All Things Books

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Anyone who knows me (or reads this blog, really!) knows just how much I LOVE, love, love reading! I wanted to pull together one big + cumulative blog post about books and reading so that I have lots of great and helpful links and lists in one place, for your sake and mine. I’m often asked for book recommendations and lists of favorite reads, which I adore. Poring over all of these past blog posts was so fun, as I think it’s clear just how passionate I am about reading and good, powerful writing. I’ve been an incredibly avid reader since I was really young, and I’m so glad this love of reading has followed me all of my life. So, here we go with several lists and links of favorite books and authors…

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my ALL-TIME favorite books:

  • Gone With the Wind,   Margaret Mitchell
  • Eat, Pray, Love,   Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Pillars of the Earth,  Ken Follett
  • Harry Potter series,   J. K. Rowling
  • To Kill a Mockingbird,   Harper Lee
  • East of Eden,   John Steinbeck
  • Pride and Prejudice,   Jane Austen
  • Screwtape Letters,   C. S. Lewis
  • Les Miserables,   Victor Hugo
  • Anne of Green Gables,   L. M. Montgomery
  • The Help,   Kathryn Stockett
  • Secret Life of Bees,   Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Angels & Demons and The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown
  • Bread and Wine, Shauna Niequist
  • Mere Christianity,   C. S. Lewis

My very first blog post on books: Let’s Talk About Books

This list of all-time favorite books has been thoughtfully curated over the last many years, and very few new books make the cut onto my ALL-time favorite list. I’ve read many of these books many times, and they’re ones that have changed my life in some way. They are my go-tos when I’m recommending books to others, and they are beloved to me!

A huge synopsis and review: all the best books I read in 2014

Another huge synopsis and review: all the best books I read in 2013

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Favorite Christian reads:
  • Mere Christianity + The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
  • Bread & Wine + Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
  • Make it Happen by Lara Casey
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • Crazy Love + Forgotten God by Francis Chan
  • Radical by David Platt
  • The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • Love, Skip, Jump by Shelene Bryan
  • Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
  • The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

Life-changing reads:

  • Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
  • Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  • Crazy Love, Francis Chan
  • A Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
  • The Reason for God, Tim Keller
Summer/beach reads:
  • To Kill a Mockingbird + Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • South of Broad + Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • any books by Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot)
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

A blog post on: Summer Reads + Christian Books I Love

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Best Southern Books:

Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Best Southern Authors:
Flannery O’Connor
William Faulkner
Pay Conroy (Charleston)
Rick Bragg
Nicholas Sparks
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Book reviews of: The Signature of All Things, East of Eden, The Invention of Wings, and The Rosie Project (all books I would highly, highly recommend)

Book reviews of: Molokai, The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Fault in Our Stars, The Kitchen House, & Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

Book reviews of: Love Skip Jump, The Best Yes, and the Business Romantic

Recommendations for: Business Books

I hope these links and links are helpful, informative, and inspiring to you! It’s a little bit of a hodge-podge, but I’m constantly finding new books to read and recommend. I would LOVE to know from you, friends: what is the most vivid book you’ve ever read?

You can also follow along with books I’m reading on Instagram (@stephaniescholl) with the hashtag #stephaniereads

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he re-reads.” – Francois Mauriac

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Articles Club

I was recently reading A Cup of Jo’s blog post about the Articles Club that she and her friends started, and that got my wheels turning. I’ve long adored being in my book club (three years and counting), but some of my friends are too busy/overwhelmed/intimidated by reading a book every month. So I reached out to several friends, as I love any excuse to read, and we, too, are going to have an articles club!

Like I said, reading, chatting with my friends, having great conversation, and drinking wine is a win-win for me. I am hosting it in my home, as I feel like that might prompt even better discussion (and who doesn’t like apps, wine, and desserts?). And I think the articles (as opposed to books) will appeal to friends who aren’t huge readers or who don’t want to commit to a book. Plus, with a group of twenty-somethings living in DC, I think our conversations and discussions will be excellent and insightful.

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I’m excited to commence our articles club tonight, and I’d love to hear –

what are some articles that you would recommend we read and discuss?

PS: I so wish Bridgette was local so that she could join!!