I love a well-told story.
Barnes and Noble (or Barnes and Nobles, as my Mimi says) is one of my happy places, along with Chick-Fil-A, Target, and Anthropologie. I could spend hours picking up books and thumbing through magazines. The coffee/cookie aroma doesn’t hurt.
Nine times out of ten, when I am browsing, I don’t buy anything, unless I’m stocking up on presents for my Mimi (she reads more than I do!) or buying books for the Peanut. This is the sad reality for English teachers and bibliophiles–so many books, so little time,
so many papers to grade diapers to change. Having read the cover flaps and backs of at least a dozen books that I swear I’ll add to my reading list later, I say goodbye to my literary happy zone, counting the days until summer nap time, when Mr. Barnes and Noble(s) and I can once again be very close friends.
When I’m living by my best-laid plans, I set aside time to pursue things (like reading) that make me a whole person. I’m looking forward to sharing the best of books: characters that make me laugh out loud, plot lines that force me stay up until all hours of the night, and the sentences I read and re-read as I marvel at the beauty of the English language. I’ll put a list of books on this page, and you can also check under “B” for books!
Finished and Loved:
The entire Redemption and Baxter series, Karen Kingsbury
anything and everything by Francine Rivers, but especially the Voice in the Wind series
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
(as in, I have been reading some of these for weeks/months/years. The struggle is real!)
A Million Little Ways, Emily Freeman
One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp
Jesus Calling, Sarah Young
The Worn Out Woman, Dr. Steve Stephens and Alice Gray
To Read: (see, I have a lot of catching up to do!)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
Same Kind of Different as Me, Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Parenting the Wholehearted Child, Jeannie Cunnion
…and probably a hundred more. Truly.