Books, books, books!

(Title to be read, obviously, in Becky’s voice from How I Met Your Mother as she cheered for “boats, boats, boats!”)

So last year, I gave myself the goal of reading 100 books.

I failed epically. I ended up cheating towards the end of the year and amending my GoodReads goal to 50. I made it to 40 books finished.

This year, I was going to be smarter. I created the goal of reading 60 books in 2018. And so far, I’m doing okay. I *just* finished book #6.

Before I get to that one, I’ll just catch you up real quick on what I’ve read:

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Excellent. I read it in about 24 hours. And I ugly cried multiple times. My fiancé tried asking me about the book when I finished and I was very emotional in trying to describe it. Apparently I screamed in his ear 🤷🏻‍♀️

2. The Emotional Life of the Toddler by Alicia F. Lieberman

Also excellent. It’s a really great book for understanding the world that our littles live in. It describes everything from attachment theory to how littles understand their bodies and sexuality (spoiler: that transgender phase you’re worried about? Normal and part of healthy development. Let your little man wear your heels and pearls). I’d highly recommend it to anyone who works with littles and any parents/those considering having children.

3. Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

I love Sarah Bessey. She’s a leader within the Christian feminist movement. She’s done so much good in ensuring that Christian women know that they have value within the Christian community. And that we can do so much more for our faith communities than remain limited to the roles that we’ve been taught since birth are reserved for us and us alone.

This particular book is about her deconstruction from modern evangelicalism and how she pieces together her faith again. I identified with her so very much. And it was healing to know that someone I truly respect has been there and come through the other end in good shape.

4. When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté

Oh. My. Lanta. Such a good book on the link between stress/improper emotional regulation/expression and illness. I’d highly recommend this one to everyone.

5. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

This was… okay. I was highly intrigued by the plot (a world where abortion and IVF treatments are made illegal and punishable by lengthy prison sentences). I was only disappointed because I felt the ending was unresolved and would have loved to get to know the characters better. But the book itself was great for the provoking of thoughts.

6. Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker. My latest accomplishment.

This was a really really great read. I’ve been following her on Facebook for awhile. I’ve come to really respect her views on life and faith. But I’d never actually picked up one of her books. Until now.

Her writing style is very disarming. A chapter on her life. A chapter on her thoughts about God. A chapter of recipes. A chapter on how tos with great advice on this like “how to ruin your toddler’s life”, “how to grow an insanely long chin or neck hair when you’re thirty-seven”, and “how to get uninvited back to a home décor store.”

It reads more like a print copy of her blog. Which is great. It makes for quick reading and it helps to absorb the deeper things she’s saying when the whole book is about alllllll kinds of different things.

I’d highly recommend this book 👍🏻 in fact, stop what you’re doing now and order a copy.

While you do that, I’ll be over here getting started on book #7.

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