What I’m Reading

Some people chuckle at the fact that my library card was one of the first things that made me feel like Charlotte was home, but I have devoured books as long as I can remember. Even when it meant Mom had to read “just one more chapter” before I would consider sleeping! I am a huge fan of our metro library system and almost constantly have something checked out. Usually multiple somethings!

20151013_205530Lately I have been rather selfish in my book selections, choosing to read a lot of “self-help” and personally uplifting materials. Currently on my nightstand – amongst the Bible, devotional, study book, puzzle book, Sudoku book, lotions and glass of water! – are The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris, For the Love by Jen Hatmaker, and Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman.

Before I wrap up this post, let me remind you all that I am no superwoman. (Case in point – this post is going out at 9:30pm my time!) Reading is one of the first activities that takes a hit when I am tired, behind schedule on posts, or feeling overwhelmed. That’s actually part of the reason I’ve chosen to read these books!

As we work at things and get involved in various capacities, it can be hard to say “no” and to enjoy the journey that we’re blessed to be on. I know I have been so focused on growing Nothing Past Nine that I hit a wall and wanted to quit. The Happiness Trap talks about the stories we tell ourselves – like the idea that we aren’t good enough – and how to accept the thoughts without letting them consume us. For the Love discusses living gracefully in a world of unattainable standards like those we women tend to create for ourselves. Cough, social media cough, cough! Lord knows I need to give myself a break on some things! Finally, Simply Tuesday focuses on small moments when life is beyond fast-paced. I cannot believe how fast the last few years have gone, much less the last week! Appreciating the small moments takes me back to enjoying the journey.

Enough talk for now! Need to save a few minutes for reading before bed! What’s on your nightstand? Are you a non-fiction or fiction reader? I LOVE good book suggestions so please share!

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Summer Daze – Week 2

Summer Daze HeaderAfter a relaxing few days with my in-laws, I’ve got to ask you all a question. No, no, no…I have the best in-laws in the world. I already know that! Just kidding. (But seriously…)

My question for you on this second week of our Summer Daze series is what are you planning on reading this summer?! About six months ago, I found this list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, and I have accepted the challenge! Many were read years ago, but I am going through the whole list as I have the time to read for pleasure. Currently on loan are:

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  • Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand

I’ve also got Gilead by Marilynne Robinson on tap, so I’ll be doing a lot of reading in the coming weeks!

So tell me! What is on your nightstand? What is in your beach bag? What will you be reading?