books worth reading

I love to read but I have to admit that I don’t get to do it as often as I would like. Most of my reading is done late at night to the light of my Kindle book light. I’m not a night owl so it doesn’t take long for my eyes to start to cross no matter how much I want to finish a chapter. The call of the deep pillow and dream land are just too enticing.

However, when I do get a chance to read I relish in it. I have several books going so that I can take my pick depending on my mood. This is a list of what I’ve got on my bed side table and my Kindle right now. You can find all of these titles by clicking through to Amazon. 

Fiction

The Alcamist by Paulo Caelho

I heard a review on NPR about this book and was intrigued. It’s the story of a shepherd boy who knows he can discover great things; he just needs to follow his heart to find them. It’s a beautiful metaphor for real life to listen to our hearts and dreams and not be afraid to take a chance on what we really want in life.

Outlander series by Diana Gabeldon

Fiction is my reading material of choice. My neighbor turned my on to this book series and I am slowly making my way through all of the books.

Outlander is the story of a WWII era woman who stumbles back in time 200 years into the Scottish highlands. She gets stuck there and has to marry a Scottish Highlander out of survival and necessity. Well, he just so happens to be smoking hot and romance and adventure ensues. I just finished up book 4 and was very happy with how everything ended up. I would be satisfied if the series ended at book 4 but am told that many more adventures ensue for our star crossed lovers and all the characters who orbit around them. Part historical fiction, part romance, part adventure, this book has a little bit of something for everyone.

Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

The Crossfire series is for the romance reader who wants a series that feels like Fifty Shades without the red room of pain. It has all the key elements of a lone-wolf, success-driven hot billionaire romance without the poor writing quality. 

There are five books in the series. The most recent one, One With Youwas released in April 2016 and is currently burning a hole in my kindle until I can get a chance to find time to read it.

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery


Somewhere in my girlhood years I was introduced to Anne and never looked back. I would go so far as to say that these books helped shape who I am today. She was my hero and I devoured every book that L.M. Montgomery wrote. A few years ago Amazon was having a flash sale on all of Montgomery’s titles for .99 for the Kindle. Ummm, yes. Recently, I decided to open up Rainbow Valley
to see how it held up and I’m happy to report that it held up splendidly. I loved rediscovering all of Anne’s children and their unique personalities.

I’ve always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island but now after rereading these books it has turned into a milligram. Someday soon, I will make it to P.E.I and pay homage to the author and girl who started it all for me.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Little Women is a book that I could read over and over. There is something so comforting about the way the girls tackle the challenges life hands them. Sometimes I feel like I can find a little bit of each of their personalities inside of me. Responsible Meg, adventuresome and independent Joe, introverted yet kind Beth and silly and vain Amy. I love watching them mature and grow into strong young women.

Young Adult

Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins


I had every intention of re-reading Mocking Jay before the 2nd installment of the movie came out. Sadly I never got around to it before I saw the movie. I loved all of the books but I think Mocking Jay may be my favorite because it was most heart breaking.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

I regularly read out loud to my oldest son and as long as he wants me to read to him I will happily oblige. As he gets older I know that tender moments with him are slipping away so I relish the quiet time we have together at bedtime when I can read to him. We have been through all of the more popular series; Harry Potter, Gregor the Overlander, Percy Jackson. When it was time for a new series I wasn’t sure what to do next. I stumbled on The Mysterious Benedict Society through an Amazon search. It is the story of four unusually gifted children, all orphaned or on their own, who are recruited to go on an adventurous yet dangerous mission. We finished the first book around the beginning of 2016 and were left with enough suspense that we want to read the next book in the series to see what happens to this motley crew.  I didn’t like this book as well as Harry Potter but more than Percy Jackson but Addison liked it and has been asking to get the next book so I’m willing to read the rest of the series.

Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


After Addison and I finished The Mysterious Benedict Society I felt like I needed a little break in the series. The books are very long and there are four of them so I knew it would be a while before we could get to anything new. I found my old copy of Where The Red Fern Grows when visiting my parents and knew this was the perfect diversion.

The main character is just about Addison’s age when this book takes place. I felt like it is the perfect book for him to get a glimpse into the life of an Oklahoma boy who lives a very different life than he does but has similar hopes and dreams. We have not reached the part in the book where you bawl your eyes out, but it’s getting close and I’m getting a little nervous about it. Will it live up to my memory? Will it be just as heartbreaking? I’ll know any day now.

To be honest, I completely forgot that this book was set in Oklahoma and am looking forward to taking a little day trip to that part of the state this summer. 

Faith Non-Fiction

For The Love by Jen Hatmaker

If you know me at all or have been reading my blog off and on for at least the past 6 months you will know that I’m in love with this book. For the Love is an essay style book about raising families, women being kind to themselves and each other, the church taking a hard look at itself and fashion tragedies. I have made all my girlfriends read this book, it is that good.

365 Days of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

I’m a huge Rachel Held Evans fan. She grew up in the church but as an adult became disenfranchised. While she has never left the church she went through a rough patch of trying to reconcile her own faith with what the church had become. In 365 Days of Biblical Womanhood, Rachel explores how the bible portrays women, what the scriptures expected of them and how modern and Independent women fit into a “biblical” role.

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Neiquist


Currently, I have a huge girl crush for Shauna Neiquist. It started when I picked up her book Savor. It has 365 short meditations or devotions reflecting on life and being present in it. Soon, her name started popping up all over the place in the writer groups I’m in. Cold Tangerines is a memoir style book of her reflections on early married life and having a baby. There is nothing extraordinary or amazing about her personal story but the way she writes draws you in. She looks at life and all the ups and downs with an intention to savor it. The way she writes is very poetic and inspiring and gives you a feel that your ho-hum life may be a little more interesting and beautiful than you thought.

Writing and Blogging

How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

I’m not ashamed to admit it…I want this blog to be my paycheck but I don’t want to compromise on what I want to write about to do it. I’ve read lots of how to books when it comes to blogging and making money. Ruth Soukup has come across as the most genuine and honest of all the books I’ve read on making this a business. Blogging is not a get-rich-quick venture. It takes a lot of time and work and often no monetary reward. Ruth helps break it down for you without making you feel discouraged or starry-eyed.

 

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird is book for writers but is also full of general wisdom about life. I enjoy Anne Lamont’s writing style however, some chapters get technical regarding writing style, character development and plot. For someone who doesn’t write fiction and just prefers to read it I’ve had a hard time getting all the way through the book. However, I’m not giving up! I want to be a better writer and know that books like Bird by Bird are beneficial.

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