reading round up | may

A couple of our favourite books from the past month. What have you read recently?
Selected Poems 1923-1958 by e. e. cummings
Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman
A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Donald Miller talks about how to tell a good story with your life. Story is, in essence, a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. He talks a lot about his adventures in learning to tell a better story, and the changes he made in his life. They range wildly from biking across the country, to climbing mountains in Peru. It's engaging, and entertaining, and it's made me think about the story I want to be telling in my life. He says that in movies, if the character doesn't know what it wants, the story become muddled and stops moving forward; and I've looked for the ways that's reflected in my own life. I recently read this book for the second or third time, and I loved it just as much as the first.
You Can't Get There From Here by Gayle Forman
Gayle Forman's book is about her and her husband's travels throughout a shrinking world. I'm halfway through this now- I've been taking my time, not speeding through it like I normally do. Her stories of Tonga, Cambodia, India, and ect. are easing my appetite for wanderlust, at least for the time being. She's a phenomenal storyteller, and I'm really enjoying it. There's on line in particular that stood out to me. I've written it everywhere, in notebooks, on my hands, saved as a draft on my phone. It goes like this, "We weren't really here. We were waiting to go there." And that, I think, is something we can all identify with.


  1. Gayle Forman's book looks especially good.

    The best book I read lately was "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. I didn't have too high hopes for it, but the description was so rich and vivid. I loved it.

  2. who created the book artwork? so so beautiful.

  3. I'm reading Fahrenheit 451 right now

  4. my brother read The Book Thief

  5. Love the painting! I checked The Book Thief out a few months ago . . didn't get to finish it. Hopefully I'll finish it someday. The words were absolutely beautiful.

  6. Sounds awesome! I just read Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren, and it was SO good. This month I also re-read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and probably read a few other books, but I forget.

    Abbie /// XOXOX

  7. I love the art in this post. I'll definitely be checking out these books sometime soon (:

  8. I have The Book Thief sitting on the nightstand right now, per Carlotta's suggestion, but at the moment, I'm reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

  9. The Books Thief is amazing. I'll definitely have to check some of these out. Right now, I'm reading Water for Elephants.

  10. I started reading this blog a couple months ago. It's inspiring for me to come and see you all, even though you're still so young, take time to find the beauty in life and appreciate the little things. Anyway, a few weeks ago I was desperate for a book to read, but I didn't want just any book, I wanted a good one. So I perused your blog for some suggestions and found this post. Boy, am I grateful. I read "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years," and it was amazing! I can probably say my outlook on life in general has changed. I just bought another of Miller's books and am probably going to read quite a few of his. Thank you for this post and your blog. You are incredible girls!