Monday, September 29, 2014

What I'm Reading in October- The Early Edition

It's no secret that this is my favorite post to write during the month, and I often try to wait a week or so to make sure that I've finished any books left over from the previous month that I might finish... and also to savor thinking of what I plan to read over the next couple of weeks.

This month, though, I'm planning on participating in the 31 days project sponsored by The Nester, where you choose one topic to write on, every day, for a month.  I've still not decided what topic I'm going to write about... but tonight?

It's books.

First, I'm finishing up Karen Kingsbury's newest title, Angels Walking.  I love Kingsbury. I love this book.  It's about a baseball player who throws his shoulder out and becomes addicted to pain killers.  It's about his high school girlfriend and how she comes to terms with their breakup.  There are two angels that come to earth to help orchestrate fate... and even though I'm 60% into this book, I'm not really sure how it's going to turn out.... which is good.

I'm also reading Pat Summit's autobiography, Sum It Up.  Man, that lady is a legend.  I've laughed. I've cried.  I've grown to respect women's basketball even more.  What a great lady.  So glad she shares herself with us... just wish that Alzheimer's wasn't a reality. 

Continuing with The Best Yes with my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study group.  This week we're reading chapters 4-6.  I'm loving it.  I love Lysa Terkeurst.  She makes me laugh and makes me feel sane, even in my near insanity. She gets it... and makes you think she's your best friend just through her book.  Love it.  Love it.

For another book club, I'm reading Get Out of that Pit by Beth Moore.  I had started this one a couple of years ago but had never finished it yet.  The key verse is from Psalm 40, which I love.  Awesome book. Beth is awesome.  I'd love to sit down and chat with her over Diet Coke and nachos.

I'm reading 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp with my Hello mornings group, and the second time around it is just as good. I can't express how much I love Voskamp; her honesty.  Her simplicity.  Her love for God and all things good... and her ability to take the bad and make it good by looking at it through Christ.  Thank You, God, for Ann. She is a gift.

I'm on Week 5 of Beth Moore's The Patriarch study. I'm just now starting in on Jacob (we've got through Abraham and Isaac).  Such a treasure in these three lives.

I'm almost done with God's Story, Your Story.  I finished some of the questions this weekend to get me to a section of just reading.  Max Lucado is such a great writer.

Seeing the Elephants... I'm not much farther along than I was when I wrote last.  I'm struggling.  I read this story about a lady moving west when I get some downtime in my day. It's on my phone, so I'm not reading it much.

I just started The Scarlett Letter.  I haven't read it since high school, but I enjoyed it then.  Every now and then I like to revisit the classics.

I also just started The Story of Beautiful Girl, about a baby left at a widow's house by a mentally delayed woman and a deaf man.  I'm literally on page 4, so I can't really tell you more than that, except that the cover of the book is beautiful. 

 My drive-thru read is Thank You For All Things, which I wrote about in last month's post.  It's a good read.. just haven't spent much time on it this last month.

Now... for the rest of the month.

These are the books on my bedside table.  I must read Gone Girl soon because the movie is coming out. Love Does has been highly recommended, as has Outlander.  Clear Springs is by a Kentucky author, and Dixieland Delight is an older book that covers SEC football (as in, there is none better). 

There are several books on my kindle that I have loaded and ready to go.  The Testing, The Ladies Room, and Number the Stars have to be read by October 22 because I downloaded them during a free trial of Kindle Unlimited and they'll disappear by this date.  (Kindle Unlimited seems like it would be great... but I have so many books to read that I've bought or downloaded over the last couple of years that it seemed like a waste of money at the time... but if I ever get caught up I will definitely invest.)

Also downloaded: Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus (LOVE Joyce Magnin... great books, funny characters, and usually cheap on Amazon).  Where She Went, the follow-up to If I Stay. 

And then, there's this shelf...

And, yes, there are books in the shelf behind those stacked up. 

Happy reading, y'all!

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