What I’m Reading Right Now – January 2017

 

This isn’t primarily a blog about books or reading, but since books and reading play such a significant role in my life, I thought it might be fun to share what’s on my nightstand (and desk, and side-table, and floor) every once in awhile. 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. Recommended on several bookish blogs I follow, this is a middle-grade novel about a castle with personality and the kids who live there and desperately need its help. Fun so far!

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I’m doing this as a read-aloud with my kids. I’ve read it several times before, but it’s still taken all my self-discipline not to read ahead when my kids aren’t around. So good! One of my perpetual favorites.

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis. The 5th book in The Chronicles of Narnia, this is our current family read-aloud after dinner. It’s my husband’s favorite book in the set. Knowing that is helping me to see it with new eyes, since it has traditionally been my least favorite of them.

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith. Home decor, creativity, and contentment from a Christian perspective. This book has given me a new sense of freedom to experiment with my home and figure out creative ways to make it more “me,” and to make it “work” better for my family. In the process, a lot of long-held frustration is being released. Smith offers a very down-to-earth, grace-filled perspective.

The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris. I’ve been reading this one like a devotional, a little bit at a time, for several months now. Norris describes her experiences as an oblate at a Benedictine monastery. Coming from a Protestant, Midwestern background, she and I have some things in common and I value the spiritual insights that she shares. A very contemplative read, which is why I’m taking it slowly.

Recently finished:
The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg. This was a quick, easy read about the Danish concept of Hygge that has become so popular recently. Nothing earth-shattering here, but Edberg’s reminders that it’s worthwhile to take the time to make your home cozy and warm have helped me be intentional about enjoying the long winter days.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I’ve been trying to fill a gap in my reading by finally exploring the British Mystery genre which I have neglected in my life thus far. I enjoyed this novel as well as Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. But I prefer Dorothy Sayers’ mysteries about Lord Peter Wimsey. I’ve also read several of Sayers’ short stories and G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown Mysteries, but they resolve themselves too quickly for my liking. I enjoy the drawn-out whodunnit experience of the longer novels.

Greenglass House by Kate Milford.  I read this in early January, when we were shut in the house due to the torrential rains here in California.  Since this middle-grade novel is about a boy and his family being shut up in their big, ramshackle house with some mysterious guests during a snow-storm, it was perfect timing.  I enjoyed the intrigue of the plot, but I mostly loved the heart that the story conveyed about the joy of giving to others sacrificially and the meaning of true family.  Highly recommended. 🙂

The Gospel of Matthew.  Historically, I have not been very drawn to the Gospels.  I tend to read the Psalms over and over again, because they are so gritty and passionate and they feed my soul well.  But lately I’ve been craving a deeper intimacy with Jesus–a better understanding of his personality–and I’ve felt led to Matthew.  It has been a beautiful, rich experience–reading not with a desire for better theology or tips for living as a Christian–but just with a longing to know Him better.  God has met me there and every time I read I fall more in love with the man, the person, that Jesus is.

What have you been reading lately that has touched your heart, mind, or life in some way?  Leave a comment!  I love reading your thoughts and responding!

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading Right Now – January 2017”

  1. Its a gift to have a list of delightful reads from a friend like you Sarah; thank you for sharing. I truly need this guidance. Oh to have more time to read so much more!!

    1. Thanks Lynn! I’m glad it’s an inspiration. I feel really blessed that I’ve been able to make more time for reading in recent months. There was a looong dry spell there when my kids were littles. While it takes intentionality for me to make time for reading, it seems like it does get easier as the kids get older!

  2. If you want to digger deeper into Madeleine L’Engle, I much prefer her Austin Family Chronicles. They are probably a little too old for your kids, but you’ll love them.

    1. Yes! I’ve read most, if not all, of the Austin family books and I love them! Have you read the Crosswicks Journals? They’re next on my list. 🙂

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