I have been doing a lot of reading lately, but not been writing much about it. That is about to change because I have accumulated so many amazing books that are way too good not to share!! My goal is to be more intentional about sharing these amazing reads with you! So here is a list of the books that are in my current stack to read this month and next!
I am usually reading at least one nonfiction book and one fiction book at one time. Many times the nonfiction book may have a correlating study that I am working through as well, but I will notate that here in case you want to join me! And the fiction read is for my nighttime/before bed reading…this is something I have just started doing as my kids (seem) to have finally gotten into a good sleeping routine and I have found myself with a little more time in the evenings for this (fingers crossed I didn’t just jinx this!?) 😉
What I am Reading this October/November:
- Longing for Paris by Sarah Mae ~ I plan to start this book next week and I am excited to finally be diving into it. I received it last Christmas and have not had an opportunity to read it until now! The tagline for this nonfiction book is ‘One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty and Adventure- Right Where She is’ . It is also a recommended ‘must-read for moms’. I think it is perfect for me, especially right now, as I am uncovering my path in this season yet again and looking for what and how I can uncover it in my ‘right now’ life. The summary on the back says- “Most days, you wouldn’t trade what you have for the world. You love your husband and kids, and you are grateful to God for your life. But there are moments when you feel as though the days have become a blur and you are just going through the motions. You find yourself aching for something more, something that is calling to the depths of who you are, maybe for something you can’t even name…” Yes I think I will be able to connect with the thoughts and feelings of this book…looking forward to starting it soon!
- Wait and See by Wendy Pope ~ I will start reading this book in November since it is part of an online bible/book study I signed up for through Proverbs 31 Ministries. I absolutely love their bible studies; so easy to do at home and the material and books are always amazing! The tagline for this nonfiction read is ‘Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans’. If there is something that I need to study more on and about, it is about being patient and not feeling like I need (or even have!) control over every single thing and that God does have a plan. So I could not pass up this study and book. I knew I would regret it if I didn’t sign up and order the book! The summary on the back of the book states- “When waiting on God stretches for months or years, we might begin to doubt His promises…..In Wait and See, Wendy Pope draws on the life of King David to help us- *focus on the Person of our faith rather than the object of our wait, *prepare for the future by participating in God’s work in the present, *view God’s pauses as opportunities to know Him better, *gain confidence in God’s plans, even during uncertain times; and *step out of the security of the known to find peace in the unknown….” I am sure this will not disappoint! Please join me in going through this online bible study by signing up here!! (it starts November 9th!)
- The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert ~ I just started reading this one and I am already intrigued! This is my fiction read for this month (and if I am being honest, next month too! I do not always have time in the evenings so these might take me longer!). This is a new author that was recommended to me through other bloggers so I was intrigued to find out more. What better way to find out more than to read one of her books! 🙂 The summary of the story on the back of the book says- “Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she not so sure anymore. Until Carmen’s sister- seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher- steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to resurrect a woman’s faith and marriage? Can two half sisters make each other whole?” So far the writing in this book is beautiful and I look forward to reading it every night (or at least hoping I can!) which I always see as a sign of a great book! 🙂
- A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman ~ This is my ‘I hope I get to it’ read! I am very much looking forward to reading it, but I like to focus on a just few books (usually two) at a time and give myself grace to know that life might just happen so this one may be moved to the next stack, but let me tell you a bit about the book in case it might be needed (or wanted!) in your stack for this month! 😉 (I love Emily’s books…I reviewed another one of her books Simply Tuesday here in this post…check that out if you want to see a full review of it.) The tagline for this nonfiction book is ‘Uncover the Art You were Made to Live’. Many writers and other creative minds speak endlessly about this book being one of their absolute favorites and after hearing one after another say this, I knew I had to snag a copy for myself! I am of the mind though, that it isn’t just for writers though, but for anyone with big dreams and a calling to do something for others; that is your art. So check out the summary from the back of the book to see if it also speaks to you- “You were born to make art. You were made to live art. You might not see yourself as an artist, but you are- in so many unexpected ways. In what you create, whether poetry or pie, sculpture or sand castle, calligraphy or conversation. It’s time to uncover the shape of your soul, turn down the voice of the inner critic, and move into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are. Creating a life of meaning is not about finding that one great thing you were made to do, it’s about knowing the one great God you were made to glorify- in a million little ways….” Oh my, I really can not wait to get into this one also!
So many great words, ideas and stories! I am so excited to jump right into this month’s (and next’s) stack! I hope you will join me with one (or all!) of my current reads!! Follow me on social media for updates on books, my favorite quotes and insight from my current reads. I also will be reviewing my favorites toward the end of November…so look forward to that also! In the meantime, let me know in the comments…
Which book do you find the most intriguing?
What will you be reading this next month and a half?
I can’t wait to hear all about your own reading stacks!!! 🙂