Friday, August 17, 2012

book club, a few good books & a give away

my router has been giving me fits all day 
so this post has taken me all morning to get rolling...

if you haven't seen already, my fave blogger, aka edie, is starting a book club.
click on the above image & it'll take you right on over.

we're  taking " chronological approach"

"as a way of following the development of western civilization 
and how one writer’s work builds on the writers before them"

we're going to begin with The Odyssey
(gosh i feel so fancy regardless of the fact that i copied & pasted her spoken word)

& friends. i must admit hanging out with edie will make you feel very intellectual.
while she's quite the hottie
she's also a brainiac
which is a tad intimidating
but being so down to earth
she loves friends like me who actually have to google "the odyssey" 
just to make sure i'm using correct spelling.

 so wherever you may land on that continum why don't you join us...

i also wanted to share a few books i read this summer & am currently reading

i am really enjoying the ESV Study Bible
english standard version

The Mirror Ball by Matt Redman

Billy Graham's Nearing Home

Nicholas Kristof  "Half the Sky"

& for teenagers,
"the message// remix: solo"
"not a fan"--a great book which now also has a teen version

 love my ever growing collection of the penguin classics

two amazing men, Billy Graham & Ronald Reagan.
i love reading anything about them.
"i love you, ronnie", is a precious book with some of the love letters he sent nancy...
makes a sweet gift.

dan read "The Reagan Diaries" this summer.
many a night while we were in bed reading before turning out the lights
he would read a sweet portion from the diaries about how President Reagan always missed nancy when she was away. what a legacy of love & what a good man...

& my favorite read of the summer
was "Kisses from Katie"
read in 24 hours & is a life changer.
i highly recommend this for your teenage/college age girls.

Karen White's "the Memory of Water"
which i did enjoy 
but i'll tell you is based around a few characters with bipolar which made it a little heavy
but i did enjoy how the story was written.

another favorite was "A Sweethaven Summer"

by my personal friend, courtney walsh.
a sweet, sweet story about friendships & healing hearts.

courtney has just released her latest work,
" A Sweethaven Homecoming"
& has offered a copy for one of you.
please leave me a comment & tell me your favorite book.
i'll post the winner monday!

Local New York Times best-selling author Courtney Walsh celebrates
friendship and forgiveness with the release of new Sweethaven book.

“The sequel to A Sweethaven Summer brings back well-remembered and well-loved
characters. This second book starts where the first one left off….With scrapbooking as the backdrop, readers who enjoy that craft will appreciate the addition to the storyline.”
—RT Reviews

The Sweethaven Circle—Jane, Lila, Adele, and Campbell—are together again in the latest novel, A Sweethaven Homecoming, from New York Times bestselling author and professional papercrafter Courtney Walsh. Readers will meet a new Sweethaven friend, country singer Meghan Rhodes, who has returned to her childhood home of Sweethaven. Walsh continues creating the genuine characters her readers love to know.

ps--we're having a big sale over at Noonday,
ya'll swing by


Melaine Thompson said...

I just finished Heaven is here by Stephanie Nielson and I loved it! Have you read it Paige?

Jenny said...

I love reading so I have a hard time picking a favorite book, but my favorite that I've read recently is Edenbrooke by Juliane Donaldson.

Jennifer said...

Psst...your link to the book club isn't working. Thanks for the recommendations, I'm always on the lookout for new reads.

Susie said...

I just finished The Choice by Robert Whitlow and really enjoyed it. Read A Sweethaven Summer while at the beach and can't wait to read her next one. Love your blog!

Tonya said...

I just finished A Sweethaven Summer and started A Sweethaven Homecoming about 30 minutes ago, so i can't really pick a favorite one yet. would love to win this book to give to a scrapbooking friend...

A Prairie Girl in California said...

I adore reading. So yep, for me too it is hard to choose! I am reading 1000 gifts (I know im on the late train) and I am absolutely loving every single page.
As far as novels this summer - The Help was a serious eye opener for me! I loved it!

Debra said...

Finally am reading 1000 gifts. I know you recommended it such a long time ago. The timing is perfect for me and mom to both be reading it together. After the loss of Daddy it really has helped us find JOY . By the way, Buddy recommended it to my husband for us to get too!

Debra said...

Finally am reading 1000 gifts. I know you recommended it such a long time ago. The timing is perfect for me and mom to both be reading it together. After the loss of Daddy it really has helped us find JOY . By the way, Buddy recommended it to my husband for us to get too!

Big D and Me said...

I would love to win her book! While my favorite book of all time is, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, this summer my favorite has been, The Book of Bright Ideas, by Sandra King. I always love getting book suggestions!

Jenn A said...

