2014 Reading List

Alternatively entitled: “Literary Distractions For The Duration Of Our Wait” and/or “Books I’ll Surely Neglect After Bringing Home Our Toddler”.

I’ve always been a  book-worm. Pretty sure it all started with The Baby-Sitter’s Club… I accumulated every single book in the series as a tween. (Though we weren’t called Tweens at the close of the 1980’s, we were mostly referred to as Prepubescents and other vile sounding names.) My love of literature was pretty much requisite for a girl who donned disproportionately large spectacles from age five to fourteen.

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Photographic evidence of my extreme coolness. Note the red ‘Sally Jesse’ glasses, fannypack, neon hat & splatter-paint reversible rainjacket. 

These days I overwhelmingly prefer non-fiction, save for my recent re-readings of The Hobbit before the premiere of each of Peter Jackson’s films. Here is my current list for 2014, though I expect it will be adjusted as the year progresses (see second alternative title to this post, above)

Bossypants by Tina Fey – I plowed through this hilarious, lighthearted read in less than 48 hours. My 2013 reading was all adoption this, trauma that, attachment this, China that… I thought I’d give my brain a rest to ring in the new year. It was perfect.

Chasing God by Angie Smith – I’m alllllmost done with this book, and, as with each of Angie’s others, I love it. She’s a gifted writer with an authentic, self-deprecating tone that I adore.

No Longer a Slumdog by K. P. Yohannon – So excited to read this book. I loved the film Slumdog Millionaire, though I’m uncertain how similar this will actually be.

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford – I’m planning to pair this read with a side-car of conviction. I’ll let you know how it goes.

The Dreadlock Journey by Sarah Janssen – Perhaps by the time I get to this book I’ll be ready to put dreads in my own hair. After China, of course.

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle – The entire Inter-Web is abuzz about this book by famed blogger Big Mama, I’m eager to give it a whirl.

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist – I might be the last gal on the planet to read this one, but I just never got around to it when it first came out. Seeing as how Shauna’s latest book, Bread and Wine, was my Favorite Read of 2013, I figured it was time.

Notes From A Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider – Subtitled, “The Art of Living Intenionally in a Chaotic World”, I expect to fall head over heels for this book. I follow Tsh’s blog and enjoyed her other book, Organized Simplicity. I appreciate her unapologetically simplistic approach to life.

Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow – I’ve heard great things about this book, as well. Will likely be helpful while we’re cocooning.

Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannon – Same author as Slumdog, above. I received this book free. Free is my Fravorite.

What are you reading? What should I add to my list? Please share your recent favorites or books you hope to check off your list in 2014. Because, you know, there can never be too many books.

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My side of the bed. Nine books. Obsess much? 

 

 

 

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