Current Reads – What are YOU reading?

  So one of my goals lately (no – not New Year’s resolution because I made this goal before the new year ha!) is to get into reading books again because:

1. I love reading.

2. I love reading books.

3. I remember how much I loved college for the sake of reading literature and having intellectual discussions about what we read and all of that jazz. Oh, the fascinating life of an English major.

These days my “literature” has been all but replaced by the Teen Fiction that I teach. So I made it a personal goal to get into reading books that I wanted to read because I WANTED to, not because I had to. I am, so far, happily consumed by several books right now and have a few on my nightstand ready to read. “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling.


Um – this book is hysterical. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s written by Mindy Kaling, one of my favorites. She was one of the writers on one of THE BEST SHOWS OF ALL TIME – The Office. Then, she went on to create and star in her own show, The Mindy Project (also h-i – l – a – r  – i –  o – u -s, so if you haven’t watched…go watch now) and this book literally had me laughing out loud. She’s the kind of person I want to know in real life along with Taylor Swift because let’s be honest who doesn’t want to be her best friend . So yeah, there’s that. She’s also breathtakingly honest and comical about her life. This was a lighthearted read that I really enjoyed.

    Books I am currently over halfway through and enjoying:

    I know, what a shock. Yeah, as soon as I finished the first book (paper copy by the way, cause’ I still love paper books but I also still love downloading books – technology struggles are real) I immediately downloaded this book. I’m halfway through, still laughing, still intrigued, still entertained, and now wanting to buy some books from other comedians I love. BECAUSE THEY ARE FUNNY. And when you are a mommy, wife, teacher lady, laughing is always a plus. I don’t have to think hard when I read this and sometimes this brain needs a break okaaaaay?! Go buy and read. 

    The other book I am also reading…

    I know. Two Mindy Kaling’s and then this profoundly amazing book on prayer. What a combo right? Yes. Such is my life accurately portrayed. But okay – this book has CHALLENGED ME in the best way possible. What I mean by that is this – this book has challenged my prayer life in a whole new way. It’s pushed me to pray more and be persistent in prayer! It’s encouraged me to pray through and not give up when I don’t see things go the way that I wanted. God is in control. The end. He has the final say. I would recommend this book to anyone who may be struggling in their prayer life, might not see prayer as important, or if you want to learn how to pray. I have been challenged to pray for my family, my life, and for others around me and it’s been awesome. I am currently halfway through the book. A few of the things I highlighted:

    Well developed faith results in well-defined prayers, and well-defined prayers result in a well-lived life.”

    Here’s another gem:

    The day we stop dreaming is the day we start dying.”

    Yeah, this book has also encouraged me to DREAM BIG. And mos importantly, to dream again period. Here’s one more:

    We’re too quick to give up on God when HE doesn’t answer our prayers when we want or how we want. Maybe you deadline doesn’t fit God’s timeline. Maybe no simply means not yet. Maybe it’s a divine delay.

    When I finish blogging, I will continue to read this book. It’s SO GOOD.

    There are two other books on my nightstand waiting to be read: #Struggles [Following Jesus in a Selfie Centered World] by Craig Groeschl and “Interrupted – When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity” by Jen Hatmaker. I won’t start them until I finish “The Circlemaker” but I can’t wait.

    What are you reading? I’m always looking for good book recommendations!

    7 thoughts on “Current Reads – What are YOU reading?

    1. randomsqueaks says:

      Those sound good! I read mostly what I’d call fluff books. Christian fiction, usually a historical romance if I’m being honest, because it’s like you said. Moms need to laugh. I need something lighthearted that doesn’t take too much brain power and I can put down easily or binge read as I’m able. I read 100% on my iPad because I can borrow and download books from my local library without ever buckling kids into their car seats (and then having the car not start, like yesterday, but more on that in my weekly update). My favorite authors are Mary Connealy, because her books are just funny and lighthearted, and Dee Henderson, because her books have some suspense and each one has a nugget in the storyline to encourage or challenge your faith. And if I venture outside those books, I end up in teen fiction like Percy Jackson or random books like The Martian (very good and funny but oh so many bad words).

      • Tales of a Twin Mombie says:

        I really want to check out Dee Henderson, I hear a lot of good things about her books! I haven’t gotten into historical fiction but I also haven’t given it a chance and I’m OBSESSED with Downton Abbey so I might just love a good historical fiction book! SOO many of my students are into the Percy Jackson series. I read a ton of Teen Fiction but mostly romance and even then, it’s hard because so many are so raunchy nowadays! Thanks for sharing!

        • randomsqueaks says:

          I am so frustrated with Downton Abbey! I binge watched the first season then waited on the second season because I heard twin pregnancies usually require bed rest, and I never finished watching it! My in-laws have all the DVDs so I think I’ll borrow them some time. The historical romance books I read are nothing like Downton Abbey though. Just fluff, feel good, fun books, but I’m sure there are some that can compare. I just don’t know of any.

          • Tales of a Twin Mombie says:

            OMG – it’s sooooo good! If you have Amazon Prime you can download the Amazon Instant Video and watch five seasons for free! Season 6 isn’t released until the end of this month

    2. chels819 says:

      Just picked up circle maker last month and plan to read it soon! Sounds like goooood stuff in there! Have to check out these other suggestions too! Thanks girl!

    3. Amber says:

      I’ve got a stack of books on my nightstand that I need to crack! Right now I’m in the middle of The Out of Sync Child, but need a novel. Thanks for reminding me to read for the sake of reading!

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