What I’m Reading

Please leave a comment below if  you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear from you! Or just let me know what you’re reading, I’m always looking for good books!

What I’m Reading now:

Realize I haven’t posted in awhile, even though I’ve been reading lots! I think I’ll just list things as I go, rather than doing a monthly update, so here goes:


One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I’m actually doing the devotional but I put it here because it’s fabulous! It may be one of the most influential and life-changing studies I’ve ever done. Absolutely love it!

The Disaster Artist: My life inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero. It’s not a brilliant book, but it’s amusing to learn some of the behind-the-scenes stories from this cult classic.

Gods of War  by Kyle Idleman. A book about discovering the idols in our lives that take the place of God.



Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard It’s Hunger Games meets Divergent. Great premise that just didn’t live up to its potential for me.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I liked this book because the pacing was slow and easy. I had time to get to know the characters and enjoy their dialogue. It’s not a nail biter, but it is very enjoyable.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving I find myself laughing out loud at many of Owen’s comments. An interesting blend of comedy and pathos.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe So glad I got assigned to review this book. It’s an awesome reminder to Christians that God doesn’t just call us to faith, but action.

The Harbinger by Jonathon Cahn. An interesting blend of fiction and possible prophecy for America’s future. Still chewing on this one. Has anyone else read it? I’d love to discuss it with someone!

The Namesake by Steven Parlato Great debut YA novel by a good friend of mine. Brutal, funny and honest portrayal of a teenager’s search for the motive behind his father’s suicide.

Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith and I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett These are all the books in Pratchett’s Discworld series that tell the story of Tiffany Aching. Tiffany starts off as a 9 year-old girl who hopes to become a witch. But the witches of Discworld are not so much about magic as helping those around them. The best part of the stories are the Nac Mac Feegles, tiny blue men with Scottish accents and a love of mischief.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy Classic story of the French Revolution and an enigmatic Englishman who helps the condemned escape the guillotine.


The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg The author’s casual style and honesty make this a fun but informative read about becoming who God truly designed us to be

For August:


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Difficult reading because of the dialect but interesting story of a black woman’s struggle for identity in the early 1900’s.

A Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar A fascinating, fictional retelling of the life of Rahab.

Non Fiction

Chasing the Wild Goose by Mark Batterson Hoping for inspiration on how to let go and follow God wherever He might lead!

For June


Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin Part philosophy, part mythology and part romance, this book is a love affair with the city of New York and an examination of the nature of time.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly Angsty teen time travels back to the French Revolution. What’s not to like about that? Sounds like an interesting read

For May


Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury A friend lent this one to me. A little heavier topic than some of Kingsbury’ s other books, this one deals with the psychological effects of abortion.

Tortilla Flats by John Steinbeck Another classic I haven’t read in awhile. Looking forward to the memories the book will stir up about Monterey.


The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson Already started this book and loving its perspective on prayer. Reminds me of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Mark Cymbala. Loving it!

For April


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Looking forward to revisiting this classic.

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin Picking this one up from the library just to see what the hype is about. Anyone else read it or is a fan of the HBO series?


Disciplined Life by Calvin Miller I’ve loved his poetic fiction so I thought I’d give this a try.

For March


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon YA book about the residents of a graveyard who agree to become the guardians of a baby whose family has been murdered.

For February


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Since I’m late in posting I’ll admit that I already re-read this book in the beginning of the month, but I want to put it here to get everyone who reads these pages to try this book. It’s brilliant, sad, funny and heart-breaking. The story telling is different, third person omniscient, which means the narrator knows everything that is going to happen, but Zusak makes it work. It takes a little getting used to, but you won’t be disappointed.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaimon I’m on kind of a Gaimon kick lately and this book came up on sale on the Kindle list so I thought I’d give it a try.


I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole I’m a huge Willy Wonka fan, NOT the Johnny Depp version but the classic Gene Wilder movie. This book was written by the actress who played Veruca Salt, the snobby British girl. Do you know how the character got her name? From the Verruca plantaris, a plantar wart you get on foot!

For January


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Another Kindle acquisition. Not a fan of the story itself but Atwood’s writing is evocative and beautiful.

The Live of Pi by Yann Martel Who isn’t intrigued by a story about a boy stuck on a life raft with a tiger? How does one make a novel out of this? Can’t wait to find out!

The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman A novel set in the Hebrew fortress, Masada. Got this one for Christmas and can’t wait to start it!

For November:

It’s NaNoWriMo time! No set reading list, but if I find a minute to read my Kindle while I’m on the elliptical, I’ll let you know!

For October:


Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos Okay, I actually read this book the end of September but I want to post it here hoping that anyone who looks here might pick it up! It’s Kallos’ first novel, filled with humor, eccentric characters and love. I couldn’t put it down. A wonderful message about opening up your heart and finding forgiveness.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay My mother-in-law recommended this one to me. Looks like a heartbreaker about the Holocaust. A movie based on the novel just came out in limited release, did anyone see it?

The Sharing Knife Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold My friend Cher turned me onto this author, but I thought she just did science fiction. Found this fantasy trilogy at the library and decided to give it a chance.


T he Applause of Heaven by Max Lucado Another Kindle find. I haven’t read any Lucado in a long time, thought I’d check him out again.

For September


Death Bringer by Derek Landy The sixth book in the YA “Skulduggery Pleasant” series. I’ve ordered it from Amazon UK and am anxiously awaiting its arrival to read more about the skeleton detective and Valkyrie Cane.

Edge of Grace by  Christa Allan I enjoyed Allan’s Walking on Broken Glass. She has an interesting contemporary Christian voice. I’m hoping this book’s ending is a little more satisfying than the last novel’s.


