Today I want to read.

on November 3, 2010 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 34 comments by

I have set aside two hours today to read.

And I just would love to read some good blog posts. Funny. Serious. Recipe. Your favorite post of your own. Your favorite post from someone else. A big announcement on your blog. A big heartbreak. A daily thing. Whatevs it is… I’d just like to read your blog, please.

Or good online articles. Have you read any good articles lately?

Or good poetry. My friends Hannah and Kinsley make me want to love poetry.

I’d even settle for a good spoken word video or a good music video that has moving lyrics.

I don’t care. I just want to hear what YOU are saying instead of what I am saying.

I need the words.


Let’s do this. Leave a link in the comments- to your own words, other people’s words, anything but my words. Boss me around. Give me some good words to chew on.

What should I read today?


  1. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 5:53 AM  |  reply

    Ooh! I’ve been trying to read more poetry lately. Here a couple I liked. πŸ™‚

    “i think You God for this most amazing” by e.e. cummings
    “the rites for Cousin Vit” by Gwendolyn Brook
    490 (“Waking from a nap”) by Richard Wright (I think that’s the only haiku I actually liked haha)
    “From the Wave” by Thom Gunn

    I hope you like them!

  2. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 6:17 AM  |  reply

    Um here are some amazing blogs that have challenged/encouraged me…

    feel free to look at my blog too… it’s mostly random thoughts of a teacher from the other side of the world!

    I love reading your blog! Thanks for your great words!


  3. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 6:24 AM  |  reply

    I’d love for your thoughts on my post “Forgiveness and Reconciliation.”

    Also this week Ann Voskamp had a post on 3 weddings that was awesome

    And she has a two part audio version (Part 3 next week) on her speech she gave at the Relevant conference.


  4. katie
    posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 6:52 AM  |  reply

    i carry your heart by e.e.cummings

  5. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 6:53 AM  |  reply This is an entry from my own blog. I hope you enjoy your reading time today!! Let me know what you think if you get a chance to read this one!

  6. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 6:59 AM  |  reply

    Some good discussion on my blog about grace..

    “Grace Junkies”

    Always love your words, annie ! πŸ™‚

  7. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 7:28 AM  |  reply

    Maybe this?

    Or any post on Joy. Her parents are heading to Malaysia this month when they rename the orphanage there for their daughter.

    Happy Reading, Annie. I love reading your words even though I know how it is to get a little sick of yourself.

  8. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 7:49 AM  |  reply

    I haven’t blogged in a few days, but two of my favorite poems are “I Want to Live in a House by the Side of the Road” (, and Hope is the Thing with Feathers, by Emily Dickinson. Enjoy!

  9. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 7:54 AM  |  reply

    You may know of these already…but they are my favs.

  10. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 8:10 AM  |  reply

    Hi Annie Blogs!

    So you don’t know me. We emailed once many years ago when I asked for permission to use your blog title idea (thinking I was just being polite) and you said no. Well I got over it and although we are not real life friends I still follow your blog. BTW, congrats on the book : )

    Anyway, so since you asked, here you go. Two entries from my blog that I actually no longer really use, but hopefully they will encourage your heart and maybe even make you smile. Neither are super amazing or change the world like (there’s a lot of pressure out there to be amazing, don’t you think?) but they are a view of my life the day I wrote.


  11. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 8:24 AM  |  reply

    This is my last post

    I was debating whether to share that link or the one about my yard being toilet-papered for the 2nd weekend in a row (and it went on to be TP-ed 3 weekends in a row). Ha. This one won out though.

    And I love ‘I Carry Your Heart’ by E.E. Cummings as someone has already mentioned. It’s poetry that I actually understand, even though it doesn’t really rhyme. Which…is hard for me.

    Enjoy your reading hours! πŸ™‚

  12. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 8:56 AM  |  reply

    Here’s my latest blog post – it’s kind of goofy, but it might make you smile.

    And here’s one about Micah:

  13. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 9:06 AM  |  reply

    On a roadtrip a few weekends ago (btw didn’t get to stop at any of your restaurant suggestions, even though I really wanted to time didn’t permit) my girlfriend and I decided to start a podcast. It’s not good yet but I think it has potential. So if you’ve got 25 min to listen to something while you do something else.

  14. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 9:08 AM  |  reply

    1. So very jealous of your 2 hours. So very jealous.

    2. If you get tired of reading poetry and other worthwhile things, you can stop by my blog and read about when my 5-year old peed in a stainless steel water bottle and threw it on the slide for his friend to slide down in. I’m sorry in advance, because my blog=best birth control ever.

