there’s just something magical about opening a book…
I’ll try to keep this as updated as possible, but life happens. So… grace!
~updated on 1.4.2017
Current Book Count for the Year: 1
Current Page Count: 336
Last Year’s Count: 4045
Those I’m Currently Reading:
- The Resolution Book for Women, Priscilla Shirer. I read this several years ago, but it’s such a good refresher on all the things I want to give time and attention to, like learning and practicing contentment, being present, and strength of character.
- Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin. As a woman preparing for a long season at home, I felt particularly drawn to the idea that I can choose and be intentional about my own happiness. In particular, that I can recognize, acknowledge, and enhance the happiness I already possess. I have been absolutely eating this book up!
- Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week, Curtis and Schuler. Speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Reading it week by week as she ages.
Those I Just Finished:
- A Dog’s Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron. Gifted to me by a women’s ministry I work with, it’s actually a really interesting read with lots of little twists. I find myself unable to put it down late at night which has made for some interesting conversations with my snuggly husband.
- Inferno, Dan Brown. Technically it was an audio book the Husband and I listened to on our vacation, but it was very good! Intense, suspenseful, and (while a bit on the loooong descriptive side) it covered a very real topic to our current world situation. A must-read!
- Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend. All the talk about what healthy boundaries are and how to create them for yourself. This is one of the most eye-opening books I’ve read this year, and has shed a ton of light already on my past.
Those On Hold:
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver. The story of a family who goes on a year-long challenge to eat only what they buy in their neighborhood or grow themselves. I’m hoping it will give me some insight and knowledge about eating a more local- and healthy diet. So far it’s full of wit and wisdom. I think I’m going to really enjoy reading it.
- Home is Always the Place You Just Left, Betty Smartt Carter. A memoir of restless longing and persistent grace- the cover says it all. Perfect for my current season.
Those I’m Excited About:
- The Last of The Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper. It’s long stood as my favorite movie, so I thought I’d give the book a shot. It’s super great.
- Bossypants, Tina Fey. Such a brilliant woman, and so hysterical. A really great read and full of life encouragements.
- Wild, Cheryl Strayed. One of those books you just cannot put down. Down-to-earth, honest, and vulnerable, it’s the true story of one woman’s epic thousand-mile solo hike up the Pacific Crest Trail to make sense of her broken, painful life. One of my top favorite books. Easily.
- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. After reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, I’m eager to read anything and everything about this author.
Those I Will Always Love:
- Mrs. Mike, Benedict and Nancy Freedman. My all-time favorite, about a young girl sent to live in Canada with her uncle. She meets a young Mounty and the rest… well, I guess you’ll just have to open it up to find out.
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott. A classic. I read it when I’m needing inspiration and enthusiasm, and a healthy dose of late-1800’s family values.
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero. Absolutely transformative. In my top-3 list of books to encourage others to read. Seriously, if you need or want a book in your hands right now PICK THIS ONE.
- Victory Over the Darkness, Neil T. Anderson. OR THIS ONE. All about identity in Christ, forgiveness, healing, freedom, authority. I’m revamping my Identity class curriculum based on this book.
- The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein. The first time I read this book, I read it in one night, finished around 3 am, sobbing my eyes out, and couldn’t sleep for days. It’s a beautiful story of a family, as told by the family dog.
- Anything in the Harry Potter world, J.K. Rowling. Just an incredibly vivid, well-thought-out story arc.
- Anything by Philippa Gregory. Anything at all.