There are so many great books in this world, how does anyone ever keep up with them? Here’s the books that are most currently littering every surface of my apartment.
Accidental Saints, Nadia Bolz-Weber
Nadia Bolz-Weber is the pastor of a Lutheran church in Denver. Amazon describes her as, “Tattooed, angry and profane,” awesome. Amazon goes on to describe the book: “this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.”
I started reading the moment I opened the package, and within five minutes she had used the words a**hole and Jesus on the same page and I knew she was my kind of girl. I just feel bonded to her. We all need a little bit of edge.
At one point she tells a story about when she was asked to speak at a youth conference and she freaked because she doesn’t know how to talk to teens, only adults. And I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if that was my problem? Unfortunately our talents are reversed, and my hope is that one day I will learn how to speak to adults.
One Thousand Wells, Jena Lee Nardella
So part of my whole “becoming an adult” thing is figuring out where and how to give. I am thrilled to be able to commit to supporting one of the organizations that I’ve given to sporadically for several years, Blood:Water. Blood:Water builds wells in countries and villages affected by HIV and AIDS. Over the past ten years they have built over 1,00 wells and have brought relief to countless people. Their co-founder recently published her memoir, and I’m really excited to read it. (You get a free signed copy if you sign up for a new monthly donation right now!) I haven’t started it yet, but I will keep you posted.
Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling
I just love Mindy Kaling. Seriously. How can you not? She has written yet another series of essays and I can’t think of a single reason why to not pour myself a glass of wine (or two) and spend a night laughing with Mindy/by myself. Hey Amy Poehler, can you write a second book too? Plz?
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
I finished this one a few weeks ago. It was good, once I got into it, but quite honestly, I forgot I had read it until I just saw it on my Amazon orders list. It was a good read, and the end had me hooked, but all in all nothing too memorable.
This is the most recent study I’m in the midst of. It’s a 19 day study but I will exercise humility and let you know that it has taken me much longer than the scheduled 19 days. It’s been great though, and maybe it’s just the mountains whispering to my heart, but I think this one might be the most beautiful design yet. As always, the book is meant to go along with the free online study, and you don’t need the book at all to do it. Join me?
Well… it looks like I made it a solid four months out of school before deciding I’m ready to go back. What the what. I signed up to take my GRE on November 12th and am hoping to head back to UT for grad school next year. Teaching + going back to school sounds like a good idea, right…? 😳😳😳 Someone come teach me how to do math so I can pass this test.
A few others I am wanting to read...
The Kite Runner: I know I’m way late to the game on this one (like, years late), but I keep seeing And The Mountains Echoed everywhere, and I feel like I should read The Kite Runner first, even if out of obligation.
Same thing with Go Set a Watchman, I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird, but it was a long time ago and I should reread before I decide to pick that one up.
In the classroom…
In my classroom, we are making our way through Wonder for read aloud as a whole class, while small groups are making their way through When You Reach Me, A Wrinkle in Time, and Ender’s Game. Check out the teaching blog for more on that. (These books are also littered around my apartment as I simultaneously weave together all of their plot lines in a feeble attempt to keep up with each of my students.)
Looking for suggestions on…
I am really looking for a good book about the Holocaust. This summer I devoured The Book Thief and All The Light We Cannot See. Anybody have another good suggestion? I’m also looking for a Holocaust book I can read with my class. We should be starting our Holocaust & World War II unit in October. I’m so excited to teach such important topics.
As always, send your recommendations my way! There is nothing I love more than a good book. 🙂