I really, really love books. I always have, and I hope I always will. Many photos from my childhood involve me reading books, or falling asleep in bed, covered in books, or setting up a library in my bedroom. Roadtrips with my family always involved a lot of reading, as did lazy summer mornings. And now that I’m working at the library, not a day goes by when I’m not checking out a new book. I work part-time, so I’m trying to take advantage of this time and read, read, read. When I wake up earlier than Danny, before I go to sleep, on my lunch break, and so and so forth. I’ve read some great books lately, and I’ve decided to share some of them that are too good not to…
- Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver. I’m not going to lie. When I got this book and read the back cover, I thought, “Well, this sounds cheesy.” But actually, it was really good. The author was saddened by the way marriage is portrayed as boring, restrictive, temporary, etc., and so she went on a mission to find a million happy wives. This book is her story.
- Burning Sky by Lori Benton. My mom recommended this book to me, and I am so thankful. An excellent work of fiction that made going to bed at a reasonable hour seriously difficult.
- Shanghai Escape by Kathy Kacer. A quick, quick read but very good. Although the subject matter isn’t new, it was to me – who knew that many Jews fled to Shanghai during World War II? This book is Lily Toufar’s story and is teen fiction, but is appropriate for, in my opinion, ages 10 and up. Including adults.
- Good God, Lousy World, and Me by Holly Burkhalter. I was intrigued by the title when I saw it listed in the library catalog, and it didn’t disappoint. I love reading people’s stories, especially their faith stories. I appreciate Holly’s honesty and vulnerability…it’s something I think the church needs more of.
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This book is all the rage right now, and for good reason. Malala’s story is interesting, true, and current. Oh, and she’s only 16 years old.
- Everyday Justice by Julie Clawson. I don’t know how to say this without just saying it, but you should read this book. I guarantee it will make you think.
- The Way of the Panda by Henry Nicholls. Another book that I couldn’t help but stash in my locker and bring home to read after taking it off the shelving cart. I can’t remember a time that I haven’t loved pandas, and so it was interesting to read a bit of their ‘history.’ I don’t necessarily recommend this book for non-die hard panda lovers, however…
- A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman. It took me somewhere around ten months to read her first book because every page made me stop and think, “That’s me! You know me!” so this time I promised myself that I wouldn’t do that. I didn’t think I’d actually follow through, but 24 hours later, I had. I will tell you this is a good, good book, for both men and women, for people like me and people like you (i.e. everyone). Give it a try.
- Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl. I know it’s obvious for semi-regular readers of this blog, but I am a Kate Middleton fan. I’ve read all the articles, and some of the books, but this one is best.
- Helga’s Diary by Helga Weiss. This book is the diary of Helga, a young girl who spent five years in German concentration camps. She was able to preserve her diary through the war, and just recently, publish it in English. I found it to be a more personal (and completely true) look at life in a concentration camp than many other accounts I’ve read.
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. This book is a part of the library’s annual All Pikes Peak Reads program, which is what motivated me to read it. Set in a period of time I knew nothing about, the story captured me and moved me. This past week, we got to hear the author speak here in Colorado Springs, which was such a treat, and shed new light on the book and the story it tells.
- Bitter Chocolate by Carol Off. Part history, part current events, part social justice, this book reveals the truly dark side of chocolate – the forced child labor, the abuse, and the work without pay. An eye-opener and a call to action.
And these are classics in my book (no pun intended)…
- Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman. This is my all-time favorite book. Emily writes to me, about me, for me. This book is my story. Also, Emily writes my favorite blog, which can be found here.
- Set Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy. Danny and I love the Ludys and have learned a great deal from their books…and this is my favorite for women about trading the mundane for the radical, poured-out life.
- Thin Places by Mary DeMuth. I read this a couple of years ago, but remember that it was one I loved dearly and didn’t want to put down, and now I love loaning it out to people and hearing their thoughts on it.
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I read this book soon after getting married – we were (are) two young, recent college graduates who had moved away from home to ‘start something new. It was (is) a tough season of life, and this book was such a gift to me. Looking forward to reading it over and over again.