I’m a Book Nerd

Confession: I’m a book nerd.

I am often asked what I’m reading or what I have on my never-ending wish list account on Amazon. I’m not sure how the secret got out that I’m a book nerd, but ever since my first grade teacher taught me to read I’ve had my nose in a book (it also helps that I grew up with parents who were readers…and a dad that was an World Literature teacher).

I don’t have as much time to read as I used to, but I still try to carve out time in my day. It’s something I love and brings me life, also I think it keeps my brain sharp on days when I’m changing dirty diaper after dirty diaper and speaking baby talk most of the day.

I love all kinds of books. Fiction, non-fiction, young adult, memoirs, self-care, etc. But over the past year I’ve been into memoirs. Memoirs are written accounts in which the author shares personal past experiences with a broader audience. As a highly relational woman, I love learning about other people’s stories, so when I found this genre I dove right in. And I haven’t been disappointed.

Here are a few of the books that I’ve read this past year (and yes, this picture was taken on my daughter’s changing table…keeping it real friends):


I won’t go into detail about each of them, but I will share how each one impacted me. They are all linked to Amazon, so if one peeks your interest, you can look more into it or add it to your wish list.

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey and Restless by Jennie Allen challenged my thinking and moved me to think more about how God has created me and how I can live out the calling God has placed in my life as a mother, friend, and servant of God.

The book that inspired me as a writer and creator was A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman.

Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa Jo Baker had me in tears most of the time as I thought about my role as a mom and the impact my mother made on me.

Antelope in the Living Room had me in rolling with laughter the entire time!

Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist were compilations of essays that sparked my desire to write and also gave me a deeper look into how God works in our every day.

I met Allie Vesterfelt and Tricia Lott Williford at the Storyline Conference back in February and I grabbed their books.  Packing Light and And Life Comes Back are great stories on life experiences (one is based on a tragedy & the other based on a search for meaning in life).

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider inspired and encouraged me to continue to pursue the simple lifestyle and discover what is important for the Wood family culture.

I’m currently reading The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith (aka The Nester) and I’m loving the beautiful book on creating a home that you love to be in.

In August, I’m hoping to finish up The Nesting Place and start Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I’m also hoping to read Chasing God by Angie Smith (you can get it for .99 as an ebook on Amazon right now), Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch, and Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs. So we will see how that goes!

Oh and if you’re just looking for a fun, summer fiction read while on vacation, I HIGHLY recommend What Alice Forgot by Liane Morairty.

Those are just a few of the books I read this year, what are some of the books you’ve read or have sitting around your house waiting to be delved in to?


This is not an affiliate post, just wanted to share the love I have for these books and their authors (most of them are bloggers too, so check out their blogs when you have a chance!)



  1. Yay! I’ve read most (but not all) of these! Fun little fact: Sarah Bessey was actually my youth pastor’s wife (in high school), and she lead me to Christ! I was personally mentored by her 🙂 I adore her, her heart is true and pure- and her love for Christ is absolutely genuine! So glad you read her book!!! HUGS!

    • Funny story about that…I’ve noticed in Facebook that you’ve commented on her page a few times & I always wanted to ask how you knew her! I love her writing and her heart.

  2. Glad you had a fiction read on there! Soaking those up lately, and that’s one I want to read. (But, by the way, I think your link is incorrect!)

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