Sadness, Advertisements, and Books

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I feel like all my blog has been lately is sadness and advertisements.  Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those.  Sadness is normal and healthy, and advertising helps pay the bills, yo.  Teddy Grahams are not cheap.  But when I try to think of something else to write about, my brain just kind of sits there.  It’s been doing that a lot lately.  Just sitting there.  It’s kind of driving me crazy, actually.  I’d really LIKE to be doing something, but my brain is not on board with that plan.

I told Chris tonight that I had nothing to blog about.  He said to blog about whatever I’m doing right now because when it comes down to it, that’s what brings imaginary friends back here every day.  People just want to know what’s going on, what’s happening, what’s cooking.  Which is such a relief because I couldn’t possibly give advice right now or talk about my marriage or my family.  That stuff’s too deep for my barely moving brain.   So instead, I will tell you what I have been doing the past two weeks.

I have been reading like a fool.

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Reading is one of my favorite hobbies.  I read every chance I get.  In the early mornings when I wake up before anyone else, while I’m waiting at the doctor’s office, when the kids naps, before I go to bed.  I always have a book with me.  In fact, that’s one of the criteria when I buy a new purse.  Will it hold a book?

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot because it gives my mind something to do besides being sad without having to concentrate too terribly hard.  Basically, it’s a great way to avoid reality while still feeling relatively productive.  During the summer, I read all the adult books I wanted.  It was awesome.  But during the school year, I alternate between reading one young adult novel (usually one that my students pick for me or that I notice a lot of them reading) and then one adult novel of my choice.  That way, I can talk to my students about their books and recommend books to them because I’ve read them myself, but I still get the enjoyment of an adult storyline.

I just finished a book that was the perfect combination of young adult romance and adult story line called, “A Discovery of Witches.”  It’s about this vampire and witch who fall in love and take on the entire world of vampires, witches, and daemons to save their love.  Don’t judge.  It’s not nearly as weird as it sounds.

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Now, I am reading a book that I have been wanting to read since last year.  This book is called, “Love Does,” and it’s by a man named Bob Goff.  He is a pretty incredible man who has lived a pretty incredible life.  His book is a collection of short stories and lessons he learned through all of his experiences and adventures.  He is a Christian, and the book is rooted in the principles of Christ’s teachings, but it can be read simply as a book about living a life that serves others – no matter what your faith might be (just skip the God parts…).  I love reading this book, especially right now.  It is uplifting and makes happiness and love and friendship seem simple and yet profound at the same time.  It is incredibly thought provoking.  My favorite part so far has been when he talks about God closing doors.  He says that sometimes he thinks God closes doors to see how badly we want to break them down.  Kind of makes me think twice about putting my own dreams of writing a book away.  He just makes you want to DO more, which is good.  Because that’s what his book is called, “Love DOES.”  It’s about all the things we need to DO in life, not just talk about or dream about.  I’m halfway through it and I started it yesterday.  It’s excellent.  Short, simple, and incredibly sweet.

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The next book I want to read is “Insurgent.”  It is the second book in the “Divergent” series.  I read “Divergent” over the summer and loved it, so I’m anxious to read the second one.  Also on my list, though, is the second book by one of my new favorite authors.  This summer I read a book called, “Roses,” by Leila Meachum.  It was easily one of my top five favorite books ever.  It was an epic romance that takes place in Texas over generations of families in this small oil town.  It was excellent.  My friend, Sarah, found the second book by Meachum this summer and she just passed it along to me.  It’s called “Tumbleweeds,” and Sarah says it is fantastic.  And since Sarah (and my Grandma) are my barometer when it comes to book selections, her word is a green light to me.

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That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing. I’ve been sad. I’ve been advertising. And I’ve been reading. That’s about all my brain can handle. 
So to thank you all for hanging in there with me through this sadness and all these advertisements, I’m giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card today.  This isn’t a paid review product, and no one is sponsoring this giveaway.  It is simply a way to thank you for being patient with me while my brain takes a little time out and I bury my nose in a book.

To be entered to win the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me the last book you read and if you liked it or not.  This giveaway will close on Sunday at 8:00pm and is open to US residents and international readers, too.

Happy reading!

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223 Thoughts to “Sadness, Advertisements, and Books”

  1. Julia

    Just finished Book 5 of the George RR Martin Song of Ice and Fire Series (Game of Thrones)! SOOOO good. I have to say Book 3 was the most exciting, but I cannot wait for his next one!! Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  2. Tracy B

    I saw “Gone Girl” there in your stack. It’s a really good one! When you read it, let us know what you think of the ending!

  3. Katie L

    I’m currently reading Dante’s Rapture, an erotic novel that takes my brain on vacation during a tough week. haha

  4. Beth

    I finished Gone Girl which I thought was really well written and then got to the end and was like “Really? That’s all?” Also read the followup to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night which was also awesome!

  5. jessa r.

    I’m currently reading “Where We Belong” by Emily Griffin, and it’s just the sort of quick, engaging read that I need right now. I loved “Discovery of Witches” and “Tumbleweeds” and “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” – – if we were neighbors, a book club would be a must!

  6. I just finished The Marriage Plot and liked it. I’d probably give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

  7. Whitney

    I’ve been reading the Stephanie Plum series. Mostly the same book over and over but nice, easy reading!

  8. September

    Last book I read was Gone Girl. I had so many friends rave about it and I agree that once I got into it I literally couldn’t put it down, but I hated the ending and it left me with an “ick” feeling I couldn’t get rid of.

  9. Dessi

    I’m glad that you have had something to “escape” to during these times. I wish I shared your love of reading, but sadly I do not :/ When I do read, I like anything by Shell (I know there is only one “L”, but auto correct says no) Silverstein. If I won the giftcard, I would actually give it to my mom or my best friend. They both help me out a lot with free babysitting!

  10. kirsten

    I read Summer Sisters by Judy Blume every summer. Just finished it again. LOVE that book.

  11. Allison

    I just finished my annual re-read of The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. While a lot of liberties are taken with the facts of Jacob, Leah, Rachel…etc. The story is an amazing testament to the bond between mother and daughter. This book grabbed my heart when I was a teenager and I have devoted a few days every summer to rereading it, then calling my mother to tell her I love her.

  12. Summer

    I’m currently reading 5 love languages. Hoping to improve our marriage!

  13. I love hearing your book recommendations. I read The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and loved it, so I’m excited to read some of these others. I love a good book as much as anyone!

    Also, I wanted to tell you that I really don’t think you should worry about writing sad stuff. Life is about trials and joys. Hearing your perspective on how you are going through this incredibly difficult time is helpful to a lot of people. Every one has to deal with death at some point. It wouldn’t be realistic to read a blog about marriage and life that was all sunshine and puppy dogs! So be as honest with your writing as you feel comfortable. Not only might it help you heal, it might help someone else who is struggling as well.

  14. Angela

    I’m currently reading Love and Responsibility, and it’s definitely going on my list of top favourites

  15. Beth

    The last book I read was Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants. I find reading to be therapeutic. Its nice to get lost in the story of someone else and forget about mine.

  16. lissa

    I’m glad to see a post from you tonight….My books have been One Thousand Gifts (which I think you would really, really like if you haven’t already read it) and a cookbook by Melissa Clark called Cook This Now.

  17. Emily

    I’m currently reading Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand and it’s good. It’s a definite nice break and good beach read.

  18. Lisa

    Reading Gone Girl right now and like it so far. Having a hard time resisting looking at the end after the other comments.

  19. Sara

    I read How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way and loved it!

  20. Tiffany

    I am not a big reader so it’s been a while. But right now I am reading UnGlued by Lysa TerKeurst. It is a wonderful book.

  21. Kim

    “I Couldn’t Love You More” by Jillian Medoff. It turned out more harrowing and hopeful than I anticipated – overall, I was pleased. “A Discovery of Witches” is up on my bookshelf, though. . .looking forward to getting into that one, too.

  22. I’m reading A Dance with Dragons by R. R. Martin. It is book 5 in the series A Song of Ice and Fire. The HBO show Game of Thrones is this book series, and it is awesome! The 4th book was harder to get through, but it’s worth it :o)

  23. Trish D

    I believe we’ve been reading the same books all summer long! I LOVED Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet..maybe my favorite book of the summer. I just started Love Does last night and ended up reading until 2 am …BIG mistake..but, it’s such a fast and easy read..it’s a feel good book and I needed that. I also read the Deborah Harkness books…but, what really scared me is that I’ve been on the Amazon site tonight and I just downloaded Tumbleweeds and Divergent!!

  24. Stacy D.

    I recently finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Long but great!
    Love that you read books your class may be reading too.

  25. Alyssa

    The last book I read (just finished actually) was Insurgent! It was excellent, you should def read it soon! I read Discovery of Witches a few months ago and read the sequel a few weeks ago, both great books!

  26. Michelle Stevens

    I love reading! I just finished Susan Wiggs new book Return to Willow Lake. It was a good read and I am now working on 2 books (3 if you count the one I started over the weekend but can’t decide if it is worth finishing) and making a trip to the bookstore again tomorrow 🙂

  27. Jamie

    the last time i saw paris. because i saw it on your blog! it was kind if slow moving but i liked it alot.

  28. I always get the best book recommendations from you! I love YA Lit, and I’ve been on a John Green kick lately. You should definitely check his books out, lots of my middle school students loved him when I was a school librarian.
    Keep on keepin’ on, you’re in the thoughts of this imaginary friend!

  29. First, sadness is ok and you don’t have to apologize 🙂

    Second, I used to be a book worm and then I went to grad school and fried my brain :/ I honestly can’t remember the last book I read. I think it was The Help, which was fabulous You have so many great suggestions here that it is motivating me to start again!

  30. Carrie

    I just finished “Bared to you” by Sylvia Day and loved it… It’s a very risqué book, but a great book to let my mind go for a few!!! I’m anxiously awaiting the release of part 2 that comes out in Oct 2012

  31. Abbie

    I just read Matched by Ally Condie! Liked, but not loved. But liked enough to read the next two books :o)

  32. Erin S

    Just finished reading Criminal by Karin Slaughter and I really enjoyed it. I also Divergent, Insurgent and Gone Girl this summer and highly recommend all 3!

  33. Cindy

    I love to read too so thank you so much for sharing some of your favorites that you have read lately. I have just finished a book called “Crazy in Alabama” for my Book Club and it is a must read. It actually was made into a movie too but I haven’t seen the movie yet. The other book that I read recently that I highly recommend is “Unbroken” it was an amazing true story about a POW during World War 2- I really have a strong sense of appreciation for our veterans after reading it.

  34. Aimee

    I just read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire last week and I couldn’t put them down. I am looking forward to reading Mockingjay this weekend. This is after spending almost a year reading the Eragon/Inheritance series. I loved it but i am happy to be reading something new.

  35. Sara R.

    The last book that I finished was ‘War Brides.’ It was very good. I’m a sucker for historical fiction.

  36. I read Gone Girl this summer and the last book I finished was Still Missing. It was an interesting combo to read the 2 of them. I also read The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis. He is a children’s author – upper elementary. He also wrote The Watson’s Go to Birmingham, 1963. An Amazing story. He’s from my hometown, Flint, MI, and many of his stories relate to here so its great to read and have our students read the history of them when this town was in its prime.
    I’ll definitely follow you on Good Reads. I love to read your book reviews and often add them to my “to read” list. 🙂

  37. Re-reading Babywise. Sad, I know. And I currently am putting it in practice while Noah fusses it out in his crib.

  38. Cali

    I’m re-reading the Harry Potter books after spending all summer studying for the bar. I highly recommend it if you feel like some easy, fun reading!

  39. Adrienne

    I just read Summerland by Erin Hildebrand. I liked it, but left me very sad. I am starting Roses and already love it!

  40. Jennifer

    I just finished Night Circus today. The book was really good at descriptions but really weak on plot so over all, I didn’t like it.

  41. Katie

    So, I will openly admit that this is one of those 8 degrees of separation things, otherwise, I never would have picked this book up.

    Long story short, my sister picked up two copies of this book because she somewhat knows the author, and this book is FANTASTIC.

    It’s called Throne of Glass and it’s by Sarah J. Maas. It is YA fiction, but I literally could not put it down. I read it in maybe 2 days, and it’s a decent sized book. It is a wonderful read, and I highly highly suggest it.

  42. Natalie B.

    The last book I read was Insurgent. I liked it, but there was a bit of a lull in the middle like author was just throwing things in to extend the length of the book. But it was still enjoyable nonetheless. Thanks for posting all the books you have been reading. It helps me decide what to read next. Love Does seems like just the thing I need to read.

  43. HollyT

    Not a lot of time to read at my house, but I do love to when I get a chance. Last books I read were the Hunger Games series…loved them!

  44. Deana

    I just finished re-reading The Five People You Meet In Heaven. Such a great book!

  45. Heidi

    Shadow of Night (the sequel to Discovery of Witches)…..

  46. I just re-read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Its the common reader for the class I am teaching and I needed to brush up on it!

  47. JoHanna Hicks

    The last book(s) I read were the hunger games series. I love them!

  48. Laurie

    I loved Gone Girl!! The last book I read was Ransom River by Meg Gardiner, it was a pretty decent thriller! I am a huuuge book nerd!

  49. Michelle

    I just finished Lucky Me by Michael J. Fox. I really enjoyed it. I think he’s such an inspiration. Dealing with Parkinson’s at such a young age would be so difficult.

  50. The Hunger Games series! It’s up there with Harry Potter for me. I have the e-books and love it so much I want the hardcovers!

  51. I just read a short story/novella called Stolen about a 16 year old girl who is kidnapped and taken to the Australian outback. I didn’t love it, but it was a unique story, that’s for sure!

  52. I started a book club in my neighborhood and the last book we read was “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.” We thought it was ok. We actually liked the book more once we finished it, but weren’t that impressed as we were reading it. We came to the conclusion that it might be better suited for younger readers. So maybe your students would like it. It’s the first book in a trilogy.

    Keep your head up! We are all here for you and completely understand the need to take time for yourself and reflect on all that has happened. Your readers will always be here!

  53. Alycia

    I just finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I couldn’t have picked a more appropriate time of year to read this book. I cannot honestly say I enjoyed all of it, but I had to finish it.

  54. I’m currently reading Happiest Baby on the Block. But, with a 5 week old, it’s more like skimming the pages for SOMETHING, ANYTHING to help me survive!

  55. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – a beautiful, nostalgic novel!

  56. I LOVED Divergent! Just finished it. And Loving the Little Years. Loved that one this summer, too!

  57. Dyanna

    I just got done with “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah. LOVED it!! I am anxious to read “Gone Girl” but I am #320 on the hold list at the library so iy might be awhile.

  58. Arielle

    I’m working my way through the Bourne Trilogy. Currently reading #2 The Bourne Supremacy. Before that I read Girl with a Dragon Tattoo which I LOVE. I can’t wait to finish that series.

  59. Just finished reading Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson. I was lucky enough to be an advanced reader for her; the book comes out in October. Highly recommend it!!!!

  60. Cindy

    The last book I read was Gone gGrl. It was an awesome book, even though it made me a little suspicious of my husband at times. 😉

    I am glad you posted this blog bc I have been looking for some good book recommendations!

  61. girlsmama

    Reading has and always be a great comfort to me. I am currently reading “The Kingdom Keepers” series by Ridley Pearson. All about a group of youth called to protect Disney World from the villains. It’s fun. I try to read all the books my kids read first.

    My grown up books right now is “Seeds of Legend” #1 by Robbin Stoddard. It’s set during the reign of King Author and is about one of his mistresses and their daughter. Interesting so far.

  62. It’s okay, Katie. Chris is right. 🙂

    I just started Baby Bumps and can’t wait to finish it (Amy Sprenger). I also just read Two Kisses for Maddy. Wow.

  63. I’m reading “I Will Carry You”, which has been emotional and uplifting. My warning to you: it’s heavy. It may be best to wait a little bit before reading this. It has almost been 4 years since my brothers passing, and this book is still hard to get through. I’ve been wearing my sunglasses on the train to get through it 🙂 But… It is rooted in the teachings of Christ, and I have found it comforting.

  64. Jill

    I’m reading Gold by Chris Cleave. I am enjoying the story since it is about two girls training for the Olympics. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

  65. Diane

    The last book I read was the Time Traveler’s Wife. I’d had it for awhile and it was an excellent read. Now to find my next book.

  66. The last book I read was Short straw bride by Karen Witemeyer. It was a fun and really light read.

  67. Katie B.

    I just finished reading Pride & Prejudice for the 5th or 6th time… I could read that book once a year. I always feel like I take away something new after a fresh read. Thanks for sharing your recent list – I’ve found a couple to add to my list!

  68. Jenny

    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It is the true story of an American Olympic runner experiences as a POW in Japan during WW2. I loved it and learned so much.

  69. Jean A

    The last book I finished was “Storm Front”, by Jim Butcher. I got really excited when I saw you had read “A Discovery of Witches” – I picked it up on a whim from the new books shelf at my library, and I’m loving it! I’m about halfway.

  70. Claire

    I just finished “Deadline”, the second book in the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant. That’s right – A ZOMBIE TRILOGY. What can I say? I love zombies. Our intrepid narrator(s) are trying to survive the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse and get to the bottom of a global conspiracy. VERY good reading! As long as you like zombies.

  71. I just finished reading “Ruby Red” by Kerstin Gier. It’s a Young Adult novel, but a good quick read with an interesting story line. The second book in the series is coming out next month. You should read it once your stack gets low. Thanks for sharing what you are reading, i’m always looking for a good book. Praying that your sadness softly and quietly goes away.

  72. Crystal

    Just finished reading The Shack – for the hundred thousanth time. I LOVE that book.

  73. The last book that I read was the 2nd Fifty Shades of Grey book. I LOVE the series and cannot wait to read the third 🙂

  74. I just finished The Handmaid’s Tale. Dystopian fiction really isn’t my thing, but it was engaging. And kind of ridiculous. And maybe a teeny bit alarming. Tonight I started Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions about her first year of new motherhood. I’m a new mom so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Also, I love following you on goodreads!

    Regarding sadness, please don’t feel apologetic. I think people in our culture are all too quick to dismiss grief, like ok the funeral’s over, time to cheer up and move on with your life! It makes us uncomfortable and we want it gone. But it’s not really gone and takes a long time to move through you. It’s just not healthy to bottle it up. Hugs.

  75. Chloe

    I can’t win the prize but that’s ok because I love libraries! I’ve been reading a lot of Karen kingsbury lately, halfway through the bailey flannighan series. They are so nice, occasionally a little too much but most of the time they are not too much sugar or conservatism for me. they always draw me closer to god despite any personal preferences.

  76. Sarah

    I just finished reading Discovery of Witches and moved on to the second book in the series. Please don’t worry about being sad or writing sad posts. Yes, they’re sad and yes, you make me cry these days. But your blog is about your life and right now your life is sad. That’s okay. You sharing your experience helps others know they’re not alone when similar things happen to them. Just like sharing about your depression or parenting struggles. People can relate. I haven’t lost a parent but I know I will someday and your posts help me know what to expect and that it will be okay. You just do what you do and your imaginary friends will be right here with you… imaginarily or something like that.

  77. Heidi M

    The last book I read was Final Payment by Steven F Havill. A nice murder mystery with excellent twists and turns. Maybe a murder mystery shouldn’t be called nice…

  78. Stephanie

    I just finished reading the fourth book in the pretty little liars series. I enjoyed it! There are so many twists and turns and I like to see the difference between the show and the books.

  79. Far

    The last book I read was The Hunger Games (I’m late, I know…). It was fantastic! I thought the romantic triangle storyline was a bit unnecessary though…

  80. Jess

    The last book I started was The Happiness Project and I’m half way through, so far so good, but as its non-fiction, it doesn’t really grab me. I seemed to have stalled in my reading, may try some of your suggestions to get me back on track!

  81. Lisa

    The last book I read was Harry potter and the vhamber of secrets and i loved t

  82. The book I’m reading right now is “The Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk” – thrilling I know! I have Roses on my to-read list – I can’t wait!

  83. Sorina K

    I’m currently reading a biography on Dietrich Boenhoefer – a very interesting, but not exactly “lite” material. Am liking it though. Good to use my brain after dealing with the toddlers all day. 😉

  84. Oni

    The last book I read was Book 5 in the Song of Fire and Ice series. I really liked it and am looking forward to the final books coming out.

  85. I’m in the middle of Gone Girl and it is SO GOOD. The last book I finished was Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters and it was absolutely incredible. I love reading!

  86. Andrea in SC

    I just read “Charleston” by Alexandra Ripley. Such a beautiful, tragic historical fiction book about my city! Onto the sequel now…..

  87. jen

    That is the beauty of a book it always great for getting out of reality for a while.
    right now im finshing up becoming sister wives…it was interesting to see what their lives are like. I could never do it but interesting. I have heard lots of great things about discoveryof. Witches so that may be my next book.

  88. I read Roses after I saw your post about it and it was awesome. I am excited to read Tumbleweeds as well. The last book I read was Girl in Translation for bookclub. It was good. We are going to see the author speak as a group next week. The book before that was Gone Girl and I loved it. I like to read too and make sure I always have a book with me wherever I go.

  89. I always have at least 5 books going at once. 1 audiobook, one kindle book, a light fiction, a heavy fiction and a non-fiction. I tend to churn out the audiobooks. I currently really enjoying Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David L… It’s nice light young adult fiction. And don’t worry about the sadness. You write so well that I find even those posts are worth reading.

  90. Tiffany in Pittsburgh

    Actually I just ready On the Island, which is actually a pretty good story about a teacher and her student who get stranded on an island after their plane crashes. It is a love story but nothing happens until the boy turns 19. It’s a real quick read too.

  91. Leticia

    I just finished reading “The Fault in Our Stars” for my book club. Definitely a good book, but a very sad!

  92. Sandy

    it was a book that i bet no one else who reads your blog has read (except maybe ginny =o) ‘starting and closing’ by john smoltz.

  93. Sadness, advertisement and books. Works for me. I am just grateful that you let us into your life 🙂 What have I been reading? I am reviewing a book called Daring Greatly (which I love), and I just got Seating Arrangements from the library. I still undecided on that one.

  94. brenda

    I followed the crowd and read Fifty Shades. But I see it as my way back into reading. I like reading, but got out of the habit.

  95. Jennifer

    Ooh, you’re on Goodreads!! Me too.
    I am reading A Discovery of Witches right now. Thought I would hate it, but I LOVE this book. I also read 50 Shades of Grey (hated it). I always have a book opened or a book on CD going to help me get to work. Have books stashed in my car, my husband’s car and my office in case it’s a slow day or I get stranded!!

  96. Joanne

    I just finished reading “Mercy” by Jodi Picoult. Her books are so intense but I (typically) enjoy seeing how things work out in the end.

  97. Katie N.

    I just finished a book called ‘Rome to Home.’ It’s a true story written by an evangelical Christian couple, which chronicles their conversion to Catholicism. It’s a quick read, and truly fascinating.

  98. i just finished “playing for pizza” by john grisham (my dad recommended it) and am now reading “oxygen” by carol cassella– good reads!

  99. Aimee B

    I was housesitting last week and managed to finish Andy Andrews’ “The Noticer” (very good), and I started “Franklin and Winston”. I need to get to the library so I can finish that one because it’s also very good!

  100. Alison

    Untraceable by S.R. Johannes. Another young adult book, but if you like Hunger Games, its a pretty good read.

  101. Megan

    I’m in grad school right now, so pleasure reading is out the window at the moment. However, between the summer and fall semesters I finally read all three of the Hunger Games books. LOVED them. I really need to quit waiting around and start listening to my friends when they tell me to read something!

  102. I’m reading The Saving Graces now, and I like it. I just finished Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens, and it was REALLY good. Totally kept me on the edge of my seat and perfect for that easy to read thriller.

  103. I’m reading Wolf Hall right now, and I can’t decide how I feel about it. I was bored for like the first 400 pages, but now I’m totally sucked in. Yeesh

  104. Amy

    I’m reading Gone Girl right now and I love it!

  105. sarah harper

    I just finished Pat Conroy – South of Broad – it was excellent as all of his books are! Now I’m rereading Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants in preparation for the sequel that is coming out in a few weeks. Also, in case you didn’t know the sequel to A Discovery of Witches is already out and it is excellent!

  106. Clara Morrison

    I just finished Night of the Triffids. I read Day of the Triffids when I was in High School and it stayed with me, I really liked it but the story seemed to end too soon. I was happy to discover this sequel, Night of the Triffids, written by a fan of Wyndham’s!

  107. Kristinia

    My boyfriend and I both just finished The Meaning Of Marriage by Tim Keller. This book was suggested by one of our pastors and its a book I recommend to any serious dating couple and married couple. I love your blog Katie and you are one amazing person to follow in life!! You keep going and doing what your doing because you are reaching out to people.

  108. I read On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves. OMG! It was so awesome!! My favorite book of the year and I’ve read some pretty good ones!! Also Tasmina Perry writes some really good trashy ones too.

  109. Meredith

    Oh I think you’ll like this. I am reading “From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” I don’t even think I need to mention the author as I recall a series of posts where you stalked her. But for others who don’t know, it’s by the one and only Pioneer Woman!

  110. Maggie W.

    I actually just finished “Gone Girl” – I liked it, although it was not what I expected. I just started “The Innocents” and I am enjoying it more than I thought I would.

  111. Mindy

    Just finished reading Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. Waiting for the new Janet Evanovich book to come out. You should give her a try (The Stephanie Plum series)!!!

  112. Kandace

    I am re-reading the series by Robert Jordan called the Wheel of Time. Its Sy-Fy but really good.

  113. Courtney Sloane

    Chris was right – I love hearing from you no matter what you have to say; I look forward to your blog. My two most recent books were old favorites: Lonesome Dove and Redeeming Love. I rarely re-read books, but those two are about the only ones I re-read. Love them!
    I think Forgotten God by Francis Chan is my next book though.

  114. Teresa W

    I just finished Gone Girls. I enjoyed the book, good story and it is set just a few miles from here in an imaginary town near Hannibal.

  115. RachelC

    Just added all of those books to my Goodreads list! I am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird because I somehow made it through adolescents without reading it.

  116. Sarah Jensen

    Stories about the holocaust and WWII have always fascinated me. I typically only read fiction, but I just finished In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Berlin by Erik Larson. It’s a non-fiction account of the American Ambassador to Berlin and his family as Hitler is coming to power. All I could think about the whole time I was reading was how nuts it was these were all real people and real events. I’m not just talking about the brutality of Hitler, either. The Ambassador’s daughter is quite scandalous and the Ambassador himself is an unusual pick for the post. Larson is a gifted writer, and even though it is non-fiction it reads like a historical novel. Glad to have found you on Goodreads! Love seeing what you’re reading. I’ve taken a few and put them on my list as well. By the way, this imaginary friend is still keeping you in her prayers!

  117. Sara H

    I just finished A Shred of Evidence. Great christian fiction book about the impact of gossip. Added Love Does to my amazon wish list!

  118. I just finished reading “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce for our book club. Good read! I’m loving getting some new book ideas just from reading over everyone else’s suggestions

  119. Casey Y

    I’ve been stuck on James Patterson for several years now. I just finished I, Michael Bennett amd started Private Games directly after.

  120. El

    Insurgent from the divergent series….It was awesome! You will love it!

  121. Sharon

    I just finished Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It was a fast paced young adult book with great character development! I can’t wait to read the second book in the series called Pandemonium!

  122. angie

    I just finished reading the Trophy Wives Club & the sequel. It was ok. Some of the books that I have read this year & LOVED were Mile Markers (Kristin Armstrong), & Lottery (Patricia Wood). Can’t wait to see what’s on your goodreads book shelf.

  123. Kelly H.

    Just finished re-reading a David Baldacci book from 2011. Next up – a Harry Bosch novel.

  124. Ivette

    I just finished reading “Blessings” by Anna Quindlen…good book

  125. Ann G-B

    How are all these people reading books without pictures? The last books I read were Bunny Money and Bear Has a Visitor! Both were just fabulous I tell ya! I am looking forward to the day I can read books not printed on cardboard…

  126. Kristin

    I’m reading the Grave Series by Darynda Jones, freaking amazing!! You would love it:)

  127. Kim B

    I looooooove to read and always have a book I am in the middle of. I just finished reading Gone Girl. It was really great!

  128. Lindsay

    Currently reading Gone Girl. So far, so good. Just finished Lets Pretend this never happened. It was wonderful! Made me laugh, made me cry and I didnt want it to end. Highly recommend!

  129. Elena

    Just finished January First by Michael Schofield. Not sure if I liked it or not…

  130. Nikki

    I’m finishing “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and going through about 5 other pregnancy/parenting books. I’m in the “holy crap I have no idea what I’m doing” stage, so I’m hoping these will ease my fears a bit!

  131. Kathleen

    I just finished Cross from the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. I also just finished You Don’t Want to Know by Lisa Jackson and am currently reading ShipBreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi and at the same time reading The Worst Hard Times by Timothy Egan about the Dust Bowl. Oh – and Baby Sea Otters board book with my 8 month old!

  132. Allison

    I’m currently working on Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

  133. almost done reading Turn Right at Machu Picchu! it’s great to read it and remember our trip there almost a year ago and relive those awesome memories!

  134. The last book I finished was the Hunger Games trilogy. So excellent!

  135. Ana

    Right now I’m reading Atonement by Ian MacEwan. I’m really enjoying it, since it is about love, long distance love stories and the feeling of guilty. I’m looking forward to watch the movie after finishing the book!

  136. Jess

    the last book i read was the last fifty shades book. yes, i jumped on the bandwagon and i actually liked it a lot!

  137. Christy

    You might like The Radleys – it is a vampire story with a little bit of a twist and a very quick read! Keep hanging in there, Katie, things will get easier! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  138. Ashley

    I just discovered the author Kristin Hannah and have been reading her books one after the other. Very similar to Jodi Picoult if you like her!

  139. Sarah

    I have a Nook so I am reading a new book almost every week. I reread one of my favorites this last week which was Elin Hilderbrand’s, Silvergirl. If you haven’t read this author, you should. Reading has been an escape for me since I was 10 and there’s nothing that makes me happier then sitting down with a new book or one I’ve read 5 times. I hope you continue to feel better. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  140. Jennifer

    I’m currently reading Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig. I have a huge reading list of books I’d like to buy but since we’re down to just my income I’ve had to stick to free books off Kindle.

    Thinking of rereading some old favorites off my bookshelf.

  141. Lindsay

    I love your blog, even if it does make me cry my eyes out lately. 🙂 You are amazing. The last book I read was the last book of the Hunger Games series. I loved it.

  142. Nicole

    The Spy Who Came in From The Cold. The style was definitely from another time, but boy the story and ending were good.

  143. Robyn

    The last book I read was…The Big Bad Alien with 3 Eyes. Why yes this is a 3rd graders book, but with having to read 75 minutes a week for my sons class, I tend to read alot of the same books 🙂

  144. Melissa

    Since my dad passed away, my husband still has to remind me on occasion that I’m a little depressed. Not all the time, but I don’t even notice it. It really is just like the time that Chris suggested you were depressed and you were like, “No, I have a cold, I’m sick.” Every time, I deny it, and then 2-3 weeks later, I’m like, “Yeah, I’m a little depressed.” Katie, you should know that thanks to you, I know it’s okay to admit that I’m depressed and need to talk to someone. Not all the time, just sometimes. Also, I notice that when I’m depressed, it’s usually been a while since I’ve read a book. Just picking up a book and escaping reality (because I can still think about reality while watching tv/movies, but I can’t when I’m reading) for just a little while makes me feel so much better. It’s amazing! And hey, there is nothing wrong with escaping to a book for awhile. It’s probably much more reasonable than the marathon sessions of solitaire that my sister and I played in the hospital, the funeral home, and our own homes for several months after our dad’s death! Can you play solitaire for 3 months straight without going crazy? Only if the whole world as you know it is upside down.

  145. Maura

    Hunger games and yes, i loved it!

  146. Suzanne

    First of all, your blog is awesome. Yes, it makes me cry lately but the thing is that it’s part of life… an unfortunate, sad part of life and you’re handling it the best you can. You have probably even inspired someone going through a similar situation. So, you keep on keeping on 🙂

    Now, I’m currently in the middle of Beach Music and it’s so far one of my favs. I’m an avid reader so I’ve always got books lined up…after beach music I’ve got Harry Potter, Dominique Moceanu’s book, a Nicholas Sparks and The Pillars of the Earth. I better get cracking!

  147. I’m in the middle of two books right now: “The Happiest Toddler on the Block” and “What to Expect The Second Year”. But the book I most recently finished was “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” by Michael J. Fox. It was an interesting read. Auto-biographies are not my favorite genre of book, but I’m making an effort to branch out. The story was slightly disjointed as Fox writes in a more stream-of-consciousness style, but overall I enjoyed reading it.

  148. Kristin

    I just finished “Garlic and Sapphires,” a memoir by Ruth Reichl about her tenure as the New York Times food critic. It was my millionth time reading it because it’s so fun and poignant and yummy! I just started “Matched” after you suggested it earlier this summer. I’m reserving an opinion until I get more than two chapters in, haha. 🙂

  149. I’m reading about four books right now! The last one I finished (I think) was Catching Fire. My husband and I have been reading the trilogy out loud to each other–so much better (and cheaper) than cable!

  150. Victoria

    I’ve never commented but I am a sucker for a good book. I just read A Beautiful Dark – really enjoyed it but would hesitate to use the word ‘love’ – it was a young adult book that kept this late twenties gal very interested 🙂

  151. Might I suggest you read my book next? 🙂
    “Baby Bumps: The Almost, Barely, Not-Quite-True Story of Pregnancy, Bed Rest and One Batshit Crazy Family” available at all your favorite e-tailers!

  152. I’m reading 2 right now. “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom – AWESOME. “A Storm of Swords” by George RR Martin – still loving the series.

  153. Megan

    I love seeing your book selections – we have similar tastes, and I’m always on the lookout for a great book to “escape” into. I just finished “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. Great read!

  154. Andrea Y

    I’m almost done with the Stephen King book 11/22/63, because you recommended it!! Super creepy, but I can’t stop reading it!!

  155. denny144

    I read the Bloggess book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened–hysterically funny stuff.

  156. Kim T

    No need for apologies – you’ve got a lot going on. It’s okay to be in a fog.

    Book I’m reading right now: I Capture the Castle – so far I love it, highly recommend

    My 12 year old dd who’s an avid reader just finished Perks of Being a Wallflower. She said it was wonderful and that I have to read it.

  157. farrar

    The first book in the hunger games

  158. BeccaK

    I’m currently reading Beach Music by Pat Conroy – I’m about halfway through, and I’m really enjoying his writing style. It’s different, but the characters really grow on you (it’s about the history of a South Carolina family and its intersection with Jewish Holocaust-era immigrant families; Rome, Italy; and a single father’s relationship with his daughter and how he tells her about her deceased mother and the life they left behind when he moved with her to Italy). I can’t do it justice, though; it’s fantastic. And be careful with Insurgent – it’ll definitely prime you to chomp at the bit for Book #3!

  159. Well I’m currently reading “50 shades…” but prior to that (and grad school text books) I read the Hunger Games

  160. Andrea

    I just finished reading “Beneath the Shadows” by Sara Foster. Awesome, modern, Gothic suspense. Just started Emily Giffin’s “Where We Belong”. I love her, but this is starting off kind of slow.

  161. Kathie

    I just finished reading “A Discovery of Witches” as well and LOVED it!! Can’t wait to read the next in the series that just came out.

  162. Don’t feel bad about being sad or advertising too much. You have a lot going on, and your frequent readers get it. The last book I read was Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane. Crazy! I liked it quite a bit.

  163. Kathy Z

    The last book I read was Grumpy Old Prophets, part 4 by Phil Farrand. 🙂 He’s self publishing it and I signed up to be a beta reader. I felt so cool because I got to be part of his publishing process. 🙂

  164. Mallory

    The last book I finished reading, besides textbooks, was The Hunger Games trilogy. Loved the series.

  165. Paige Wester

    I just got done with “Becoming Jane Eyre” by Sheila Kohlher. Its fiction about what it was like for Charlotte Bronte to write Jane Eyre and the sibling rivalry amongst the Bronte sisters. Pretty good read, especially if you’re an English Lit. nerd. lol

  166. Jennifer

    I absolutely LOVED “Discovery of Witches”, it’s not weird and was a fun easy read!!!! However, I was totally disappointed in the second book in the triology. The plot was fine, but it was continually interuppted by sex scenes. I’m not a prude, but it felt over the top to me, like an excuse to extend the length of the book without adding any value.

  167. Catherine

    I just finished reading Gone Girl. I love, love, loved it! Every one says they don’t like the ending. But I thought the ending was perfect! Now I’m reading The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz.

  168. I finished reading Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Dr. Kevin Leman recently. Loved it! And I’m happy to report it’s changed things for the better around here. Woohoo!!

  169. Sally Case

    Reading is such a wonderful escape. I remember that after my mom died, I gave my dad many mysteries and he would read them in a day. Reading became such a gift during that time. Since that time, Dad has passed and I continue to read. My sister and I share a love of writing and when I read someone else’s words (your blog ) I love where it takes me. Writing about your daily experience is a great read. All of your friends/fans come back with cup of tea and spend a little time with you! We are a little book club of friends and we just read Double Bind (Chris Bohjalian) and it was incredible. I can’t wait to read the Roses and Tumbleweeds series. Thanks for sharing!
    Sally

  170. Gerri

    Yay for book suggestions…I love to read. One of my favorite reads as of late has been “Chasing Fireflies” by Charles Martin. It is one of my top 5 favorites of all time. I could not put it down! I have read several of his books, and none will disappoint.

  171. jenny

    I’m glad you are finding some solace in books…if you need a light chick-lit read try Claire Cook “Life’s a Beach” It’s a cute easy read…no brain power required I’ve almost finished it…

  172. Haley Merlot

    I just reread “The Name of the Wind” for the nth time. Such a wonderful, winding adventure of a book!

  173. Reading is my escape and has been for as long as I can remember. I loved A Discovery of Witches, the second one was great as well. I just finished reading “Rapture”, the last book in the “Fallen” series. Totally a teen romance series but it just ends beautifully and gives me hope. Hang in there Katie.

  174. Colleen M

    Just finished Gone Girl–good book, disappointing ending. Also War Brides by Helen Bryan–about England during WWII–

  175. Abigail

    Just finished Shanghai Girls. The plot is interesting, but the book isn’t very well written, which was a bummer.

  176. Brooke D.

    I read the Hunger Games trilogy. Loved the first book, the last two were OK, and the movie was awful.

  177. Carrie E

    I read a book called “The American Heiress”… the cover said that it was for people having withdrawal from Downtown Abbey and I am, it was the perfect, fluffy beach read this summer.

  178. Andrea C

    I just finished Some Like It Hawk by Donna Andrews. As with the rest of her Meg Langslow books, I loved it!

  179. Barb

    I’m enjoying” A Violet Season” by Kathy Leonard Czepiel…..a novel about the violet industry in 1898 and the sacrifices that 2 women make for their family’s survival. As a retired elementary school librarian I was thrilled to receive an autographed copy for my birthday. The author is a friend of my son and his family in CT!!

  180. Kelly P

    The last book I read was “Rules of Civility : A Novel” and I REALLY liked it. The one before that was “An American Heiress”, which I LOVED. Highly recommend both. My favorite book of all time is Beach Music by Pat Conroy. You should totes put that on your list if you haven’t read it already. Books help. I’m glad you’re finding solace in them. Time helps too. Wishing for the best for you…..

  181. Leah

    I’m the same way with books. My husband got me a Kindle when I had my daughter. It was so much easier than holding than a real book during nursing sessions and such when she was itty-bitty. I love my Kindle and it’s my main way of reading (I always have a book on me too) but I love nothing more than sitting down with a real book with my 18 month old and seeing her enjoy them as much as I do :-). I just finished The Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. I liked the second in the trilogy better than the first. I’m also in the middle of “The New Strong Willed Child” by Dr Dobson. I too have a little tyrant on my hands :-).

  182. Megan

    I’ve been reading the Art of Happiness. I can’t remember the name of the psychiatrist, but it’s a conversation on happiness between him and the Dalai Lama. The ideas are simple, but profound. Thank you for sharing your book recs and your life!

  183. Reading is my escape. I ALWAYS have a book next to me on my nightstand. I just finished Eighteen Acres by Nicole Wallace. It’s about life in the White House with the first female president, a female chief of staff, and a female reporter who has an affair with the president’s husband. Very interesting.

  184. Nicole

    The last book I finished was the Happiness Project- a very motivating book to try and live the happiest life possible. Right now I am reading Gone Girl which is super addicting! I see it in your first pic but was wondering if you had read it yet.

  185. The last book I read was The Power of Ethical Management by Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale. This business book is easy reading, written in story telling form, and advises readers on how to find and stick with ethics even in the face of pressure from the outside. I recommend it and though it will be years from now I think I will have my boys read it as well – staying ethical is this crazy world is tough and this book offers up easy to understand advice.

  186. I am just about to finish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and I have LOVED IT. It was scarier than I expected it to be, but has kept me turning the pages, heart racing, to find out how it all plays out.

  187. susan

    The last book I read was Gone Girl and it was fantastic! Definitely want to read a couple that you have in that pile too though!

  188. Last book I read was a writing book called The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Diane Burrell. Awesome book for any writer. It gives inspiration to writers looking to break into print, or even writers that have already had a few publications. I love this book because it inspires me to do things I don’t always find the courage to do.

  189. Jennie D

    The last book I read was a book by Cathy Lamb, “The last time I was me”. Amazing book! I am particularly interested in Love Does!

  190. Megan Smith

    Just finished “A Time to Dance” by Karen Kingsbury.

  191. Amy Fancher

    I’m in school right now so I haven’t been able to read anything fun lately. I have a long list of books to read when I’m finally done! Teh last book I read was “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” It is one of my top 5 favorite books!

  192. Mellen

    The last book I read was “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” (I just put the kids to sleep)! Oh? A novel? HAH! I think I read a novel back in March…Dragon Bones by Lisa See. It was alright. I will not continue the series, but I also won’t complain about lost time.

  193. Jenna

    The last book I read was “The Book Thief.” It wasn’t the happiest book in the world, but it was interesting, so I suppose you could say I still liked it. 🙂

  194. Laura

    I finally finished the Hunger Games series…and was bummed at the ending. It ended too abruptly!

  195. We seem to have similar taste in books. I’ll have to take some of your recommendations and look for new reading material. 🙂 As for the last books I read, they were “Insurgent” and “Shadow of Night” (the second in the Discovery of Witches trilogy) Both very good reads!

  196. I hope the sadness subsides soon. I last read Where We Belong by Emily Giffin. It was decent. I noticed Hotel on the Corner ofB&S in your stack. My mom highly recommended it & I has forgotten.

  197. Sommer

    I love when you post about what you’re reading because it gives me lots of good ideas to add to my reading list. Last book was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Really liked it.

    Don’t worry about us blog readers, we’ll still be here. Take care of yourself – loss is hard!

  198. KatieLM

    Last book I rewad was…. The Secret of the Fortune Wookie. It was good! I read books my students are reading, too, and the all were reading the Origami Yoda books a few years ago. I beat them reading this third one, though. They didn’t know it was out yet.

  199. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. It’s an incredible book!

  200. Allison

    I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy and loved it! I liked the book better than the movie. 🙂

  201. The last book I read for myself was Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult. Loved it! The last book I actually read was “How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?”….a read aloud for my kindergarteners! 🙂

  202. shana adair

    I just finished reading Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and absolutely loved it!

  203. Erin

    The last book I read was Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker. (I read 7 before that, also by her.) She has messed with my head.

  204. I’ve been reading Let’s Roll. Very good.

  205. Britni

    The last book I read Was Miss PeregUines Home for Peculiar Children. Decent read!

  206. Corynne

    The last book I read was 1984 by George Orwell – an old classic but one I’d always wanted to read. Very thought provoking but wasn’t exactly a page turner.

  207. I also just finished Insurgent. I can’t stop thinking about what is going on outside the fence! And the next book isn’t coming out for such a long long long time. I may go crazy.

  208. The last book I read and finished, just last night, was THE CAREFUL USE OF COMPLIMENTS by Alexander McCall Smith. It’s book IV in the Isabel Dalhousie / Sunday Philosopher’s Club series. They’re very kind and gentle reads, and I enjoy the characters, the moral quandries of the philosopher protagonist, Isabel, and all the descriptions of Edinburh, Scotland.

    J.

  209. Kristin Bateman

    The last book I read was the first of the Percy Jackson series. I enjoyed it. I’m 1/2 way through book 2 now, but seeing I’m back to school, I don’t have a lot of time. I LOVE that you posted about “A Discovery of Witches” as it’s on my TBR List.

  210. Layne

    I just came from a job where I commuted about 2 hours to work and since I never had time to read at home I decided to listen to books on tape on my drive to work. So really the last book I “read” I really listened to. :-). It was the last book in the Shopaholic series. They are very light easy reads. I alternate between serious books and brain candy. And now that my commute is no longer ridiculous I’m hoping to get back to actually reading my books! In fact I’m in the middle of actually reading a book called “Good Things.” I didn’t realize how much I missed it!

  211. Man in the Blue Moon, by Michael Morris. Takes place in Florida, around your parts I think..
    Provided to my by Tyndale Blog Network.

    My Goodreads Review:

    Learning about the unfortunate main character, Ella. She’s an orphan, raised by her late Aunt, married some no good fool who ran out on her and left her to raise three boys.

    Slap!

    Mortgage she can’t pay and foreclosure notice is delivered. She swore to protect the land to her dying father

    Punch in the gut!

    Strange man claiming to be her husband’s cousin shows up in a way that shocks the family.

    Blast!

    “No matter how hard she smiled that day, or laughed, or even raised her arms in victory, she could not escape the unsteady feeling that caused her to want to vomit..”

    What happens that night
    BANG.

    The part where we learn about Lanier, his wife, and his son and what he’s running from.

    Whack.

    When plan B doesn’t work out either.

    Slam.

    The part that that plays out like a bloody scene from Wyatt Earp or some western movie.

    Wham!

    The sick are healed, debts are forgiven but it doesn’t end yet. Oh no, not in this time of war. The part where one of the characters die in a bitter horrible way and you just can’t help but shake your head and throw your fists up at the ceiling and say.. “WHY!! WHY!!!”

    TKO!

    —-

    I truly enjoyed this book. The writing was riveting. It played out like a movie. The characters, scenes and dialogue came alive in my mind. The symbolism was impeccable. The imagery was in a class by itself. Rollercoaster of emotions.
    Not anything that I could have predicted.

  212. Kelly

    Chris is right. Your posts don’t have to be insightful or happy or anything amazing. I just like seeing you post and knowing that you are surviving. We will all be here when you discover your new normal. Take your time and don’t feel like you have to apologize. Us ” imaginaries” are in your corner. Be sad. Don’t post. This is your process, not ours

  213. Michele

    I just finished the Hunger Games series so that I could watch the movie at the dollar theater! The first two were great; the third was different, but I enjoyed it as well.

  214. Laci

    I just finished reading “Gone Girl”. It was good…weird but good. I’m glad you are reading “Insurgent”! I read “Divergent” after you reccommended it this summer and immediately read book two…and now I can’t wait til book three!

  215. KLMullins

    The last book I read was Bulls Island. Set in the low country of SC. A great read. Now I am reading Almost Amish. Love this book, a must read to aid in simplifying our lives and living with purpose.

  216. Kristi

    I’m reading “Mile Markers” by Kristin Armstrong. I’ve been reading her blog since you recommended it, and so I asked for her book for my birthday. It is great – inspirational for both running, and life!

  217. Melinda

    I just finished up reading a Karen Kingsbury series. The books were called Take One, Take Two, Take Three, and Take Four. She wove in a lot of different characters, but the movie generally follows two Christian movie producers as they struggle to make their first film and also two girls as they stumble through their first year away at college. That sounds disjointed but its not really. Anywho, her books aren’t exactly quality literature, but they make good beach reads and usually make me cry, so I enjoy them! I also pretty much sobbed through the entire ending of Ever After, which is another book by Karen Kingsbury. You should definitely read it, along with its prequel, Even Now.

  218. Em

    This makes so much sense. Reading and running are my alt+ctrl+del. ♥

  219. My husband recently finished reading the first Harry Potter book to me. He reads every night as I fall asleep. Another recent one is the first Work and the Glory book by Gerald Lund. Both of these are re-reads.. I really should find some new books.

  220. Amanda H

    The last book I read was Safehaven by nichols sparks. They are doing a movie with Josh Duhmahl (who I LOVE) and I like to read the book before the movie. I’m trying to get into the 3rd shades of grey book, not going so well.
    I love your writing and how you share your feelings. You absolutely deserve a break when you need one! Take it.

  221. I’m in the middle of reading the George RR Martin Song of Ice and Fire Series, and I love it. There is nothing quite like a good long series or a tall stack of books to get you through the hard parts of life. Every time I’ve had to deal with loss or disappointment a good series has helped me with just the right amount of escape to be able to come back to reality as myself. Keep reading!

  222. Megan

    I’m currently reading a GRE study book…I would not recommend it as it’s not very much fun at all haha

  223. Amber

    I’m really sorry to hear about your dad. I’ve found reading as a means to escape as well these days. I lost my boyfriend about three months ago and have hardly been able to function in many areas. Similar to what you have said about your dad, life basically has lost its passion. I’ve mainly been reading books on grief. I have recently picked up a stack of books about “love” and “Love Does” was one of those and also “No Greater Love” by Mother Teresa. I’m partly trying to figure out where to go from here or even how to go on from here. And I thought maybe books on love would help me figure out how to keep loving when the person I loved the most is no longer here. Sorry for such a depressing comment, but just wanted you to know some of us out here are with you in this. Maybe not in the same capacity. But the loss is still there. The greater the love, the greater the loss. That’s what I’ve read anyways. Prayers with you.

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