Hello lovelies!Today I am having a computer day, since this is the only day this week I have the morning off. Our schedules have been so busy this year so these days I get to spend at home have become little treasures for me. :) I get to start my morning with a cup of coffee, cuddles with my dog Annie, and reading a book instead of hurrying out the door. This helps me get a little inspired and focused as I start the day! And starting off focused and inspired on a Monday generally means a better week.
I wanted to do some Favorite Things blog posts, to kind of introduce myself and start a friendly conversation with you all. Maybe you can relate to a few of these? Or maybe you will want to share a few of your favorite things as well? :) Today I will be starting off with my favorite books at the moment, though this could change with the weather (which has been quite perfect the last few days).
"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood." –John Green
I first picked up Blue Like Jazz when I was in high school, and have since been hooked on Donald Miller's writing. It almost feels like you are just having a conversation with a good friend, one who is open and honest, one who you can always relate to. He may not have all the answers but at least his books help you realize you aren't the only one asking those questions. His newest book, Scary Close, has some amazing thoughts on relationships-- not just romantic ones, but for friendships as well. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is ever around another person for any length of time. :)
Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist is the go-to book for me when I want to feel inspired or need a mental hug. Some Christian women authors have this way about writing that makes me feel like I am in a stiff Sunday school class, but Shauna's writing just feels like a cozy Bible study in a home with a small group of friends, where you can put your feet on the coffee table as you talk about life. Her words encourage me to pray, do yoga, and be creative. I love this quote from Cold Tangerines: "It's rebellious, in a way, to choose joy, to choose to dance, to choose to love your life. It's much easier and much more common to be miserable. But I choose to do what I can do to create hope, to celebrate life, and the act of celebrating connects me back to that life I love." <3
My husband introduced me to the world of Harry Potter, and I am slowly making my way through the book series. I love books that have lots of imagination and originality, and J.K. Rowling has infused these books with a good dose of each. I have already watched the movies, but books are always so much better, aren't they? Some Sunday afternoons you'll find us reading books in bed, usually with Friends streaming on TV, and lately I have been turning the pages of these books, one by one.
What books have you all been reading lately? Any recommendations? :)