Thursday, April 26, 2012

Things I Read

Be warned. This post is all about books. So if you don't like books, you won't like this post. But I like books so here goes it.

I'm a bookworm at heart, but the last few years have been a reading fail on my part. Too busy, too many distractions. But lately I've been forcing myself to get back into the habit of reading and man is it ever good for the soul. For me, reading can be a form of escape into another world. It can produce new knowledge of cultures, ideas or events. Reading can transport you to another place or time or inspire you to be a better a better person or to do greater things. It's powerful stuff.

I am all over the map when it comes to what I enjoy reading. It really depends on my mood.

Ever since I discovered Nancy Drew as a little girl, my rainy day go-to reads are mysteries

Then there are days when I want learn from what I'm reading and will choose something philosophical, sociological or historical.

Other times when I just need to zone out I'll pick up something fun, lighthearted and fictional.

And some days, when I need a pick-me-up, I'll read something inspirational.

In no particular order, these are some of my favorite books from over the years. I definitely am looking for some new books to read, so let me know if you have any suggestions in the comments!

1. Blood Done Sign My Name is a true story that took place in the early '70s and paints a riveting and unforgettable portrait of the devastating effects of racial inequality. Seriously, I couldn't put it down!

2. Crazy Love is an empowering call for lukewarm Christians to step up in awareness of the overwhelming awesomeness that is God. It's written for people who are tired of modern Christianity and feel that there is something more radical than is typically being offered in churches today. If you're a Christian, I'd definitely recommend it!

3. Okay, so The Hunger Games might be cliche but it was a pretty fantastic story.

4. I think every American should read A People's History of the United States. It's definitely not the history we learned in school.

5. Ender's Game may not be for every one. I've read it many times, but not since I was a tween. I remember it involving battles against aliens and being pretty amazing.

6. 1984 is a grim portrayal of a totalitarian future where no privacy exists. If you like The Hunger Games and its political implications, you just might enjoy it!

Happy reading!


Janette said...

I love books! Haven't read lately though.. Bummer.. I need to.. I also haven't read any of the books on your list...But that US history one sounds fantastic!

Janette, the Jongleur

Kay said...

My husband got me to read Ender's Game and I loved it. Read it again as an adult- the whole child psychology aspect of it is really great... did you hear that they are making it a movie? Hubs and I are terrified that they are going to turn it into a kid's movie. I also read the sequel to this book and loved it equally. Haven't gotten around to the third book yet...

I'm not usually a huge sci-fi lover (AT ALL) but I trusted my husband on this one and I am glad that I did!

Aidyl Ewoh said...

A whole post about books? Now that makes me happy! Writing, reading, editing, writing, editing, reading… A lot of my life is being spent around books right now. =)

Elise said...

I love crazy love, I read it a few years ago and it really changed my mindset and just challenged us to make some necessary changes.
I haven't read the hunger games. I'm sure it is great, it just creeps me out that they have to fight to the death (obviously i am ignorant but it sounds scary.)


Elise said...

I love crazy love, I read it a few years ago and it really changed my mindset and just challenged us to make some necessary changes.
I haven't read the hunger games. I'm sure it is great, it just creeps me out that they have to fight to the death (obviously i am ignorant but it sounds scary.)


Olga said...

I love reading! Do more of these posts:)

Allie said...

I've been waiting for someone to post what they have been reading! I want to start on book #1. :)

Tegan {enlove with life} said...

I am a huge bookworm too, although I admit that most of what I read is young adult fiction.

Hunger Games and 1984 are two of my very favorite books. If you liked those, I feel confidant recommending Matched by Ally Condie to you. I am reading the sequel right now, and it has a very similar vibe to those two.

Kirsten Wiemer said...

i really should read more. you inspire me. once i have time not to read school books i'll start. haha.


helen said...

I'm with Tegan! Read Matched by Ally Condie. I have read both and they are really good. Right now my hubby and I are rereading To Kill a Mocking Bird. It's one of my favorites!

Erika said...

I just read 'Bloom' by Kelle Hampton. She has a blog - The book is a memoir of her first year with her daughter, who has downs syndrome. I read the whole thing in 24 hours!! You may need some kleenex:)

Ashley said...

So happy to see you've recommended Crazy Love. Such an awesome picture of God's heart in that book.

Actually, I've been thinking of re-reading it lately!

Ashley said...

I just started reading The Hunger Games yesterday and I am hooked! I love series of books and just recently finished one so I needed a new one! Crazy Love sounds good, it may be my next read. :)

McKenzie said...

I've read 4 of the 6 :) Some books I've fallen in love with over the years that I recommend:

1. "Three Cups of Tea"- Greg Mortenson. There is controversy surrounding this book now but still an amazing read.
2. "The Kite Runner"/ "A Thousand Splendid Suns"- both by Khaled Hosseini.
3. "Pillars of the Earth"- Ken Follet
4. "Under A Blood Red Sky"- Kate Furnivall (and anything else by her)
5. "The Art of Seduction"- Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

I love to read. When I lived in South Africa for a year I ended up shipping home THREE boxes full of books home to the US.... I have since invested in a Kindle :)

Maria @ All Things Luxurious said...

Thanks so much for the recommendations, Kylee! I added some to my "To Read" list in my iPhone. ;-) It may not be up your alley, but I love Emily Giffin -- she is my favorite author and I have read all of her books. Jodi Picoult is also a great author if you like courtroom drama, mystery, drama, and stories with twists. And Jen Lancaster is great for the laugh of your life. ;-) Enjoy!

Nav said...

I love the hunger games too!!

Cady said...

I absolutely love A People's History of the United States, Ender's Game, and 1984. I had to read them all for school and was so surprised when I found myself loving them! I'll have to read the other three you recommend. Reading has been put on the back burner lately but getting back into the habit of enjoying a good book is definitely a summer goal.

Tilly said...

I always get super sad when I finish a series. Same thing happened when I finished the hunger games trilogy so a friend recommended Ender's Game. I'm super excited to start it!

elledoubleyouu said...

I love Howard Zinn and A People's History of the United States! Have you watched his biographical documentary "You Can't Stay Neutral on a Moving Train"? It's fascinating, and narrated by Matt Damon (who used to live next door and had Zinn as a babysitter!)

a fellow book nerd
♥ LW

Meghan @ Shine On said...

I've been looking for some suggestions for my trip next week, so this is PERFECT. Thanks, love! =)

amanda said...

I'm half way through A People's History. So good!