I’ve been filling up my book list for 2015. I love that never-ending list of book titles I’m always adding new discoveries to. It’s exciting to know that there’s always another good read waiting, eager for its pages to be cracked opened and its contents to be enjoyed.
A good book is, truly, a good friend. It’s comfortable and welcoming. It sparks creativity and imagination and deep thought. It’s inspiring, encouraging, and full of fascinating characters, profound lives, or thoughtful wisdom. It is a lovely place to escape into.
My love of reading faded for a while a couple years ago, but last year it came back, with an even healthier appetite than before. I read with a pencil or pen in hand to underline that which encourages me, challenges me, teaches me, inspires me, or pricks my creativity. What a gift to be able to read and learn!
A couple things to note with my list here: I clearly love Biographies & Memoirs. I will continually be adding to it, I’ve no doubt, especially when you lovelies heed this next point. I welcome any suggestions! I could use a couple more “light reading” books. And I hope to be able, after I finish a book, to share with you all my thoughts on why I chose to read that book and what my conclusion of the book was after turning the last page.
Bring on the rainy days and cups of toasty beverages. It’s time to read.
Biographies & Memoirs
01 || 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush 02 || Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas 03 || My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme 04 || These Few Precious Days: The Final Days of Jack with Jackie by Christopher Anderson 05 || Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney 06 || Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr 07 || Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir by Carolyn Weber 08 || Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew by John Oller 09 || Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson 10 || Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini & David Rensin 11 || Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart
Heart & Mind
01 || Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts & Our Minds by Jen Wilkin 02 || True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Mahaney Whitacre 03 || The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts by Joe Rigney 04 || Mom Enough: The Fearless Mother’s Heart & Hope by various contributors 05 || Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman 06 || The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy by Timothy Keller 07 || Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
01 || Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark 02 || The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 03 || Major Pettigrews Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson 04 || The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
What books are you darlings looking forward to diving into this year? I am eager to hear!