Welp. It’s 4am and I am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and crazy-haired [since I fell asleep right after I took a shower and allowed my hair to do as it may for the last eight hours].

When I sleep, I kinda flip and flop like a fish out of water, so it leads to some, I’m not ashamed to say, amazing morning hairdos.

And yes I said eight hours. I was asleep by 8pm last night. I loved it. And mathematically speaking, if you go to bed at 8pm and get eight hours of sleep = nice to see you 4am.

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I’ll tell you, these last two weeks in Scotland were really great- so relaxing, such good times with friends and the Lord, so rejuvenating for my heart. I didn’t work at all, and when I am not actively writing, it opens up my brain to be able to read more books that have queued up in my Kindle.

[PS- did you know you can “check out” Kindle books from the library? I may have just blown your mind.]

I loved all the books I read the last few weeks, so now I shall share in case you want to read something you love, too. [No pressure or anything.]

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern … y’all. It has been a while since I loved a fiction book like I love The Night Circus. Absolutely gripping and whimsical and beautiful and heartbreaking and yeah, I loved it. I’ve had a good run of fiction lately, thanks to The Fault in Our Stars and currently Fetching Jonas Blake, and I, for one, am grateful.

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Gracenomics by Mike Foster … I have this thing with grace. I don’t get it. I mean, I GET it- people give me grace all the time. I just don’t have the best understanding of it, how it works, etc. Me and grace wanna be friends, but it’s like every time we sit down for coffee the conversation is strained and awkward and we both just want to get out of there because we don’t understand each other at all even though we are genuinely trying to be BFFs [not that I’ve over thought this or anything]. So when a top notch human like Mike Foster writes a whole book about grace, I read it. An easy read, this book taught me so much. And, just because life is awesome, it only costs $1 on Kindle. No kidding.

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Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F. Winner … Lauren Winner is absolutely one of my favorite authors. While I don’t agree with everything she says, she is good, y’all. Really good. Her other books, Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath, have been very influential in my spiritual life as well as my writing life. She’s just a genius with sentence structure and finding THE right word to say what she is trying to say. No matter where you are in your faith walk, Still will speak to you, I think.

[Also, you gotta respect a girl who has an F as her middle initial. Am I right or am I right?]

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Y’all read anything good lately?