Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Stack

Things are prone to changing around here, but the one thing that never, ever does is the teetering stack of books by my bed. And on my floor. And strewn around the entire house.

I'm heart-deep right now in a book I'll have to tell you about in a separate post because it's EVERYTHING and I don't have enough words for it.

For now, this is the rest of the stack. Some I've finished, some I haven't. One I won't.

From the top!

Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
My friend Kim loaned this to me but I haven't started it yet. Kim and I go together like Santitas and salsa, yet we've struggled to find common ground with books. More specifically, she likes what I pass on to her and I grumble and grouse about her recommendations. Our only conclusion is that I'm the problem, and I can't say I disagree. This one might change all of that.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck
I have a child who seems to hold the opinion that since he is smart, he should never have to try. At almost anything. This perplexing "condition" inspires me to whack my head against the wall. A wise woman who loves him very much suggested this book to Cory and I. She has a similar son and it helped them tremendously. Stay tuned. (ps - It's possible that I was afflicted by the same condition from grades K-now, a fact my mom recently reminded me of. I'm pleading the 5th.)

Paper Hearts - Courtney Walsh
My friend Courtney wrote this and it's so much fun. I just hear her voice when I read it. It makes me smile! Courtney is completely hilar and humble and rad, all qualities which shine through in her fiction. I'm not quite finished with this one, but close!

You're Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart From the Need to Be Perfect - Holley Gerth
Haven't started it yet, but I've heard great things about this new title from Holley.

The Beautiful Daughters - Nicole Baart
I have loved everything Nicole has written. She started out writing Christian Fiction, and I discovered her somewhere along the line as she was transitioning to traditional publishing. Her writing is lyrical and her stories are real. The Beautiful Daughters is available right now for pre-orders and will officially drop in April.

The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God's Love by Today's Most Popular Writers - Dawn Camp
So many of my friends are in this one! I can't wait to clear the deck and start it.

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community - Sparks, Soerns, and Friesen
I started stalking DL Mayfield a year or so ago and willingly submitted myself to her bossing-around immediately. We look at the world in a similar way, leaving just enough room for debate to keep things interesting. When she posted a picture of this book on Instagram, I went to Amazon and bought it in a nanosecond. (I haven't started it yet because I'm too busy loving another one of her suggestions...)

Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy - Donald Miller
There's a lot of hype about this one, but I'm three chapters in and I'm hooked. I'll have plenty more to say about it.

Looking for Alaska - John Green
I mean, John Green. Be mine forever, John! Keep being intelligent and witty in my ear! His writing is remarkable, and totally PG-13, so just be aware. I gobble up his words. I don't know what it is exactly, but he grabs me. This isn't my favorite JG read, but I still adored it.

Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie - Beth M. Howard
The title! The cover art! Beth Howard lives in the American Gothic house in Iowa (the one in the famous painting). I'd heard about her. When I stumbled on her book, it was a WIN and when I read the introduction, I was ready to faint dead away from a pie-induced coma of literary excellence. But then I kept reading and it lost me. I only made it to chapter three before I returned it to the library. The truth is, it pains me to ever say anything remotely negative about a book.  It's like saying someone's child isn't cute. You just can't go there. It's all in the eye of the beholder, etc...Maybe I didn't give it enough time? At the end of the day though, these books aren't going to read themselves. Sacrifices must be made.

What are you reading?
I'm all ears.


*all of these are Amazon affiliate links, which means if you buy one, I'll get a tiny bit of the $, which will allow me to buy more books, which means if my kitchen floors never do get mopped, it's sort of on your heads. Go in peace.