Top Ten {Tuesday}: Books I’m Reading Right Now

I have often told you how I love to read. Sadly, I don’t read as often as I’d like. In fact, I usually do something that normally I would deem only a NON book lover owuld do—I read several books at a time. Or rather, I start several books. So, it takes me like 3 years to finish one book because I read one chapter from one book, set it down and pick up another book and read two chapters from it. This continues until I have 10 books open and not one of ’em finished. *sigh* I feel guilty. My poor neglected books!

So. Here it is. My Top Ten Books I’m Reading. Or At Least Trying To.

1. Story: Recapture the Mystery by Steven James

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I adore Steven James. The first book I ever read from him was actually a how-to on storytelling. It is amazing. If you are in a role where you speak to people—especially kids from a stage, you should read this book. Anyway, I’ve loved every other thing he’s ever written (skit books, novels, etc.) or said. So, I was totally excited to get this book as a thank-you for helping out with Camp Rocks last week. Camp Rocks’ theme was “True Story” so this book goes perfectly. The idea is that as Christians (and even Americans) we know the story of the Bible but don’t really KNOW THE STORY. It’s totally awesome. To the max.

2. Treasured by Leigh McLeroy

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I *cough* got this as a book review and never *cough* read it. I picked it up a few days ago and LOVE the premise. God keeps things just like you and I collect precious memories  and souvenirs. The things God collects show who He really is. A neat way to look at and understand God. It’s a short easy read. (That I should really finish…)

3. South of Broad by Pat Conroy

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My aunt gave this to me for my birthday and I have to be honest, I haven’t even cracked it open yet. But if my Aunt said it was good, then it is. She’s got good taste. And it’s set in the south. So, it automatically has one point.

4. He Who Lifts the Skies by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow

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This is the second in a historical fiction series set in the very beginning of the world. The first book was about Noah’s Ark. And let me just say that it was VERY realistic. For example. I never thought about what the carnivorous animals ate on the ark. *shudder* This book skips ahead a few years and is about the Tower of Babel.

5. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

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I bought this less than 24 hours after Blissdom. In February. I think I’ve read one chapter. But I know I’d love it. Because I DO want to lead you. Ahem.

6. Tenth Stone by Brock and Bodie Thoene

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I always have a Thoene book on my bedside. They are my heroes.

7. Setting Their Hope in GOD: Biblical Intercession For Your Children by Andrew Case

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I actually won this book on someone’s blog (I can’t remember who…sorry!). It’s just a book of prayers based on Biblical passages. It’s kind of hard reading but I love the concept and can’t wait to read more.

8. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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This should not surprise you. We are listening to this one in the car and it’s so good. I was crying yesterday while listening to Mary going away to college for the blind. *sniff*

9. The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

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I got this one for FREE from Did you know they give away a free audio book every month? (This month is Francis Chan’s book, Forgotten God.) I wanted to read this book anyway because it’s by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision AND it won the 2010 Book of the Year. Last week I listened to it while I separated baby clothes into sizes for our yard sale. It is a thought provoking and heart wrenching read.

10. The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

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My brother gave me this dramatized audio revision of the classic Screwtape Letters. It is SO good. The main character is voiced by the guy who did Gollum in Lord of the Rings and honestly, it may be a little scary to listen to alone in the dark. This is another one that makes you question everything you believe and wonder if you really know who you are.

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I’m at a Performing Arts Camp this week with Staci so I won’t be tweeting or visiting this morning but as soon as I get home, I’ll jump right into Top Ten {Tuesday}! Thanks for all your great posts and for following all the “rules”, it’s so fun to see Top Ten {Tuesday} grow and promote others in the blogosphere! I love it!


  1. Today I’m sharing the top 10 kitchen gadgets that someone in my CSA shared this week. Good tools make cooking so much easier!
    .-= Wendy (The Local Cook)´s last blog ..Light Wild Rice Bread =-.

  2. A post about books and I’m proud to say that I’ve actually read one of them! Woo-hoo!

    LOVED Story. He has just an amazing way with words!
    .-= Staci´s last blog ..Top Ten Things YOU Should Try =-.

  3. You’re reading 10 books – right now?? Wowzers! I know I’m your lame friend that maybe hasn’t even read 10 her whole life. I’m sorry to be such a disgrace to you:(
    .-= mandi@itscome2this´s last blog ..Hershey bar pie =-.

  4. Great List and yes I have those books that I haven’t cracked open yet but really want to.

    I’ve read Tribes. Very good. Seth’s writing is powerful and concise. It reads like a bunch of short blog posts so put it in the bathroom and read one when you get a chance.

    You’re not going to confuse characters by not finishing it quickly. It will give you daily food for thought and inspiration. My copy is all marked up and helped give me the courage to start my new blog
    .-= Janna @ The Adventure of Motherhood´s last blog ..Playing Instruments: The Little Drummer Boy =-.

