I had a bad habit in college.

I used to start several books at once, devour a chapter or two, then get distracted by another cover that looked equally fascinating. My attention diverted, I’d begin eating up another book before finishing the first. This became a constant routine, to the point where I’d have numerous titles bookmarked, and never finish a single one.

When I became a homeschooling mom, the curriculum necessitated that I finish the books I was scheduled to read. I found such satisfaction in reading a book through to its completion — like the final page read was a real achievement.

When I started reviewing books for various publishers in the past two years, I limited the books I requested, to ensure I would do justice to the work and read every page, cover to cover.

That has worked for the most part, but somehow this month I’ve found myself slipping back into college habits, and suddenly I’m in the middle of not two or three, but FOUR BOOKS at the same time!

It happened slowly and accidentally, and the trouble is, I’m loving every single one of them! It’s somewhat comical these days, as I find myself reading a chapter at a time of each book, then starting the cycle again. I can’t tell you how many places these four books have traveled with me already, the quartet bonded together in a neat little pile.

I can’t wait to tell you more about each of these books, so here’s a sneak peek of what I’m reading now. Stay tuned for longer reviews of each one — but in the meantime, feel free to click the titles below to snag a copy for yourself … you won’t regret it!


What I’m Reading Now:

Dragons and Dirt: The truth about changing the world – and the courage it requires

by Dalene Reyburn

Oh my goodness. This book, you guys. Just do yourself a favor and buy this book right now. It is full of gems on every page — nuggets of wisdom and truth wrapped up in delicious words. I’ve underlined more than I haven’t, and I can’t wait to share my review with you before the end of the month.


On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts (Masters in Fine Living Series) by Ann Kroeker and Charity S. Craig

I bought this book for myself, and I have to chew on it in bite-sized pieces, as there’s just so much to think about! I’ve been challenged so much, that I’m planning to host a six-week online discussion group on this book from mid-August through the end of September 2015. Start reading now, so you’ll be ready to join us!


Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie Downs

A friend gave me a copy of this book, and I made the mistake of opening it up before finishing the other two books I’d already started. Sheesh! This is good stuff. Funny, challenging, and down to earth. I’ve got at least two blog posts cooking as a result. Great book for those on the threshold of a transition, or stuck in a rut of normalcy. So, pretty much anyone.


Nobody’s Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship by Melanie Shankle

This book just released today, and is already at #14 in all of Amazon! The review copy I requested from Tyndale arrived in the mail this week, and — you guessed it … I started reading. Big mistake. I read Melanie’s first two books, Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn and The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life and couldn’t resist.


As if I don’t have enough delightful content to keep me occupied, I’ve already got my eye on some recent releases and some upcoming titles soon-to-be published.

On my wish list:

Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose
by Emily Wierenga

I can’t wait for this one from Emily Wierenga — and don’t you just love the cover? This book is the sequel to the memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look, which I had the privilege of reading and reviewing last year. Making It Home releases in September 2015, and is available for pre-order now.

Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are by Deidra Riggs

This is a much anticipated title from the thoughtful and thought-provoking Deidra Riggs. Sure to be a great read. Best of all, you can pre-order this baby right now by clicking the title above! Launches in October 2015.



Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life’s Transitions by Kristen Strong

After moving ten times in ten years, I have a feeling this one is going to be more applicable than I might even expect. Military wife Kristen Strong has known change and transition, and I look forward to reading her experiences and insights in this upcoming release. Available September 2015, pre-order now!



Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith by Jen Pollock Michel

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, which was named Christianity Today‘s Book of the Year for 2015. Need any more convincing?




Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves by Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is a voice I’ve recently discovered, but she quickly gained my respect and admiration as a solid, biblical thinker and communicator. I’m also looking forward to reading her previous book, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity.



Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist

This is another title generating a lot of buzz online, and has definitely piqued my interest. I listened to Shauna’s keynote address at last year’s Allume Conference, and am eager to read more of her words.




Related post: My Top 14 Books of 2014


So that’s my list! What about you? What are you reading now? What’s on your wish list?


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