I absolutely love the way that good words transport you to another space – their invisible pull leading you into a vacuum-like cavern that erases the outside world. I’m a sucker for a book that pulls you in on the first page, leading to that magic moment when you look up and stare with confusion at the clock, thinking “that surely can’t be right!” Farmer is the absolute opposite end of the spectrum on books; however, give him a good article in the local farm paper, and he’s buried deep!
The end of summer feels like a landmark of sorts, as the mini farmers are looking at another school year, the county fair is approaching, and the mornings are starting to crisp up. So to celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of my favorites since the start of this year. A random assortment of words on pages that have made me laugh, brought tears, and many other ranges of reactions. I’ve included a direct link below to each book as well as a short summary.
As the summer winds to a close, wishing you and your family a smooth start to the school year, and some space to pick up a new read!
Woman of God, James Patterson
“If you’re a woman of faith, you’ll really enjoy that one” said the cashier at the small bookstore in the Sacramento Airport. I smiled kindly as I checked out and headed towards my terminal. Less than five minutes later, surrounded by noisy passengers and a good coffee, I was immersed in the story. Good read? Absolutely. Read if you like global worldviews, family values, and are a sucker for life stories. Fiction.
Unstoppable, Christine Caine
It took this sale rack find a bit to make it into my rotation, but once it did, I finished it quickly. Nonfiction, written by native Australian Christine Caine. Read if you want a kind but blunt look at your purpose in life and need a new perspective.
Present Over Perfect, Shauna Niequist
I picked up this book when I felt pulled in a million different directions – and as a mom, that’s not really hard to do! The words carried across the pages of this book reinforced the fact that the season of hardship was just that – a season. Yet my reaction to and the ultimate outcome of this season could be more purposeful if I was present in the small moment. Read if you feel stuck in your life, or pulled in too many directions. Highly recommended for mamas.
Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok
Although fiction, this book tells a story of immigrant labor in the United States through the lens of a young Asian girl. From sweatshops to schools, the hardships are not shied away from, yet wrapped in beautiful lines of story. Great read, either on the beach or in the moments before bed. Highly recommend.
Chasing Slow, Erin Loechner
I’ve gifted this puppy many times, recommended it even more, and am currently wading through it a third time! Erin speaks through the pages, and suddenly you feel like you’ve just stopped for coffee with a friend, and the words are tumbling out between searing sips. It’s part story, part inspiration, covered in real life. Read if you feel weighted down by the frantic pace of life, re-read to soak in the fun in the pages. In short – go buy this one!
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