Fave Reads

While I may have daughters that have morphed into genuine bookworms, truth be told I am not a “big reader.”  Shh, don’t’ tell anyone. It’s not uncommon for me to read a book recall the theme (Was it good? Was it just okay?)  but not the title (or author). Thought I could help my pre-dementia mind by putting together a compilation of my favorite books that I’ve read. While television is becoming increasingly disappointing I plan to read more books this year.

Edie from Life in Grace suggested creating a yearly Reading List which I also plan to do soon. I’ve never thought of that before (and I do love a good list!).  It would probably help kick my booty, mind and eye balls into high gear. To get things started for this wanna be bookworm, here are a few of my faves that I can recall.

Favorite Reads  Grateful Simplicity
The Art of Dancing in the Rain by Garth Stein (if you own pet, or have ever seen an animal of any kind, a must read)
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall (love, love this one)

Far Outside the Ordinary by Prissy Elrod (hello? My mom’s memoir which is due out in April ’14. A fantastic book even if it wasn’t about my life and all.  Honest.)

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (not sure how I would’ve made it this far doing this crazy thing called parenting without this book filled with useful tips and tools)
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young (fire, ice and steam- helped focus my understanding of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Probably of my top 3 favorite books of all time)
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (this was a book club pick but a great read)

The Life Application Study Bible (includes life application notes making it easy to understand and apply)

The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick (the movie Fireproof is based off this)
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young (give this one as gifts I love it so much)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (first book at the first book club I ever joined. I thought my sweet friend Jen had lost her mind when I started the first few pages but it turned out to be a great book.)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Um, Amen.)
Sparkly Green Earrings  by Melanie Shankle- her humorous account of motherhood
The Antelope in the Living Room also by Melanie Shankle (I’m purposely reading this one slow so it won’t end- this is her take on marriage and it’s freakin’ funny!)
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (she’s written many books including My Sister’s Keeper)
Cutting for Stone by  Abraham Verghese (I know that my current book club friends are laughing if they read this- yes, it was a long book but I really enjoyed it. The beauty of a book club is we are forced to read books we would otherwise overlook.)
Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule (who doesn’t love a good true crime book?)

The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby (a great, easy to understand book when wanting to improve your digital photography skills)

Message In a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks (the book, not the movie folks- although the movie was good too. I think. Do I remember?)