Looking for a Good Book?

Are you looking for something good to read?  My bookgroup met to plan our year of reading and I am quite excited about the books we’ve chosen.  I missed at least three years of reading with my group after our children came home, and I’ve been slowly joining in more fully.  I know that I won’t manage to read all of the books we’ve chosen, but I’m going to start this summer and read ahead if I possibly can.

You can read along with us! Here is our list:

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July – Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

August – The Nine: Inside the World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

September – Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

October – The Introvert Advantage: How to Survive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney

November – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

December – Our friend, Valerie, still needs to pick a book.

January – The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

February – Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

March – Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

April and May – Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

June – The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

July – Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer…One Patient at a Time by David Levy

What books would you recommend? I’m always looking for suggestions.

Our friend, Emily, is here to visit and infuse the next few days with fun. She is doing her doctorate in Psychology and is particularly interested in children from “hard places.” It’s already been lots of fun and I know we’ll have good conversations about the unique dynamics of our family. Best of all, she loves Jesus and she likes my kids.

I hope to hear from Russ and Isaiah soon and I’ll try to post a Kenya update this weekend.

Happy Friday!

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.

15 Comments

  1. Eileen
    June 15, 2012

    We just read “Unbroken” for our May book group and it was loved by all. I’ve read the Henrietta Lacks book, not for book club, and found it completely fascinating. I’ve also read the “Big Burn”, which was very interesting.

    We’re reading “Team of Rivals”, an awesome book on Lincoln soon and one of my favorite book club books ever was “The Exile” by Pearl Buck, the biography of her mother. It’s out of print, but easily and cheaply bought on Amazon. I can’t say enough good about it. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” was another which was adored by all.

    I love book clubs!

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  2. kristen
    June 15, 2012

    love book lists-thanks for sharing yours!

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  3. Dana
    June 15, 2012

    "She loves Jesus, and she likes my kids." That's an unbeatable combination in a friend. Have fun!

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    1. Kim
      June 16, 2012

      indeed, Dana! i read those words and thought, yes! i need more friends like THAT!

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  4. Laura
    June 15, 2012

    I want to know which book you suggested. My book club just read Death comes to Pemberly which is based on Pride and Prejudice. We are reading the Hunger Games next month.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 15, 2012

      I chose Someone Knows My Name – it is a fantastic novel about a girl that is kidnapped in Africa and sold into slavery. It begins prior to the Revolutionary War and spans her lifetime.

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  5. jomegs
    June 15, 2012

    I loved Unbroken and Bonhoeffer. I look forward to looking into more of these too!

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  6. Lisa H.
    June 15, 2012

    I don't know if you do Goodreads, but would love to connect with you on there. I ALWAYS love book talk. I'd recently seen Someone Knows My Name and been interested as well! Have you read "7" by Jen Hatmaker? I recently finished it and it REALLY made me think….I'm ordering her previous book this week, hopefully!

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  7. Kim
    June 16, 2012

    Have you read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese? It moved me, not only because it's set in Ethiopia, but because the story is full of so much redemption.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 17, 2012

      I loved Cutting for Stone; it is beautifully written.

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  8. Cat
    June 18, 2012

    Unbroken is one of my favorite books of all time! Henrietta Lacks was also wonderful.

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  9. jen
    June 20, 2012

    These are a totally different genre, but my kids and I just finished the third book in the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. They are amazing! Great for kids but have a deeper, spiritual level too. . . super creative and fun!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 20, 2012

      I love Andrew Peterson and will definitely have to check that out.

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  10. Leia Jackson
    August 14, 2012

    I read your November choice! It was wonderful! I had never even heard of Henrietta Lacks before I picked up the book. Good choice!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 14, 2012

      I haven't read it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. I just finished Gray Matter and liked it – it's not brilliantly written, but the content was interesting to me.

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