So. Last time I wrote one of these posts, I wrote that I had read a few books written in “prose”. Smartypants that I am assumed that meant they were written in poetry format. But I have since learned that “prose” means just regular old writing. Facepalm. That’s what I get for trying to be smart. I can’t tell you how hard I laughed when I figured that out. Anywho…what I’ve been reading….

Wait and See Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans by Wendy Pope This was my second time reading this book this year! I hardly ever read a book more than once, so that’s a big deal. I took it a lot slower this time around and did all the Bible Study part of it, too. This book has been exactly what I’ve needed in our season of waiting. It has encouraged and rebuked me and been a reminder of who God is when I have most needed it. If any of you are in a season of waiting, I highly highly highly recommend it.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert I had really mixed feelings about this book. A lot of creative people have recommended this book, and while some of it was absolutely fascinating and freeing to the perfectionist side of me, I found it hard to read about creating from someone who doesn’t know the Creator. She tried to personify creativity (as many in the past have also done) but as I Christian, I know that the creative part of every person is simply part of being created in the image of God. So some of what she said honestly just made me sad for her.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio I loved this book! I can’t wait to see the movie. And I can’t wait to read it with my kids when they’re a little older. Read it! 

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell’s brain is just indescribable. If you’ve ever read anything of his, you understand. It took me months to finish this book because my head just about explodes on every page! How Gladwell can make the pill, Enron, mustard, and dog trainers actually interesting topics is beyond me. But he can and does. Fascinating stuff.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines I really liked this book. It was interesting to read the whole story of how Chip and Jo (we’re friends, so I can call her that….Ha.) dated, married, and built their company. But, and this might be awful, I wish more of it was written by Chip because let’s be honest he’s hysterical. I guess I’ll just have to read his new book!

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff First of all, Jon Acuff is hilarious. If you haven’t read any of his books, you’re missing out. Second, I’m so glad I read this book before setting my goals for the year. This book is all about how to finish out goals and how to recognize what it is that’s stopping us from finishing. Namely, all the lies perfectionism tells us. If you’re looking for a “self-help”, start here. 

Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado This was a quick and easy read. But also a great reminder that our prayers don’t have to be these high and lofty well thought out things. All God asks is that we pray and that we do it often. And we are more than welcome to keep it simple.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green did not like this book. The fact that it was marketed to teens, is disturbing. And the “love” story was thin at best. 

More than Just Making It by Erin Odom I’m not usually a fan of books that have anything to do with finances. But this one was different. Erin writes about God’s provision, practical ways to save money, government aid, and ideas for how to make more money. It was encouraging and full of grace.

A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions that Meet You in Your Everyday Mess Edited by Denise J. Hughes I was given this devotional for my birthday. And I’ve been reading through 3-4 a day before getting out of in the morning. I’ve really enjoyed it. The devotions are mostly light and easy to read. Great for the early morning.

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle This is the third one of  Melanie Shankle’s books I’ve read. This one is her memoir about motherhood. And just like her other books, it’s an easy read that will have you cracking up on every page. 

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate This is the second Applegate book I’ve read. This is a great book for young kids or middle schoolers about a gorilla who uses his artwork to escape a circus.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai  (I’m not sure why no picture was available for this book.) I actually listened to this book on the Libby app. I found it really fascinating. It’s about a little girl and her family who escape from Saigon during the Vietnam war and end up living in Alabama.

What have you been reading? I’d love to hear. One of my goals this year is to read at least four books a month and NOT to buy any whatsoever (with the exception of cookbooks). Do you have any reading goals? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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