  15. amy
    posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 9:09 AM  |  reply

    we’ve never met but once shared an email exchange. i don’t know if that gives me license to suggest reading material but i’m going to go ahead and do it anyway. i’ve been reading your stuff for a while and what comes across about you is that you are brave. you will need that bravery to read the following: … i don’t know her either but when she posts, i’m different somehow.

  16. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 9:28 AM  |  reply

    My husband and I are expecting our first baby and are LOVING the lyrics to “Keep You Safe” by JJ Heller. Even if not read from a parent perspective, the lyrics are still incredibly moving!

  17. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 9:29 AM  |  reply

    This is a post I wrote a few days ago about something the Lord is teaching me. I share it not because I’m a great writer, but because I read your post “A Beautiful Death” and it has been haunting me in the best way. I think we are in similar places, albeit for different reasons, and I hope my blog encourages you if you get a chance to read it today!

  18. Tori
    posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 9:53 AM  |  reply

    A little shameless plug.

    Also, anything by is excellent and Christ-centered.

  19. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 9:56 AM  |  reply

    Since I know you love youth ministry, I thought you might enjoy this:
    Thanks for all your words, Annie.

  20. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 10:33 AM  |  reply

    umm, here’s my own newest excitement- i know it’s not as big as publishing a book(which I really think is SO cool that you’re doing this!), but it’s something that I’ve dreamt of doing & have now been working hard at. πŸ™‚

  21. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 10:51 AM  |  reply

    My own blog, co-inspired by you! πŸ™‚

  22. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 10:52 AM  |  reply

    Guess I should leave the web site…;)

  23. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 11:13 AM  |  reply

    If you’re up for something beachy, this is an old blog post that I wrote about God and the ocean and evil, shoe-stealing ants:

    And if you have some time, and you like cooking blogs, then I highly recommend Joy the Baker. The only downside of her blog is that it makes me hungry when I’m not actually hungry … which can lead to disaster. Disaster by way of chocolate.

  24. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 11:20 AM  |  reply

    Ezekiel. It’s reading my mail today. Some GOOD meat in there πŸ™‚

  25. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 1:38 PM  |  reply

    I also do not know you in real life, and am sorry to admit that I am usually a lurker on your blog. I do love your blog, though. Thanks for writing.
    Like Lindsey above, I am also a fan of ee cummings “i thank You God for this most amazing”.
    I recently enjoyed this article: .
    Also, here’s a plug for my blog: a post about poetry writing class–
    Happy reading!

  26. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 1:48 PM  |  reply

    My reading has been down to textbooks for school. Fun stuff. πŸ™‚ So I spend my extra time writing on my blog and reading a few of my friends who are just so funny and so full of life and love of life and family and Jesus. {my blog}

    Happy Reading!

  27. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 2:23 PM  |  reply

    Thank you for your (In)Courage post on writing a book on singleness. I loved it. I wrote this a couple of weeks ago and it kind of touched on the singleness thing as well.

  28. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 3:44 PM  |  reply

    Shamelessly, here’s my very own blog. I think it kinda has some good stuff on it. πŸ™‚

  29. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 4:51 PM  |  reply

    Annie, this is my favorite post I’ve written this year, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

  30. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 10:31 PM  |  reply

    As far as slam goes, you can’t beat Shane Koyczan. He never feels to make me cry. The entire album, “A Pretty Decent Cape in My Closet” is nothing short of powerful.

    Here’s one from that album –

    This is Andrea Gibson. And this is a hard, but incredibly powerful poem.

    My friends who do slam did this piece. Love it.

    That’s what I have for now!

  31. posted on Nov 07, 2010 at 8:25 PM  |  reply

    I’m kind of a lurker…

    My blog is Just thoughts on life, Jesus, and ministry.

  32. posted on Nov 11, 2010 at 1:24 AM  |  reply

    Read me Annie!

  33. posted on Nov 11, 2010 at 6:51 AM  |  reply

    Hi Annie,

    Well, I just started my own blog…. which took quite some courage let me tell you!
    Your blog has been very inspiring to me, I have been a silent follower for a little bit now, but I have back tracked all posts since your move to Nashville. I have lived in different countries myself, striking out on my own, so naturally I was very interested. Can’t remember how I ended up on your blog though – which is a pity.
    I would be tickled if you read my blog and left a comment.
    I’d like to make a link to your blog – once I have figured out how to do that!
    I am so excited for your book, wish I was back in the States, cuz from the Netherlands it won’t be easy to be had. Oh well.
    Sorry, have the gift of rambling. Will stop.

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