I love books! And I love to talk about books and share books and discover new books. However, I often find myself wondering what to read next. This is why I enjoy a good book list because it usually introduces me to new reads that I know at least one person liked enough to put on a list. And that is somehow reassuring as I choose my next read.
So here are five of my list-worthy books. I hope you find something that catches your fancy!
- Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic- I love this book because it is a down-to-earth, honest collection of thoughts on how to walk through motherhood with God. It's written by a woman who has a lot of kids and has managed to not only keep her sanity but also to acquire much wisdom. It's a refreshing and encouraging read (and sometimes hilarious) and very short, which is perfect if you're still struggling to find time to sit down and concentrate...like me. I highly recommend this book if you have children or want to have children someday. Even if you don't want to have children, I think you'd still find this book both entertaining and thought-provoking (plus it will help you relate more to your children-possessing friends).
- A Thousand Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller- This book basically encourages us to live better stories with our lives. I am a huge fan of Donald Miller and his awesome writing skills, and this book left me feeling inspired and motivated to live my life in a more meaningful way. I'm also a huge nerd sometimes and really appreciated how he applied the elements of a story (setting, conflict, climax and resolution...etc) to real life. If you struggle with wondering about your purpose in life, this book will meet you there.
- Women are Scary by Melanie Dale- If you are a mom trying to find mom friends, this book is for you. If you are a mom and already have mom friends and want to learn how to grow those friendships, this book is for you. If you are a mom who really loves Battlestar Galactica and the LOTR, this book is definitely for you because the author uses a plethora of sci-fi/fantasy quotes and references you are bound to appreciate (I sure did). I found this book encouraging because it gives tips on mom dates and how and when to have them and what to talk about. It also empowers moms to use their friendships to reach out and make the world a better place by serving the community or making gift boxes for children in need in another country or even hosting a party to raise money for a charity. I loved these ideas and hope I can put them into practice. Plus, as I write this, it is only $2.99 on Kindle. Can't beat that.
- Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis- C.S. Lewis is one of my all-time favorite authors. Everyone knows about Narnia, but I rarely come across anyone who mentions this book, but it is so, so good. It's about a princess named Orual who loves her younger and more beautiful sister, Psyche, with a possessive and harmful kind of love. Psyche is also loved by the god of love himself, which causes Orual to struggle with bitterness and leads her down a life-long journey to uncover what love really is and the true intent of the god who loves her sister and also loves her. This story is based on a classical myth but is retold brilliantly to illustrate God's desire for relationship with us and His determination to pursue us "till we have faces."
-The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- This is a tale of two competing magicians caught up in a dual (and a love) that spans through years and revolves around a mysterious and enchanting circus that only appears at night. This is a love story, but it's not only that. More so, it's a descriptive feast full of beautiful imagery and unique details as this night circus takes on a life and world of its own. This is not an edge-of-your-seat kind of book, but if you love whimsical and cleverly written stories, this is an excellent choice.
So that's my book list full of awesomeness. What's on yours??