Friday, March 29, 2013

On my reading list....

I'm one of those people who can't read just one book at a time. I shuffle between four or five different books, and it always takes me forever to finish one. For example, here are the books I'm currently reading:

Tinkers: This is such a beautiful book about a dying man's final hours. I honestly didn't know if I would be able to handle it. I tried reading Faulkner's As I Lay Dying years ago, and I honestly had to stop because I was getting depressed. I get super wrapped up in people's stories--even if they're fictional. So that, combined with all the deaths in my family over the past 2-3 years had me hesitant to start it. Honestly, it's given me quite a bit of peace.

The War of Art: I bought this book a couple years ago and started to read it, but at that point, I didn't really view myself as a creative (I bought it more for the psychological aspect), so I lost interest pretty quickly. Now that I'm beginning to nurture that side of myself a little bit more, I started in again. His writing style isn't my favorite, but it's full of great advice and perspective.

What We Talk About When We Talk About God: I will always love Rob Bell. That man could completely go off the deep end and start writing books about elves and fairies, and I'd still buy them. A lot of folks have issues with his writing style (well....and his views, too), but I honestly don't mind it. The thing about Rob Bell is he doesn't view faith as existing in a vacuum, and he doesn't view science as an enemy. He addresses what it means to live as a person of faith in a chaotic world, and he brings up string theory, quarks, and relativity. Even if I don't always agree with his conclusions or views, he always always always makes me think and question the beliefs I've taken for granted. His books have helped grow my faith more than almost any because of that.

Etsy-preneurship: This one is brand new--I haven't even gotten through the first chapter yet. I heard about it on a blog I follow (although I honestly can't remember which one!) a while back. It took me a few months to order it, though; I've toyed with the idea of opening an Etsy shop for almost a year now, but I felt like really researching it/buying a book on it was way too close to taking the plunge. Tyler told me to "just order the darn book--if you read it and don't want to do it, don't." So.....I did. We'll see how I feel about Etsy when I finish it. :)

The Princes in the Tower: This book has been on my shelf for a while, mainly because I tend to buy British history books in bulk at used book stores. Alison Weir is one of my favorite authors in the genre, and this particular work is super interesting. It's about King Richard III, a Plantagenet king who's somewhat of an enigma. Contemporary works about him were destroyed by the king who followed him, and he was so villified by the Tudor historians that wrote after his death that nobody really knows what he was actually like. I started reading after his body was discovered in England (under a parking lot!) last month.

Storyline: This is actually more of a workbook than a book-book. A friend of mine wrote it, and he sent me some copies after my brother and I saw him a couple weeks ago at a speaking engagement in town. After hearing him talk, I am crazy-excited to start this. I really think it's going to help me focus, because I feel like I'm going in about a thousand different directions right now.

So yeah, that's my list! Yikes, right? I'm enjoying all of them so much, but it'll take me until June to finish them--especially with all of the little projects I keep picking up. Anyone else reading any of these?


  1. Art of War will grow on you! :-) I loved it! .... Me Anna Karenina and Beautiful Darkness/Chaos and Purple Cow...

    1. Love Anna Karenina! Have you seen the movie yet?


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