Sitting in my cozy corner chair or soaking up the sun in my backyard, iced tea in one hand and a book (or my Kindle) in the other, spending the day just reading away. Doesn’t that sound lovely? I love days where I can just read because it allows me time to feel refreshed without worrying about my growing to do list. I don’t get the chance as often as I would like but I am trying to make it more of a priority. Besides, I want to make time for things other than staring at my phone or computer screen…unless it’s to read a good book of course!
After college, I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. Other things just took precedence I guess. However, recently I have been trying to get back to reading more. I am specifically trying to make more time for reading fiction because sometimes non-fiction books can become more of a chore to read than simply diving into a good fiction story. I do still like non-fiction. It’s great for learning and inspiration so I’m not giving it up!
Here’s some books I have read recently and enjoyed:
Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
This is the story of Sam, a young woman obsessed with classic literature. She finds herself in an interesting situation where she must write letters to the person who donates money for her to go to grad school. She is an orphan who struggles to connect with others but something about the anonymity of these letters helps her to open up in a way she never thought possible.
I LOVED this book! I don’t know what it was but I just could not put it down. I’m so glad I found it on sale for Kindle and decided to buy it. I definitely plan to read it again.
Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury
The Redemption series is the introduction to the Baxter family. Each book focuses on one of the family members and their ups and downs of life. This is the first of the Baxter family drama which consists of five series of books plus one stand alone book.
I’ve read and enjoyed several of Karen Kingsbury’s books. I would not put them in a category of the most eloquently written fiction but the stories are usually relatable and easy reads. I originally started this series a long time ago but couldn’t get the next book from the library and then just never went back to it. I re-discovered Redemption on Hoopla Digital through my library and then found most of the rest of the full Baxter series too. I can read all the books right from the Hoopla app so I don’t have to worry about waiting to get it from the library!
Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury
Brush of Wings is the third in the Angels Walking series which follows a group of angels sent to complete a mission to help Sami, Tyler, Mary Catherine and Marcus. Each book focuses on a specific part of their mission.
I read the first two books last year but Brush of Wings was not released until this past March so I was itching to read it once it came out. I think I read through each of these books in two or three days each because I didn’t want to put them down. The Angels Walking series has definitely been my favorite of Karen Kingsbury’s books so far.
You’re Already Amazing – Life Growth Guide by Holley Gerth
You’re Already Amazing is about learning to embrace who you are and who God made you to be. The life growth guide is a companion to the book which includes a workbook and video series. The sessions include; Who God Created Us to Be, What’s True No Matter How We Feel, Our Amazing Journey with Jesus, God’s Plan for Our Relationships, God’s Purpose for Our Lives and How We Can Thrive for a Lifetime.
I was excited to read the You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide by Holley Gerth because I love her encouragement and warm, easy to relate with personality. I was drawn to this book because I think the message is one that many women, myself included, need to hear. We often feel like we have to measure up to someones standards which many times includes our own unrealistic expectations. I also appreciate Holley’s honesty about her own struggles because it helped me to feel less alone in the things that I struggle with. I felt like she was easy to relate to especially since I also deal with insecurity.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. See my full review here on Goodreads.
What I’m Currently Reading
Firstborn Series by Karen Kingsbury
This is the second series in the Baxter family drama and mostly follows the lives of Dayne Mathews and Katy Hart but you’ll also get glimpses at the Baxters as well. I’m currently on book four of the series and have enjoyed them so far. In fact I stayed up way to late one night just to finish book three because I wanted to know what happened next.
I asked for this one for Christmas and have recently began digging into it. I’ve only gotten through the introduction and first chapter but I’ve already found myself highlighting several passages. The concept of the book is fairly self explanatory – a book about how to study the bible but it is so much more than that! I highly recommend this one!
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron
I started reading this book a while back after picking it up from the library. I had to return it before I was finished so I went on Thrift Books (click here to get 15% off your first order!) and picked up a copy along with the workbook. It’s not exactly the most exciting book but it is an interesting look at the Highly Sensitive personality. It’s helped me to understand a bit more about myself as I think I am somewhat highly sensitive. You can check out this quiz to find out if you are also a highly sensitive person.
Your Free Printable Book List
Recently I discovered a fun new tool for tracking your reading – the printable reading journal from Modern Mrs. Darcy. It’s a neat way to keep track of books you want to read as well as books you’ve already read. I am realizing that it is difficult for me to remember all the books I’ve read so I like the idea of having a way to keep track and be able to look back on it later on.
I also want a way to keep track of the books I want to read. The reading journal has space for that but I decided to also come up with a simple printable of my own to share with you. Just click here to get your free printable reading list. Enjoy!
What’s on my book list?
My list isn’t exhaustive list but I decided it would be best to not have a huge list to choose from because I am already indecisive as it is.
Most of the books are ones that I own or have access to through my library. Most of them are digital books I will read on my Kindle or get from the library through MCLS or Hoopla Digital. I do get physical books directly from the library but I also love the ease of digital loans so I don’t have to worry about whether I remembered to renew my books or not. I’ve had my fair share of library fines so this is a huge plus for me!
If you’re looking to get a Kindle, here’s the one I have with this case. It’s the basic version but it works well. I love that the screen is glare free so it feels more like reading an actual book. If you want to spend a little more for a back-lit version, check out the Paperwhite.
The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay
The Help by Katherine Stockett
Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
Sunrise Series by Karen Kingsbury
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (How is it that I have never actually read this?!)
5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz
Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray
Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected by Kayla Aimee
I’d also love to know what you’ve been reading or book recommendations you have. Let me know in the comments below!