currently reading


let’s talk books.  it’s been awhile (last post here).  i’ve always got a book or two or four going, so i thought it would be a good time to catch up.  and after all, summer is the best for reading.  don’t you think?  while i’m sharing what i’ve read recently / am reading.  i’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and whats on your list.



The Secret Keeper  / i’m a fan of kate morton.  i read The Forgotten Garden a few years back and loved it.  The Secret Keeper has some great twists and turns all while being centered on how family and home play such a part in who we really are.  no doubt, i’ll read everything kate morton puts out.

Remodelista /i’ve been pouring over these pages for awhile now and they are so good.  even better is the design manifesto behind the book with rules to live by that state things like, “Ikea mingles well with antiques:  a mix of high and low animates a space- and allows room for all budgets.” and, “stay true: live with what you love.”  bonus, it has a really great reference in the back, which includes their top 100 everyday objects.  this is a keeper for your design library.

One Thousand Gifts / i had been hearing about this book for a quite awhile.  honestly, i picked it up a few years back, started reading it and put it down.  it wasn’t the book, it was me.  one small part in the beginning was a bit heavy and my heart was just too heavy at that time to continue on.  i think there can be times in which we are meant to find books or they are meant to find us.  books that aren’t just for getting lost in but being found in.  when i picked it up again, just a few months ago,  it found me.  Ann Voskamp certainly has a way with words, but her uncovering of the connection between thankfulness and joy is one that will divert your journey in all the right ways and will have you hungering to be fully present in every moment.  it’s one of those books i scribbled up and will surely be referencing back to over and again.

Peter Pan / i’m in the middle of this.  i want badly to read classics that i never read.  stories that are near and dear to me.  stories that i’ve been told and have watched but never have read.  peter pan is one of those.  i recently re-watched the movie Finding Neverland, which gives such great background on J.M. Barrie.    anytime i learn about the author and their process i’m even more taken with their stories.

Restless / this was another personal growth book that found me.  i received a copy after i attend a women’s conference called If Gathering.  i happened to thumb through it on the plane ride home and just kept on with it.  it’s for anyone that is working out calling and the restless feeling of, wanting to do something that matters with your life.  “what if the darkest moments of your life God intended for good?  And what if the purest moments of bliss contained your greatest contributions to this world?”  at the end of each chapter there are questions to work through and journal space to help you map out dreams and calling.

Brain on Fire / i haven’t started this one yet.  it’s on my nightstand.  i keep hearing it is amazing and fascinating.  i’m curious as its not my normal style of book.  have you read it?

A Farewell to Arms / because i just can’t get over my hemingway haunting since last summer when i read The Paris Wife and A Moveable Feast.  If I should start with another of his, tell me.  either way, i’m fascinated with hemingway… he wrote, what he wrote and who he was.

have you read any of these books?  i’d love to know what you are reading and what is on your list this summer.


you can see what other books i’ve read and love here.




  • Laura
    Commented on June 26th, 2014 at 12:09pm

    I loved Brain on Fire! It was a fascinating read. Excited to check out some of these other titles; thanks for sharing!

  • Trina
    Commented on June 27th, 2014 at 2:09pm

    so glad you loved it…i can’t wait to start it this week! xo . t

  • Dawn
    Commented on June 26th, 2014 at 1:21pm

    Love your book selection! I read Ann Voskamp’s, One Thousand Gifts, about 3 years ago. I’ve read it several times since and have highlighted and marked it up with notes and “ah ha!” moments. That book changed my perspective on how I look at life.
    I am currently reading Finding Spiritual WhiteSpace-Awakening Your Soul To Rest, by Bonnie Gray. (She and Ann Voskamp are friends….both write for In(Courage) online.) It is a great book. It is one of those books like you spoke of, it finds you.
    BTW, I love, love, love your blog and look forward to checking out what new pictures and adventures you are sharing each week:)

  • Trina
    Commented on June 27th, 2014 at 2:06pm

    hi dawn, thanks for letting me know about finding spiritual white space….. i’m really learning about soul resting right now…so that sounds like it something i may need to pick up! thank you for kind words and for reading along! means so much! xo . t

  • Monica Wilson
    Commented on June 30th, 2014 at 8:13pm

    Brain on Fire is sooo good! I love it so much I buy it as a gift for everyone! You’ll love it!

  • Marilyn
    Commented on July 1st, 2014 at 5:08pm

    I started reading Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden due to you recommendation. Such a great book so far! I look forward to my lunch breaks and bits of time when I get to continue the story. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Jo
    Commented on July 1st, 2014 at 9:07pm

    You are so right about books finding you at the right time. I had actually put What Are You Afraid Of? aside for quite some time, although it was a gift from my parents who hoped I would read it right away. But it would not have hit home for me then quite like it has now.
    You said you would like to know more about it. Well, it wasn’t what I expected. But it was powerful and moving. It basically addresses certain fears that we have as humans, a fear per chapter, and maps out what the Bible has to say about them. Some of the stories and the Biblical parallels were definite soul food. I think it was a smart read for believers and I you would probably appreciate it greatly.

  • Patricia
    Commented on July 3rd, 2014 at 12:35am

    Thanks so much for sharing your current list. I looked at your other lists/reviews and I think we have similar tastes, so I’m excited about your recommendations. I had several of these in the queue already…

    Regarding The Goldfinch, which I know isn’t in this post, I just just finished listening to the audio book. I have such mixed feelings! Don’t you wish Theo would have made better decisions throughout? I found him hard to like.

  • julia-tagandtibby
    Commented on July 6th, 2014 at 8:03pm

    I’m a fan of kate morton too. great choices! i’m in between books and am on the lookout for something new!

  • Mamis y Bebés
    Commented on July 18th, 2014 at 6:38am

    Kate Morton is always a good choice. I enjoyed a lot this book ;)

  • Trina
    Commented on July 29th, 2014 at 7:37am

    she is such a great writer! xo . t

  • Allison
    Commented on July 20th, 2014 at 8:39pm

    I am almost through Dallas Willard’s The Spirit of the Disciplines which I would definitely recommend. It has kept me engaged and been very thought provoking. I read One Thousand Gifts last summer and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Have you printed off her Joy Dare? It’s another great discipline!

  • Trina
    Commented on July 29th, 2014 at 7:38am

    i haven’t printed off her joy dare. i’ll have to look it up. and, i’ll have to look into dallas willard’s book. thanks for sharing! xo . t

  • Caitlin
    Commented on August 3rd, 2014 at 9:25pm

    Peter Pan will always be one of my favorite books. I love everything about it.
    I’m reading Gone With The Wind now and it’s amazing! Have you read it?

  • Trina
    Commented on August 4th, 2014 at 11:11am

    confession – i haven’t read gone with the wind. in high school i watched the movie and was a little romantic about the south (read- i had a major crush on a southerner). my friends and i got all silly and went and bought big old dresses at goodwill, went to this plantation type resturarnt and talked in gone with the wind esque southern accents the whole night. it was kind of hilarious and really fun. x o . t

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