You’ve heard me lament this frigid winter we’ve had, but it does create lots of time for burrowing under blankets and reading books. The other night Matt and I had a little extra time on our date night so we swung by the local bookstore. I am the complete opposite of a hoarder in almost every area of my life. When Lydia isn’t looking I throw away most of her drawings. (I’m not heartless. I keep the sweet hand print ones, but we can only have so many color sheets of Cinderella before I start to lose it.) I routinely go through the girls’ toys and our closets and give stuff to Goodwill. And I will probably be in trouble if the IRS audits us one day because I can never remember how many years you’re supposed to keep stuff and so I end up shredding it. (Thank goodness Matt saves the most critical of documents.) But when it comes to books, I can’t get enough. While Matt was looking through the bookstore Saturday night, I took pictures of a dozen different books so I could come home and add them to my Amazon wish list. Yes, I might have a problem. But fortunately, he does too.
A few favorites from the past month…
The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle– I’m starting with this one because if you are married, you MUST go buy this today. I loved Melanie Shankle’s first book Sparkly Green Earrings, and this one was just as great! It is the type of book that will have you laughing out loud and perhaps your husband will wonder if you put something in your tea. (Side note: I have historically had an aversion to abbreviations in text messages–LOL, TTYL, ROFL–but my bestie loves to use LOL when she texts me so now I’m a bit endeared to that one. This book will definitely warrant a LOL.) And in the middle of all that laughter, there’s real truth for wives. Love, love, love this book. (Also, her blog is hilarious too.)
Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr- Switching tone completely, I read this one in early January as I began my journey with my word Behold this year. This book is one monastic’s journey to live mindfully throughout her day. I am pretty sure I highlighted every other sentence on my Kindle. This book is rich with meaning and purpose and an invitation to pause. I am repeatedly going back to this one during my journey to margin and Sabbath and rest this year.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple- This novel is quirky, funny and a touch sarcastic and it’s set in Seattle, one of my favorite cities. This satire has a different writing style, but after a few chapters I found myself really enjoying the style.
Feathers from My Nest by Beth Moore- I started this one the same day I happened to move our wooden high chair, the chair both girls have now used and the same one I used myself as a child, to the garage. Which is to say, I read this one with a wad of toilet paper next to me. This is Beth Moore’s story of their family and the lessons learned and shared as her children were growing up. Moms, especially young moms like me, this one will be a blessing.
For the wee ones…
Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden- This was a Christmas gift to Charlotte from my dear friend Em, and it quickly became a favorite. This is my current go-to baby book for shower gifts. We read it one billion times a day.
Otis & Sydney by Laura Numeroff- I first came across this book at the library last year, and I just loved it. It’s the perfect birthday gift for a special friend, be it a friend celebrating a first birthday or number 33.
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead- We found this one last month while we learned about birds, and Lydia and I quickly labeled it a favorite. It’s the sweet story of Vernon the frog and Bird, who doesn’t say much but will make you smile.
In the ears…
A few people have asked what I listen to when I’m running. I usually listen to podcasts, and my favorites are Louie Giglio, Andy Stanley and the Catalyst podcast. I first listened to Andy Stanley’s Comparison Trap series last year, but he is doing it again this year so it just popped up on my playlist again this morning. Maybe you don’t struggle with this at all, but I struggle with it BIG time. This whole series hit me hard and deep.
That’s what I’ve been reading and listening to. What about you??