BOOK CLUB - January 2020


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Happy January, friends!

I have had a lot of requests on Instagram for a "Book Club" of sorts, so I decided to start sharing a monthly post with direct links to all the books that I have been reading. I post about my reads on Instagram quite a bit, so this "Book Club" post will just serve as a quick reference for anyone who might have missed them over there or would like to see them all at one time.

(My "official book nerd photo" in my old lady glasses.) 


Who knows, we might end up with a real "book club" in the future. I think that would be so fun! If you post about books that I've recommended or if you're reading something good that you've found, please use the hashtag #CSMBOOKNERD so other Crafty Southern Mama Book Nerds (& I) can find good books recommended by you.

January 2020 has taken off & I've already got my nose in a couple of good books (which suits me just fine because the weather is just nasty here)!

First off for January, my daily bible reading. I've (proudly) completed this daily reading goal a couple of times already and it has turned into a part of my day now just like brushing my teeth. I HAVE to have my time with the daily word!

I previously read this NTL version, which is very easy to read an understand.

Since my NTL daily bible is falling apart now, I decided to try the NIV version to read and I'm pretty excited about it!

It only takes 10-15 minutes to complete each daily reading. I high recommend trying one of these out if you have ever been interested in making a commitment to read the bible all year long.




I just received the newest J.T. Ellison book, Good Girls Lie today & I am dying to crack it open! Her exciting, psychological thrillers almost always find their way to her hometown of Nashville, TN at some point and I love being able to picture exactly what she is describing when she's there.

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond.

But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder.

When a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.


All of her books that I have read have been exciting, I can't wait to read this new one!!




Also on my nightstand is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. I've never read this author but this book sounds really good!

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. 





This month, I have tickets to see Angie Smith speak at a Women's Conference and I am SOOOOO excited!! I loved her Seamless Bible Study (highly, highly recommend), so I decided to read another one of her books before I see her speak. This one is called What Women Fear (despite the fact that God repeatedly tells us not to be afraid, I admit that I find myself failing at this all the time).

In What Women Fear, acclaimed writer and speaker Angie Smith admits, "fear is a major part of my testimony" and talks openly about her treatment for anxiety as a child. Giving a voice to the problem, she says, "I truly believe every single one of us struggles with some type of fear, whether it's fear of flying or fear of being 'found out.' Maybe you don’t worry about dying, but you get sick thinking about the fact that you might fail." 

Rather than suggesting that those who truly love the Lord would never fear, Angie blends her own experiences with those of men and women from throughout Scripture to help us start dealing more effectively with these true, human emotions. Whether it’s a constant "What if?," a nagging fear of abandonment or betrayal, fear of your own or someone else’s death, fear of trusting God's plan, or even the fear that God's existence is a lie, Angie will walk you through stories of others who have simultaneously loved God and struggled with fear. Join Angie and discover how to let Jesus redeem this struggle as only He can, that He will be glorified, and you will be transformed!


I'm looking forward to reading it.
Have you read any of her books?





Other books that I recently finished & recommend:


Disney Devotionals by Albert Thweatt
(LOVED this so much)



The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell
(I LOVE her crazy books! This one was not as crazy as the others, but still a good story).




and The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White (I LOVE her Tradd Street series, definitely read the others before sinking your teeth into this one).





That's all for January (at the moment).
What about you?
What's on your nightstand this month?
Leave a comment here or use the "contact" widget up there in the top right hand corner and share some recommendations with us.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.
Happy reading, book nerd friends! ;)

Mwah,
Mandy