  5. We’re reading Little Town on the Prairie right now too! As a matter of fact, sounds like we’re just about at the same point you are. Tonight we read the chapter where Mary left for college (can you believe that the girls at home did all that fall cleaning? Whew!) and also the chapter right after that when Eliza Jane starts as their school teacher.
    .-= Angie @ Many Little Blessings´s last blog ..Another Reason I Know My Kids Are Living in Different Times =-.

  6. What a great list! I actually would really like to read the screwtape letters again, that is one of my favorites! Although, I agree that I wouldn’t want to listen to the voice of Andy Serkis late at night all by myself. I would definitely get scared. But hey, maybe that’s what i need! The devil is a scary guy and sometimes I think I forget that… Thanks again for you list, I’m going to look into reading a few of them 🙂
    .-= Aubree Cherie´s last blog ..My Fav (Top 10) Recipes from Last Week (6/8-6/14 =-.

  7. I love Pat Conroy! I’ve read “Beach Music” and “Prince Of Tides”. I didn’t know he had any more books out. Going to request this one at the Library.

    I totally start several books at one time and then don’t finish them.

    You’ve listed several I’d like to read. The Screwtape Letters being one of them. I really need to start reading more Christian living type books.
    .-= Melissa@SimplyMel´s last blog ..Top Ten Tuesday- Father’s Day Edition =-.

  8. I love to read too, but I also don’t have the time I used to. *sigh* I’m glad LB is learning to love books too, because we do love to read together!
    .-= Heather @ Not a DIY Life´s last blog ..Mamavation Week #24 =-.

  9. I have many books started right now, too. My problem is I start reading one book and then get another and want to start reading that right away and then win one online and then find another at Goodwill and so on… I never actually finish one!
    .-= Alicia´s last blog ..Delivering Happiness Book Review and Giveaway =-.

  10. I seem to spend so much time reading books for and to kids, I can’t remember the last adult book I’ve read (unless educational writing books count? no, did’t think so).
    .-= carrie anne´s last blog ..Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Favourite Books I’ve Reviewed (so far) =-.

  11. Pat Conroy is hands-down my favorite writer ever. His choice of words to illustrate scenery and his characters is almost like a recipe; he draws you in and I personally have trouble putting the book down, wondering how everything will turn out! Enjoy South of Broad – it’s a good one!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Top Ten {Tuesday}: It’s All About the Little Things =-.

  12. I REALLY loved the first book in that Genesis trilogy (The Heavens Before) but I never got around to reading the others. You’ll have to pass it on!
    .-= Vanderbilt Wife´s last blog ..Top Ten Tuesday: Toddler Help =-.

  13. I am always surrounded by stacks of half-read books. My plan is to take them all with me to the beach in a few weeks and catch up. I really need to read your “Wilder” series…BEST books, ever! My 12 y.o. son is reading them now. He had to read “Farmer Boy” for a language arts assignment last year and now he’s hooked into the series. True classics!
    .-= Kari´s last blog ..Not Me! Monday =-.

  14. Oh, I wish I had more time to read. *Sigh* These look like some great books to read when I get the chance, or maybe I’ll investigate audio versions of them. 🙂 The C.S. Lewis book sounds particularly interesting. Thanks for sharing and for hosting {Top Ten Tuesday}!
    .-= Doing the Mom Thing´s last blog ..You Know You’re a Mom When… =-.

  15. You’ve just given me a bunch of ideas for my Kindle wish list! 😀
    .-= Jeni´s last blog ..TTT: Staying Sane While Traveling =-.

  16. “The Hole In Our Gospel” is on my to-read list too.

    Also – have you read “Too Small To Ignore” by Wess Stafford? It’s phenomenal!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..hike to bridal wreath falls =-.

  17. OH AMANDA! I just realized that I know you! I saw that Staci Brown commented on here and I thought I wonder if that is the Staci Brown I know then I thought I wonder if that is Amanda Hunnicutt (pardon the maiden name, it was a long time ago)? Anyway I “was” Natalie Weaver and was an M&M puppeteer back in the day! So great to bump into you on here. I’ve been in Dallas for 15 years now. I just wanted to say hi. Tell your mom and brother hello too!

    P.S.- You may have noticed from my top 10 list that I too was a huge Lost fan. I even have Terri O’quinn’s autograph, that’s really cool that you did that blog.

  18. #1 and #4 added to my reading list. Tell us more about Theone!! Never heard of these.
    .-= Erin G´s last blog ..The Best Worst Face =-.

  19. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with a pile of books that are waiting to be read. 🙂 I want to check some of these out!
    .-= Holly at Tropic of Mom´s last blog ..Under where? =-.

  20. I got what you intend, thankyou for posting .

  21. Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  22. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

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