You guys just have to check out this sweet new book When I Pray For You by Matthew Turner. It is the sweetest! And when I pre-ordered it on Amazon, I also got a free copy of one of his other books, When God Made Light. Charlotte and I are enjoying them each so much. If you’re in the season of friends-having-babies like I am, these would make incredible gifts as well.
A few fun facts about the author and his wife – they live here in Nashville, and Matthew’s wife, Jessica, is an author as well. Not only does she run the blog The Mom Creative, but she also has written the books The Fringe Hours and Stretched Too Thin. Both books help women (like me!) manage their roles as wives, moms, employees, and creative human beings. I’m deep into Stretched Too Thin right now, and let me just say, IT SPEAKS TO ME. Check them out!
Somewhere along the way, I developed a love of books. It probably started in the days of Goosebumps and Choose Your Own Adventure and The Baby Sitters Club… And then it was only multiplied in high school when Doc Cass introduced me to Our Town and Solace of Open Spaces and The Grapes of Wrath. Yes, I loved them all, and then some.
But THEN I went and minored in English in college. “WHY OH WHY did I do this?” I asked myself on the regular. But by the end, I was glad I had. All of this, though, has produced quite an eclectic collection of books…and this week, I decided, it was time to purge.
Why purge? First, because my books have become more of a clutter than a nice library or refuge. Second, because I promised myself when we moved into our new house I would get rid of things I did not need or use or love. Many of these books fall into those categories.
A few rules. I didn’t get rid of any of my husband’s books – those are for him to look through. I didn’t get rid of any children’s books. I didn’t get rid of anything I LOVED or that I’ve read more than once.
A sum up of what I found on my shelf:
Monster Books. I took a class in college on “Monsters in Literature.” Think: Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Lord of the Rings, Frankenstein, etc… I admit, I kept a few of these that I may indeed read again.
Bibles. Between my hubby and I, we had FIVE BIBLES. I decided to get rid of one – why? Because a) it was mine, b) it’s a version neither of us read, and c) someone else could use it more than I do. I did keep each of our study bibles, our huge family bible I bought for our wedding, and one other that we use. Also kept my favorite devotional and faith-based books, like Screwtape Letters, My Upmost for His Highest, and Power of a Praying Wife.
Caribbean Lit. I also took a Caribbean Literature class in college. I loved it. I remember these books well. But I’ve never read them since, and probably won’t read them again. Let it gooooo…
The Reformation. Yes, I took a class about literature during the Reformation. It was miserable in SO MANY WAYS. But the books are so pretty and fat and make me feel smart. And I DID learn an awful lot about the Reformation. But seriously, I will never read all of the 1248 pagesof The Faerie Queene. I didn’t even read them in college.
Art. I fundraised for the visual arts at one point, and managed to collect a few great art books. The problem is, I don’t have much of an appreciation for them. A few that I loved have now landed in my office.
Poetry. I pretended to write poetry a lot in high school, so then I took a few poetry classes during my English Minor. I was TERRIBLE. But I loved the books. These are still on the fence for me… I always tell myself I’ll read them, but I honestly haven’t. I may end up keeping them. I CAN’T DECIDE.
Neuroscience. Majored in Psychology and Neuroscience. Resulted in books like, Guns, Germs, & Steel and Music, The Brain, andEcstasy and Emotional Intelligence.Loved them. Will never read them.
My childhood. THESE ARE THE KEEPERS! The whole Chronicles of Narnia series. Anne of Green Gables. BFG. Things I will read and my children will read, and then we will all read them again.
Okay, if you read all that, kudos. Is your bookshelf like this? Did you finally part with some of them at some point? HOW DID YOU DO IT AND NOT CRY? All advice welcome.
Over the weekend, I FINALLY made it to The Book Loft – a Columbus must. It boasts 32 endless rooms of books, and is one of the largest independent book stores in the country. I’m seriously going to back sometime by myself and just get lost in some corner reading about some random thing I know nothing about. If you love books, you MUST make this place a destination…
Well, The Boyfriend did a wonderful thing, and got me a fancy schmancy kindle for my birthday. I’m about to be hitting the road twice a month for work, so I am so THRILLED to have this nifty little gadget for keeping me entertained. But I have a confession.
I don’t know what books to start with!
I am not very up to speed with the current book trends, since most of what I read are boring old Christian-and-or- self-help-psychology-type books (recent reads include The Happiness Project, Last One Down The Aisle Wins, How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World, Case for Christ, Screwtape Letters…oh, and all of my tons and tons of coursework readings). I really want to dive in to some quality fiction!
So TELL ME!! What should I get? What are the hip books these days? I’ve heard Hunger Games, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series…so what else has been stacked next to your bed lately?
All I know is that my beautiful and talented friend Julia has the knitting-version of this book, and she makes amazing things. I like knitting, but don’t have her natural knack for it. HOWEVER, I have really been loving all of my sewing projects, so I think this book may have JUST the type of projects I would love making for gifts. The projects are divided up by how many hours they take to make. Um, hello, YES PLEASE!?!?