Last month's list was a huge success so I guess I'll continue to let you peruse my side table. In fact, I'll take a pic of it for you!
Yes, yes, there are lots of books on there! This list is just what I'm finishing, not including what I spot read.
Some have asked when I have time to read. As an encouragement to crazy ones and young parents, I will say I've learned to read in the margins. This is how I made it through grad school with a toddler and two little kids: book in one hand, hair brush or soup ladle in the other, or other arm draped around a kid on the couch as they watched PBS. Now it's the carpool lines or in transit moments, book always in the seat next to me: never leave home without one!
This Month's List:
1. Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider. Two things: It starts in Turkey and the title is awesome. Had to read it. Tsh writes of how life in Turkey helped her identify the style of living she wanted for her family and goes about addressing the main categories they deemed most valuable: education, travel, food, work, and entertainment. She is the author of the popular blog, The Art of Simple and in Blue Bike, she writes about the decisions she's made to be intentional about living the life she wants. Really delightful read!
2. Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets by Carissa Phelps. Because I love survivor memoirs and this was professional development. Kudos to Phelps for working through the trauma of her life on the run and doing something good with it. But as much as this was Carissa's story, it was a call to those of us who desire to "do good" or "help." The people who intersected her life at Juvenile Hall or in the alternative school were heroes in their own right, helping shape the narrative of change.
3. Unquiet Time by Heather Caliri. Because Heather is a new friend and fellow Redbud and I like what she's writing about over on her blog. With a similar theme to the next book, Heather writes of post-perfectionist faith. This hand-lettered devotional is whimsical with thought-provoking quotes and artistic prompts. I am thoroughly enjoying it.
4. When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love and Starting Over by Addie Zierman. Addie is every evangelical believer who came to faith in the 90's. Riddled with humor and pain because it is so vividly true, she captures the emotional consequences of being entirely consumed by a sub-culture. I appreciate that she never gives up on God, nor questions Him as much as she does other believers, evangelical culture, and some of the harmful byproducts.
5. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Because I need fiction and a friend thought I would like it upon learning I was briefly a Russian Lit major in college. Just started this one. My Thanksgiving read. Really great character development so far.
Really, I would be happy if I lived in a bookstore. I would sleep in a mound of stuffed animals, live off of scones and coffee, and spend the day devouring an aisle before I moved on to the next. How about you? What are you reading?