Reading a book and discussing it—I got a college degree in that. Can you believe it?
I confess, I sometimes miss those English literature seminars. I LOVE talking books with people who care just as much as I do.
There’s nothing I like better than sinking into in a gorgeous story and completely losing myself for a while.
But…there was a time in my life—not that long ago—when I stopped reading almost entirely.
After I had my first baby, I found myself scrolling my phone WAY more than ever before, and I’d never been big on social media previously. My phone was just so…easy.
I knew that I’d traded something valuable (reading) for something less worthy (scrolling). But I’d become spoiled. Reading is hard. Screens are simple.
Nevertheless, I’d gaze wistfully at my bookshelf and think, “Am I ever going to read another book again ever in my life?”
Long story short, I rediscovered my long-lost bookworm days and never looked back.
Want to know the best part about reading more?
I tend to think of myself LESS. There’s something about putting myself in another’s shoes via a story…it helps take the focus off myself, which has been oh-so very good for me mentally and spiritually.
The Book Devotions is my way of sharing this journey with other busy mamas who want to recapture their reading life, make it a priority, and keep it fresh.
Homeschool mom to two goldfish-cracker-fueled sons and wife to the best husband in the world (besides yours, of course!)
Imperfect follower of Jesus Christ. He’s the light by which I read books.
Resident of a tiny Arizona mountain town. (It’s not all cactus, you guys.)
You’re probably wondering if we have similar taste in books
Or similar reading habits. Or even a similar approach to reading. (If we don’t match up exactly, let’s be friends anyway.)
How many books am I reading at a time? Probably three. 1. Adult fiction 2. Nonfiction 3. Middle-grade or YA
What kind of books do I read most often? Classics. Literary fiction. Middle grade. Mystery. Historical fiction.
Favorite comfort read: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Favorite classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Favorite mystery: The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Favorite historical novel: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Favorite middle-grade: Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
My best read of 2021
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
My best read of 2020
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
My best read of 2019
The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie