I LOVE to read. Love to, love to. In December when we got snowed in, I read two books in a day and a half. I love nothing more than a good book, yet life has recently gotten in the way. Over the past year, I've read the smallest amount since actually learning to read independently. Seriously, I remember in first grade I'd read a chapter book a day. (Magic Tree House and American Girl were my treats of choice) I credit this change not only to life, but my lack of having a next book that I want to read in mind. I think knowing there is a book on my nightstand or loaded onto my kindle app makes me more likely to start reading, as opposed to thinking "I really need to find a good book to read"....
Any who... more about that in a minute. Today, instead of reviewing one book I've read recently, I'm going to mention a few that I just LOVE that I've read over the past few years!
Anything by Shauna Niequest
This lady's words have spoken to my soul over the past few years. Her three books are very different from each other, but laid out in the same format of where each chapter is a stand alone story. She just writes about life and faith in a really beautiful way. I would really recommend her books to someone who isn't much of a reader but desires to read a book about faith, since you can read one chapter at a time. Although, I bet her strong voice could make anyone change their reading habits! I'm blessed to be able to hear her speak at Hope Spoken next month! For mother's day this past year, I got my mother in law her most recent book "Bread and Wine". It was so fun to see her love the book, then teach from it during a bible study on hospitality, and pick up the other two books to read too. LOVE! Grab them, even if you've heard them talked about a lot and don't desire to be on a bandwagon. I promise they're amazing!
I wrote a more detailed review of Cold Tangerines here. In 2011.
Love Does by Bob Goff
Okay. Another book that everyone talks about. Forgive me for that. But this book is SO worth your time. It's uplifting and encouraging and fun to read. I read it all in two sittings because it just hooks you and puts you in the best mood. The book gives you a really great picture of what it looks like to live a joyful, loving life with your identity in Christ. Sometimes spiritual books can seem long and boring but this one is just so stinking easy to read. It'd be great for a new believer or someone who is wanting to make changes in their life to start living more for God. I made a lot of notes about future parenting things from this book, too!
I wrote more about this book here.
Seven by Jen Hatmaker
Again, an easy to read book about living a life of faith. I'm noticing a pattern here. I'll learn all about the complicated books from my hubby. First, reading this book will make you think Jen Hatmaker is your best friend. It's a real life situation. Second, the book is about the excess we have in our lives, and how to simplify that. It's just so good and is written like a journal or a blog. It was really eye opening for me but I would encourage you to read it even if you don't think excess is something you struggle with. I'd bet you'd be able to glean a lot of wisdom from it anyways.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This book is about to become a movie, but I think seeing it might make me too emotional in a theater. This book... let me just paste in the description from Amazon.
At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending. To find out, the enterprising Augustus makes it possible for them to travel to Amsterdam, where Imperial’s author, an expatriate American, lives. What happens when they meet him must be left to readers to discover. Suffice it to say, it is significant. Writing about kids with cancer is an invitation to sentimentality and pathos—or worse, in unskilled hands, bathos. Happily, Green is able to transcend such pitfalls in his best and most ambitious novel to date. Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph.
Let's just say that I read it while we were on vacation in California and Ben walked in and I was crying my eyes out while reading and he just really didn't understand what was happening and why I was so emotionally attached to a book. That was a fun first in our marriage! Haha! Steer clear of your wife during Grey's Anatomy, Benjamin Luke!!! Anyways... I loved this book. The characters were so well developed and I just adored it.
Note: From what I remember, there is some language and some sexuality in this book.
And this is where my list stops. Depression, right? I've just read so many books I haven't liked in the past year. Ugh. Hate that. I went through all of my Amazon history from the past two years and these are the only books I felt were worth mentioning. Excluding The Hunger Games. (no one wants to read my own personal review of The Hunger Games)
I've compiled this list of books I'd like to read this year, and I plan on working my way through them. I'd like to get the list up to at least 12... so help me out! If you've read any of these, or have any other suggestions or comments, I'd love to hear about them!
A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study by Jen Hatmaker (currently reading with Blogger Bible Study!)
Start by Jon Acuff
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Margin by Richard Swenson
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Love Story by Nichole Nordeman
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Please send me book suggestions, PLEASE! PLEASE!! :)