
Matt Smay & Hugh Halter
Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand
Salt: A World History
Mark Kerlansky
Falling Angels
Tracy Chevalier
A Thousand Days in Venice
Marlena de Blasi
Black Like Me
John Howard Griffen