My Home Tour | Published in a Book, Happy Living

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Check this off the bucket list: my home was featured in a book!! There’s a ten page spread + interview on my happy little home in Happy Living by Maria Spassov! My wonderful friend and incredibly talented photographer Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography photographed my home 1.5 years ago. Since then it’s been featured on The Everygirl and now in print in a coffee table book, Happy Living. We were eagerly anticipating the release of this beautiful coffee table book for a long time! Granted, the entire book is in German so I can’t actually read what it says… but it sure is an awesome book with gorgeous home inspiration throughout. I am so very honored to be included!

If you want to see even more of my home tour (and dozens of other gorgeous homes), Random House published Happy Living, which can be purchased via Amazon!

And you can read all about my home and see dozens more images on my blog here.

It’s crazy to think how much has changed since my home tour went live and was published! Rob moved into my home when we got married, so it’s most definitely OUR home now… and our decorating has certainly evolved since then. We’ve loved transforming this home into our first home together, and there are many big and little updates that we’ve made. I may just have to do a new home tour soon…

Books of 2015

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photo by Blue Barn Photography

2015 + reading = not my biggest success : )

I LOVE to read, and I make it my goal every year to read 52 books over the course of the year. I’ve been able to reach that goal for a while now (and usually read over 70), and I love tracking each and every book that I read (from 2010 through now!). But I would say that 2015 was unlike any other year that I’ve ever had, and reading slipped a bit to the wayside in the my life – especially during the last half of the year. But I am also pretty okay with the fact that I “only” read 35 books this past year. I know 35 books is still a lot, but I very much miss reading!

I essentially worked two full time jobs from February through July (wedding planning with Stephanie Scholl Events and my non-profit management job in DC), and then I took Stephanie Scholl Events full-time in July and moved to Raleigh in August. I never expected to be as busy as I have been from August through the end of the year, and I’m abundantly grateful for all of that busy-ness, because it’s all amounted to some really incredible opportunities and making big dreams happen. But amidst all of that hustle, I haven’t found free time to read. I’ve read two or three books since moving. Yikes!! I’m hoping to find a little more semblance of work-life balance in 2016, and I cannot wait to incorporate reading and books back into my routine, as it’s such a relaxing, fun activity for me. I have a plethora of books on my to-read list, and I can’t wait to get started back up again!

Here is my cumulative, comprehensive blog post related to ALL things books from the past several years: more lists and book recommendations that you could ever want!

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photo by Blue Barn Photography

Some of my very favorite books from 2015 are:

All the Light We Cannot See

The Signature of All Things

Go Set a Watchman

The Nightingale

At the Water’s Edge

Make it Happen

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Bread & Wine

The Silkworm

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What about you? What were some of your favorite recent reads, and what’s next up on your list? I’d love to hear some great recommendations!

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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