Wednesday, July 24, 2013

some favorites

Books that I quote out loud to my husband...

The Pastor by Eugene Peterson
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman ("We're going to be like those French parents, right Trev?")

Books that I skipped church and/or class to finish...

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Books that I can't wait to read to my future kids...

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Narnia books by C.S. Lewis
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Books that I've gotten my husband to love just as much as I do...

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Books that have helped define my faith...

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner
Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Enlge
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I don't know, it just did.)
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Anything by Flannery O'Connor

Books that made me giggle/snort awkwardly in coffee shops...

Traveling Mericies Anne Lamott
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Books that made me cry in coffee shops...

The Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinberg
Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Beals
Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

Books that made me cry that should not have made me cry...

The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien (if you have finished all three books, you deserve a good cry once you finally make it through all of them. Or am I just a nerd? Should I just go to Comic-con and be done with it?)

Books that make me hungry...

My Life in France by Julia Child
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg

Book that got me through my tonsillectomy from hell two years ago...

The Help by Katherine Stockett

Books I was skeptical about but ended up loving...

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (I know, I know. So much in this book that I disagree with...but you have to admit, she's a darn good writer.)
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt (I read this while in Ireland, so it put everything into perspective.)
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Books that changed my mind about poetry...

She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy
The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins

Books that never fail to encourage me to pick up my pen and notebook...

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg


  1. This is so great. So many books that I love, and others that I have never read. And haha--glad I'm not the only one that quotes books aloud to my man! ;)

  2. Okay gosh. First of all, I now have a lot more books to add to my reading list. Second of all, can we go to comic-con together? My inner nerd secretly wants to go! I definitely cried after reading all three Lord of the Rings books! Also, The Last Battle (my favorite!). I love them all (it is my favorite series of all time and my children WILL read them multiple times), but The Last Battle gave me a perspective of Heaven that I had never seen before and it is beautiful.

    "Books that I can't wait to read to my future kids" = my childhood + The Little House on the Prairie books.

  3. bossypants - still made me giggle in public the second time around.
    i like tina fey. lots.

    my dad once bought me a collection of c.s. lewis books.
    this list made me want to start reading them!

  4. i think jane eyre is a faith-promoting book. i just read it. i was touched by the way she respected herself enough to do what she know was right, even when no one else did.

  5. I am always looking for new books to read! I've read some of these but I'm excited to check some of the rest out!


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