Over the last week, we’ve had some beautiful days with nice spring like temps and blue skies. The kind of days that you want to soak up because you know that they won’t last long. They’re fragile days of winter. I know those of you with snow are sending me firebolts shooting out of your eyes for even mentioning our lovely weather.
With you in mind though, I thought the sharing of my bedside books would be a nice way to spread some warmth from my house to yours. I find nothing more delightful on a cold winter day than to curl up with a good book.
I tend to keep many books on my bedside table. Some have been there waiting patiently for months while others are brand new. I like to keep my options open and some might suggest that I have a magpie complex when it comes to books — I’m easily distracted to hoard another and another and another. Making a book list to read at the start of the year doesn’t seem to work for me because the truth is, I never follow the list. I’m more of a go-with-the-flow book reader. I choose my book to read by what I’m drawn to in that moment unless its for book club.
1. Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain This book came highly recommended. This book has been patiently waiting to be read for a long time. This year, I’m reading it.
2. Light Through An Eastern Window by K.C. Pillai This book was recommended by a fellow blogger/book lover. I bought it for insight into an eastern mindset.
3. Grace For The Good Girl: Letting Go Of The Try Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman I love Emily’s blog and this book’s description resonates with me. I’ve had it for some time and no excuses, this year, I’m reading it.
4. Still: Notes On A Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner I love her books. She writes on faith from a Jewish and Christian perspective.
5. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts On Faith by Anne Lamott I loved her book, Bird by Bird. That book is on my top book list of all time. I’ve had this book and all of her others forever and I think I’ve procrastinated reading them because I know I’m going to enjoy them and I want to savor them and I know that I don’t want them to end so I haven’t started them. Does that make any sense to anybody else? Or is it just me?
6. Serena by Ron Rash: This book is for book club. A movie based on this book is coming out starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. I’ve been told this book is awesome. I hope so. Book club choices lately have been a serious miss for me.
7. Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, And Other Southern Specialties by Julia Reed My daughter brought it home from the library. She loved it and said I ought to read it. The author is local and I enjoy reading local writers so I’m giving it a shot.
8. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon I’m currently reading this book and I’m so happy to be reading a book about Father Tim and Cynthia set in Mitford. This book feels like the first books of the Mitford series before the characters went to Mississippi and to Ireland.
9. An Altar In The World by Barbara Brown Taylor I’ve been told this author’s books will knock my socks off.
10. Icebound by Dr. Jerri Nielsen As part of my reading for this year, I’m trying to read Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge. On the challenge list is to read a book outside of your normal reading genre and this one fits the bill for me.
11. The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith I follow her blog and I enjoy decorating books. Enough said.
12. Soulless by Gail Carriger A recently discovered author. I read her book, Etiquette & Espionage which is a quirky fun little read. The book references her previous series, The Parasol Protectorate. This book is the first in that series.
13. The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss A new fantasy world for me to discover.
14. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon I want to know what all the fuss is about.
15. The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks With Charlotte Mason by Laurie Bestvater I’m a journal keeper and this book is about keeping journals.
16. Tender At The Bone: Growing Up At The Table by Ruth Reichl I started this food memoir but had to stop so I want to pick it back up and finish.
17. Confessions by St. Augustine I enjoy reading classic books that have stood the test of time.
18. A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman This book is about discovering and pursuing your art.
19. Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir Of Food And Faith by Fred Bahnson Recommended by a blogger friend. This book connects gardening, faith, and sacrament.
20. Same Kind Of Different As Me: A modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together by Ron Hall & Denver Moore The movie is coming out and I wanted to read it first.
21. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline I bought this book in the fall because I’ve heard the story is very good.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25 NIV Bible