Five Reasons I Love Audiobooks

I listen, on average, to one or two audiobooks a month. I love them. Every now and then, I meet someone who’s never listened to an audiobook but has always wanted to.

But for whatever reason, it’s hard to get into the practice or habit of listening to audiobooks when you’re not used to it, especially when other forms of entertainment are out there (and I love listening to a good podcast or binging a Netflix show, too!).

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Life Lately: Falling into Fall

I cannot believe it’s almost November. Truly, I’m shocked how quickly time has gone by. The leaves are beginning to change here in Raleigh, life is settling into a new rhythm, and I find myself craving—more or less—time to curl up on the couch with a good book and some peppermint tea.

But my days are full. Full of good things, nonetheless, but still full. Prioritizing reading has been hard, but I’ve been trying to cut myself some slack about that.

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Five "Non-Spooky" Books to Read in Autumn

October is the one month I actually feel pressure to read certain kinds of books, and most of the time, that pressure is welcome.

I love the idea of reading spooky or creepy books in the fall, but sometimes I just can't decide which thriller to pick up, and I end up not reading any spooky books. It's like a weird kind of reading paralysis, and it's just plain silly.

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What I Read in September

September was such a full month y'all. As summer winds down and the fall routines begin, that familiar, cozy feeling is creeping in. The days are getting shorter, the house smells like delicious soup, my wardrobe is full of chunky sweaters again . . . it's all happening.

The beginning of autumn means my schedule is full, too. I'm doing something almost every night of the week.

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1 Kings 1: The King to Come

One of my favorite things about reading the Old Testament is the hidden shadows and types of Christ, waiting to be found like buried treasure. There are so many shadows of good things to come, and I often struggle to see them.

But as I read 1 Kings 1, I pray that the Lord would illuminate his Word and bring me clarity: that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart would be pleasing in his sight (Psalm 19:14).

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Annotating My Books

I'm finally sharing why and how I annotate my books, and you guys, it has enriched my reading so much. I've been full-on annotating books for about two or three months now, and I can't imagine doing it any other way.

I'll admit, I used to be one of those people who would practically hyperventilate when even thinking about writing in books, but that "stage" of my reading life only lasted about two years.

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Honey by the Spoonfuls: My Bible Journal

Since I began my public reading life, one of my greatest joys and most satisfying conversations with other readers is when they tell me I recommended a book they love. I truly get a little thrill when someone tells me she was in the worst reading slump and I inspired her to pick up a book, or that he finally picked up that book on his shelf for three years and found a new favorite.

Connecting people to books that mean so much to them—especially in busy seasons—is such a sweet perk to me in this whole “online reader” experience.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ll try to trace the hold the book has on me, but what can I really say? Reading Station Eleven is like slowly peeling an orange, tearing it bit by bit until you’re at the sticky center. It’s sweet and it lingers, but oh, it stings, that little sun in your hands.

It’s a story about nostalgia: not only for what could have been but for what still exists buried underneath—like fingers on an out-of-tune cello playing a hollow song from muscle memory. Or maybe it’s always there, buzzing above our skin, like light moving over the surface of the waters, over the darkness of the undersea.

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Books I Plan to Read in August

Hi readers, I'm finally posting my August TBR! I may be too ambitious—it is August 9 and I haven't picked up a book yet—but I need to commit, prioritize, refocus. Life is crazy, and I don't want my reading to fall by the wayside.

I decided last month I want to try to read at least one book a month that's been on my shelf for more than six months. Lately, I've been checking books out at the library, getting new books from publishers, buying new books, et cetera.

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