What I've Been Reading, Lately

Thursday, August 29, 2013

by Shauna Niequist

This one made me hungry. I read at night in bed, and she almost made me get up a few times to fix a snack. The way Shauna writes about food - it made me want to cook again. Which is a good thing because I "closed" the kitchen quite a few days this summer. I need to get my groove back. Shauna's stories about dinner parties with friends, real life struggles and her faith made me want to open my home in a way I haven't before. Her stories kept the book interesting and fluid, and the recipes already have me cooking with more enjoyment again.

by Lysa TerKeurst

I'm stuck here. I started this book in June, nodded my head to all that sounded familiar, and then put it aside. Maybe it strikes too close to home? (I'm guilty of what Lysa writes about: I alternately "stuff" my emotions and sometimes I explode.) Maybe, deep down, I don't actually like advice? This book is not a page turner, but I know I will be better for it if I finish it. That is going to take some discipline.

by Sarah Mae

This is a short ebook that I stumbled upon in the blogosphere. Sarah Mae is co-founder of Allume and will be speaking there this year. I figured I should "get to know her"since I'm going to the conference. Unwired is a quick and easy read. It is full of practical tips for anyone who has ever been guilty of neglecting real life for the internet. For example, "Chapter 6 - Down the Rabbit Hole: When Five Minutes Becomes Two Hours." Yes, been there. Sarah makes her living online, so she doesn't advocate becoming completely unwired. She simply identifies a problem and gives advice on how (and why) we can do better.

by Gregory Boyle

I just started this one because my church's new book club suggested it. I never would have picked it up otherwise (why would I want/need to read about gangs? - yes I thought that) but it is so good. So good. It's written by a priest who uses words like "homie" and somehow sounds like he knows what he is talking about. His views on God's love and compassion are truly inspirational, and the stories he tells . . . wow. I'm only 1/3 of the way through, and I am hooked.

Clearly, I've been on a nonfiction kick. It's like my nerdy side can't get enough. Still, I want to get back to the library and check out some fiction. Any suggestions?

What have you been reading?

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3 Responses to “What I've Been Reading, Lately”

  1. Thanks for this post! I'm always on the lookout for some new good reads! I'm kind of at a standstill with reading at the moment. I've started several and am making myself finish at least one before I start a new one. Also, I'm waiting for some of the books I have on hold at the library to come in. :)

  2. I'm also reading Unglued right now. :-) I hoping it helps me not come UNGLUED so much with my kids!! You gotta add SEVEN to your list. And Out of the Spin Cycle. I am LOVING Jen Hatmaker these days!!

  3. I read a lot this summer, mostly books on Paris to get ready for our trip! Now that it is over, I can finally focus on other books! I love historical fiction and just read, "Duel of the Heart" about Aaron Burr's daughter, who married an Alston from SC. You would like it! Also read "Daring Greatly" this summer by Brene Brown. Highly recommend it! I know you also read, "What Alice Forgot" and on your recommendation, I read it and loved it. Very thought-provoking! I read "Unglued" earlier. It was good but one of those books I think I need to keep going back to re-read when I need to be reminded! I also loved "Freefall to Fly" by Rebekah Lyons and "Still Points North." Getting ready to read historical fiction, "The Secrets of Mary Browser" about Richmond during the Civil War. Also getting ready to re-read "Grace for the Good Girl." My Bible study at church is studying it, I loved it and can't wait to re-read it! Happy reading!