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Spring 2019 Reading Favorites

Book suggestions for your spring rest with books.

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        No time to Read!  I listen to many of my books using Audible.  It’s a great way to get more reading into your life while you do mundane tasks like cleaning, dishes, walks, etc.  Click on the word Audible or in the sidebar to try it out!  Let me know if you  enjoyed one of these books and I’m always looking for another good book to read if you’d care to share your favorites with me.

Last Christmas in Paris (fiction) by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb

What it’s about:  August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes – as everyone does – that it will be over by Christmas.  Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict and Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war and personal battles back home.  Through their letters Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears – and grow ever fonder from afar.

Why I liked it:   First of all, it’s not about Christmas so don’t hesitate to read it anytime.  This book is a story of WWI told through letters and I thoroughly enjoyed this format.   It is full of history told from the British perspective describing  trials, suffering and love during war time.  I listened to this book in about two days and the narration was wonderful.  Beautifully written with warmth, depth and lovely characters.

Cozy Minimalist Home  (non- fiction ) by Myquillyn Smith

What it’s about:  More Style, Less Stuff.   Cozy minimalism isn’t about going without or achieving a particular new, modern style. Nope. It’s simply a mindset that helps you get whatever style YOU LOVE with the fewest possible items.  It’s about creating a warm, cozy, inviting home, without using more resources, money, and stuff than needed. 

Why I liked it:   Myquillyn’s books are always an entertaining easy read with lots of practical advice on how to decorate your home.  Her hands-on style will teach you how to arrange furniture, pick the best couch, rug, and artwork and in what order you decorate a room. Myquillyn gives step-by-step help from someone who feels like your best friend.  

The Creative Call (non- fiction ) by Janice Elsheimer

What it’s about:  Perhaps you’re a “closet writer” who’s been scribbling in journals for years. Maybe you once had a passion for playing the piano or violin–a passion that is still flickering somewhere deep inside you. You may have a knack for photography, drawing, gardening, cooking, or some other creative gift.  The Creative Call will help you discover and use your creativity to become the person God designed you to be!

Why I liked it:   This book is not only encouraging, but practical.  It’s eight week workbook format  will help you create a workspace,  protect your creative time, and invite the Holy Spirit to be your co-creator.   Elsheimer will help you fight for the  courage to create.  Whether you are an artist who has already identified your gifts or you believe that you have artistic talent that has never been developed, working through this book will benefit you.

Homebody:  A Guide To Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave  (non-fiction)  by Joanna Gaines   

 What it’s about:   Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style.  by 

Why I liked it:   Joanna’s style is always simple, elegant, and beautiful. This book is full of inspiring pictures and explanations  of the different design styles and room-by-room overviews.  I got this book from the library and read every page and then put it on my birthday wish list.  This is a reference book I know I will look at over and over. 

The Clockmaker’s Daughter (fiction) by Kate Morton  

clockmaker's daughterI am remembered as a thief, an imposter, a girl who rose above her station, who was not chaste. My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows.’  The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through it like a river is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.

Why I liked it:  Kate Morton’s books are always like a twisting rope that intertwines the lives of her character’s stories over decades.  Because I’d read “The Lake House”, also by Kate Morton, I was willing to keep reading this book even when it seemed like it took forever to pull it all together.  Patience is key in this read, but the reward is worth the time and effort.  Masterfully done once again. 

Where the Crawdads Sing (fiction) by Delia Owens

Where The Crawdads Sing

“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature….Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”—The New York Times Book Review

Why I liked it:  This is a tender, sweet, and sad read of a little girl left alone to raise herself in the marshes of North Carolina.  It is a story of courage, love, living alone, and bringing beauty out of pain. I quickly listened to this book on Audible because it was so good.  Five stars – You’ll want to read this one!

Living by the Book  (non- fiction) by Howard G. Hendricks and William D.  Hendricks 

Living By the BookLiving by the Book will remove the barriers that keep Scripture from transforming your life. In a simple, step-by-step fashion, the authors explain how to glean truth from Scripture. It is practical, readable, and applicable. By following its easy-to-apply principles, you’ll soon find yourself drawing great nourishment from the Word—and enjoying the process! 

Why I liked it:   Practical is the word that describes this book.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to study the bible from a gifted seminary professor who is like a grandpa sitting beside you showing the simple steps of how to do it, this is the book you want to purchase. It will forever change your understanding of how to correctly study the bible.  A companion workbook is also available.  Click here to purchase the two book set.

Letters to the Lost  (fiction) by Iona Grey

Letters to the LostHaving fled from her abusive boyfriend and with nowhere to go, Jess stumbles onto a forgotten lane where a small, clearly vacant old house offers her best chance of shelter for the night. The next morning, a mysterious letter arrives and when she can’t help but open it, she finds herself drawn inexorably into the story of two lovers from another time.

Why I liked it:  This author does an amazing job of writing two stories from two different time periods and drawing them together with beautiful tenderness.   With struggles of real life, difficult decisions, love, and hope, both stories will captivate you to read on.

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