For August


I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore Haven’t seen the movie but the book looked interesting.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin I’ve watched this movie a hundred times I figured I should finally read the book!


The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning have I told you lately how much I love my Kindle because it helps me reconnect with favorite authors by offering their books for free?

For July

Spent the month visiting family and driving across country. Not much time to read…

For June:


Journey to the Well by Diana Wallis Taylor If you scroll down my reading list you’ll discover my love for Biblical fiction. This is the story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at, of course, the well.

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak I loved his novel, The Book Thief, so when my daughter plopped this down on my desk demanding, “You have to read this! It’s so good!” I couldn’t wait to start it! Look for my blog, The Message to read about what I learned. I hope to write a quarter as well as Zusak when I grow up!


Do the Work! by Steven Pressfield. Enjoyed his The War of Art book about overcoming resistance. This is the sequel and I’m looking forward to more insights on how to “get out of my own way” and actually be creative!

For May


Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick Historical fiction based on the life of William Marshal, knight to Plantagenet House (Henry II, Richard the Lionheart) Haven’t read a medieval story in awhile!

Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan On the opposite end of the scale, this is the story of a woman in rehab after an alcohol induced breakdown.


Prayer by Philip Yancey Found a copy in the half-price book store and had to get it. Love Yancey and hoping to inspire a deeper relationship with God.

Unbroken by  Laura Hillenbrand I love the subtitle of this book, A World War II story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption. Borrowing it from a friend (thanks Rhonda!) and can’t wait to talk to her about it!

Other Recommendations:

FICTION: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Words can’t describe how much I loved this book. It’s so different. I’ll admit, it took me awhile to get into, the format of reading letters was a bit strange, but once I did I fell in love with these characters. A facinating look at a piece of history many of us don’t know about while all the time spinning a great romance.

NON-FICTION: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. Got this book for Christmas and devoured it in two days. It’s from this book that I got my motto about Finding Character in God’s Story. Donald Miller writes about discovering how to live a better life as he learns about how to write great stories. Told with self-effacing humor and brutal honesty Miller challenges the reader to take a good look at their life and decide if they truly want to live a God honoring story.

14 Responses to “What I’m Reading”

  1. 1
    Rhonda H

    I love Philippa Gregory, I haven’t read those books though. I read The Other Boleyn Girl & the Boleyn Inheritance. Great books! Also, books you can’t put down. Have you seen the movie? I read the Help! Great book!! I’m almost done with The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, but I am having trouble with it. So, many characters, plus I have it at work & can only read small bits, so it’s real hard to get into it. I read On Writing, but haven’t read it in a while. I have the Shack but haven’t read it. I got so many books, and so little time.

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    It took me some time to get into “Guernsey Literary…” but once I did I loved it. It would be a difficult book to read in spurts tho, because of the many characters. I felt liberated after reading “On Writing” because King doesn’t use plot outlines and I can’t either! At least not to begin with. If I get stuck, I sketch one out, but then I always end up straying from it as I go…If you ever get thru the Shack, let me know. I’m dying to talk to someone about it.

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    Rhonda Hall

    Okay, I’m finishing The Lightening Thief & then I bought The Thief, also a YA book. I started it & had trouble putting it down. Maybe, I’ll try the Shack again. Our church even offered a class on it.

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    Rhonda H

    I heard about Room, I heard it’s very excellent if not disturbing read. You’ll have to tell me what you thought.

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    I listened to the “The Help” at the recommendation of one of our Librarians. I wasn’t sure about it at first but it was fascinating.

    I also listened to a book called the “19th Wife” that was about the Mormons and polygamy.

    There is something to be said for a 30 minute one way drive to work. Since I don’t seem to have the time to sit and read anymore.

  6. 6

    Just watched the movie “19th Wife” yesterday on Lifetime. Scary. I loved “The Help.”

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    Love your book list. I am reading To Kill a Mockinbird again. I think it is good to touch that book every 6 or 7 years. Brilliant.
    I think we have a very similar taste. I loved Guernsey, Water for Elephants, and The Help.

    Great site.

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    I adore To Kill a Mockingbird! Re-read that a couple of years back when Ian had to read it for English. It does seem like we have the same taste. Can you recommend any other books? I’m always looking!

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    Rhonda H

    Wendy told me she is also reading Unbroken, so we can all talk about it later. I just started reading Cold Sassy Tree again, if you’d like to borrow it, after I’m done you certainly can. Johnnye says it’s her favorite book of all time. It is also a favorite of mine. I told you I read Water for Elephants & I have the Girl with Dragon Tatto books, but haven’t read them yet. Have you ever read Life of Pi, or Peace like a River? Also books I love.

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    Rhonda H

    Oh, I also want to read the Poisonwood Bible. I bought it at an used store a while ago & I found out a gal I work out is the author’s SIL.

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    Just wanted to thank you for reading my novel!

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    Hi Christa!
    Wow! Thanks for checking out my site! I spent a wonderful Mother’s Day out on our deck reading Walking on Glass. It was refreshing to read a story that dealt with such a difficult subject told with humor and without a lot of preaching. My only complaint was the ending! I don’t need happy endings, but I didn’t like being left entirely in the air! Will there be another book about Leah?

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    Rhonda H

    Ah, Kim. I read the Handmaid’s Tale years ago. I hated it, despised it, but I recognized it was a wonderfully written book. The Life of Pi, is wonderful. The first 3rd a little boring, but truly a great book.

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    That’s the way I felt about it. The plot had some holes and I hated the concept, but the character’s descriptions of life, especially as she sits alone in her room…beautiful and heartbreaking

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