Wednesday, October 01, 2014

#31Days of Writing About My Favorite Books


I love books. I always have. I have been reading for 40 years now, and I can't ever get enough of reading, learning, growing, thinking, smelling, feeling, and simply enjoying books. Books are like constant friends. They're my collection. They are some of my favorite things to have around me.

While I had participated in the 31 Days project last year, I had already told a few friends I was not going to participate this year. Then this idea came to me one day while I was substitute teaching. I was looking at all the books the students were reading, and I started remembering books. I thought about how many of the books I read in school were meaningful to me and influenced me, and I came up with the idea of writing about these books for each of the days in October as a part of the 31 Days of Writing project.

I read a lot of books. I strive to read 100 books each year. Thus, my criteria for choosing the books for October required me to narrow down the hundreds to the few books that have had the most influence on me personally, that were particularly memorable, and that hold special meaning or significance for me in some way.

Some days I have one book on the list, while for others I have a series or grouping of books. Through all of them I will tell you my story. You will learn a lot about me and what literary influences have helped to make me into the wife, mom, woman, and teacher I am today. 

If you want a preview, you can see some of the covers pictured in my series graphic. Some days will include more than one book, as I already stated. Overall, I think I have a pretty decent mix of fiction and nonfiction (with one play in the mix), and the age range of the books includes children's, young adult, and adult books. Links to each day's post will be added below.

I hope you enjoy this series! I can't wait to get started.

Links to each day's post:
  1. How Can I Possibly Forgive? by Sara Horn 
  2. The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. 7 by Jen Hatmaker
  8. Fresh-Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson
  9. GOD Strong by Sara Horn
  10. The Glenbrooke Series by Robin Jones Gunn
  11. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  12. The Cure for the "Perfect" Life by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory
  13. Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
  14. Believing God by Beth Moore
  15. A Grief Out of Season by Noelle Fintushel and Nancy Hillard
  16. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  17. Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst
  18. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  19. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  20. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  21. A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
  22. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  23. Emily of New Moon Trilogy by L. M. Montgomery
  24. Found Art by Leeana Tankersley
  25. The Chosen and Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok
  26. Betsy and Tacy and all their books by Maud Hart Lovelace
  27. The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
  28. A Wrinkle in Time
  29. The Contemplative Mom by Ann Kroeker
  30. Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
  31. Who do you think?

    and...

    What didn't make the list, you ask?
I'm #10!


5 comments:

Leann Richardson said...

WOOHOO.... LET THE SHARING BEGIN!!!!!!

Cindy Swanson said...

Now this is something I can definitely get on board with! I'm a certified readaholic. I'll be following you in your 31 days journey.

Hope you'll check mine out as well!

Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

Kendra Burrows said...

This is great! I look forward (with slight trepidation) to reading your posts. Please don't add too many books to my "must read" list! ;-)

Tami said...

I'm looking forward to reading your 31 days!

eternityinourhearts said...

Wow - what a great list so far! I look forward to learning about the rest. Love books too and love this topic for 31 days.