Books During College

I thought it’d be a cool idea to keep a record of all the books that I read during college that (mostly) aren’t required for any of my classes (i.e. my personal/pleasure reading).


Divergent (#1) by Veronica Roth (487 pages – read in 3 hours).  I LOVED this book!  It’s the first in a trilogy of dystopian novels and it’s an excellent read–good characters, storyline, writing, and themes.

Insurgent (#2) by Veronica Roth (525 pages – read in ~5 hours).  I’ll admit that it took me a bit longer to get into this book than the first in the trilogy (Divergent), however it’s certainly worth reading!  At times I wanted to yell at the author and tell her to quit making the characters so real (i.e. making mistakes/choices that would likely happen in RL), but it was so good!  Now I have to go get a hold of the third (and final!) book.  I hope it ends well. 🙂

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman (skimmed after reading his first book).

No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction by Marnie C. Ferree.

Eragon (#1) by Christopher Paolini.

The Martyr’s Song by Ted Dekker (144 pages – read in under 1 hour).


Harry Potter (#1) by J.K. Rowling

Delirium (#1), Pandemonium (#2), and Requiem (#3) by Lauren Oliver

Tiger’s Curse (#1), Tiger’s Quest (#2), Tiger’s Voyage (#3), and Tiger’s Destiny (#4) by Colleen Houck

The Testing (#1), Independent Study (#2), and Graduation Day (#3) by Joelle Charbonneau

Lilith by George MacDonald

Families Where Grace is in Place; Building a Home Free of Manipulation, Legalism, and Shame by Jeff VanVonderen

Charis; God’s Scandalous Grace for Us by Preston Sprinkle

Tired of Trying to Measure Up by Jeff VanVonderen

Tozer on Worship and Entertainment compiled by James L. Snyder

In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord


  1. Stephanie Anderson said,

    November 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I love your reading choices! I have read half of the books on here. =) Have you read the book “Tortured For Christ” by Richard Wurmbrand? I read that book a year ago and it totally gave me an even greater passion for sharing the Gospel to the persecuted Christians in other countries. If you haven’t you might want to check it out. (Warning: it does have some detailed descriptions on how he was persecuted).

    • Lysbeth said,

      November 25, 2014 at 2:05 am

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you for your suggestion. Yes, I have read “Tortured for Christ” by Richard Wurmbrand. I think I read it two or three years ago, and so this list doesn’t have it because it is only showing the books during college. If I made a list of all the great books I’ve ever read it would be quite long! 😀 Another good book is “If I Perish” by Esther Ahn Kim. Also, “The Heavenly Man” by Brother Yun. Both talk about persecution and faith in two different parts of Asia.

  2. Stephanie Anderson said,

    November 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Thanks! I will definitely check those books out! Did you finish the rest of the Divergent series? I Loved them soo much, I finished the books in a few hours too! Although I do have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of Allegiant. :/

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