31 Days of Reading Well: Day 13

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I am going old-school today with a book meme I’ve done twice: once in 2006 and once in 2008. I thought while I have a bunch of bibliophiles gathered for this series, I would do it again. And maybe you’ll do it, too, and share it with me? Or at least give me your response to one in the comments?

One book that changed your life: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. I’m forever amused that this first came into my hands via my editor at The Religious Herald, the Southern Baptist newspaper in Virginia. Because, well, it’s Anne Lamott. There is cursing and she can teeter on the sacrilegious. But the advice in this book is so spot on when it comes to writing, and I love her way with words.

One book you have read more than once: Oh, a lot. Most recently, I reread Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman.

One book you would want on a desert island: The longest book I could find so it would take up the most time. The Passage? Outlander? (I haven’t read that one, but I know it’s long.)

One book that made you laugh: I remember giggling reading The Help.


One book you wish had never been written: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is this year’s winner for Worst Read category. I wish I had that time back … plus it is SO weird it haunts me a little. 

One book that made you cry: Well, besides The Saving Graces and Owen Meany? There are a lot of books that have made me cry. Heaven is For Real, this year.

One book you are currently reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – I am reading the epilogue!

One book you have been meaning to read: How long do you have? I’ve actually done of lot of reading “what I’ve been meaning to read” the last few months: The Help, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Kitchen House, The Paris Wife. One book I think I would really love is The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma.

One book you wish everyone would read: Heaven is for Real. I’m pretty sure I even wrote a post about that …

Your turn! Answer one or all in the comments or in your own post. Looking forward to reading them.

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4 thoughts on “31 Days of Reading Well: Day 13

  1. I completely agree about Bird by Bird! Outlander is long and wonderful, though saucy. The series is very addictive and I can't wait for Gabaldon to write the next book.

    One book that changed your life: A New Kind of Christian (McLaren) Reading about outside-the-box Christianity helped me make peace with my faith and got me back to church again.

    One book you have read more than once: Tons! The Glenbrooke series is a favorite reread when I need a little pick me up.

    One book you would want on a desert island: A Prayer for Owen Meany. It's my favorite and I discover new things every time I read it.

    One book that made you laugh: Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston Seriously laughed my way through this one.

    One book you wish had never been written: Oh, gosh. I could mean and just name a few Christian fiction authors that I wish would go far far away. This will be literary sacrilege but my Book Club read a Flannery O'Connor short story a couple of years ago and I'm still bitter about it.

    One book that made you cry: Most recently, Summer in the South.

    One book you are currently reading: Metaxas's Bonhoeffer

    One book you have been meaning to read: I have pages of books on my To Read list. I finally read Blue Like Jazz, after a decade of being on the list.

    One book you wish everyone would read: Definitely Owen Meany but also Bittersweet (Niequist) and A Sacred Thirst (Barnes).

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