Friday, June 15, 2018

In Which I Commence A Stack of Improving Reading

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Marianne Dashwood started a stack of improving reading by the end of Sense and Sensibility. I wonder if she finished it; somehow I think she did. Her book stack was a result of a heart change, and I don't think it met with the fate of Emma's 101 titles.

I'm starting a list of my own--twelve titles that I'd like to read this summer in company with a summer reading program I'm taking part in. This reading program is from the Holy Grail of bookstores--the place with good deals, one that invites you to linger and breathe in the scent of it all and find some introverted soul peace.

This reading program has specific categories to choose from, so Wednesday morning I was busily looking at my TBR stack and seeing which categories I can fit the books into. And with great success--I've even got a couple of books to spare past the ten book requirement! (silent screaming how is this going to happen) Here's what I'm looking at so far:

(These categories were created by Baker Book House.)

Biography: Martin Luther, by Eric Metaxas
I got this book for Christmas; I'm really excited to read it and would like to finish it in this calendar year, HALP.

A Problem in Society Today: The Gospel Comes With a House Key, by Rosaria Butterfield
I'd heard of this book before, but it was also mentioned in our church newsletter and the subject coincides with an initiative our church started where they're encouraging households to reach out to someone with the Gospel in the next week or so.

Published in 2018: Speak Truth in Your Heart, by Sarah Mally
This is such an important book for girls, equipping them to address spiritual lies and battles with the truth of God's Word. I'm looking forward to digging into it this summer to prepare my own heart for discussing it with my Bright Lights group this fall.

Teen Novel: Fawkes, by Nadine Brandes
Not only is Nadine Brandes the Queen Ninja of connecting with her fans, but I'm hoping to meet her this year at Realm Maker's, and I really want to get a copy of Fawkes to have her sign it (as well as bring my whole Out of Time series, who are we kidding.)

Recommended to You: Culture Care, by Makoto Fujimura
This book I think would have some good thoughts on art and Christianity to tuck away in my brain for the fiction class I'll be teaching later this year. It's a book my sister likes and recommended to me!

Book You've Waited Too Long To Read: Flame of Resistance, by Tracy Groot
My friend Amanda Barratt recommended this book to me, and we're going to read it together soon. I'm SO EXCITED!!

One-word Title: Hamlet, by Shakespeare
A friend is working on a Hamlet re-telling, and I really want to read this story, not only because she likes it, but so I can understand the original to better understand the retelling when it comes out!

Kid's Chapter Title: The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis
And thus will finish my Chronicles of Narnia re-read.

Author I've Never Read Before: A Higher Loyalty, by James Comey
I just picked this up from the library. The committee questioning with Comey last year was fascinating to watch, and I'm looking forward to reading his book for myself.

Made Into a Movie: A Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Steadman
It's gonna rip my heart out. A story about a husband and wife who tend a lighthouse and decide to keep a shipwrecked baby when they can't have kids of their own--even though they know who the mother is.

A Country I'd Like to Visit: Victoria: The Queen, by Julia Baird
When Suzannah Rowntree shared about the 1.99 Kindle deal, I picked this book up because I had a biography about Queen Victoria on my TBR for this year. First I flipped through it, then I started to read it in earnest. I'm geeking out, and it's already fascinating.

I only have until August 25th. Wish me luck. 

Are any of these books on your summer list? What are you hoping to read this summer?

also, half of these are nonfiction, who kidnapped schuyler 


  1. Haha! I'm so glad the Victoria biography is treating you well! I also hope to get to it before too much more time goes by...we'll see.

    1. It was super fun and helpful to hear your thoughts on Albert. I loved this book! Can't wait to read Queen Victoria's Matchmaking.

  2. Emily just read the Rosaria Butterfield book and said it was excellent!

    I made a list last week...I don't expect to get through all of it in the next two months, but I'm a much more ambitious reader than I used to be, and there's no harm in trying! Some are favorite rereads, some are deep soul food, some are heavy reading. Asterisk* means I'm partway through already. :)

    Confessions (Augustine)
    The Broken Way (Voskamp)*
    Reformation Worship (Gibson/Earngey)*
    Life Together (Bonhoeffer)*
    Evangelicalism Divided (Murray)
    Enduring Divine Absence (Minich)
    A Secular Age (Taylor)
    The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)
    The Shining Company (Sutcliff)*

    1. Oh, oh!! I'd love to hear your thoughts on some of these! This is such a good list (though I'm not familiar with all of them). The Lord of the Rings is a great summer re-read, too! :D And I'd love to chat with you about The Broken Way sometime.

  3. I love your summer reading stack, Schuyler dear! It looks very inviting and varied :).
    I approve heartily :) Also I am really interested to hear your thoughts on A Light Between Oceans. It totally ripped my heart when I read it a few years ago, but I loved it for posing such a difficult moral question and making the characters so real. Also the writing was quite beautiful.

    The film has a few "bedroom" scenes which I'd caution to definitely skip though!

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Joy! I don't know why, but this list made me super happy. I cannot wait to read A Light Between Oceans--I want just the right moment to read it. But I have a feeling it's going to be like you where it rips my heart. The cover, the title, are all so beautiful!

      Oo, good to know about the film! Thanks so much for the heads up!


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