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What I’m Reading This Month

January is always a good book month for me. More time inside by the fire leaves me craving pages to turn. This month has been no exception.

Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann — Lance is a man on a mission to uncover family secrets so his grandmother can find peace. Rese works hard to prove herself in a man’s world and keep her secrets hidden, even from herself. When circumstances put the two together in wine country restoring an inn, they bring out the best and worst in each other. A thick read, the interactions between the characters drove me to keep going even more than suspenseful plot line. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

I Am by Michele Cushatt — I’m on a journey with this book to learn who I really am because of who God is. Cushatt tackles the question of Am I enough? With short chapters that make me think more about who God is and what that says about me.

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Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham — I couldn’t put this book down! Yes, I loved her in Gilmore Girls, but this goes so far beyond Gilmore Girls. Not usually a fan of memoir, I embraced her essay style, wit and humor mingled with real life. I loved this book, devouring it in 3 days. I would have read it for the writing tips in it alone. I’m looking forward to checking out her novel as well.


The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp — The art of Ann’s words bring me to a thoughtful spiritual place that few writers can. Ann turns the idea of brokenness on its head from something terrible to something beautiful, challenging us to see God in the broken places. Keep a pen handy with this one. Full of beautiful words that will break you open in the most stunning ways if you let them. (Plus you can head here for beautiful free gifts to print!)

And in the kids corner…

I’ve missed reading aloud with my kids. We’ve gotten off track, and Sarah’s Read Aloud Revival is the thing that encouraged me to find my way back.

The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale — Like nothing I’ve read before, Gale takes the reader along a journey with a boy, his father, and a wild world of animals at the end of the nineteenth century. You’ll immediately root for Marlin, a boy often trapped by the limitations of his stuttering, and the unique relationship he has with these wild, jungle animals. My whole family loved this.

The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli — A new release from a noteworthy author, my family is loving the unique story of Cammie, a girl who grows up in the 1950’s in a prison apartment with her father, the warden. Full of thoughtful and funny dialog venture into relationships few ever have. With the prison as her playground Cammie learns more about herself and the people around her as she strives to find someone to become the mother she never had.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

18 Replies

  1. Becky – I am impressed! That is a lot of reading for January. You have sparked my interest in a few. Thank you for leaving a little bit about the book. I am reading – I Am by Michele Cushatt

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t I Am good?! I love how honest it is with real life and God’s truth. And January is always a bigger reading month….cold weather and all. 🙂

  2. Ann’s book, like all she’s written, is a keeper, one to return to time and again.

    Just finished Erin Loechner’s Chasing Slow … a lovely reflective memoir

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’ll have to check out Chasing Slow. It sounds right up my alley!

  3. Good list. Thanks for sharing. I have read Ann Voskamp’s book and loved it so much that I have begin rereading it and probably will keep it near for many rounds over the years. I love to read her words. She truly is an artist with words.
    I would like to live where I could have a fireplace roaring and be all curled up with my book. (I live in South TX and fireplaces are rare and go unused if there is one!)
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    1. Becky Hastings

      I can’t imagine not having a cold winter. It’s snowing here as we speak. Of course you can enjoy the books on a blanket outside this month…if I did that I’d be a popsicle!

  4. Wow! That’s a pretty diverse list! My “To Read” stack is pretty high right now… Blessings, friend!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I know the feeling of that stack piling up! One book at a time friend!

  5. I read “I Am” as well this month. I have to say … I loved it. And yes, it was a book to be savored and enjoyed slowly as every word was like a balm to my soul. Blessings!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Michele did such a great job of weaving truth into my day! Loved it!

  6. Great selection of books! I’ve heard a bit about “I am” before and it sounds good. I’d also like to read “The Broken Way”.

  7. I Am sounds like an important book. It’s always good to be reminded who we are to God because that’s who we truly are. I’m looking forward to reading The Broken Way soon!

    1. Becky Hastings

      They’re both great! You won’t regret reading them 🙂

  8. What a great list! I love how you have a section for children’s literature. I’m always looking for a good list and this one seems great! Visiting from Tuesday Talk.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Jennifer. I’m finding my family in transition (ages 8, 10, 12) and reading together is more important than ever! I won’t regret those moments.

  9. The Warden’s Daughter reminds me a little bit of Dickens’ Little Dorrit, except the father is actually a prisoner, but in that day could keep his family with him. But the characters sound very different. I Am sounds interesting.

  10. What a beautiful list you have here, Becky. Just today I heard about Michele Cushatt’s I Am, so you’re the second person who mentioned it. I’m adding that one in particular to my list but might check out a few others too. Pinning this now to my Pinterest board!

    1. Becky Hastings

      You won’t regret reading I Am. So good!

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