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Halftime Reads

Dear Bookworms,

This post is for you.

With you,

Watt

 

Sincerely, I did not ever consider myself a bookworm.  Perhaps it was because I thought that bookworms were those who read 100 books a year.  Ok, I am exaggerating.  But really, I take my time devouring a book.  I am excluding the summer of ’07 when the seventh book in the Harry Potter series came out.  I am really not sure what I did for those couple weeks other than read.  Did I shower?? Maybe I am just one of those  chunky slow bookworms.  You know the kind that pauses to roll her eyes at the great taste of page 264.  Or perhaps it is the variety I like…all at one time.  To each his own reading adventures, right?

Whatever you like to peruse (or gobble) through, I am making some summer halftime suggestions from books I am reading or will soon begin to munch on. So if you are looking to add something to your shelf or pack in the pool bag, check out this quick video I made for you. (Its my first one going on the interweb, so thanks for the grace!)

 

Books I read in 2016

If you dream of a huge library with a sliding ladder and singing at the top of your lungs as you ….oh wait that is a different scene.

As the year comes to a close, I am enjoying seeing what others have read this year.  And as I read other’s lists of books they read in 2016, I am secretly hoping to find another gem.

8 best books I adventured through in 2016:

The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien.

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

My two cents: Yes, I have made it this long in life without reading this book. No judging.  What an adventure to go on! Definite good read for fantasy fanatics.  Goblins, elves, and huge eagles, oh my! The transformation of the main character, dear Bilbo, is written wonderfully.

Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal.

Genre: Memoir

My two cents: I love this book for many reasons.  Firstly I enjoy the author very much.  I remember a very simple interaction with him and his wife in a very trying time in my life.   This book is unforgettable and sincere just like my interaction with them.  Naeem’s story of coming to faith is unique and has impacted many.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

Genre: Memoir

My two cents: This book was so engaging that I plan to re-listen to this in the new year.  Yes, I said listen.  Shonda reads her own audio book.  She makes excellent car company.  I feel like she was rallying me to march to my own beat, unashamedly and creatively.  For every woman who has many dreams and goals, but needs a friend to honestly propel her forward, this is for you.

Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman.

Genre: Spiritual Growth

My two cents: Emily has inspired me for four years now through her authentic and life giving writing on her blog.  In this book, she invites me to sit on the bench and pay attention to the small moments, the moments where life happens.  This book is truly a breath of fresh air.

Birthing the Miraculous by Dr. Heidi Baker.

Genre: Spiritual Growth

My two cents: Baker encourages us to carry our promises to fruition, no matter how hard, crazy, or unbelievable the promise may seem.  She shares personal stories that stir up faith to trust in the Lord and to lean on him daily. I love her stories that show that faith is much more than a bunch of talk.  Faith requires action.

Portraits of Devotion by Beth Moore.

Genre: Spiritual Growth/Devotional

My two cents: This is a devotional book following much of Jesus, David, John, and Paul’s life.  I love the structure of the readings each day.  And the journey through 1 Samuel was rich. It’s an easy read before the day begins, or for a lunch break.

Rising Strong by Dr. Brené Brown.

Genre: Self-Help/Badassery 😉

My two cents: Here is another fantastic audio book read by Brené herself.  I highly recommend the hardback copy as well.  This reading is meaty and soul searching.  You will be called to courage, and I will bet you will even start to crave a brave lifestyle even in the midst of struggle.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

My two cents: I grew up with the Harry Potter series.  I went to the midnight showings of almost all the movies.  So of course I had to read this book.  It is a quick read that you will not want to put down.  And I absolutely love the character of Scorpius.

 

I am already compiling my list for books to read in 2017.  This year I will have more clinical books to read for school, but that won’t stop me from adventuring through my list.

What are some of your good reads of 2016?  And what are some on your list for 2017? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.

Day 14:: Sunday’s Loop

So maybe you are like me and every once in a while you desire to wander in the pages other people are reading, videos others are watching, musings people are writing.

Maybe you are in search of something to wander into and get a bite of insight, a laugh, or an inspirational insight to chew on.  Here is a list of a few things I’ve been getting into lately.

  • With a paint brush as a bookmark–why I don’t know, but finding it rather fitting–I am very slowly, oh so slowly, reading Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster.  Today’s take away:

To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives. The closer we come to the heartbeat of God the more we see our need and the more we desire to be conformed to Christ. William Blake tells us that our task in life is to learn to bear God’s “beams of love.”  How often we fashion cloaks of evasion–beam-proof shelters–in order to elude our Eternal Lover.  But when we pray God slowly and graciously reveals to us our hiding place, and sets us free from them.

  • Ran across this treasure today.  It was a sweet convicting reminder that it is worth it to continue on to feel better.  Some days require music and movement in order to shake the blues and remain present.  Check it out:

A Two-Step Formula for Feeling Better When I’m Down by Aimee Kollmansberger

  • Master’s student who loves to read multiple books at a time, none of which are textbooks…welcome the invention of audiobooks!  You’d think I’d have caught on to this by now. Nope.My current listen: Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.  But as of today, I have a list waiting for these ears 🙂

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    • This next post got me.  It stuck with me this week, almost as if it was an invitation into the scene.  Thankful for this friend and writer.  If you are looking for wit, humor, raw honesty, and the moments we overlook in life, I dare you to explore more on this blog.  Read slowly and enjoy.Haiku by Septemberwisteria
    • Need some music to move to this week?  I am so looking forward to digging into Johnnyswim’s new album “Georgia Pond”.  I saw them last year here in the Holy City and they teased us with this song.  So happy it made the cut:

Here’s to a new week! May you face it boldly, with every intention of tackling moments with passion and inspiration.

Peace.

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