Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My "To-Read" List

I was just sifting through my very bookish Instagram feed, and noticed quite a few piles of "to-read" books and thought...hey, why don't I do one of those posts?  I have trouble doing an instagram pic as quite a few of my ARC books are on my Kindle, and I rely heavily on my library, so I rarely have an actual STACK sitting on my nightstand.  It helps keep me out of trouble with the hubby. are a handful of my future reads for you to ruminate over.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub IS actually sitting on my nightstand at the moment.  I think I'm probably 6 chapters in, and loving it so far.  The book is about some old college friends, their children, and their intertwined lives.  It's one of those books that jumps from person to person (so if you hate that writing style, this book isn't for you).

Click on the book cover and head on over to Goodreads for a much longer and more thorough description...I haven't read enough of it to really summarize!  But as I've said before, I am really enjoying books that revolve around people who are closer to my age and going through the things I'm currently facing.  And with this book having central characters hitting college age, I feel like I can definitely relate.  Here's hoping the book is as good as I'm expecting it to be!
I eagerly snatched up The Girls by Emma Cline as soon as it was returned to the library today.  My coworkers and I have been arguing over who gets it first!  Guess this means I can't procrastinate on this puppy.

This book has been on virtually every Must Read list cropping up online for the past few months, and I truly hope it lives up to the hype.  Loosely based on the Manson Family, this story revolves around Evie, a 1960's California girl who gets caught up in a dangerous cult.

Growing up in 1970's era Southern Oregon, Manson was the boogie man for me.  I remember my mother telling us about him, and I read the classic Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi as soon as I was old enough to grab it off my mom's shelf.  I'm really just curious how closely inspired this new book is.
I received this next book from Netgalley to review, although it came out in August of 2015. The Year Without a Purchase by Scott Dannemiller is about a Christian family who decide to "stop shopping and start connecting".

I am a big fan of books on minimalism (haven't completely converted, but damn I love to read about it!) and thoughtful spending, so I'm hoping this will be another good tome to lead me farther in that direction.  Other books in this particular section of the self-help aisle that I've enjoyed are The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo , 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker and The Minimalist Woman's Guide to Having It All by Meg Wolfe. That is just to name a few, as I have honestly read a shit ton of them (most from the library, thank you).
Netgalley has also given me a New and Revised version of The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, which is set for release on September 6th. It was originally published in 1998. This is a book I have been meaning to read for ages, and just haven't.  If you look on the Goodreads page for the previous editions, you can tell there is an even divide between people who absolutely hate it, and people who think it is a must read book for all Christians. I can't wait to read it, and make my own personal assessment.
Blogging for Books and Waterbrook Publishing kindly gave me a hard copy of this book to review. Find Your Brave: Courage to Stand Strong When the Waves Crash In by Holly Wagner came out on the 21st of June, and uses Acts 27 as a basis for putting your faith in God in times of crisis.

This is another one of my Spiritual Christian Women books, and I really picked it because of my sister-in-law Twilla who passed away from cancer a few years ago.  She was the best version of a Godly Woman you could imagine.  Towards the end of her battle with cancer, my husband and I went down for a "last visit" and I was blown away by how she was handling things.  She truly put all of her faith in God and was so at peace, it was hard not to be moved.  I remember thinking, if this is what Big Faith can give you, sign me up!  So I feel like this is one she would approved of.
This last book on my list, First Comes Love by Emily Giffin, is all about sisters.  Josie and Meredith are close sisters, but when tragedy strikes their reactions separate them, and fifteen years later it all comes to a head.

I am a big fan of sisterhood, as I have one big sister who I love and adore.  She is crazy, we are incredibly different people, but she is my crazy...and I wouldn't trade her for the world. We were very close growing up, and still talk virtually every day...but due to the way life works for a military family, I saw her for the first time in 17 years this past Christmas!  I just kept looking at her and thinking how awesome it was to be in the same place.  She even put on makeup for me!!  That's love right there.  So I can't wait to read about Josie and Meredith, and I've heard great things about this one.

Lest you think this was way too goody-goody of a To Read list...I feel like I need to confess that it was fueled on Redd's.  Tequila has yet to show up on my blog, but "Tomes and whatever alcoholic beverage happens to be in the house when I'm in the mood for a drink" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.  So here's to weeknight drinking!!  LOL

So, what's on your To Read pile?  Does mine give you a little genre whiplash?  LOL  Let me know in the comments section or over on my Tomes and Tequila Blog Facebook page! Whew..I can go to bed now :)

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