Tag: Books

Ove and Emil and winning a smile

A Man Called Ove has been on my list of hyped books to read for two or three years. I’d look at it when I visited the bookstore, nearly adding it to my pile. But then something always prevented me. Then I saw that…

#FBF: Favorite Books of the 1960s

If you’ve followed me around on Instagram or Goodreads you’ll already know how much of a book nerd I am. In fact, whenever somebody asks what my hobby is, I usually say, “reading”. So, when it came time to research for All Manner of…

Book Recommendations for Black History Month

It can sometimes be a temptation to gravitate toward books authored by writers who look like us or who we perceive to have had a similar life experience. It’s easy, comfortable, safe. But when we do that we stunt ourselves emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually….

Finding friends in books.

I remember the first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was in eighth grade and going through a rough time. My best friend had just decided that she didn’t want to be my pal, let alone my best one. I…

Thoughts on Maggie Bright, The Shrew, and Prayer.

 I am happy to read any book by Tracy Groot. Yeah, she’s an award winning author. And yeah, she’s somebody I’m glad to call my friend (name drop!). But on top of that, she’s a darn good writer who writes well (without preaching) about…

Something Different

Like I mentioned on Monday, March is Reading month! Hip Hip Hooray! I’ll be writing often this month about reading because, well, I like to read. It’s a big part of my life. I’ll also be challenging you to be a little more adventurous…

Time to Read

I read a lot. Last year, I kicked off in January with the Empty Shelf challenge from Jon Acuff. Every time I finished a book, I added it to a previously clear shelf and took a picture of it. But then I got comments like,…

I have too many books

When I was in high school I bought a copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I had a small, particle board book case in my bedroom and I lovingly placed the book on it. That was the beginning of my book obsession….er….collection. Those…

The Un-Empty Shelf

If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile, you might remember that last year I joined Jon Acuff’s Empty Shelf Challenge. The basic idea was to clear off one shelf and read enough books in 2014 to fill it. It was a fun challenge….

Breathing Options

Hey, Friends! If you’ve been hanging around my Facebook or Twitter the past few months, you’ll know that I’m involved in the Breathe Christian Writers Conference. I’m on the planning committee and this year I get to present a workshop called The Art of…

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