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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Summer Reading

summer readingYou know I love a good book, and reading is something I simply adore. Throw in some sunshine and a glass of wine (or sweet tea), and I’m all set! I’ve had several requests lately (via the blog and from friends) for new book suggestions and summer reading recommendations. Summer is beginning to wind down, but I’m sure there are plenty of beach and lake trips coming up! Here are some books that I really love, and I think you will, too…

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
Favorite Christian reads:
  • Bread & Wine + Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
  • Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
  • Make it Happen by Lara Casey

I’d love to hear: what are your favorite books to read at the beach or during summer vacation? I’m always looking for new recommendations, and please do share!

Currently Reading

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These are the books that have been on my nightstand this month, and I had to share, just in case you’re in the market for a new read.

I just finished Love, Skip, Jump by Shelene Bryan – and I LOVED it. I’d highly recommend this easy read to anyone who wants an inspiring, faith-filled, kick in your pants read. I loved Shelene’s writing style, stories, call to action (actually loving, skipping, and jumping to serve Christ and others in His name).

“The more I see God at work, the more I understand that saying yes to God makes ripples. I know I don’t have the power to save the world; that’s God’s job. But I can leave each place I visit a little better than it was when I arrived.” – Love, Skip, Jump

I also just read The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert, for the second time! Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I first read this book when it came out. It’s SO good that I recently just added it onto my ABSOLUTE favorite books of all time list. It’s in good company there, and it definitely deserves a spot. Please, please go read it – I promise you’ll be enraptured by this epic novel. And I always learn so much reading this amazing book!

The other two books, The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst and The Business Romantic by Tim Leberecht, are next up! I can’t wait to tackle these two, which were such thoughtful birthday gifts. I’ll be sure to report back.

FYI, since I absolutely love to read & adore recommeding books to others, I created a hashtag on Instagram – #stephaniereads – which you can scroll through to see all of the books I’ve been reading & loving!

What should I add to my queue at the library next?!