What I'm Reading - Fall '15


Picking up where we left off at the beginning of summer.  As always, Amazon links are affiliates!  :)

Just Finished Reading

Quite possibly the happiest I've ever been whilst reading.  So, so, so good.  I borrowed it from the library, but I seriously need to own this book.  It's probably not AS funny if you're not currently a parent, but, seeing how I am... it was perfection.

I love memoirs, and in many ways I saw myself in this one.  Amber Haines is a poetic writer, true Southern girl (love.), and a seriously brave storyteller.  There were more than a few times I found myself blushing at her unashamed descriptions, and I'm no prude.  It was a delightful surprise to find a female Christian author open up into such vulnerable places.  I'm a fan.

I covered this one in it's own post here!

This will probably be my favorite read of the year.  The way the author manages to tell her unique story while also telling MY story (of the past 5 years) is remarkable.  I think she and I and our sons could be best friends.  (Call me, J.L.!)  A must-read for adoptive moms, a should-read for all moms, and a please-read for everyone else.

PLAN CHANGE: There were a few books on my summer list that I didn't make it through.  If you care enough to wonder why, then ask away.  Otherwise I'm assuming no one does! ;)

Currently Reading

This one makes me wonder why I'm even writing a blog.  Why not just post a Merton excerpt a day?  Amazing book.

* PLAN CHANGE: In my last post I mentioned checking out Yes, Please by Amy Poehler from the library, hoping it would be a great next humor read. But once I got there I flipped through the thing for 5 minutes straight and never laughed out loud once. What?! So disappointing.  Didn't even bother to check it out.

Will Be Reading

I fell off the Liturgy of Life online reading group this summer with our big move and Eric's travels, and I am so excited to hop back on board with this one!  I have only read a little Wendell Berry (Eric's a big fan), but loved what I've tasted.  I know I have a lot to learn from this well of wisdom.  If you're interested in reading and discussing with other lovely women, you can find out more here!

I learned my lesson from Yes, Please and read a little of this on Amazon before shackling the library with the burden of my waiting list spot.  Looks like a fun read!

Okay, confession. This will be the first Jen Hatmaker book that I've read.  I can be slow to pull the trigger on reading contemporary Christian authors, but Jen is so funny that this one's a no-brainer.

Because everyone really should read at least one Jane Austen novel a year, am I right?  I actually just realized that I don't think I've ever read this one! Not sure how that happened, but there ya go.  Will be remedied shortly.

I'd love to hear what books you've been loving lately, and which ones are on your list before the end of the year!

Someday, the light will shine like a sun through my skin & they will say, 'what have you done with your life?' & though there are many moments I think I'll remember, in the end, I will be proud to say, I was one of us.

(Brian Andreas, Storypeople)