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Books I’m Reading in March

I love to read, but a few months ago I found I wasn’t reading as much. I was happily choosing other things (hello Netflix and Facebook) to fill my time. Wanting to get back to the page I thought about what I why I read and how much I want to read.

My why was easy. I love words. All kinds of words (well, not history, but don’t tell). I read to escape, to imagine, to better myself, to think, to strengthen my faith, to become. And I really wanted to read more. So I became intentional about reading.

I started two things. First, a running list of books I want to read. And I’m really trying to start with ones I already have. Second, each month I write down specific titles I want to read, and I have an empty square waiting to be checked off when I do. This has helped me become more focused and intentional about my reading. So far, I’m loving it.

Here are the books that got checked off in March.

I hinted at this book last month, and I read it in a week. I wasn’t sure I’d like it at the beginning with the drug running male lead, but Martin has a unique way of drawing you in to characters and revealing things about yourself. Water from my Heart is a story about our fears, our flaws and redemption set in places that made me want to travel. His earlier book, When Crickets Cry, is still my favorite, but Water From My Heart is a read you will not regret.

In my quest to balance fiction and non-fiction, I read Nothing to Prove. It was full of ideas that made me think more deeply about my faith and my reasons for what I believe. Allen shows how much we tend to make our beliefs about us, when really, they are about God. And if they are about God, we can be free from the pressures we put on ourselves. The full title says it all: Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard. I think we can all use some of that!

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Jesus Calling is a beautifully simple devotional that speaks profound truth to my heart every time I pick it up. A short daily reading (only a few sentences) with two or three verses to read for each day is changing the way I approach what lies before me. I love when big changes come in small packages. Don’t miss this year-long devotional. Perfect for you and to give as a gift. I’m so grateful for the friend who gave me mine! Plus, they have a big kids version and a little kids version! I think it would be perfect for kids on their own or a quick family devotion. Check them out here and here!

I had to pull myself away from the pages of this next book to tell you about it! I’m not quite done with it, but I’ve read over 200 pages in the last 24 hours. I Let You Go starts with a mother’s tragic loss and wraps you so tight in the characters you almost forget the crime element. It took everything I thought I understood and flipped it upside down so fast I had to go back and reread the page to make sure it was real. A thrilling page-turner, this book is worth the read. There is some language and a few non-graphic suggestive references just to give you the heads up. I’d tell you more about the story, but you need to read it to believe it!

 


Are you an intentional reader with a plan or do you pickup whatever crosses your path? 

 


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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.

32 Replies

  1. Becky, I am a mix of both. I try to read intentionally but then I read posts like this one and a book crosses my path 🙂 I think I will be picking up Nothing To Prove. I so enjoy her writing!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Sometimes I wish all new books would stop just so I could catch up! Not a good thing for a writer to say, I know, but there’s so much out there! And there’s always some new treasure to find! Nothing to Prove was really encouraging!

  2. These sound great! I find myself going through spurts where I read a lot and then get busy. Love reading different types!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I go through those spurts too Sarah! That’s when I zoom out and try to look at the bigger picture….look at the season or the year and see what I’ve read!

  3. I’ve always been a voracious reader . . . so many books, so little time. I’m making time this year to circle back and reread some old favorites, and trying also to read some old books interspersed with all the new “hot off the press” stuff that’s out there.
    Love talking books!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t there something wonderful and lovely about books?! They’re my content exhale 🙂

  4. These sound wonderful. I have a nice little pile and schedule of books to read and review. I actually have to be more purposeful about my writing. Book #2 is never going to make it to press if I don’t put other people’s books down for a moment 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      So true!!! Balancing the reading and writing is so hard for us word lovers and weavers! I try blocking certain times for writing work and others for reading. I read about the Kitchen Timer Method…it helped me get my ebook written in the last few months!

  5. I need to be better about reading books. I too have fallen to the netflix thing…you should link this up with The Blended Blog book link up and/or join in on the book club, where everyone reads the same books and then they discuss…so fun!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Hi Sarah! What is it about Netflix, right?! lol. Thanks for suggesting The Blended Blog…I’ll check it out!

  6. I love book lists! Yay, thanks for sharing yours. I have a similar way of keeping track of mine. I list them in my bullet planner as I get them, and when I read one, I check off the box. I need to update mine–I think I’ve finished another one or two. I haven’t read enough yet this year, though. I’ve got more books than I have time. They’re hard to resist, aren’t they? I don’t usually read fiction, but that _Nothing to Prove_ one is one I’ve looked at recently. Thanks for the review. 🙂 ((xoxo))

    1. Becky Hastings

      I can relate to having more books than time! I did something crazy a few years ago. I gave myself permission to stop reading a book if I didn’t like it. I used to think I had to read the whole thing, really give it a chance. But then I realized (after having kids) that my reading time is too precious to use on something I’m not connecting with! So much freedom!

  7. I try to have a plan, and I do have a running list of books I want to read, but then I get distracted by something new I want to read! Thanks for linking up with The Blended Blog today!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s so easy to get distracted, isn’t it?! So many good books! I wish I could read all night instead of sleep — yet still get up rested!

  8. I have a TBR list on GoodReads and then I see what is available at the library when I need a new one. I rarely buy fiction. I have a house full of books as it is! You have some interesting picks! I received Jesus Calling as a gift. I couldn’t get into the first person POV.

    1. Becky Hastings

      That POV is tricky. It’s funny how different things work for each of us. Another devotional I like is the In Touch monthly devotional. They mail it to you each month and it’s free!

  9. I have a list of books I want to read but it’s always being added to so I don’t think I will ever catch up! I enjoyed reading I Let You Go recently but I liked I See You by the same author even more.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Really?! I just saw that one at my library. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there (or maybe make a special trip!) OH NO! Now I’m adding to my list!

  10. I love Jesus Calling and am intrigued by that first book. Thanks for linking up

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Deena!

  11. These look like fun picks- I shelved the Let you go book on my TBR pile- love crime books- the first one too looked really interesting- I think we all get burned out and need reading breaks- that is when I can get back reading only with FUN books that are short too to keep my momentum up!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love doing that! I was in a reading rut awhile back and I picked up a few Richard Paul Evans books….easy, quick reads, great stories. It was just what I needed!

  12. It sounds like I need to add Nothing to Prove to my “want to read” list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Do! And let me know what you think! 🙂

  13. I’ve been an avid reader all my life (or at least since I learned to read). I’ve loved Jennie’s other books and Jesus Calling is a long-time fav of mine. Thanks for sharing your list. I always enjoy seeing what other “readers” are reading! (Visiting today from #GraceandTruth.)

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it fun to discover new books?! Happy reading!

  14. Thanks for these great suggestions. I need some good fiction books to read. Too much non-fiction has left me wanting a good escape.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love escaping in a great story! Did you find one?

  15. I like to balance non-fiction and fiction too, but I lean too far on the non-fiction side. Looks like you had some great reads in March! Thanks for sharing your list.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I agree that balance is good. I have to be intentional about it or I can’t seem to make it happen!

  16. I have a list of books to read from and I try to be intentional but I tend to end up just reading whatever grabs my attention!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I think any reading is a win!

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