I know this might not be your favorite type of post, but too bad I guess. LOL. I’m an avid bookworm- always have been & always will be. I know that there are some of you out there who read so much I don’t even know how you have a job still! On the other hand, I know that some of you just aren’t book readers (weird-o’s *wink*). In fact, the number of non-book readers has TRIPLED since 1978. This is a sad fact of our culture today.
So, if you are already a bookworm maybe this list will give you some ideas of other things to read. If your not, maybe there is something on this list that can help you change that (all books are linked so you may click on it to read a brief description). I am highlighting my favorites in green.
1. Mastering the Art of Embroidery: Tutorials, Techniques, and Modern Applications by Sophie Long (there are some AMAZING examples in this book both modern & classic)
2. Looking for Alaska by John Green
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (classic #1 of 3)
4. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
5. What Women Fear: Walking in Faith that Transforms by Angie Smith (part of my MOMs group reading)
6. In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tara French
7. Jesus Changes Women – (for MOMs)
8. The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
9. In the Woods– Tana French (warning- I usually don’t mind open-ended endings, but this one was SOOO frustrating! Such a great book though so I would say totally worth it.)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (only half finished before I quit- I’ll stick with the movie, thanks).
11. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revist the Bible’s View of Women– Sarah Bessey
12.The Jesus I Never Knew– Phillip Yancey
13. A Severe Mercy: A Story of Faith, Tragedy & Triumph– Sheldon Vanouken
14. Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith– Kathleen Norris
15. Life of Pi– Yan Martel
16. All the Light We Cannot See– Anthony Doerr
17. The Invention of Wings– Sue Monk Kidd
18. Mere Christianity– C.S. Lewis
19. The Kitchen House– Kathleen Grissom
20.Solitary– Travis Thrasher
21. Orphan Train– Christina Baker Klein
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius– Dave Eggers (only half before I quit- NOT my thing)
Good Poems for Hard Times (intermittently)
Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology– John M. Frame (intermittently)
The Space Between– Heather Wambach (currently reading)
The Collected Stories- Eudora Welty (currently reading)
It being August, I am currently 7 books ahead of schedule (my goal was to read an average of 2 books/mo for a total of 24 books). However, I have only read one of the three classics I had hoped for. This is good, I suppose, as sometimes classics can take me a bit longer to read. And the funny thing is, I feel like I’ve been reading much less than what I usually do. It just happens that there are times I wander upon a great book and I dedicate every available minute, even staying up late, just to read it. Those are the months I read more. Sometimes I find books I realize part way in that feels like work, that I note I am dreading to pick up and so I quit. I’ve realized that life is too short and there are too many books to waste time on the ones that don’t ring with my soul.