Today we're sharing what we've been reading lately as the cooler days and earlier evenings settle in. Cozy up with a few of these reads and get lost in some tech-free moments over the Thanksgiving holiday! Have you read any of these? What are you reading this month?
Break out the tissues- this one pulled on all the heart strings. Sheldon Vanauken shares his love story with his wife, Davy, and their life together in both America and England. While in England, they become close friends with C.S. Lewis, who leads them both to the Lord, and eventually, walks with them through trying times in both of their lives. I don't want to give too much away and there are no words to describe how much I loved this book and deeply cherish it, so pick it up this winter and see what I mean for yourself- truly worth it!
While Present Over Perfect is the book most have recently heard of from Shauna Niequist, it was Bread and Wine that initially drew me into her writing and incredible storytelling. If you love food, friends, family and community, this book is for you! Shauna shares a collection of short stories and essays about how the food and the table have been the central elements in many of her life's most profound moments. " It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two." It even includes several amazing recipes that even I can cook- that is saying something!
This summer, Jojo Moyes' Me Before You was all the rage and hit the theaters as well, but it was this book, The Girl You Left Behind, that I read first and caused me to fall in love. This book goes back and forth between Paris in 1916 and the present, juxtaposing two stories of love and loss. Moyes has an incredible gift for writing fiction, and you'll feel all the complicated emotions with each of her characters in this book. It was one I couldn't put down, and one I think you'll devour in an afternoon post Thanksgiving meal (hopefully by a fire with a warm beverage!)
I don't know about you, but I am a HUGE literature nerd. I like to make every few books I pick up a classic piece of literature, and this is one of my all-time favorites. There are so many themes woven throughout this novel- love, revenge, death, regret, and prejudice. The book is told mainly from the perspective of the elderly housekeeper of Wuthering Heights, set in the Yorkshire Moors, to the new tenant, Lockwood, relating the traumatic and bleak history of the home and its occupants. Bonus point: if you've never read this classic, you can finally find out what Phoebe from Friends meant when she said that the moors in Wuthering Heights represented the wildness of Heathcliff's character! ;)
Since it's Thanksgiving and we're getting into the spirit of America's birth, why not pick up Alexander Hamilton's biography and find out what's behind all the rage that made him a Broadway hit? Hear me out- although this book is long and is not a "light" read, it was one of the most fascinating books I've read this year. I learned so much about our first Treasury Secretary, and even brushed up on my American history facts that have remained in the cobwebs of my mind since 4th grade. His story is fascinating and I was constantly blown away by the odds he overcame, the deep patriotism he felt, and even through all of his faults, his commitment to excellence for our country's political and economic success.
What have you been reading lately? Please dish! We need some new reads for the holidays, too!