Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish: What I Read in 2017

Monday, February 5, 2018

What I Read in 2017

I'm a starter not a finisher. It's just a part of who I am. I used to hate it about myself and ignore it, but now I'm learning how to embrace it and to form my life in understanding of it.

For a while, I tried to only read one book at a time, thinking that my desire to read the next book would motivate me to actually finish a book.

It didn't work.
But I'm not too discouraged, because apparently smart people read more than one book at a time! At least the smart people I listen to on podcasts say so;) (Listen to Tsh Oxenreider talk about reading here and Phylicia Masonheimer talk about reading here)

SO, I am guiltlessly embracing all the books I have cracked open and admit that I can't read one book at a time. Truly, how could I? I'm not going to always be in the mood for something deep and spiritual, but I also need more than a fiction some mornings.

Without further ado, here are the books I'm reading, have read, and want to read!
(Books that are on sale, too!!!)
(Me trying to read & nurse Jonah at the same time, lol!)

What I've Read:

The Couple Next Door: A Novel by Shari Lapena: Possibly recommend. Couldn't put it down! But it's a little too intense for me... skipped over a few parts.

The Polygamist's Daughter: A Memoir by Anna LeBaron (audio): Definitely recommend. GREAT book. True story, narrated by the author. Heartbreaking and real and lots to think about.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (audio): Definitely recommend (unless you are sensitive to the F-word). This book was fascinating. A zombie book like none other! (And I hate zombies!). I might even listen to this one again.

The Circle Series by Ted Dekker (audio): Definitely recommend. Ted Dekker's most popular series. Jon and I have been listening to the audio books for over a year! Finally got through, and wow, was it worth it! Definitely better as an audio book, in my opinion.

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider (audio): Definitely recommend. A beautiful book! So inspirational. I listened to it while I was in labor, and then again while I nursed Jonah. And I just let Tsh's stories transport me around the world!

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks (audio): Recommend. Really great short stories. Narrated by Tom Hanks himself! Loved hearing him read them. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

What I'm reading:

Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God by Courtney Reissig: Recommend. So far so great! Only two chapters left in this read.

The Beginner's Guide to the Gift of Prophecy by Jack Deere: Recommend. Written by a pastor who is really good at bringing deep theological truths down to a language that is easier to understand

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger: Not sure yet. Only just started, but it's really really interesting!

The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between by Ashlee Gadd and the Coffee + Crumbs writers: Definitely Recommend. Only half way through and it's becoming a must-read for all moms! Tears and laughter abound.

What I've tried:

The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Donna Tartt: Pass. I've tried reading it and listening to it, and I just haven't gotten "grabbed."

What I'm coming back to:

The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex: (And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun) by Sheila Wray Gregoire: Recommend. Taking a break, but halfway through and it's great advice for newlywed brides!

Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin: Recommend. Great read so far. It's an older book, but still applicable advice on femininity.

What I want to read:

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Haggerty. The title says it all!

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel. I've heard to many people recommend this book! Dying to get my hands on this book. Personality types are so fascinating to me!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. My mom just finished reading this to a few of my siblings, and said both the book and the movie were so heartwarming!

A Wrinkle in Time  by Madeleine L'Engle. Because I want to see the movie!

I've read some really great books this last year! Hopefully I've given ya'll a few ideas for a few new reads... what are ya'll's recommendations for new reads?

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