Books I read in Scotland.

on July 27, 2012 in I heart books. with 12 comments by

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?


  1. posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 7:06 AM  |  reply

    We are reading The Fault in Our Stars for book club this month… I’m so excited!

    • Annie
      posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM  |  reply

      Oh girl get ready. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Our book club LOVED it.

  2. posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 7:51 AM  |  reply

    I’m looking for a book for the beach. Last year’s beach book was “The Help” so it’s gotta live up to that. I read another review that “The Night Circus” isn’t a good book. Hmm. Now I’m curious. “The Life of Pi” is on my list, too, thanks to you.

    • Annie
      posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM  |  reply

      Hmm… I would love to read the review where someone didn’t like it just to see what they said…. what’s the link?

      But yes. I would highly recommend the book.

      Yes- Life of Pi is awesome too and that’s from a girl who does NOT like animals. 🙂

      • posted on Jul 28, 2012 at 5:37 AM  |  reply

        It was another blogger and I’m trying desperately to find it for you (and me).

        I checked it out at the library yesterday. 😉 I also requested they purchase Fetching Jonas Blake for our branch.

  3. posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM  |  reply

    I read Revelations of a Single Woman after you suggested it. Very comforting and thoughtful. And I gulped down What We Keep, fiction book by Elizabeth Berg. It made me remember the way I thought about things as a kid as the story of family issues unfolded.

  4. posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM  |  reply

    Best book of the summer: The Pastor (a memoir) by Eugene Peterson. AMAZING. Everyone should read it 🙂

  5. posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM  |  reply

    I am desperate for fiction recos – much appreciated, Downs. Much appreciated. Adding to my wishlist now.

  6. posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM  |  reply

    I have such a hard time reading fiction, but I loved The Night Circus too. Currently re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird, my all time fave. Also A People’s History of the Supreme Court because I’m a huge nerd.
    {new blog looks awesome!}

  7. posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM  |  reply

    I am so glad you enjoyed Night Circus! I thought you would. The Fault in the Stars just came into the library for me.

    Right now I’m reading A Million Suns, the follow up to Across the Universe- I can’t quit you, YA dystopian lit. Also reading What Remains, the memoir by Carole Radziwill, who is a new cast member on Real Housewives of NY and was married to Jackie O’s nephew. Really well written.

  8. posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM  |  reply

    Awesome reading list. I need to get on my summer reading… since it’s almost August! Oh, and speaking of that… SOMEONE’S NEW BOOK is RELEASING SOON! Go Annie.

  9. posted on Jul 28, 2012 at 7:35 AM  |  reply

    I just finished The Night Circus and loved it. There was just something so magical and wistful about the whole scenario.

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