I’ve been doing pretty well on my reading goal this year, but there are still so many more books I’d love to read (so far, my bookstore ban on myself has been unsucessful, and I’m already looking forward to the library book sale next month). Here are a few of my favorites so far from 2014, a few I’m currently reading, and a few I want to read. I’d love to hear about the reads you’ve been loving lately–leave a note in the comments with your recommendations!
A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman–This is probably my favorite read of the year so far, and such an amazing and timely book for me. We are made in the image of a creative God, and as such, we are made to be creative as well. But “creative” does not have to fit in the box of a painter, musician, or photographer. We create new things in all of life, whether speaking words of comfort to a friend, inventing something new, being a parent, and a million other ways. This book was incredibly freeing and refreshing for me, and I highly recommend it.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver–It feels a little bit like cheating to say I’m reading this–because I’m actually listening to it–but it has been fantastic so far. It’s so good that I think I might want a hard copy as well (I’m bookmarking way too many spots!). Barbara and her family spend a year eating only food grown or raised on their farm or in their local area (think “locavores”). I’m sure this would be a lovely read, but I also love listening to the audio book–Barbara has a fantastic reading voice and rhythm that make it very interesting to listen to.
Buy This Land by Chi-Dooh Li–I loved this book about a Chinese man who was born in India, lived in Guatemala and Colombia in his youth, became a lawyer in Seattle as an adult, and embarked on a crazy endeavor in the 80’s to help the rural poor of Guatemala purchase their own land, amidst a raging civil war. A genuinely interesting story, it kept me interested and engaged. If you love Central America or are interested in poverty alleviation, I definitely recommend it.
Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt–This has been on my list for quite awhile, and I recently heard an interview with Allison on a podcast that made me think I would really enjoy her writing. The premise of the book is that the author was becoming increasingly weighed down with baggage in her life, and she decided to sell her stuff and take a road trip through the US for a year. I think I’ll dig it.
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker–What can I say? Jen Hatmaker is hilarious, and several of my friends have really enjoyed this book. This is a stop-reading-other-things-because-you-know-you-want-to-read-this-one.
Bread & Wine: Finding Community and Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist–This is a recent add to my list, but it keeps popping up everywhere, with nothing but great things to say. It’s a cookbook, but more of a celebration of life around the table, celebrating community with loved ones. As it is, I love reading cookbooks, but this is meant to be read, with essays throughout.
Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton–This one came highly recommended by a friend. It’s about embracing our messy, beautiful lives and letting go of perfectionism. This idea so resonates with me, and this is a book I’d definitely like to get to in the next few months.
The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay–I’m not exactly “trying to become a minimilast” because it’s now a thing. I’ve always valued simplicity, and I think there’s something for all of us to learn about excess and clutter and how those things distract us from what’s really important. This looks like an interesting read in that regard, even for those of us not interested in living in a Tiny House.
What’s on your summer reading list?
If you love reading, you might like The Modern Mrs. Darcy. She’s always got some great recommendations! I’m sharing this post today with her monthly Twitterature linkup, where you can find some of her recommendations, plus lots of other bloggers.
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