How in the world does a book lover pick a favorite?!?!?! Favorite series' are the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke and Red River/Blessing books by Lauraine Snelling, but my all-time favorite author is Francine Rivers. I love all of her books!

ToNyA said...

I'm currently reading The Shoemaker's Wife and loving it!!! This summer I've also read Saving CeCe Honeycutt and it's also great book. BUT my all time fav is Redeeming Love.

Anonymous said...

Yes! I too was so excited to see Edie's post last week on the book club. I told her that I had read the Odyssey in college, but of course had not read it with intent. Now this time I will be reading it with intent...looking so forward to that, and to the discussions that will follow. Also, I'm super excited to look into your reading recommendations! Thanks so much for sharing those with us. Oh, and btw, I received an email today from Carol & Co. regarding their summer sale and guess who was modeling some of the John Wind pieces???....your Emily and Madison : ))) They looked beautiful.


Kerri said...

I love reading~I really need o make it a priority! I love anything by Jane Austen and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my all time favorites! I am definitely signing up to read the Odyssey with y'all! What a great post Paige!

Judy said...

I've been dying to read Billy Graham's new book, I love anything by him, and since his grandfather and my mom's grandfather were brothers, I love him even more!

I'm a serial reader, always have several books going at one time, I'll have to check out some of your recommendations.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I have a favorite book besides the Bible. I won't be reading the Odyssey, I tried it in college that was enough! I just read Where We Belong by Emily Griffith. Except for a couple of useless sexual scenes it was a good read. A book has to grab me from the first few pages or my ADD kicks in. I'd love this book mainly because you recommended it! Lynda

Anonymous said...

I have been reading Tim Tebow's book. I love reading about such a wonderful Christian man. Such a role model.

Ellie said...

Fave book?! The lion the witch and the wardrobe is def one of my top choices!

I love when you talk about books you've read - I always need suggestions! I'm joining in and reading the odyssey also - a bitt nervous as it was a stroke of luck that I made it through university :)

It should be challenging - oops I meant inspiring.

xo ellie

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you would call it reading but I have been reading/doing the love dare book. Long story but it is working for myself and my ex-husband. I can say life is good and never been happier. Thank you for the chance to win this book.


traci said...

great book list paige. i have added a few to my list. i have the first sweethaven book on my nook but haven't got to it yet.

Jessica said...

I am just now reading The Help, I feel so far behind! There is nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book!

Brantlee said...

Read "A Sweethaven Summer" after you recommended it on the blog. Loved it! So happy there is a sequel. I have so many favorites it's hard to pick one but one in the top five would have to be "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood"

thepecanlady said...

Thanks for the book reviews! Will have to check out the Sweethaven Summer series. Love Billy!
Just found your blog this week..enjoying it!
Beautiful family!
God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Hello Paige.
It was a fortunate day for me when I stumbled on to your blog thru Jones Design. I just want to tell you I have been reading and catching up on your earlier posts and must say that I am truly and deeply enthralled. The last 2 weeks have been very heavy for me reg my children, and I have been questioning myself a lot. And then I see post after post of your inspiring words, of your god loving heart and of your wonderful family. First step I have enrolled into the 365 days of reading the bible, copy pasted so many of the inspiring verses you put up and trying to memorize them. If you ever blogged thinking that it was not worth it, just know this very sorry women sitting in the desert of Kuwait has been touched in a mighty way. God bless you and your family Paige. May He shower abundant blessings on you.. and since you have such a beautiful relationship with our Lord, I ask you to pray for my children today. Maria A.

Anonymous said...

where do you find your classic penguin books that are designed so cute?

Anonymous said...

where do you find those cute penguin classic hardcover books?

alaine said...

The secret garden is my all time favorite....enjoyed a sweet haven summer....can't wait to read the sequel.....

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I love that you're a reader... I love it so much. Right now I'm reading Major Pettigrew's last stand. So good so far.

vermonter said...

Bloom,By Kelle Hampton, It is about Kelle's life and also having her second baby and at her delivery finding out she was a DS baby, how she has handled it to date. She is an amazing author and photographer/blogger.

Anonymous said...

I read the Reagan Diaries a few years ago-great read, amazing perspective. Love your choices!

Anonymous said...

I read The Reagan Diaries a few years ago-amazing perspective. Love your choices!

Misty said...

It must be because its back to school time but everyone is blogging about books lately. I too just joined Edie's book club and another one at (In) Courage. I also just posted a a list of books I hope to read this year. My youngest heads off to 1st grade this week so I plan on reading grown-up books for hours! Thanks for more recommendations for my growing booklist.

Polly said...

I love to read! It makes the craziness of a day not so bad. My favorite read for the summer was the A Sweethaven Summer, would love to win the sequel. Thanks Paige, I enjoy your blog so much:)