I do love a good book list, and it's been a while since I've made one. Books are one of my favorite things to talk about. I love when a friend asks for recommendations because it's an opportunity to mentally revisit my favorite parts of my favorite books. So here's what I would send to you if you texted me looking for a new book to settle into.
If you want some quiet + simplicity:
I've felt more and more drawn to contemplation these days, and these are a few of the books that have given me guidance and good company:
A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver
Celebration of Discipline, Richard J Foster
Gifts from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Present Over Perfect, Shauna Niequist
Common Prayer Pocket Edition for Ordinary Radicals (their app is aaaawesommme)
If you want to snort/laugh/cry:
These books just feel like a good long phone chat with a hilarious friend.
Giddy Up, Eunice, Sophie Hudson
It's Not Fair, Melanie Dale
If you want to feel caught up in a story:
Each of the following was read in an average of three days. As you can guess, little else was accomplished during that time. I'd recommend these for long flights or car trips.
Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
The Beautiful Mystery, Louise Penny
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom - I know I've included this on a booklist before, but I will recommend this book to everyone ever until I die, the end.
If you want to eat some words:
Because sometimes reading about food is about as good as eating food. I keep several of these on top of my fridge, and they are dog-eared and splattered from much loving use. In particular, I have yet to find anything in Bread & Wine or a Homemade Life that I haven't absolutely loved. (Also note- any of these with a nice bottle of balsamic vinegar and a pretty tea towel make a really nice gift!)
An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler
A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg
My Life in France, Julia Child & Alex Prudhomme (one of my favorites ever.)
The Supper of the Lamb, Robert Farrar Capon
Alone in the Kitchen with an Egglant, Jenni Ferrari Adler (this is a compilation of essays from various authors and it's a really fun read for those nights in, alone)
Bread and Wine, Shauna NIequist
Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin
If you want to feel like a child again:
Sometimes you just need to remember what you loved as a kid, for whimsy's sake...
Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh (Favorite. Ever.)
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
The Wild Things, Dave Eggers
I'd love to hear what's on your book list too!