If You’re Wondering What to Read…

I am privileged to be part of a book group that has been meeting monthly for many years. We gather in July to plan our book choices for the upcoming year. With anticipation, we each present two or three books to the group, then we look at all of the options and create a schedule. This is our plan for the upcoming year!

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August

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

September

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

October

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: an English Professor’s Journey into the Christian Faith by Rosaria Butterfield

November

Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

December

We’re taking the month off and having a social gathering – I will be quickly trying to read all of the books I haven’t finished in the previous months. Did I mention I am STILL finishing Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy?

January

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

February

A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer

March

Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

April

Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith by Eric O. Jacobson

May

Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

June

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Guwande

If you would like to see what we read last year, you can find the list in this post.

Do you have a book or two you would like to recommend? I would love to hear from you!

Lisa

 

 

 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

19 Comments

  1. Laura
    July 18, 2013

    Finally your book group is reading something mine read! We read "The Spirit Catches you…." about 10 years ago. It was a very interesting read about medicine and culture. I think I have a copy of it.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 18, 2013

      It's interesting because we ended up with eight non-fiction books this year, and a few of them are medically related. I plan to plow through a few while we're at Whidbey – my copy of Call the Midwife arrived yesterday.

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      1. Laura
        July 18, 2013

        Read it quickly so I can borrow it—-a trade for The Spirit Catches you…..I will even bring it to Whidbey to trade in person!

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  2. Emily
    July 18, 2013

    CROSSING TO SAFETY!!!!!!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 18, 2013

      I'm so glad you liked it – which reminds me, did I loan you my copy or did you buy one

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      1. Emily
        July 18, 2013

        You loaned me yours which I loved so much I bought my own- but I still have yours! I shall return. I also have your copy of Someone Knows My Name, which I also loved.

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          July 18, 2013

          I'm glad to know that! You can bring them to Whidbey 🙂

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  3. Lily Valley
    July 18, 2013

    Circle maker, mark batterson!

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  4. Cindy Thomas McMurry
    July 18, 2013

    You’ve read or are reading several books we’ve read. We loved Bonhoffer and Unbroken. My husband loved Wallace Stegner’s “Angle of Repose.” If you haven’t read it, “Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls is outstanding. I also loved “7” by Jen Hatmaker.

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  5. Stephanie Wallace-Hotine
    July 18, 2013

    Reading the “Call the Midwife” series now….so, SO good.

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  6. Virginia Grubaugh Johnston
    July 18, 2013

    In The Shadow of the Banyan was wonderful and heartbreaking–by Vaddey Ratner.

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  7. Diane
    July 18, 2013

    Lisa,

    Do you each pick a book in your group? Any parameters you give each other? I am always curious about book club "management." (-:

    Diane

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 18, 2013

      Diane, we each present a few books for the month we host, and then decide as a group which one we'll read. Occasionally we've had a hard time choosing, but we also take into consideration the other books being chosen for the year and try to find some balance in the choices. This year, for instance, I didn't feel very strongly about either of the books I suggested, but my friend suggested three that I liked, so we chose one of them for her "pick" and another one of hers for mine. It worked out well.

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  8. Jessica
    July 18, 2013

    I just finished "Peace Like A River" (mentioned by your daughter in the blog post that you linked on your blog). It was a feast for my soul. I found myself going back to read passages again just for the pure literary delight of it. Now re-reading "House of Seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 18, 2013

      Jessica, I love that book too! I actually read it aloud to Russ one summer. I've never read House of Seven Gables…I'll add it to my massive list 🙂

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  9. AmyE
    July 18, 2013

    Just finished Language of Flowers in our book group. Main character is a girl that aged out of the foster system. It was a captivating book. Beautiful thoughts behind the meaning of flowers, as well as great descriptions of how a wounded girl might respond to her chances for love and acceptance.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 18, 2013

      Amy, that sounds like a must-read. Thank you.

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      1. Laura
        July 19, 2013

        We read Language of Flowers for my book club last summer. It was a good story and I loved all the flower references.

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  10. Paula Miles Spears
    July 21, 2013

    I love to read and I read at least one book a week. But nonfiction is not my favorite. 🙁 I did notice you have a Georgette Heyer novel… I "discovered" her a couple of years ago and read a ton of her books and loved them. Similar to Agatha Christie, with very snappy, witty writing. I'm looking through your list for ideas… I am always looking for something new to read.

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