About once a quarter or so I like to hop on here and talk about what I’m reading…and I’ve gotten some of my best book recommendations from y’all, so I’m just going to keep going. In particular because I realized a few weeks ago, I’ve been in a bit of a slump. (I know it doesn’t look like it from the stack above.) So I’ve spent a lot of time revisiting books I knew I loved. The other thing I’m doing? Ann Bogel’s Reading Challenge.
Do you reread? Have you ever participated in a reading challenge? Do you read more than one book at a time?
I’m always fascinated at the different ways people approach reading.
I did her reading challenge a few years ago and one of the categories was Sports Memoir. I rolled my eyes because with the glaring exception of college football I do not love sports. Naturally, I put off finding and reading one until the last week of that month and lo and behold, it turns out sports memoirs tend to contain everything I love in a book. Gripping stories, explorations of human nature in harsh circumstances, the power of connectedness, and underdog stories. I ended up reading about five more of them before it was all said and done.
My point is… I never would have done that without the challenge. So when I found myself in a slump, it seemed like the just right thing to do to shake things up a little!
I also, additionally challenged myself not to pick theology books because, as it turns out, I don’t have to be challenged to read those, I’ll just do that anyway.
Upwards and Onwards to the current nightstand stack:
Surprised by Joy: I got a C. S. Lewis box set for Christmas. This particular book was a delight for me because it is almost a memoir, maybe a memoir of faith would be a better description. Like all of his books it is dense with practical theology without ever being preachy, in fact, this one talks so much about…actually I’m having trouble describing it. You should just read it.
Station Eleven: I haven’t actually read this one yet. I just started it yesterday as my “book you’ve been meaning to read” for January. The descriptions seem perfect for my style (and so far I’m digging it) and as a bonus it came out a few years ago and I still hear people talking about. I’m way more willing to take a risk when that’s the case.
In His Image: Jen Wilkin is one of my real life heroes. She is just so no nonsense, and yet also able to delicately hold the tension of hard topics. This book is the perfect follow up to None Like Him and I loved every bit of it!
Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts: I borrowed this from a friend, because as my heart has drawn nearer to Jesus I’m finding that I crave the rhythm of a calendar that my freedom loving heart would have balked at just a few years ago. This book is such a good reminder that God set us up for spiritual growth in every season and that we were designed for certain rhythms of remembrance.
Map of Days: I actually thought the third book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was going to be the last, so I was delighted when I found out about this book. It’s YA and a little bit dark which suits me just fine, but be warned, if you like your stories sweet and safe this one probably isn’t for you.
The Secret Token: This is from another of one of those genres I stumbled upon and fell in love with, which is historical narrative non-fiction. (I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about Mark Adams and Eric Larson before) This is a look back at the lost colony of Roanoke and how and why it captured our imaginations, as well as what is currently going on with the search for this mysterious place.
The Forgotten Garden: I’ve heard people talk about Kate Morton for years, but I’ve avoided her books. I’m ashamed to say it’s because the covers always made them look like they might be romances. (Don’t send me emails, I’ve tried the romances, I can’t even. But if you have a sports memoir to recommend…) While, there was a tiny hint of some love interest, it was actually far less than most of the fiction I read. Instead I found it was mysterious and gripping.