The Last Ten Books Tag

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing a fun book tag. This one is pretty random and brought up some books that I haven’t thought about in a while, and I had fun completing it. I hope you’ll enjoy reading along!

I recently saw Elanor of Reading at Teatime do The Last Ten Books Tag. She doesn’t know who created it, and I did not figure that out either. I was not tagged but she said if you wanted to do the tag to consider yourself tagged, and thus I am.

Last Book I Bought

Succeeding with Your Literature Review: A Handbook for Students

It should be a surprise to no one that this is a textbook.

Succeeding with Your Literature Review by Paul Oliver

This book provides practical guidance on processes of researching a range of relevant literature on a subject, planning and writing a literature review.

Last Book I Re-Read

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration

Technically, I read Magnificent Homespun Brown for the first time in July when I won a copy as a door prize at a library conference, and then I read it again for my children’s lit class in October. The last book that I reread simply because I wanted to, however, is Disruptive Witness.

Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon

If Walt Whitman were reborn as a vibrant young woman of color, this is the book he might write. America, we hear you singing! With vivid illustrations by Kaylani Juanita, Samara Cole Doyon sings a carol for the plenitude that surrounds us and the self each of us is meant to inhabit.

Disruptive Witness

Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble

We live in a distracted, secular age. These two trends define life in Western society today. We are increasingly addicted to habits―and devices―that distract and “buffer” us from substantive reflection and deep engagement with the world. And we live in what Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor calls “a secular age”―an age in which all beliefs are equally viable and real transcendence is less and less plausible. Drawing on Taylor’s work, Alan Noble describes how these realities shape our thinking and affect our daily lives. Too often Christians have acquiesced to these trends, and the result has been a church that struggles to disrupt the ingrained patterns of people’s lives. But the gospel of Jesus is inherently disruptive: like a plow, it breaks up the hardened surface to expose the fertile earth below. In this book Noble lays out individual, ecclesial, and cultural practices that disrupt our society’s deep-rooted assumptions and point beyond them to the transcendent grace and beauty of Jesus. Disruptive Witness casts a new vision for the evangelical imagination, calling us away from abstraction and cliché to a more faithful embodiment of the gospel for our day.

Last Book I Gave Up On

Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works

Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works by Joshua Fields Milburn & Ryan Nicodemus

In Love People Use Things, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus move past simple decluttering to show how minimalism makes room to reevaluate and heal the seven essential relationships in our lives: stuff, truth, self, money, values, creativity, and people. They use their own experiences—and those of the people they have met along the minimalist journey—to provide a template for how to live a fuller, more meaningful life.

Last Book I Said I Read But I Didn’t

The Brothers Karamazov

I recently realized I have this book on my “Read” list on Goodreads, but technically I only read about the first third of it. One of my philosophy professors taught from it, so I know most of what it is, but technically I have not read it entirely.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons―the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture.

Last Book That I Wrote In The Margins Of

I only ever do this with textbooks, and even then, it’s usually on a sticky note in the book rather than the margins themselves.

Last Book That I Had Signed

First Frost (Waverley Family, #2)

I have never “had” a book signed if that means specifically taking a book to an author/event to be signed, but I do own a signed copy of this book.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

Last Book That I Lost

I don’t think I have ever lost a book?

Last Book I Had To Replace

I’ve never had any reason to replace a book.

Last Book I Argued Over

Redemption (MILA 2.0, #3)

Surprisingly, I don’t often argue over books. The last entirely negative review that I wrote was for the Mila 2.0 series. A few other books that I have recently had (brief, calm, polite) discussions where I shared a differing opinion are The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer (my rating: ⭐⭐), Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (my rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐), and Mirror’s Edge by Scott Westerfeld (my rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐).

Last Book I Couldn’t Find

Candy Cane Crime (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5.5)

I have an ongoing Goodreads shelf for books I want to read but that my library doesn’t own and which I am not ready to purchase myself. Eventually I will probably try to use ILL (inter-library loan) to read them. This book is the last one I added to that list.

Candy Cane Crime by Amanda Flower

Christmas is coming all too quickly for Harvest, Ohio’s famous chocolatier, Bailey King. Thanks to her new cable TV show, her shop has more candy orders than she can handle this holiday season. Fortunately, her beloved Cousin Charlotte is happy to take the Candy Cane Exchange off Bailey’s to-do list. After all, Charlotte has come to Harvest from her conservative home district to find her future outside of her family’s influence. What better way than by taking on the Englisch task of pairing the sweet notes everyone is exchanging with a peppermint treat, just in time for Christmas Eve delivery? But when Charlotte discovers some of those delicious missives are for her, suddenly she’s staking out the festive postbox, hoping to catch her secret admirer in his intriguing tracks …

When Charlotte sees something underhanded going on beneath the merrymaking, she enlists the help of Sheriff Deputy Luke Little to find out if her unknown correspondent is none other than the town’s biggest suspect. And the surprising truth about her suitor’s identity has her contemplating leaving her Amish roots behind forever… 

If this tag sounds fun to you, then consider yourself tagged!

Until the next chapter,


3 thoughts on “The Last Ten Books Tag

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  1. Great section as always Jana! I would like to suggest finding the time to finish “The Brothers Karamavoz””. Even knowing the ending in advance, it still doesn’t take away the thrill!


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