Bloggers who Author

I’m a pretty consistent blog reader – my Feedly app is full!

I get really excited when Bloggers that I love write books. It’s like getting one big post/chat with someone who’s voice and story you’ve come to love. Yea, #fangirl

Wanna know a secret? Someday I dream about writing a book. Crazy, huh? No idea what it would be about, but it would be so cool. And probably scary. And hard. I’m no writer, but I kinda like writing so that counts for something?

Anyway here are a few books I love from my favorite bloggers.

Notes from a Blue Bike – I buy this as a gift for friends and family all the time. I love it. I even got to meet Tsh, the author, when she was on her book tour and she’s lovely. The book is about living life simply, and loving the life you have.

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess – I’m not the first Jen Hatmaker #fangirl, but come on – she’s awesome. I totally want to be her BFF. This book will mess you up in the best ways. Bonus, Jen and her Husband are HGTV stars :)

Bread and Wine – Another go-to gift book. I love feeding people as a way of showing that I care about them. Hospitality and opening up your home can be such a fun and cool way to serve others. This book is as much about people as it is food. Bonus, there’s some awesome recipes included! Several of which I’ve made to reave reviews :)

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful – This pairs well with Bread and Wine since it’s about home and hospitality. It sort of blew my mind when I learned that you can (and should) invite people into your “mess.” We all live life, and we know what a home that’s lived in looks like – so toss the laundry off the couch and invite a friend over for coffee. They’ll probably feel more at home seeing your yet-to-be-folded laundry anyway ;)

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels–a Love Story – It’s no secret I’m a giant fan of Ree and everything she does. This book is cute and sweet and funny. It’s about how she and her husband met, and her early life as a wife and mother on the ranch.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl – While I’m girl crushing on Ree, I’ll include this one. It’s my go-to bridal shower gift. Her recipes are simple, and easy to follow. All the photos help calm me down when I think I’ve ruined the gravy. <– True Story.

Happy reading!


Reading List

When I was little my parent’s said I would often have a hard time falling asleep – so they would put books in my bed with me. I would fall asleep and wake up reading to myself. Not a bad way to start a habit, huh?

I’ve been an active reader on and off for years. Through Elementary and Jr High school I couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew or the Saddle Club Series. In High School there was little time for “free” reading as I often had several novels I needed to read for assignments. A bulk of my “classics” reading happened during these years.

In College – so.much.reading. Text books, articles, novels.

When I was working 60+ hours a week I often didn’t want to pick up a book during my rare free time.

But I’ve maintained a love for reading over the years and I’m finally back into the routine. I’ve been a “one more chapter before bed” reader and I sometimes stay up way later than I should when I’m hooked into a book. Since I’m often on my own in the evenings after dinner I spend my time reading. For the past few years I’ve been reading blogs. But, recently I’ve been looking to get back into books.

About a month ago I ordered 3 books I’ve had on my list for months.


Yes Please

Gone Girl

I finished each in about a week. Oops.

That’s always been my dilemma – I’m a rabid reader. I mourn the ending of a book, only content when I have another to immediately fill the void. So I could be spending wayyy more cash that I should on books. Not to mention – I don’t like holding onto books when I’m finished with them.

For years I admired my reading collection. But I rarely re-read books. And with my newfound mantra for decluttering “you have to find it to be either beautiful or useful” or it goes. I’ve found myself donating books to free myself from the weight of them. Literally – books are always the thing that’s a pain to move…well, that and your bed/couch.

I love holding a book in my hands. Always having one in my bag when I’m out (especially waiting for OB appointments – such is life right now). But they’re pricey and I could go through $75+ a month in books if I could. I’ve read a few off an on from my iPad using the Kidle app, which is ok.

There’s a used bookstore here called The Illiad I’ve been meaning to check out to trade/sell/buy used books. Our library is a good choice too, but I get annoyed at the waiting list for popular books.

I prefer non-fiction. Memoirs are my jam. LOVE them. I’ve gotten into a little bit of fiction recently, and I’m always curious to see what other people are reading.

So. What are you reading?

I just finished Big Little Lies and I started The Red Tent last night.

Ha. I also love casting books in my head as I’m reading them. The Producer in me is always looking to see how a book could be optioned and adapted :)

Up next, The Girl on The Train