I Spy: Book Edition

In a previous “Fab Five” post, I discussed items on my wish list, which was really popular, so I thought I would make it into its own “thing.” Most of these are accumulating in my wish list right now since grad school monopolizes so much time, but I can’t help but “window shop” a little online. I don’t trust myself to do the same in real stores– it gets me in trouble (especially in Target). After looking at my list, I realized that many items are books, so I figured I’d group them together for this edition of “I Spy.”

Here we go again–I spy with my little eye…

1. The Rose Botanicals Journal

This journal is adorable! The cover is feminine but not too “girly” for someone like me. I like its manageable 5×7 size and the fact that it has over 200 pages! I also like the gold foil addition on each page. This would be easy to carry around with my planner to take additional notes in meetings, or I could use it for my church journal (where I keep my notes from sermons). The price is a little steep at $15.00, but when I checked Target’s website I’ve apparently spent a similar amount on other journals.


2. “For the Love”

I am a big fan of Jen Hatmaker’s after reading Seven earlier this year. It really altered my perspective and I would recommend it to EVERYONE. (In fact, I could benefit from a re-read already!) Her newest book releases next month its message sounds like just what I need to hear lately.

It also makes me super happy that she is giving away all kinds of awesome freebies if you preorder– including a discount code to NoonDay Collection, which I featured on the blog several weeks ago. (Side note: their summer sale is going on right now! Eek!) She’s really showing the love to her readers through this bonus promotion, so if you’re leaning towards getting the book, preorder!! After all, you don’t get charged until August 18 when the book releases! 🙂

3.  A Wedding Album

A grad school assignment this week asked me to consider the three items I would grab from our place in case of a fire. I had a really hard time choosing! One of the items I decided on is the guestbook from our wedding. It is a book I made on Shutterfly with a coupon at 1AM last summer (the coupon expired at 3AM– midnight in PST). It has precious notes from loved ones who celebrated the day with us. It sits on our coffee table and I love looking through it every once in a while.

This assignment helped me remember one of projects I want to complete this year- a wedding album! We received our wedding pictures from Erica in the fall, but haven’t done anything with them outside of post a select few on social media and give several as Christmas gifts. Last year I stumbled on Artifact Uprising and this is the company I want to use to design our wedding album. I love their high quality products and the available options– particularly the lay flat! books, the wood calendar (see left), and Instagram-friendly books (wouldn’t those be such a sweet gift?). I do not want to put off this project because if I don’t do it soon, I doubt I ever will. I want to make sure I take the opportunity to preserve these beautiful memories while I have the time. I also think this will be a nice “brain break” when I get overwhelmed with grad school!

4. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

I fully recognize that 3 of my 5 items are books (but I don’t think the journal fully counts since I won’t read it!), but I’m an English teacher so I think I deserve some slack on that.

There has been a TON of buzz about this new-but-actually-old book from Harper Lee (did anyone else see where there might even be another one??) and at first, I was very hesitant. I have always placed Atticus Finch on a high pedestal, so I dreaded the idea of this noble man becoming a racist. However, other perspectives helped me see why it is important for me to read the book. I’m currently re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird (I haven’t read it since I was in high school) before moving on to Go Set a Watchman in hopes that my “adulthood” helps me appreciate both books. We’ll see…

5. The Paleo Cupboard Cookbook

Amy Densmore’s concept of “real food, real flavor” is so appealing. Zach and I are attempting healthier eating habits and several of the issues we noticed were based around our overconsumption of dairy and grains. We are not strictly paleo by any means, but we try to have 2-3 paleo-ish meals per week. I stumbled on the Paleo Cupboard blog several months ago and thought her recipes look delicious! I am also grateful because her blog is one of the few that does not overuse beans and fish, which are both “no’s” for Zach. I would love to have her cookbook to add to my collection! It doesn’t release until December (so maybe it will make it on the Christmas list), but, in the meantime, I will keep on using the blog! Let me know if you try any of her recipes!!

6. The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life Into a Work of Art

I found McManus’s book through the “related titles” section on Amazon (don’t do it- it’s a rabbit hole you’ll never escape!) and loved the description. Check it out:

McManus demonstrates that we all carry within us the essence of an artist. We all need to create, to be a part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true, in order to allow our souls to come to life. It’s not only the quality of the ingredients we use to build our lives that matter, but the care we bring to the process itself. Just like baking artisan bread, it’s a process that’s crafted over time. And God has something to say about how we craft our lives. With poignant, inspirational stories and insights from art, life, history, and scripture interspersed throughout, McManus walks readers through the process of crafting a life of beauty and wonder.

The premise of this book is right up my alley, so it might make it onto my Kindle sooner rather than later. I don’t want the structure and schedule of my career to limit my creativity and I love that McManus approaches craft from a faith-filled perspective.

What books (or other items) are you eyeing these days? I’d love to know!

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