If it’s one thing that my time off and all the rain in Nashville has been good for, it’s reading. I’ve been able to knock off 3 books from my bookshelf, and I still have 6 more to go. I have never had this many books just sitting on the shelf to be read, and it stresses me out. I’m the nerd that will go to Barnes and Noble to look at books to add to my reading list. I have so many on the shelf already that I told myself I can’t make a trip to B&N until all those books get read.
*Side note: I use the free app Goodreads to keep track of the books I want to read and the books I have read. You can give ratings, see what your friends are reading, and browse reviews as well.
So here’s what I’ve read this month so far:
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham. Y’all. This book. I watched Gilmore Girls when it originally aired, have continued to watch reruns, own the entire series on DVD, and watched the Netflix reboot in less than 48 hours. I also watched Parenthood, mainly to see Lauren Graham again. So when I saw this book, it immediately went on my Christmas list. I read it in less than a day, and my love for Lauren Graham is even stronger now. When reading the book, you feel like you are sitting across from Lorelai Gilmore at a coffee shop just chatting about life. But just remember that Lorelai is talking a hundred miles a minute. I highly recommend this book.
Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequiest. This one had been on my shelf for a while now, and I started reading it at just the right time in my life. Shauna has a way of connecting with the reader, and you feel like your struggles are her struggles. Even though she’s been married for over a decade and has two young children, I so identify with her struggles and where she is coming from. I think this book has something to say for all women, no matter what stage of life you are at.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Now here’s the deal. I’m from Texas. I live an hour and a half from Waco. Waco was the exact halfway point from my hometown to where I went to college for two years (shoutout to Texas A&M). Therefore, I automatically feel protective of Chip and Joanna Gaines. I feel like I have a leg up over other viewers because I’m from Texas. Because in case anyone forgot, Texas is the best. Anyways. I don’t remember when I started watching Fixer Upper, but it’s hard to watch that show and not root for Chip and Jojo. I was excited to get the book and see how they got started, their struggles, and how they got to where they are today. It was quite the journey, and after reading it I was truly inspired to chase after any and all dreams I have, no matter how lofty they seem or how unexperienced I think I am to accomplish them.
The Lipstick Gospel by Stephanie Wilson. I honestly can’t remember how I came across this book. I think maybe a friend had taken a picture of a stack of books she was reading and this was one of them. I had to order it off of Stephanie’s website because it’s not sold at any retailers. It’s a story of a college girl living the college life, but wanting something more. That something more becomes a relationship with God. It was an easy read, like sitting with a close friend, and I’m glad I got to support her by buying the book. (You can go to her website to get a free e-copy of the book http://stephaniemaywilson.com/lipstickgospeldownload)
I’m just about to start People of the Second Chance by Mike Foster. Mike has spoken at my church before, and we did his study Wonder Life last year. I really enjoy books that make me think, challenge my in my faith, and help me grow to become a better person and a better Christian. I think this book will do all of those things, but stay tuned for my review.
Even though I have a long list of books I want to read, what are some of your favorites? What’s on your list of things to read next? I’m always curious to see what others are reading.