What I've Been Reading - January 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 1 Comment

I love starting a new year and diving into some great books. I read an obscene amount of books this month…I finished a few of these right on the 1st of this month and also had a free day where I really flew through some great reads. I updated to a 2015 Books Read page, where you can find some new reads if you are looking this year.

Favorite books read this month:

Prayer by Timothy Keller: This book hit me in ways I wasn’t even expecting. I underlined almost half of the book, and continued to return to passages over and over, using it as a great guide. I have really been desiring to know the character of God, and this book really pushed me in the Praise category of prayer.

The Monster in the Hallows by Andrew Peterson: If you haven’t started Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather series, I can’t recommend it enough. Finished this 3rd book in the series this month. It’s written for a young adult audience, and is a mix of Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings, with a huge dose of the Gospel. Shared one of my favorite quotes from the book on Instagram this week.

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay: Wasn’t sure what to expect on this one, and I really loved it. Easy going, fun, and a romance; I was surprised by how much I wanted to keep reading this one (sad when it ended). Went and ordered her 2nd book right after finishing this one, and can’t wait to dive in.

Make it Happen by Lara Casey: I love using Lara Casey’s powersheets to plan for my business, and preordered this book months ago. I learned more about Lara’s story, and especially loved some really practical suggestions she gave to make sure you are working for what matters. I’ve been trying her tip to stay off my phone all Sunday…it’s a work in progress.

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink: Did you know that doctors euthanized patients at hospitals during Katrina, as a means to show mercy when conditions were unthinkable? Me neither! I have talked about this book with almost EVERYONE I have hung out with this month (sorry sweet friends). It is dense, but I thought it read like a mystery novel. 

Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson: I did a little binge-reading on this one, and gosh oh golly, was it so very good. I’m from Birmingham, which makes this book extra special. The laugh-out-loud funny stories pair so nicely with the weaving story of how God works over the course of a life…I loved her first book, but this one is even better.

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon: Another dense book but so very good. Telling a compelling story of witchcraft in the late 1600’s in newly developed settlements in America. Did a great job of keeping multiple story lines going and bringing them together in the end.

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley: Great, great, great read for anyone who works in creative business or just desires to be more creative in their life. So many practical examples and many great stories. I really loved this book, and told my dad to buy it pronto.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: I love to read, but I also really love to sleep, so very rarely will I stay up late finishing a book. This book was a stay-up-late and can’t-put-it-down type of read for sure. I was guessing the whole time.

The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley: Really interesting read on the way children are educated around the world. I found it fascinating, and it opened my eyes to educational ideas I had never even known about. Really neat read.

Yes, Please by Amy Pohler: Listened to this on audiobook (which I highly recommend doing); this book is just great and fun. I though Pohler did a really commendable job talking about some touch subjects in a vulnerable and honest way, but was also so extremely positive and upbeat. Great car-travelling listen.

Other books read this month:
Chasing God by Angie Smith: Good. Still think Mended is her best read so far. 
Made for More by Hannah Anderson: Good. Some of her examples on reflecting Jesus have really stuck with me.
Small Victories by Anne Lamott: Based on writing style and prose, this book was one of my favorites. I disagree with some of what she said about God, but her writing style is excellent.
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin: Fun young adult read on the making of the first atomic bomb.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: Touching and sad in a good way. Won the Pulitzer Prize.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Overall good, but I didn’t love it as much as everyone else did.
The Art of Social Media Guy Kawasaki: very quick and easy read; pointers on doing social media (for business).

What have you been reading this month?  Any suggestions?

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February 15, 2015

I read The smartest kids in the world not too long ago and I was surprised how much I talked about it to other people. Loved your list.

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