So Many Books and Not Enough Time

  Where do I start? I have so many books calling out to me! Do you love books as much as I do? My mom is a varocious reader.  My mom loves history, biographies and detective series.You know the 800 page David McCullough masterpieces of 1776John Adams, and The Great Bridge, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge? She breezes right through these. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Tony Hillerman’s Navahoe Mysteries? Yup, she has read every one in those series too. I love to read too. Although we might not always have the same favorites, she definately gave me the love for books. 
 So here is a small stack I have on my table waiting for me to open their pages. It is quite the variety. 

 First up is Lent by She Reads Truth. I love their beautiful books, cards, pictures, and daily readings. This book has led me through Lent with daily scripture readings and hymns along the way. 

 Next comes another study written by the ladies at She Reads Truth, Open Your Bible. I’m going through this eight week study with a dozen women in my home on Wednesday nights. The authors have given us this picture of a tree (the bible) that gives us food (spiritually), shelter, rest, wisdom, correction and hope. We all are given the invitation to climb this tree with its roots grounded deep in the soil and with limbs that reach out and high. This tree allows us to reach up to someone on a higher limb to seek help and wisdom and also to lean down to pull someone up. No matter where we are on this tree, whether just approaching the tree, climbing its branches or resting in its cover, it is for us, you and me, here and now. I’m sad to say that this Wednesdwill be our last gathering until next time.  

 Bees, you ask? Yup! Superman and I won a bee hive at a silent auction fundraiser this past fall. We thought it would be a great addition to the many fruit trees and grape vines we’ve planted at the farm. I’m quite excited to learning more. I’ll definately write about our adventures in beekeeping! 

 Oh my goodness. These four books are not very long in pages, but are making a huge impact in my thinking. Everyday Grace, by Jessica Thompson is reminding me “how to form strong, resilient bonds with people who, like me, are bound to mess up.” Tony Reinke a staff writer for wrote  The Joy Project. The cover of the book says “A true story of inescapable happiness.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Joy isn’t something we search for or create or even plan for. Joy was created before we took our first breath. It is in our DNA. Our hearts and souls were created for joy. Unfortunately we’ve put a big wet blanket over it with fear, self doubt and worldly ambition. I want that overwhelming light of joy to shine brightly. I want it.From Good to Grace, by Christine Hoover is a book I need to read over and over again. I so often feel like I’m not good enough. I try so hard to be a good wife, good mother, good daughter, good friend “hoping for that ‘atta-girl’ from God, some heavenly assertion that I matter. In the process, I find myself living by a lesser Gospel: the gospel of goodness. It’s a gospel without grace and in the end, it’s good for nothing. Hoover helps us to start asking ” What does God want for me?” Instead of “What does God want from me?” The last book in this stack, which I really want to start is by Jen Wilken, Women of the Word. The bible is to be read intellectually and emotionally. This book hopefully will teach me how to study the bible with both my mind and my heart. 

 Yea. You knew I had to be reading something about crafts. It sounds crazy, but I really think I’m suppose to be selling my stuff. I’m a newborn crying baby just out of the womb with this whole selling business. I have no idea about anything, but I’m willing to learn, take a few chances and give it a go. I have another craft show I’m doing in a couple of weeks. I’ll let you know how it went. Again, I’d love to be able to use this passion I have for creating to help others in their missions. Last time I was able to give over $200 to a small nonprofit here in town that teaches English to immigrants, helps them assimilate to the area and shares the gospel. 

 This is a heavy one. As a Christian I must know. I’ve read the first few chapters and couldn’t put it down. I need many hours of quiet concentration to get every little bit.  

 The book club I’m in discussed this quirky book, A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. It touches all of our emotions: sadness, happy, laughter and sympathy. I loved it. 

 This months read is, All the Single Ladies, by Dorothea Benton Frank. I have to say that this may not have been my most favorite of hers, but I always enjoy a book set in my favorite city, Charleston. It’s a story that didn’t seem to take much imagination for the writer. But on the whole it was an enjoyable, easy read. With all the yuck going on in the world, sometimes I just like nice and easy. 

 At night I’ve been curling up with this gem of a book, The Dressmaker, by Rosalie Ham. Set in a small town in Australia, Tilly comes home to take care of her mother, Mad Molly. The townspeople with all of their crazy personalities is making this a funny read. I’m looking forward to watching it on the big screen! Anyone want to go with me?

With all these books, is there any wonder why the laundry is piled high? Oh well, I’ll get to it at the end of this next chapter….heehee.

What books are you reading?

Thanks for dropping by! 


Fall Reads

  It’s starting to feel like fall around here. Really! It does. The morning temps hover around 40 degrees, then quickly rise to the 70′, unlike many Octobers in years past, when it still felt like summer. I’m loving it! Sam feels all frisky.
Along with chillier temperatures comes earlier night fall, which only means my house pants and sweatshirts come out of hiding. I mourn the loss of daylight, but I look forward to snuggling up with a good book.

Here are some of my favorite books lately.  

  I am currently reading “After You”, by Jojo Moyes. So far, anything I have read by her has been wonderful. This story is the sequel to the novel, “Me Before You”, reacquainting us with Louisa. I can’t say too much about this book without giving away the ending to Me Before You. Trust me, it’s good. 

 I love it when an author can take two unlikely characters and connect them emotionally and physically. This historical fictional book tells of the unlikely friendship between Molly, teenager about to age out of the foster care system and Vivian, octogenarian who as an Irish immigrant child was put on a train to travel through the Midwest in hopes of being adopted. As Molly helps Vivian clean out her attic, a bond and an understanding is formed between the two as they look through the memories. 

 Another historical book of fiction. This one is set in my dear city of Charleston, SC. The chapters alternate between the character Sarah Gremke, the daughter of a wealthy Charleston family and her servant, Hetty “Handful”. Sue Monk Kidd opened my eyes to the real struggles both young girls had growing up in this type of society. Reading this on my iPad, I would look up the different places, people and items mentioned in the book like the Gremke home on Broad Street, the ammunitions building, Sarah and Angelina Gremke, Israel Morris and Denmark Vessey, and slave quilts.  

 Oh My Goodness! Another author that I love! Alice is 29 years old, loves her husband and is pregnant. What a surprise for her to wake up on the gym floor to discover she’s 40 and she can’t remember her life. Liane Moriarty is funny yet thought provoking. I have her book, The Husband’s Secret waiting to be read.

Here are a few more of my “want-to-reads”:

The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly Mc Creight

Friends cooler weather and long nights are upon us. Put on your yoga pants, grab a hot cup of tea and curl up with a good book. 

Do you have any good books you can recommend? Please share!

Thank for dropping by!