Since it’s officially almost winter, it’s time to share my fall reading list with you! It’s not very extensive, but it is quite diverse, so there should be a little something for everybody on here. And if any of you have any reading suggestions for winter, please feel free to share.
1)The Queen’s Gambit, by Elizabeth Fremantle: For years I’ve been intrigued by the wives of King Henry the VIII. This period in history is so interesting to me because I think it would have been an incredibly terrible and difficult time to be alive, regardless of social class… poor or rich, royal blood or base-born, it was such a tumultuous time in history. Katherine Parr is of particular interest to me because, during a time when Catholicism was the only accepted religion in England, she was for the “new faith.” She followed John Calvin and Martin Luther’s teachings, and was almost put to death because of it. She called herself a Christian during a time when Christians were being burned as heretics.
I like this particular book because it follows the life of Queen Katherine, but it also gives accounts (fictional accounts) of other people in her life: her stepdaughter, her physician, one of her maids. In general, I prefer historical fiction that has more history and less fiction. I get the sense that this book filled in lots of gaps with lots of fiction, but it was still a good read, and one that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in this particular time in history.
2)The Sugar Detox Challenge, by Donielle Baker (eBook): I’ve read the entire book but am only on week 3 of the challenge, and I have to say, it’s much harder than I thought it would be! This is a quick, informative read, and I highly recommend it for anyone with PCOS.
3,4,5)The Mark of the Lion Trilogy, by Francine Rivers: These books were so good. My friend Amy recommended these books to me, and I was hooked several chapters in. The story is set mainly in Rome during the
time when Christians were being persecuted and slaughtered in the arena. The books are sad at times, but the story is one of redemption. It’s a story of lives changed by the Truth of Christ. The books follow several characters whose lives and journeys are all intertwined as their hearts are changed by the knowledge, and eventually the acceptance, of Jesus Christ. The books portray the way that the Savior pursues us and touches our lives even when we are not receptive of Him. They gave me chills at times because of the many parallels between Ancient Rome and present-day America: the excess, the lack of moral, the political corruption, the attitude of a nation who thought they were too powerful to fall.
These books should appeal to a wide range of people because they have a bit of everything: action, suspense and mystery, romance…
The titles of the individual books are: A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, and As Sure as the Dawn.
6)One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp: This is such a good book. And if you can, I recommend getting the workbook that goes along with the book as well. The concept is seemingly simple: giving thanks every day, for everything, in every moment. She talks about the way that this leads to living the fullest life, and experiencing the fullness of the Savior. Her insights are amazingly beautiful, and she references scripture often, so I found myself spending lots of time in the Word when I was reading this book. It’s a difficult book to describe, because it’s so unlike anything I’ve ever read before, but I cannot say enough good about it. The book is challenging, and it really has made me think about all of life differently.
7)The Birth Book: How to Find the Best Doctor or Midwife, Have Less Pain in Labor, and be Fearless in Birth, by Sarah and Steve Blight: I downloaded this book over the summer (months before we were even pregnant), when they were running a free promotion, but only got around to reading it last week. The book interviews medical and/or birthing professionals, as well as moms. It explains doulas, midwives, OBs, hospital births vs. home births, normal births vs. not normal births. It gives resources, ideas, and inspirations to equip you to have the best birth possible for you. It explains the beauty and wonder of a normal birth (one with minimal or no medical intervention), and why so many of the medical interventions offered are not necessities. Ideally, they should be implemented only in an emergency.
I probably would not have read this book had it not been free, but I’m so glad I did. It gave me a lot to think about, and it made me really excited (as opposed to scared) about giving birth to our baby. Even if you don’t agree with all that the book has to say, I think it’s important to be as well-informed as possible about hospital procedures, birthing procedures, newborn procedures, etc. It’s good to know your options, and to know what is going on around you. That way, if it’s something you don’t like, you have the power to stop it. (The book explains that this is the doula’s role: to know your birthing wishes and to make sure that the hospital staff and your family and friends are acting accordingly.)
That’s it for fall’s list… short and sweet! In January, I plan to start reading Les Miserables. It is already dowloaded on my Kindle, waiting for me!