"A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end.
You live several lives while reading it."
~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958
I love starting January and the New Year with a stack of books to tackle over the year. It's something I look forward to and definitely keeps me motivated. Usually. This is how I started January. . .
with this stack of books to read. . .
I mentioned here that I thought the list may be a little heavy, but I was still excited! Well, now it's August, and I've read ONE of these books. The top book on the stack is actually just the journal/devotional to One Thousand Gifts, so I don't count that. That leaves me with the one book I've read from this stack, A Good and Perfect Gift by Amy Julia Becker. This book, about disappointment turned to joy, definitely resonated with, encouraged and inspired me. So very glad I read it!
But that's all I've read from my initial book stack of the year. What happened? I think I wasn't feeling some of the heavy, non-fiction books as the year progressed. I still want to read those books, but I'm waiting for them to just hit me again.
I have, however, read these books, and they did not disappoint either! The last two I read were suggested to me by friends. Good job, friends!
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle --the funniest book I've read. Period.
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore --moving, inspiring, challenging. Wonderful.
Divergent by Veronica Roth --finally a fiction book! Exciting, easy read. Ready for book 2. It's a trilogy.
If you've hung around this blog a bit or are with me on Instagram, then you probably know how I feel about those books already. But if not, then those are a few books I'd recommend!
And like I've mentioned before, August is like a new start for me. It's time to compile another stack of books to finish out the year. . .So I'm wondering. . .do any of you have some additional book recommendations to share? I'd sure love to know!