I’m a happy camper. After a nearly 3 year hiatus, the Saturday morning book club I was in has started up again!

It’s different than it was last time. We used to meet once a month…now we meet once every two months. We used to all vote on a book to read, read it, and then discuss it at our next meeting…now we simply bring our recent reads — whatever we want — to the meetings and share our thoughts on them. We also have a little book “exchange” happening, where we’ll bring a stack of books we’re willing to loan out to whoever would like to read them before the next meeting.

We’ve only met twice under this new “format”, but so far it’s GREAT! I am loving the more casual approach to it all — much more do-able for me now that I’m a mommy. I have loved sitting in a quiet room with several other women for an hour or two, sipping hot cocoa and casually discussing books we loved, hated, and everything in between. And I love coming home with a new stack of borrowed books to try out!

Here’s the book I read last month (I borrowed a stack of books, but only got through one :)):

The Other Side of Darkness by Melody Carlson.

In a nutshell, it’s about a wife/mother who becomes entangled in a extreme cult-like church/ministry. Oh yes, and she has OCD…soooo, not a good combination. It was an interesting read — got a bit long at the end, so I think I ended up skimming the last couple chapters — but all in all it was OK.

And these are the books I came home with today:

Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

I don’t know much about this book other than it’s a light, pleasant read. Has anyone read any of the books in this series?

I also picked up

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

I don’t agree with Donald Miller on a few things…but I do like his writing style. When I was in high school I read his book “Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance” (which has since been retitled “Through Painted Deserts”). A pleasant, humorous, easy read. I loved it enough to pass it along to a couple friends. Only years later, after “Blue Like Jazz” (his giganto hit) released did I realize that it was by the same author. Speaking of “Blue Like Jazz”…I once read it. I don’t remember loving it, but I can’t remember why. But then, reading comprehension (or retention?) was not my forte in my school days, and I don’t think that has drastically changed over the years. I enjoy reading, but takes a lot for a book to make an impression on me, and apparently that one didn’t! I just have this vague sense that I didn’t like it all that much — didn’t agree with some of it. Hmm. Maybe I should re-read it. But I digress. I am looking forward to giving this one a go.

So those were my book club picks — but they’re not all I’m working on. Here’s what’s currently bookmarked and in my book-bag/on my nightstand:

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

The Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis


Yep, alot of books. And even more that I’m wanting to start. And, for the record, I’ve been “working on” several of these books for a long, long time now. #slowreader

What about you? What are you reading these days? And if you’re in a book club, what’s it like? Do share!




3 responses to “Books

  1. My recent favorites are “A Theology of Christian Counseling: Beyond Redemption” by Jay Adams… a hard read when you have kids running around (there is nothing that you can skim, it’s all so rich) but soooooooo good!!! Also, “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands” by Paul Tripp. Highly recommend both of those 🙂

    The Donald Miller thing makes me cringe, please be careful! He was my favorite author before I was saved- he is a very, very gifted storyteller, but is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He clearly does not believe in the God of the Bible or the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture 😦

    • Don’t worry, I am ever (overly?) aware and careful. 🙂 Those are the vague kinds of things I remember disagreeing with in “Blue Like Jazz” — I just don’t remember the specifics! Don’t think my radar was as high up then as it is now. I should have probably added that I like reading books by authors I tend to disagree with, especially if they are a big hit. So…my decision to read his book should not be read as an endorsement (or non-endorsement) of it — it’s just something I’m reading. 🙂

  2. Your book club sounds very fun…I read Blue Like Jazz and loved it (I also don’t agree with everything he believe), but what a communicator! I also enjoyed “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis.

    Have fun reading!

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