Another Day, Another Bookstore – Half Price Books

Another bookstore haul!

This one isn’t as big – I only got three books (I honestly don’t know where I found the self-control). This was only my second trip to Half Price Books, but this time I got to spend more time looking around. I will definitely be going back, though! There were countless books I wanted to get (next time I need to remember to make a list!)

Starting from the right: I chose this book because what’s better than reading about how much authors love books?! I thought it was cute, and I’m thinking about sharing a quote a day from it.

The middle book I grabbed because I love C. S. Lewis and I love the book of Psalms. I’ve been wanting to read some of his non-fiction work, so I thought this book would be the perfect place to start.

The last book I grabbed because I have a weakness for clearance books. I saw the movie when it came out years ago and liked it, and you know what they say, the book is always better.

Once I get into one of these books, I’ll do another Currently Reading post. If you have any suggestions for books I should look for at my next bookstore trip, please comment and let me know!

Currently Reading

For the most part, I read fiction novels. I am a big fan of Stephen King in particular. As much as I love his books and stories, however, I’m finding my TBR pile continuously growing and myself not branching out much. One of my goals this year is to change that and expand my literary horizons. As I read new books, I will share my experiences and opinions here. I think this will be a good way to push myself to read more and to critically think about what I’m reading. Plus, it’s always fun to share new books with people.

At the beginning of the school year I started a new job at a Catholic school as a grade school assistant. All of the grade school teachers were talking about a book by Immaculée Ilibagiza, a Rwandan born Catholic. It was a big deal because she was coming to host a retreat at the home parish of the grade school dean. I kept hearing them talk about how impactful and amazing her story was, and after the retreat, the dean couldn’t stop talking about Immaculée and how much meeting her impacted her. I wanted to see what all the talk was about for myself, so I borrowed the book, Left to Tell, from my mom.

This book is about how Immaculée survived the Rwandan holocaust that took place during their civil war in 1994. She and several other women were hidden and locked inside a tiny bathroom for 91 days, not allowed to speak or move, barely surviving on tiny scraps of food and sips of water. Throughout those three months she held tightly to her father’s rosary and her faith in God. All of her family save one brother were murdered. She now travels the world serving others and telling her story.

I’m only about halfway through the book. She is still trapped in the tiny bathroom. Each page is more heartbreaking than the last, but her hope in God is inspiring. When things go wrong, it can be so easy to turn away from a lifelong faith. It isn’t always easy to find comfort and peace in scriptures that are thousands of years old. Immaculée held true for 91 miserable days; days most of us can’t even begin to fathom suffering through.

I know there is at least one other book she has written and I plan to read it when I finish this one. It is heartbreaking and full of hope at the same time. As I’ve read this, I’ve felt joy, sorrow, pain, and even angry. This emotional journey will take you through it all. If you enjoy any kind of religious testimonials, this is a book for you.

Again, the title is Left to Tell and it was written by Immaculée Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin. A portion of proceeds from her book sales go to her Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which supports Rwandan orphans.

Post-Christmas Bookstore Haul

First of all, Happy New Year! Kicking the year off with a late night blog post!

Second of all, I could totally live in a bookstore. Barnes and Noble has it all: Harry Potter, board games, crossword puzzles, and Starbucks. What more could one need?

Anyway, the day after Christmas I treated myself to a trip to the bookstore and I just wanted to share what I got!

Now tell me, how many husbands out there will agree to letting this come home? Mine did! 12 months of adorableness. 2018 is already looking great.

So of course I had to get a cat ball point pen to go with the cat calendar. The second pic here also gives a peak of the other items I got. There is a large print Sudoku book I got for my grandma and a book light I’ve been desperately wanting for ages now.

Now this book is what I am most excited about! My sister got this for my brother for Christmas and I knew I needed to get one for myself. I keep telling myself I need to write more, but we all know how difficult that can be. This book provides story prompts to really get the creative juices flowing. Here are a couple examples:

Some of the stories are serious while others are totally outlandish. If any of these turn out any good, I will definitely post them up here.

That’s everything I got on this trip to the bookstore, but I’m already itching to go back!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Again, Happy New Year! Let’s make 2018 the best one yet!