Fall Book Stack ('16)


Grab some coffee and a thick slice of pumpkin bread (extra butter, please!), because this fall book list is where it's at.  Uncharacteristically, there are quite a few heavy hitters and not a shady comedian in sight.  Must be the chill in the air?  I'm sure I'll make up for it in the winter by reading a bunch of YA fiction.  Y'all know me.

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Just Finished Reading

Anne Lamott is probably not for everyone, but I enjoyed my first full taste of her writing in this book. She drops four-letter bombs like a sailor and is awfully hard on ol' George W, but none of those things were enough to make me quit reading her enchanting words.  Lamott has the gift of articulating the human experience with wit and candor and just manages to say the right thing in exactly the right way.  I liked it.

Currently Reading

This one has been on my list for more than a year now, and I'm finally diving in with my local book club.  Brown's accessibility makes you sure you'd be best friends, and for a researcher that's a pretty impressive feat.  I'm about halfway through, and although I consider myself to be someone already comfortable with vulnerability, I'm still seeing new opportunities for growth and being challenged to look at myself and my responses a little harder.  I highly recommend this one!

This exploration of the spirituality of St. Francis (and St. Clare's in there too!) is truly excellent.  Eric began reading it first and I can't stop picking it up and chewing on a few pages at a time when I see it lying around the house.  If you're unfamiliar with Franciscan spirituality, it embodies an emphasis on the dignity of all life, simplicity, peace, our interconnectedness, and pretty much every good thing that should make Christianity attractive to the rest of the world.  You'll be inspired and challenged, I assure you.  (*edited to add: I just read the chapter on Bonaventure and wanted to scream "yes!!" most of the way through.)

The small group that I host once a week is studying this right now and even though I read most of it several years ago, I'm getting just as much out of it the second time around.  This work is all about making the Good News good again for a world who has grown tired of getting spankings from Christians all the time.  This book makes me proud to be Catholic.  (For the record, I know Protestants who have loved it as well so you don't have to swim the Tiber to be fed by it!)

Will Be Reading

So I guess technically I should have read this one before"Plan B".  Always the rebel.
(edited to add: I left this one halfway through after a few strongly written chapters on assisted suicide and abortion. I appreciate dialogue on these topics but couldn't handle them that day.)

The Kids Are Reading 

We randomly found this lovely picture book at the library and I just adore it.  The author has written Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, and My World, which are obviously timeless classics and this one deserves its spot at the table.  Death is such a difficult topic to navigate with children, yet they have a natural curiosity about it and there is a sad lack of good books on the topic.  We had to return this one but I plan on buying a copy for our personal library.  Really well done!

Another random library pick-up, but this one I was less impressed with.  My friend said she loved this author (Avi) as a child and Alyosha certainly seems happy with it, so maybe it's just simply one of those that kids like and adults don't.  Which is fine... but a lot more fine when the child can read it independently, can I get an amen?


Alright, your turn!  What are you reading lately?  I specifically need good recs for fiction to tear through when the winter months keep us hunkered down inside!

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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)