Saturday, September 26, 2015

BLOG-TEMBER DAY 26 | Read, Reading, Ready

Books, books, books. I wish I could spend all my time reading books. I have quite the tower of them, you know, and I'm in desperate need of another bookshelf. Last year I made the goal of reading 15 books in 12 months, and I surpassed it with ease! This year I set the goal of 100 Books/Plays in 12 Months and I'm just over the halfway point. Woohoo! I don't think I'll break 100 (#gradschool) but it certainly lit a fire under me to get me going.

Saturday, Sept. 26: What's on your to-read list, what are you currently reading, and what have you recently read? 


Recently Read
I picked up The Royal We at the beginning of the summer to be my airplane read on the way to Seattle... and that didn't quite happen. However, I DID read it on my flight BACK from Seattle and I couldn't put it down! It has moved into my top five with ease. I mean, come on! Isn't it every girl's dream to study abroad in London and fall in love with the Prince? Or just mine? ;) 

Simply Tuesday is another sweet read speaking to my soul, and I want to journal my way through it again. I love just about everything Emily writes, and it was no exception. 

Lizzy & Jane was a summer read that swept me up into the world of these two sisters, and it just so happened to be set in Seattle which was oh-so-fitting. A great read, chock full of beautiful imagery and a winding tale of sisterhood, you should definitely check it out!


Currently Reading: 
Wild in the Hollow is a sweet balm for my soul! Amber's writing pulls you in, and her truth-telling is bold and encouraging at the same time. I am only a few chapters in but I know it's going to be a rich read all the way through.

Hands Free Life is by the author of Hands Free Mama, a book that caught my eye but wasn't quite right for my season. I started reading this on the flight to The Influence Conference, and I hope to pick it up again this weekend. Goodness knows a hands free life is what I need and what I fight against, too. I'll let you know how it turns out!

I was sent Dancing Through Life this summer to read and review, and I can already tell you it's going to hit the spot. As a performer myself, the challenge to hold to your values and morals, and to speak them confidently, is quite difficult in the world of entertainment, and I have looked up to Candace Cameron Bure for quite some time in the way she appears to do this well. I can't wait to dig deeper into her story.


To Read
I first heard Jen Hatmaker speak at Hope Spoken, and man is this woman hilarious! She's got a flare for the dramatic and is so relatable, but she speaks truth and the Gospel with a fiery passion that is so inspiring. I pre-ordered For the Love this summer and it's next on my list of things to read.

I have to tell you, I don't know much about Girl Meets Change, but the title and tagline had me in a split second. I feel like I have been in a constant state of transition for the past two and a half years, and that it is going to continue for some time, and I want to be a woman who handles change well. You know I'm all about savoring your season, and hopefully this will encourage me along the way.

I'd seen The Selection Series floating around for a while, but it wasn't until Victoria recommended them that I jumped on the train (and put to use a great B&N coupon). The last fiction series I picked up was Divergent, and I'm hoping to disappearing into this world in the evenings before bed instead of social media. There's at least 3 (maybe 4?) in the series, so hopefully it will tide me over for a while.

Your turn. What are your reading recommendations?


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