So far this year, I am way ahead of the game. You may be wondering what I’ve been reading, and this is the list of all the books I’ve completed the first part of this year.
Hannah Coulter byHannah Coulter is a novel about an older woman (Hannah Coulter) who tells her story from growing up during the Great Depression, meeting her husband who was shipped off to war shortly after they were married, and her experiences raising a family on the homestead. This book made me think about our homesteading roots here in the
The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. HolmMay Amelia is a young teen growing up in the state of
A Stolen Life by Jaycee DugardI am not sure why I decided to read this book: maybe my curiosity got the best of me. This book was extremely disturbing to know what Jaycee Dugard went through as an abducted 11-year old and her 18 years of life in captivity. The best part of the book is how she has chosen to live her life now that she is out of captivity and her passion to lead and to give her two daughters the best life possible even after all they have been through.
It’s All Too Much by Peter WalshI love this book! A must read to anyone who is attempting to get rid of the clutter in their lives once and for all.
Walden by Henry David ThoreauThe sole reason I checked this book out from the library is because an author stated it was one of her favorite books. I was curious to see what the book was about based on her recommendation. This book is a book written by Henry David Thoreau in the mid-1800’s about his life of building and maintaining a homestead and living a life of solitude and simplicity at
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler." ~Henry David Thoreau
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone." ~Henry David Thoreau
Blue Like Jazz by Donald MillerI don’t really know how to describe this book. It is a refreshing book of real-life conversations and reflections of experiences the author, Donald Miller, has had with people throughout his life as well as his reflection on how he noticed God’s work in each particular situation. It is a very down-to-earth book that creates a lot of thought-provoking material on God’s hand in our lives.
Oogy by Larry LevinTalk about a story that pulls at the heart strings! This book is about a pit bull (later learned that the breed is actually a Dogo) named Oogy. Oogy was rescued from being a bait dog in a dog-fighting raid. The story tells a tale of Oogy’s life as a mutilated puppy, how one veterinary and technician refused to give up on this seemingly happy and unaffected dog and the family who took him in and gave him the love he should have received from the very beginning. This is a wonderful story about the relationship between a man and his best friend.
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Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron HallSame Kind of Different as Me is a book above loving one another no matter where you’ve come from and what you’ve been through. This book is about Denver Moore, a plantation worker and runaway and his relationship with Ron Hall and his wife, a prosperous art dealer and gallery owner. How in the world did these two men meet and become friends? It would be way too easy to give away all the details, but I will tell you that this book is definitely worth reading. This book is an inspiration for me as to the type of person I strive to be and the faith I need to get there.
Nowhere But Up by Pattie MalletteI could really relate with this book by Pattie Mallette. This book is Pattie’s story about what she went through as a child, the trouble she got into as a young adult and ending up pregnant as a teen with her son Justin (Bieber). This is an uplifting and inspiring story of true faith and resilience.
The Fair Tax Book by Neal BoortzI try not to get into politics, but this book definitely makes me think that the way we pay taxes in
Beachcombers by Nancy ThayerAfter reading so many non-fiction books, it was nice getting swept away with a book that is fiction. This book is about three sisters who lost their mother at varying stages in their life and all coming back home after years away from their small little island town. This book was the perfect book to read before getting ready to leave on a tropical vacation to
We Took to the Woods by Louise Dickinson RichThis book is written by Louise about her time in the woods without electricity or running water in the early 40’s. As a homesteader at heart, I enjoyed reading the stories she tells about people coming to visit, how they attained their food and all of the little intricacies that took place while living alone with her family in a location deep in the desolate woods. Their small town was made up of 9 people within a 25 mile radius. This is an extremely interesting story of living in the woods.
So, there you have it.
I just finished up We Took to the Woods this weed, and I'm looking forward to reading some fiction for a little while.
What are you reading right now?