my favorite books:

1. poisonwood bible – a beautiful novel by barbara kingsolver.  i read this book for the first time during my senior year of high school.  it literally changed my life.  amazing storytelling.  i have probably read it ten times.  it tells the story of a southern family on a mission trip to central africa during a revolution through the voices of the four daughters.

2.  pride and prejudice – a classic novel by jane austen.  read this one for the first time in college.  another one that i have read over and over again.  the hopeless romantic in me loves this book.  it was the beginning of a bit of a jane austen obsession.  i love sense and sensibility too.

3.  half the sky – a nonfiction thinker by nicholas kristof and his wife, sheryl wudunn.  each chapter covers a different issue facing women around the world.  this book is heavy.  i had to take a break after each chapter to process.  it took me a few months to finish.  it will make you think and it will make you want to act.

4.  through painted deserts – a spiritual journey by donald miller.  a young college student from texas takes a roadtrip with a friend across the country and ponders religion, life, and relationships.  incredible descriptions of the landscape and spiritual experiences.

5.  to kill a mockingbird – a beautiful book about overcoming prejudice and standing up for the right things.  scout tells the story through a child’s eyes with honesty, humor, and simplicity.   it is still just as relevant today as it was when harper lee wrote it over fifty years ago.

some other loved books:  360 degrees longitude by john higham, the hunger games by suzanne collins, unwind by neal shusterman, where the heart is and made in the u.s.a. by billie letts, the idiot girls action adventure club by laurie notaro, educating esme by esme codell, the book thief by markus zusak.

my favorite quote:

do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplacable spark. in the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. the world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. ~ayn rand

(i found this quote in high school.  i have over 200 quotes on my pinterest “words” board.  but this one has always been my favorite, the one i come back to for comfort and encouragement.)

*the links to each book are my favorite versions.


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