You Are What You Read






This year it’s been long cold days without snow. Christmas has come and gone, and what remains is a New Year, New Plans & Goal’s, and oh yeah, a Gorgeous, teetering pile of shiny new books.

The gift of a book is a wonderful thing. An Amazon gift-card a delight. A used bookstore around the corner, a constant temptation…And so I present my newly acquired and beautiful pile.


*Are You There Blog, It’s Me Writer, by Kristen Lamb

*We Are Not Alone, The Writer’s Guide to Social Media, by Kristen Lamb

-As a regular reader of Kristen’s Blog, I expected her books would be the perfect companions to her online WANA course that I am currently taking (and LOVING), and I haven’t been disappointed. Kristen’s blog posts rate consistently high amongst my favorites, and her books are equally terrific. Humorous and incredibly wise. I’m nearly finished reading, Are you There Blog, and no question, I’m rating this a 5* book.

*Failing Forward, by John C. Maxwell

-This one was mentioned in Kristen’s book and easily piqued my interest. Click–into my Amazon cart it went.

*Uncertainty, Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance, by Jonathan Fields

-Gushingly recommended by a writer friend.

The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition, Second Catholic Edition, Ingnatius.

-Although I already own several different translations of The Holy Bible, I didn’t have this one, which is used by nearly everyone in my weekly Bible study. The Cadillac of Bibles, according to friends who own it.

Mother Teresa, No Greater Love , The Most Accessible and Inspirational Collection of Her teachings Ever Published

-An incredible human being. I’ve read excerpts of Mother Teresa’s writings here and there, and have always found myself to be deeply affected.  I found this book at the used book store and nearly gave myself wrist-lash, snatching this volume off the shelf.

Pope John Paul II, An Intimate Life, The Pope I Knew So Well, by Caroline Pigozzi

-Beautiful man and his writings are some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever read. Another “grab it off the shelf ” book.

Hudson Valley Ruins, Forgotten Landmarks of An American Landscape, by Rinaldi & Yasinaac

-Urban Exploration”, one of my guilty pleasures. I adore vintage architecture and abandoned buildings, and this book features properties in and around my hometown. (The background and header of this blog are in fact images I photographed while poking about one of the places featured in this very book. (Nuff said. As further information could lead to  incarceration.)

Fear, A Ghost Hunter’s Story, by Kriss Stephens

-True ghost stories–spooky!

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

-This novel was highly recommended by a reviewer who happened to write a gorgeous 5* review of my own novel, so I figured she has very good taste 🙂

In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard

-I caught a mention of this novel in a blog I was reading and something about it piqued my interest enough to pop over to read an excerpt on Amazon. After which I promptly “clicked” this volume into my cart.

Scout, Atticus & Boo, A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Mary McDonagh Murphy

-This was a gift from one of my children, who grew up knowing being lectured that To Kill a Mockingbird is her mother’s all time FAVORITE book. 


No question, the books I consume speak volumes (pun mostly intended) about the person I am. So what about you? If I crept into your house and looked at the tome nested next to the spare roll on the toilet tank, pursued the stack piled on the floor next to your bed, or clicked on your eReader, what I learn about you?


10 thoughts on “You Are What You Read

  1. I love learning what other people are reading. Your list is inspiring and I love that you got wrist-lash grabbing that Mother Theresa book. I also planned to comment on your blog photo as soon as I opened the page. Amazing photo that immediately made me want to know more about you (and then I got more with your list).

    My list is more fiction-centric although I do have (and love) the Kristen Lamb books. Recent great reads are Shanghai Girls by Lisa See; Sleeping with Patty Hearst by Mary Lambeth, A Visit fromt he Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, and Deep Down True by Juliette Fay.

    • Thanks for adding your reads, Sara. I love to know what other people are reading, too. It’s like having a glimpse in the window without being a creeper 😉

      I’ve heard positives about three of the books on your list, so having your positive endorsement is an extra bonus!

    • The very reason I wouldn’t walk around with a book titled “Worlds Best Serial Killers” under my arm.” Regardless of how interesting it might be–I’m a little too conscious of what I’d be saying about me :-O

  2. Wow, a lot of nonfiction there! That does say a lot about you! Hmmm, you’d find a huge variety on my shelves – Christian, memoirs, crime/thrillers, women’s fiction, literary, classics, YA, a little bit of fantasy (YA fantasy), some historical – fiction and non, and some Stephen King, whatever he falls under. I’m not sure what that says about me! What do you think when you read that?

    • Well, of course you’re like a rich Minestrone soup, April. Primo ingredients make for a delectable broth!

      I know several readers who only ever read one genre of book, and that is something that especially baffles me. If only because we are all such multi-faceted creatures, and our books tend to be a reliable reflection of that,

  3. Mystery thrillers, paranormal romance, erotic romance, urban fantasy, contemporary romance, historical romance are all on my shelves and on my Kindle so I guess a dark romantic is what aI would be characterized as because my books run to violence and mayhem in their plots most times with the hero or heroine being very strong willed and also very prone to hitting things instead of talking their way out of situations. (Of course since most of them are in a situation where a gun talks louder as do their fists and feet it is a given that there is going to be blood and guts involved in the story at some point. Cannot help it my father raised me on westerns and they always had gunfights and fistfights galore in those stories.)

    • I guess I might’ve guessed this side of you, considering that you ARE from Texas, lol! It’s too much fun having a look on your shelves. Almost like spending an afternoon chatting, but condensed into a paragraph. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Ooh, if you saw what was on my bookshelf, you might ‘unfollow’ my twitter account.
    Lots of vampires, a few fae, a wizard or two, a gal with telepathy; they’re all the spoon full of sugar that helps reality go down for me. Your post is a reminder that I really could look for more variety.

    • Ah shoot, but really, isn’t that what the joy of reading is all about? Filling our heads with whatever we love best. My list here is just the goodies I’ve gathered for the month of January, so just a blip on my radar. If I really let loose my bookshelves, it would be a bit more “startling” for sure.
      Thanks for coming by, Liv 🙂

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