Summer “Book” List

With Memorial Day weekend come and gone and the fact that it’s JUNE (what?!) slowly sinking in, I think it’s officially safe to throw around the term “summer”. Growing up summer meant book lists and library trips and signing up for the reading program (yes, I was that child), but I realize not everyone shares my enthusiasm for books. So although my summer book list of 2017 will surface at some point, I thought a summer “no books allowed” list might be fun. Read More

Springing Forward: Book List

We’re three whole months into the new year now (…too late to still be calling it “new”? Let me know), so I figured a book list was in order. We also just lost an hour of sleep this weekend – YAY SPRING – so clearly we could all use a reason to smile.

Life has been a bit crazy for me at the moment (luckily with mostly exciting things!), so I haven’t been able to attack my ever growing reading list as much as I’d like. Is anyone else’s book shelves newly crammed with Christmas-gift books, best-of-last-year’s books, and this-year-I’ll-read-more!!!!!So-I-can-buy-these books? Just me? Read More

Best Books of 2016

Book list season is the BEST kind of season. Has anyone else been devouring all these “best of 2016” lists?? I think the other day at work I had 3 open simultaneously. No shame.

I was already eyeing what I want to read next year, when Goodreads sent me a fun email of everything I’ve read this year! I’ll be honest, when it said I read 20 books it seemed far too small. Only 20?! I realize that’s a crazy amount to some; as an avid reader I felt like I was doing more reading than that…

Sidenote: some of my friends are trying out the 52 books in a year thing for 2017! Anyone ever done that? Seems daunting. Also seems tempting. Hmmm.

Here’s the best of what I read this year! (Along with a full list at the bottom) Any recommendations?? Let’s talk books *heart eyes emoji*  Read More

Finding God in the Waves

You probably know Mike McHargue as ‘Science Mike’ – co-host on The Liturgists podcast. Or maybe you know him from his own podcast, Ask Science Mike. Maybe you’ve seen his blog, caught some of his appearances or interviews on other platforms. Maybe you recognize his name, maybe you recognize his ability to take anything simple and make it incredibly complex by providing a scientific, logical definition with lots of big words (or is that just me?), maybe you recognize his calming voice with the southern lilt. I used to know him as all those things, too, but now I know him as another thing: friend.

No, we haven’t met. Although he was gracious enough to chat with me on the phone last week (on the morning of his book release, no less!) and I follow him on Twitter, I doubt he would consider us very close. But after reading Finding God in the Waves, it’s impossible to walk away and not feel as if you just gained a new friend. Read More

Krysti’s Book List

With the beginning of the year came so many good books! And, sadly, so little time to read them. At least in my life. 2016 started out with a bang, and I feel like I’m never going to recover – engagements, bridal showers, and birthday parties will soon become weddings, summer trips, and more birthdays. When I need to regain my sanity amidst the crazy, I find myself cancelling plans for the evening (sorry not sorry) and curling up on my couch. Or, what happened earlier this week, finding a spot in the crazy Trader Joes line that reached halfway to the back of the store, pulling out the book I always carry with me, and enjoying my half hour wait. I’m nothing if not always prepared!

 

So what’s everyone reading right now?? What’s next on your list? What’s worth adding to mine?

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Best Books of 2015

One of my favorite parts of a new year is getting to see all the “best of” lists of the past year. Top songs, top movies, top anything – it’s a fun little recap of the year, and it helps you see if you missed anything actually worth seeing. (As someone who rarely sees movies in theaters, it lets me know what’s worthy of Redboxing…)

2015 was my first official full year of not being in school – aka 365 glorious days of no required reading lists. Which means I got to read anything and everything my heart desired, and it was WONDERFUL. I joined a book club, I joined the public library, and I hit up my favorite used book store far too often. I read some great ones, I read some okay ones, but these are my top 5: Read More

Dressember 20: All I want for Christmas is (B)oo(ks)

For the month of December – in honor of Dressember – I’ll be blogging everyday! Thoughts on anything from fighting for justice to feminism, from dresses I’m wearing to books I’m reading, and everything in between. 


I’m a fan of reading any time, any season. But there’s a certain magicalness in curling up with a good book around Christmas. Maybe it’s because it’s actually cold, so the blanket and candle I always crave while reading isn’t so strange to people. Maybe it’s because I get to sip hot chocolate while doing so. Maybe it’s simply the excitement of Christmas in the air.

I think holiday book lists are even more fun than summer reading lists. There’s so many “best of 2015” lists out right now, I can barely keep track of it all (PTL for GoodReads, amen?). Here’s what I’m reading this holiday season! Read More

Summer Reading List

As Labor Day has officially come and gone, I guess we have to come to terms with the fact that summer is over (and that we can no longer wear white….). I know some people usually make a “summer reading list” beforehand, but even though I love lists I’m the type who reads where the wind blows, then makes a recap later on. AKA I may have recently reread the first three Harry Potter books in three days (how can you stop!?) but then got lost in Fitzgerald and thennnnn fell IN LOVE with Adichie. Life is so short, you know?

If you didn’t know, I’m a huge reader. Like, huge reader. I feel like I eat up a good book like some consume a fine meal (gobbling down the whole thing in one sitting, without coming up for air or small bite by small bite, saving every last flavor). I also feel like I sometimes overwhelm people with my love of books. Asking me “What have you been reading lately?” is a very loaded question…. that I love to answer. So, interwebs, thanks for asking! Here’s – in no particular order – what I read this summer: Read More

If You Feel Too Much

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 6.38.20 PMI finally, finalllllllly got my hands on Jamie Tworkowski’s If You Feel Too Much last week, and “excited” doesn’t even begin to describe it. As if a foreword by Donald Miller isn’t already the sign of a great book, he used my absolute favorite part of his latest Scary Close – “I think we were supposed to be ourselves and we were meant as a miracle”. Page xx and I already knew this book was going to be amazing. I may or may not have read the entire thing in 24 hours (as in absolutely I did). I think you should as well. Read it, that is. You can take longer if you so desire…

I still remember stumbling across To Write Love On Her Arm‘s MySpace page, back in middle school; I remember getting goosebumps as I read Jamie’s original piece, about Renee’s sentiment to remember the stars. It’s a movement you can’t help but join, an organization you can’t help but root for. It’s a message of hope, above all. A message we all need, a message I’m glad is being spread throughout the world every day because of brave souls like Jamie. Read More