Favorite reads.

November 20, 2013

One of my goals for the month is to actually read and finish a book. Let's just say I am only 17 pages in to the 200-page book I chose and I am counting on our road trip at Thanksgiving to actually finish it in the nick of time.

But there are a lot of books out there that I have finished. (You can see my complete list on GoodReads.) Several of these books have stuck with me and made it to the top of my list.

Paris Wife by Paula McLain
I love historical fiction and this one was right up my alley. It focuses on the life of Ernest Hemmingway - his novels, his women, and his travels. It was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get back to at the end of the day.

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton
If you read and love Glennon's blog, Momastery, then this is a no-brainer. I love how she writes so honestly and openly, and as a new parent, this book was so easy to relate to. It's written as a collection of short essays so it's easy and quick to read.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I read this before the movie came out and I am so glad I did. The visual imagery this book creates is incredible and, as always, provided so much more detail than the movie could capture. 

Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller
Donald Miller has written several books, but this one is my favorite. He has a knack for speaking to faith in such a down-to-earth, yet eloquent, way.

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
I picked up this book in college when I was mightily struggling with setting an emotional boundary in a relationship. It is written from a Christian perspective and is so good for those of us who have a hard time telling people no.

The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
I know this book is hit or miss on the faith spectrum, but I loved it for its beautiful visual of Christ. It creates such an incredible story and leaves you thinking.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
If you're a dog lover, this book is a must. It's an emotional read, but it will hook you in from the start.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I also read this book prior to the movie coming out, and the story was so captivating.

What are your must-read books?

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  1. Stopping by from MamaKat's. Thanks for sharing your list! I, too, really liked the way "The Shack" gave a visual of the Trinity. It's a novel, so not in the same category as Scripture, but it's a really eye-opening look at something Scriptural.

  2. Not sure what happened to my first comment...but great list!

  3. LOVE The Paris Wife! Definitely one of my favorites. I've actually only read (and loved) two of the books on your list - Paris Wife and The Help, though I see other books I've been meaning to read for awhile. I blogged about 8 of my favorite books at my blog also!

  4. I've read The Help, Water for Elephants, and am currently reading {and loving} The Art of Racing in the Rain. I'll have to check out some of the others! Thanks for the great suggestions! Stopping by from Mama Kat's

  5. I've only read two of the books on your list, too. I loved The Help - it was awesome. I've also read The Shack. I'm not sure I agree with The Shack, but I loved the picture of Jesus it presented. It was so gripping that I read it twice, back to back!

  6. I've read TWO of those and am totally intrigued by the others. I think we can be book friends.


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