How I Choose My Books Tag

It’s hard to find a decent book tag out there that doesn’t make me want to cringe. Which is why I am so happy to have found this one! This is a book tag I picked up from Stephanie at Adventures of a Bibliophile and was originally created by Jenn at Thrice Read. Thanks for the creative ideas, ladies!

Find a book on your shelves with a blue cover. What made you pick up that book in the first place?

IMG_1396How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. I first found out about this book several months ago when Matt Haig announced on Twitter that it was being adapted into a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch. I adored The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive and was waiting for him to write something new. I hadn’t heard anything of the book before, but saw that it (the book) was being released in July. I really wanted it, but recently decided to behave myself and read more books already on my TBR shelves before allowing myself to buy this one when it was released. Imagine my surprise when it showed up on my front porch two days ago. Apparently I had pre-ordered it in April and forgot about it. So much for self-discipline… Continue reading “How I Choose My Books Tag”

The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

I saw this tag over at Jacquie’s blog, Rattle the Stars, and decided to participate! Thanks for your inspirational post, Jacquie! 🙂 (Like, a month ago, but hey!)

I guess since it’s the middle of July, we are indeed more than halfway through 2017 already. Mind blown. Given that I suddenly have a lot of time on my hands, I’ve made it a goal to read a lot this year. It’s going pretty well so far, so let’s see what I’ve been reading!


Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017


The book moved me beyond what I thought I was capable of feeling. And it truly showed that our Lord still performs miracles. If you have never read this book, you must. I want to read it again! If you read The Diary of Anne Frank as a child or young adult, this is the next step you must take. Continue reading “The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag”

It’s July; What Am I Reading?

I have a reading problem.

It’s amazing the number of ways that statement could be interpreted…

I mean…


(And yes, those are my TBR shelves…or at least two of the three…but the third one is really just a single cube shelf…) But no, what I really mean is, I have this problem where I can’t ever be reading just one book at once. The only exception is if I happen to pick up a book that is so good I read the entire thing in one sitting.

So this means I’m reading multiple books right now. Even more so because a few of them are real chunkers. Continue reading “It’s July; What Am I Reading?”

June Book Haul

All book blurbs are from Goodreads.

This month I selected two books from the Book of the Month club.

IMG_1371Chemistry by Weike Wang (2017). I’m not quite sure what drew me to this one, but I guess I’ll find out when I read it.



IMG_1372Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris (2017). Ok, I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know who David Sedaris is. All I know about him is he’s supposedly very funny. I was drawn to this 500+ page behemoth because of its curious format: a diary.

Now for my Amazon finds. Continue reading “June Book Haul”

Are You Like Me?

I think I need to take a break from reading memoirs. But I can’t seem to stop. My last four books:

IMG_1341Still Waiting by Ann Swindell. Faithfully encouraging and integrates the story of the Bleeding Woman (one of my favorite parts of the Gospels).

“From my own perspective, I couldn’t see any reason why God wouldn’t heal me, why He wouldn’t change my struggle into a victorious cure. Wouldn’t He get all the glory? All the doctors and therapies and supplements hadn’t helped me, so clearly He would get the attention and fame if He healed me. Wouldn’t He show Himself to be God when no one else could heal?

“Why wouldn’t He heal me? Why?” Still Waiting, page 107

Continue reading “Are You Like Me?”

May Book Haul

All book blurbs are from Goodreads.

This month I only ordered one book from Book of the Month.

IMG_1272Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood (2017). Don’t be freaked out by the title! It’s totally not what you think. This is a memoir in which the author chronicles life with her married priest father. “Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates ‘like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972.’ His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church’s country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, their two worlds collide.”

IMG_1273In My Home There Is No More Sorrow: Ten Days in Rwanda by Rick Bass (2012). This one I got cheap as part of a website’s spring cleaning sale. I admit I was drawn to it because I sponsor a child in Rwanda through Compassion International. Reviews are quite mixed; we’ll see how it turns out. “Rick Bass traveled to Rwanda, roaming from the bustle of Kigali to the breathtaking volcanic preserves of the last few mountain gorillas. Now he offers an extraordinary portrait of what can be found in that country today—heartbreaking evidence of the genocide that occurred there a generation ago, dazzling natural beauty, and young people who have emerged from tragedy with a blazingly optimistic spirit and a profound artistic voice.”

IMG_1274Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (2009). I read My Own Country several years ago and couldn’t put it down, so I’m looking forward to this work. “Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America. When the past catches up to him — nearly destroying him — Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.”

IMG_1312The Plantagenets by Dan Jones (2012). I saw this one mentioned by a fellow blogger. I’m actually a direct descendant of the Plantagenet line, so I got this book to learn more about my ancestors. “The Plantagenets transports readers to the era of chivalry and the Crusades, the Black Death and the Hundred Years War. The first Plantagenet king inherited a broken, bloodsoaked realm from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that would stretch at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. His descendants and their fiery queens, including Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionheart, Edward II, and King John, shaped England into the country we recognize today and gave it many of the laws, contracts, and bodies of governance—like Parliament and the Magna Carta—that would shape our own nation.”

IMG_1314The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones (2014). This is basically the sequel of the previous novel. “The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.”

IMG_1340Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016). I’ve been wanting to get this one for months but wanted to wait for the paperback version to be released on May 2nd. “Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America; from the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day.”

IMG_1341Still Waiting by Ann Swindell (2017). Huh, I didn’t know this book was a brand new release until just now! This one I got on a whim (or did I…? I think God plopped this one into my Amazon cart when I wasn’t looking.) “Most of us don’t willingly choose to wait. We pick the shortest lines at the grocery store and avoid construction routes whenever possible. These are relatively short holdups, but they point to the deeper truth of what we try to evade on the larger scale of our lives: the anguish and heartache we experience during extended times of waiting when something we have hoped for gets delayed. Because waiting is painful and hard, too often we try to rush through it, seeking to jump ahead to the hoped-for resolution, opportunity, or healing. It’s easy to overlook that waiting is an inevitable part of our walk with God.”

Only seven books this month! Probably because I’ve been caught up all month reading The Plantagenets, which has remarkably minuscule font for a 500+ page book and itty bitty margins, so it takes me literally an hour to read 25 pages. I love the book, but have determined my royal ancestors were officially nuts. In David’s words, “Well, at least now we know where you get it from.” Touché.