The Book Stack

The book stack: a reading list for November


For the sake of full disclosure, let me say this:

This is not the actual stack of books that lives on my nightstand.

That stack on my nightstand has dust buildup on it. (Heh, heh. Dust again. . . )

It’s a tower of books that I’ve already read, loved and keep close by, or they’re books that I’ve been meaning to read – I really have – but I just can’t get into them. I still fully intend to make it through them though. . . sometime. And, there might be a trashy, brainless novel wedged in there somewhere too. . . and maybe some self-help.


This stack though. This stack I am actually reading.

From the top:

One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. I’ve read it before, but this is one I keep nearby anyway – for beautiful words and healthy reminders to be grateful every day.

A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah. Wow. This is a tough one. I can only read it in little bits. It’s heartbreaking – but I’ve heard there is a happy ending.

Knowing God, by J.I.Packer. I’ve actually owned this one for almost twelve years, and never read it. I’m still in the first chapter. I’ll let you know. . . .

Wonder, By R.J. Palacio – Two words: Read. It. And have your kids read it too. It takes you into the heart of a fifth grade boy who has severe cosmetic deformation as he enters middle school. I ♥ this book and the empathy + consideration it evokes in the reader.

The Story, forward by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee. I’ve never read the Bible from beginning to end. This book is just that – the Bible as one continuous story. I’m still firmly in the midst of the Old Testament. I’ll admit at times it’s a little snooze-a-rooze, but other times I’m perplexed, curious, and totally intrigued. I just finished the chapters on Ruth (daughter-in-law of all daughter-in-laws) and Naomi, then Samuel, Saul (rebel as he was), and I’m now just starting in on David – he’s just gearing up to face Goliath. Now things are getting interesting.

Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel, by Jeanette Walls. This story too, has a character (albeit a supporting role only), with a handicap – a speech impediment that has no effect his intelligence, but it sorely affects the way he is viewed by others. It makes me think there is a theme evolving in my book choices.

So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. . . .Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold.

Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies, and “Fat Envelopes”, By Madeline Levine, PhD. Just. . . YES. I firmly support her opinion.

What are you reading right now?

Speaking of which, do you know anything about these books?

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, With Recipes, by Shauna Niequist

The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from A Delicious Revolution

Let me know if you have – I’m itching to get my hands on them myself!

And if you have any books you ♥? Lay ’em on me.

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