One of my intentions for my Year of 30 is to read at least one book per month and I am happy to say I have done this so far!  Below are some fun, amazing, insightful reads and a few I have on my list.  Please comment to let me know what you have been reading and what you suggest to help me grow my list! I hope this encourages you to be more intentional in spending your time lost in a good book.


For any fans of Gilmore Girls or Lauren Graham in general, you need to read this.  Witty, fast-paced, and just plain adorable. Such a fun and easy read for when you need to wind down or for a weekend trip!


Donald Miller is just so good.  Author of Blue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (all of which I have read and highly recommend) and several others; his writing is thought-provoking, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking.  This book is an honest conversation about how and why we hide our true selves from those around us and how to break out of that mold to get “scary close”. He is known for being outspoken and unapologetic for his blunt delivery and honest view on the world.  I’m a fan.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know who this lovely couple is 🙂 I pretend we are best friends and am totally unashamed of that.  This is such a sweet story of how Chip and Joanna Gaines met, journeyed through marriage and had their 4 children, and their adventures along the way; all while depending on our great God.  Another easy weekend read!  It is 100% likely to make you love them even more and want to move immediately to Waco and buy a farm. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Bob Goff is a close friend of Donald Miller’s, an attorney and advocate for justice. His writing is absolutely heart-warming and grace-giving.  In this book, he recounts experiences throughout his life that have shown him more clearly what God’s love is like and how we can live by his example to love those around us in real and amazing ways. I listened to this on audiobook and he reads it, such a warm and welcoming voice; a great way to make your commute a little brighter! 


On the docket: 

  1. Reading this with a good friend of mine.  I think it is vital to be intentional about learning how we as Christians should approach important issues with knowledge, grace, and love and hope this book will be a great guide for this.
  2. I have had this collection for years and have never committed to reading through.  This is 7-in-1 so will take awhile but hope to finish this year at least.  I am obsessed with all things British and Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility the movies so I feel like I am going to love immersing myself in these.
  3. Timothy Keller.  Just so good.  I am a 1/4 of the way through this and it takes some time.  One of those books you need to put down every chapter to make sure you absorb everything.  Looking forward to digging deeper.

Reading Tip:  Download the Hoopla App and get access through your local library to audiobooks, movies, and music right to your phone or tablet.  It’s amazing!

Happy Reading Friends!

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