My Nose in a Book {Denver,CO: Personal}

Written words sooth my souls. They inspire me, bring joy to my life, and are basically a vital part of my word. From my daily time in the bible, to the parenting books that litter my bedside table, and the classic novels I'm determined to finish this year, to a re-read of one or another of my all time favorites, I am forever thankful to my upbringing which instilled in me an insatiable thirst for books. Now, married to a man who reads even more than I do, we love to read curled up on the couch, in the car to each other on long drives, and even listening to books on tape so we can get more words and stories into our lives.

So as our family grows, one of Drew and I's biggest goals in parenting is to encourage the same love of books in our children. It has been said that the vocabulary and knowledge from reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. And while I've had to pack many of our books away for a time (we don't have room for all the necessary bookshelves in our current apartment,) Drew and I greatly anticipate the day when we're all three reading in our sun soaked library room with books from floor to ceiling. For now, here are my 2011 and 2012 books lists and a few peek-a-boo images of reading from around our home today.  I hope they inspire you today to read and read to your kids…it’s the most lasting gift you can give your family today.

2011 Reading List

(in the order that I remember them as I’m writing. ‘*’ marks a re-read, ‘**’ marks a highly recommend.)

  • **1000 Gifts (Ann Voskamp)
  • *Persuasions (Jane Austin)
  • **Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Amy Chua)
  • Enchantment: A Biography of Audrey Hepburn (Donald Spoto)
  • The Hunger Game Series (Suzanne Collins)
  • The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
  • **Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson)
  • Love Wins, A Book About Heaven, Hell, And The Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived (Rob Bell)
  • Erasing Hell, What God Says About Eternity and the Things We Made Up (Francis Chan)
  • *Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Tedd Tripp)
  • ***Healthy Sleep Habits Healthy Child (Marc Weissbluth, M.D.)
  • Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)
  • Going Rogue – An American Life (Sarah Palin)
  • I Remember Nothing (Nora Ephron)
  • *Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  • *To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  • The Tipping Point (Malcom Gladwell)
  • Heroes of Olympus Series (Mark Riordan)
  • **The Reason for God, Belief in an Age of Skepticism (Timothy Keller)
  • **Steal Like an Artist (Austin Kleon)
  • **Last Child In the Woods (Richard Louv)
  • Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
  • **Entre Leadership (Dave Ramsey)
  • Any and All Cookbooks I can get my hands on

2012 Reading List

(This List is in a constant state of flux and advisement)

  • Charlotte’s Web (with Henry)
  • The Complete Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (with Henry)
  • **Desperate, Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breath (Sally Clarkson & Sara Mea)
  • Heartfelt Discipline (Clay Clarkson) 
  • Bonhoeffer (Eric Metaxas)
  • Drift (Rachel Maddow)
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas Pere)
  • *The Ministry of Motherhood (Sally Clarkson)
  • Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
  • Grace Based Parenting (Dr. Tim Kimmel)
  • **Quitter (Jon Acuff)
  • *The Harry Potter Series (JK Rolling)
  • *The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • *The Lord of the Rings Series (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • The Meaning of Marriage (Timothy Keller)
  • The Song of Ice & Fire Series (R.R. Martin)
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey (The Countess of Carnarvon)
  • Outliers (Malcom Gladwell)
  • Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling)
  • Kisses From Katie (Katie Davis with Beth Clark)
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
  • Obama’s America (Dinesh D’Souza)
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life & Business (Charles Duhigg)
  • Calm My Anxious Heart (Linda Dillow)
  • No Compromise (Keith Green)

As you can see, Henry's current favorite book since Christmas is 'The Night Before Christmas' audio recorded by my Dad.  It is precious and Henry reads it constantly.  Also, we do have a bunch more adult books... they're just packed away right now.  The lack of space is encouraging my love for vintage children's books as you can see...they're so much smaller, colorful and are generally my new favorite thing to pick up here and there.  

And PS, don't you love the snow in the window? We got the most beautiful dusting today. I'm feeling thankful it's starting to feel a bit more like winter.