Wednesday, February 27, 2008

More books for Sharon

Thanks, guys, for all the input on my list for Sharon. This list is shorter and even harder to define, so I am calling it "Just for you". Basically they are books to read for enjoyment, and do not necessarily fit in Marriage, Parenting and Ministry. This list is based entirely on my opinion, but then again, Sharon did ask for my opinion. :) I'm linking them all to Amazon so you can click and see what they look like. But please buy them from your local bookstore!

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House -- I love this beautiful book. It makes simple things like making beds seem beautiful and important.

Moleskin Notebook
-- this "legendary notebook of Hemingway" has become my new obsession. I love their clean lines and perfect sizes. Great for staying organized!

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens -- My favorite fiction story of all time.

Boxed Set Chronicles of Narnia -- This one really is the best. The collectors edition is worth the small increase in price because all the illustrations are in color, the bindings are made to last, and the pages are thicker and glossy. This is the set you must read to Gabriel (et. al.)

Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper -- Great ideas on how to make holidays about treasuring God, not just purposeless activities.

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit -- I know I mention her over and over, but I'm simply over the moon about her! Nesbit does to my funny bone what Elisabeth Elliot does to my soul -- they hit the very core.

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook -- I have no idea if this would be helpful to you in Brazil, but I can't tell you ho
w much I love this book. It is more than a cookbook, it is a handbook on all the subtleties of the art of baking.

I hope some of these suggestions were helpful to you. I certainly enjoyed formulating the lists. Happy reading, friend!


Rebecca said...

Gretchen, I bought a moleskin notebook for myself to journal in 2 years ago. Like you, I absolutely love mine!!!!! I'm about 3/4's of the way full and I can't wait to go buy another one!!!

GloryandGrace said...

I'm always looking for new journals, especially when one of mine is STILL in a box somewhere... :)

I have always wanted to read Nicholas Nickleby, I'll have to keep it in mind the next time I'm at a bookstore.

One of the things I wanted to pick your brain about on our coffee date that we haven't had yet (hehe) is now posted on my blog. Your friend Christen left a really good comment - take a look when you get some free time!

Anonymous said...

hey seems like a long time since we watched "Nicholas Nickleby" and talked about Misty and Shea's trip to Europe. :) That was so sosososoooo fun.. I know no other people who would love that movie/book like we do. :) um...SMIKE? P.S. I want to take a trip down there um, say, the week before Easter. Will you be home? (or will you be here?) :)


Gretchen said...

We will be here, Anna! YAY! I totally hope you can come!



Anonymous said...

Gretchen - a couple years ago, my son Josh and I read "Five Children and It" by E. Nesbit. It was one of our favorite books! (The movie didn't do it justice.) I didn't know who else read Nesbit. I recently started "The Enchanted Castle" but have not proceeded very far.

Cousin Steve

Gretchen said...

Steve, The Enchanted Castle is not my favorite of hers. If you are looking for REALLY good funny stuff, try The Story of the Treasure Seekers and the sequals. I also like The Railway Children -- less funny, but great for girls, too.