I love to read. It’s a way I rest, relax, and recharge [read more about 3 Ways to Recharge]. I mostly read fiction books, and I’ll share more of my favorite fiction books in a future reading list, but today is a mix of books that are on my reading list. I’ve recently read some of them, one I’m currently reading, and the others are on my “to-read” list.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – This is a fiction book and is the first book in the series of the same name. The stories are set in Botswana with Mma Ramotswe as the main character. Mma Ramotswe sets up a detective agency and sets out on an adventure of investigation. There’s humor and life written all through the series. I haven’t read all the books in the series (there are currently 17 books…eek!), but they’re all on my list to read.
And Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick – I stumbled across this book through one of the podcasts [episode #133] on The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. I so enjoyed listening to Jamie’s interview of the author, Kate Merrick, and am inspired by her joy in Christ despite the deep suffering she has experienced. I just started the book, and it’s already encouraging me to live boldly, faithfully, and joyfully…even in the face of suffering and overwhelming pain.
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst – This is more of an inspirational, “self-help” type book. Lysa offers practical advice for saying no to some things, so we have the time, energy, and resources still available for “the best yes” decisions in our life. We can’t do it all, and sometimes that requires us to do the hard thing and say no so we can do the right thing and say yes to God’s best.
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters by Jason Stearns – If you’re looking for a light reading option, this book isn’t it. I haven’t read it yet, because I need to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for it a bit more. This isn’t the type of book I pick up to read when I need to recharge. This is a book I grab to increase my awareness and learn some of the sad, dark realities of this world. In Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, Stearns chronicles the collapse of the Congo and one of the wars in Africa.
Shaken by Tim Tebow – Shaken is a story of faith, resilience, and identity in the midst of being shaken by the storms of life. The overarching theme of Tebow’s book is that we can make it through the ups and downs of life with strength and humility when we know to whom we belong. Tebow shares part of his story but continually brings it home to our identity in Christ. Check out his interview with Harry Connick Jr…
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’dell – This is a 1960s children’s novel, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1961, and a book I first read in 5th grade. It’s a story of a young Indian girl who lives by herself on the island of San Nicholas, far off the coast of California, after she’s stranded on the island. It’s known to be based on the true story of a Native American girl left alone on San Nicolas during the 19th century. Island of the Blue Dolphins is a book worth reading again, which is why it is one of my recent re-reads.
What books are you currently reading? If you have any book recommendations, send them my way!
“The more you read
the more things you know.
The more that you learn
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss