Yep, this post is about books. (don’t you love how I have such creative titles of posts? LAME.) I love books. I grew up being the nerdy bookworm chick. Especially in the summer. I would read about 1 to 2 books a week in those wonderful lazy days of summer before you actually have any real responsibility. Now, to be honest, the books I was reading I wouldn’t always endorse now being that a lot of them were mysteries and probably contained things that are questionable. (Not always–also liked biographies, non-fiction etc. ) Unfortunately I wasn’t one to want to read the books that teachers wanted you to read–the “classics.” Mainly out of rebellion, but that’s a different post. Anyway, as I don’t have a lot of time to read, I usually have at least one book of the non-fiction Christian type that I go through a LOT slower so that I can try to apply God’s truth to my life. It doesn’t always leave much room for reading that is enjoyable. Not that the ones that stir me spiritually aren’t enjoyable, it’s just a different joy. Maybe entertaining is more like it. Anyway, you get the point. So, the last two years I’ve made it a priority to read at least 3 or 4 books a year that are novels or biographies. I know this doesn’t seem like such a great feat, but at this season in my life it’s just more practical to say 3 or 4 than 15 or 20. This does not include the random books I get out of the library about cooking, organizing, crochet, sewing, preserving food (yeah, i’m a geek), or anything else practical. Those will always be on my table regardless. So, they can be Christian or not, but they can’t be of the “self-help” variety (for lack of a better, clearer term!). Over this last year and a half I’ve read in this category: “Safely Home” by Randy Alcorn; “Jane Eyre” by Bronte; something about Ireland (I totally forget what it’s called, but it was good!); a book on Theodore Roosevelt; half of “A Reason for God” by Tim Keller (I let someone borrow it for evangelistic purposes); and “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom. Now, I need to be careful with how often I read these types of books because I get really caught up and can tend to desire to read them over the Bible and the other Christian books. I am 50 pages away from finishing “The Hiding Place” and I’m already looking for a new book, so you can see how easy it is for me to devour books and at times probably shirking my responsibilities or, more often, staying up too late so I can finish “just one more” chapter.
With all of that nonsense said, I am looking for a new book to start in the next couple of weeks to read since I know that once the “holiday season” is upon us I won’t have ANY time for fun reading. 🙂 I’m thinking a biography, but I guess it depends on whom. So what I’m asking is: What are your top 5 favorite or most impacting books of the aforementioned category? Suggestions are extremely helpful because then I know it’s not trash! 🙂 Post away on the comments section or on your own blogs!