But the further I get from the last book I completed the more I am realizing that reading isn't a leisure activity at all, it is a necessity to my life. It is where I get information, learn new things, visit places I may never otherwise visit and escape for a moment from the world I live in. And when I return I am a new and often better person.
So I have decided I am going to give myself permission to just sit and read a few times a week. And I am quite excited about it.
I usually just wait until I come across any random book that strikes me but I was thinking maybe this year I would create a reading list for myself. So far my list is pretty short and sad.
I want to finish the book "Paul" by Chuck Swindoll which I started last summer.
Here it is, I found it. Beverly Lewis. I read "Preacher's Daughter" and now apparently need "The Englisher".That is it. Short and Sad. So now I am looking for suggestions from all my favorite people.
My sister recently was raving about "Crazy Love" and "Radical" which I might look into. I think she left "Crazy Love" for me when she was visiting but my mom confiscated it for her own reading. I will need to get it back.
Since my theme of the year is "Maintain" some books on contentment, simplicity, frugality, joy would all be good. And I am praying with women's ministry so anything good about prayer. And I always love books on homemaking. I really like non-fiction mostly because I can put it down to make dinner plus I can often apply it to my life.
On the fiction front I did just finish the Mitford series and loved it. I like fiction but nothing too deep. Something like the "Cat Who..." series. I like series. I like to re-visit my friends over and over again. I like to read about people who are smarter than me, better read than me and work harder than me. I do not like novels about world war II Nazi camps or anything traumatic where reading it is going to enrich my life through more realistic understanding of the events. I don't want to experience how traumatizing a concentration camp was through a book, I have a good enough imagination on my own. I read "shopaholic" this summer and could barely get through it. I am not fascinated by self indulgent people who supposedly have a good heart but bury it so deeply in self centered justification you really can't see it at all. How did that book get sequels or a movie? Torture.
I am also currently without a devotional book so any suggestions on that front would be great too.
And, finally, I prefer to get books from the library so older books are better but that is not a hard and fast requirement for recommending a book.
So What is everyone reading these days?