Diving into a Good Book: Suggestions from Women Like You
Ahhh…there’s nothing quite like the smell of a new book. The crisp pages, text shining brilliantly off the page. The perfectly bound spine. The delightfully designed cover, free of smudges and stains.
But then again, there’s nothing quite like a feel of an old book… when you pick one up, it’s tempting to imagine the stories of the people whose fingers flipped through the wrinkled, dog eared pages as they ravenously devoured each chapter.
Whether you’re a lover of new books or an old, illuminated book kind of gal, chances are you’re probably looking for a great read - one that will will hook you right from the beginning and pull you deeper. Books that point towards the good, the true, the beautiful. Books that will inspire you, uplift you, challenge your viewpoint or sometimes, just entertain you.
The other day on Instagram, we shared some of our favorite summer reads and asked you all to share your own favorite books! Below you’ll find a selection of books curated by YOU and other women, all striving to live today well! This collective belongs to you and so does this book list ;) Regardless of what kind of book you’re looking for, we hope you’ll find something on this list that will appeal to you!
The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy - a favorite of @michaelsbecca
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - a favorite of @annabonnema, @jwheelerdesign, and @karabecker_
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt- a favorite of @jwheelerdesign
Traitor’s Kiss (Part 1 of a Trilogy) by Erin Beaty - a favorite of @belovedblessedart
Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott - a favorite of @that1catholicgirl
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell - favorite of
Surrender by Carmen Marcoux - a favorite of @catholicgirltalk
Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - a favorite of @aabello21
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Once and Future King by T.H. White - a favorite of @catholiclibraryassistant
Fire in the Night by Lynn Austin (Part of series, but can stand alone) - a favorite of @that1catholicgirl
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - a favorite of @juliegamine
Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World by Isabel Gillies - a favorite of @stella_maris _prints
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle - a favorite of @ohhey.rene
Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen - a favorite of aabello21
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - a favorite of @jwheelerdesign
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeust - a favorite of @bertschirae
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa TerKeust - a favorite of @bertschirae
Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World by Sarah Quezada - a favorite of @annabonnema
Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat- Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Fr. Michael Gaitley - a favorite of @aabello21
Who Does He Say You Are? By Colleen C. Mitchell - a favorite of aabello21
This: Becoming Free by Michael Gungor - a favorite of @deannacaroline
I Choose the Sky: A Scriptural Devotion for Women by Emily Wilson - a favorite of aabello21
Read a great book recently and want to share? Leave a comment below or shoot us a message and we’ll add it to the list!
The Live Today Well Collective Team