Books, books, books!

August 9, 2011 | My Jottings

One of the blogs I visit had this meme on it recently, and since it’s about books, I couldn’t resist putting it on mine.

Feel free to put this and your own answers on your blog, or leave a comment below so we can all see and perhaps get some new recommendations! (You’re really supposed to list one book per question, but I’m feeling bookish and have decided to list two per question.)

One book you’re currently reading: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, and Love Can Open Prison Doors by Starr Daily.

One book that changed your life: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and A Place of Healing: Wrestling With the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada.

One book you’d want on a deserted island: my Bible and my journal.

One book you’ve read more than once: the entire Mitford series by Jan Karon, and The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.

One book you’ve never been able to finish: Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge, and most books by Karen Kingsbury.

One book that made you laugh: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, and The Plague and I by Betty MacDonald.

One book that made you cry: When God Weeps — Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada, and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

One book that was a waste of time in your opinion:  The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.

One book that stunned you: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin.

One book you keep rereading: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, and Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John.

One book you’ve been meaning to read: Brothers Karamozov  by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Radical — Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt.

One book you believe everyone should read: Disappointment with God by Phillip Yancey, and In Celebration of Simplicity by Penelope Wilcock.

Finally, grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the seventh sentence: “We forget the debt of love we owe each other, under pressure of the times in which we live — we forget to be spacious and generous and understanding, begin to be resentful and antagonistic, giving never an inch, insisting on our rights and our own way.”  (From The Hardest Thing to Do by Penelope Wilcock.)

Now it’s your turn. Feel free to answer all of them or just a few.

Happy reading!


  1. Ganeida says:

    I’ll be back…or something:D I don’t have time this morning but this one’s irrestibable.

  2. Just Julie says:

    I can’t wait!

  3. Savannah says:

    One book you are currently reading: Rees Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb

    One book that changed your life: The Bible, Captivating, The Life Story of Keith Green and The Working Poor (just really opened up my eyes)

    One book you’d want on a deserted island: my study Bible

    One book you’ve never been able to finish: Hahaha… Rees Howells Intercessor — but maybe this time I will be able to finish it. =)

    One book that made you laugh: Flashbang by Mark Steele

    One book that made you cry: Castaway Kid

    One book that was a waste of time in your opinion: Unfortunately… Karen Kingsbury

    One book that stunned you: Hahaha! Aunt Julie, I have to agree with The Book of the Dun Cow

    One book you keep rereading: Anne of Green Gables and Passion and Purity (while I do like that second book, rereading it is not because I neccessarily want to — just keeps popping up for discipleship, book clubs, discussion groups, etc. Five times is way too much. And I’m sure I’m not done yet.)

    One book you’ve been meaning to read: Forgotten God, Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot, James Heriott books

    Finally grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the seventh sentence. “The achievements of the Kurdish Jews cannot be measured by any conventional yardstick.” — My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Family’s Past by Ariel Sabar

  4. Just Julie says:

    I knew I would love your answers! Michael and I read the Reese Howell book years ago too. And I could have listed Anne of Green Gables too – I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading that book. Thank you for playing, Savannah! ILYTCAF.

  5. Christy says:

    Currently reading “Even Silence Has an End:My Six Years of Captivity in the Columbian Jungle”
    Book that changed my life…..The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace (it makes a wonderful wedding shower gift)and “When the Pieces don’t Fit” by Glaphre
    Book to have on a desert island… exquisitively beautiful camel colored leather archeological study bible that Larry thinks is his 🙂
    One book you’ve read more than once……there are way too many books for me to read….I don’t read anything more than once even though I say I’m going to.
    Book I didn’t finish….Something about bones and a missing little girl (I remember Carolyn said she didn’t finish it either and made it feel ok for me to toss it.)
    A book that made me laugh……there are things in the Mitford series that make me chuckle out loud.
    Book that made me cry….Snowflower and the Secret Fan….it makes me sniffle to even write down the name. Maybe the most deeply sad book I have ever in my life read.
    Book that stunned me…..Brushko….I read it in my early 20’s and gave it to Savannah to read a year or two ago. It impacted her also.
    One book you intend to read….I could literally write down a hundred titles. I will read as long as I am able.
    Julie, as I head your way in Oct.knowing I will only bring a backpack, I am trying to figure out how to get my journal, bible, and all my books in it. Hmmmm…..I will wear my jeans and several t-shirts and carry my jacket, sweater, and sweatshirt over my arm. Might put my socks and slippers in my purse. 🙂

  6. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Christy! You made me want to read several – especially Brushko. I’m afraid to read The Excellent Wife though. 🙂

  7. Savannah says:

    Oh man. I forgot about Brushko!! Whew — good book.
    However, not one for those who have a phobia of worms… **faints and revives herself**
    Just a warning.

    And had I remembered it, I would have put Snowflower and the Secret Fan on the crying book as well. I agree — that is the book that made me hurt inside more than any other. It’s the deepest, almost physical pain, kind of hurt. =(
    But a good book.

  8. Just Julie says:

    I agree about Snowflower…sniff.

  9. Ember says:

    It’s the middle of the night and my brain is a bit foggy for doing this – but very interested in your selection and… thank you :0)

  10. Just Julie says:

    Yes, what are you doing up at this hour? You should be resting your brain for writing…. 🙂 YW.

  11. Ganeida says:

    OK, on my blog. 😀 I wanted to put all the other bookaholics I know onto this! Thank you.

  12. Just Julie says:

    Ok – I’ll take a look – everyone else is invited too!

  13. Larry says:

    I seem to be not as diverse as my girls and though I would not mind reading anything about worms, I wish I had more of them in my yard and around my fruit trees and in the tree lines.

    As for the book I am reading, it is the “The MEAL that HEALS” by Perry Stone. Few if any churches actually have communion as HE wants us to have with HIM and as the example the WORD shows for us to have with HIM.

    Oh that nice Bible that Christy referred to really is mine 🙂 Now I know where to find it and why I could not find it recently 🙂

  14. Just Julie says:

    🙂 God bless your day Lar!

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