Autumn Reading: Books I Love

Recommended reading for creative moms who's souls & romantic heart need a little feeding, too.

I have a not-so-secret confession to make: I LOVE TO READ. Ever since my childhood, I haven’t gone anywhere without having a book stuffed in my purse. Even a one-hour commute to church meant at least five or six chapters progressed in the storyline. As a wife, mother, housewife, and business owner, my free time has dwindled away and I don’t have nearly as much leisure time to read as I used to. Instead, reading has become my guilty pleasure at the end of the day when I’m ready to snuggle in bed and settle my mind before going to sleep. These are the three books I’m currently reading through or are planning on starting for the Autumn season.

1. A Light In The Window by Jan Karon (Mitford Series #2)
There are a few favorite series that I read through at least twice a year on rotation because I just enjoy them that much. One of those series is The Mitford Series by Jan Karon. Set in a small country village in the foothills of North Carolina, the Mitford Series follows Father Timothy Kavanagh, as he cares for his parish flock and a dog the size of a Buick. With over a dozen books chronicling Father Tim’s life and adventures, it’s truly one of the most enjoyable and thought-provoking series I’ve ever read (10+ times now) and was one of the influential reasons for my wanting to settle in a small town in real life.

2. Worth Every Penny by Sarah Petty & Erin Verbeck
This is one of those books that any entrepreneur who actually wants to make a viable living for themselves should read. The authors, from the acclaimed Joy of Marketing, finally combined their years of knowledge into a book that proved to be an eye-opening and business-changing experience. I first read this book when flying back from a photography workshop and it built off of everything I had learned during the workshop, instilling confidence in myself and my abilities, while driving home the irrefutable truth that I was “worth every penny” and then some. Since then, I’ve recommended the book numerous times, eventually lending the book to my dad who has promised to return it with the next care package.

3. One More Wish by Robin Jones Gunn (Christy & Todd: The Married Years #3)
This is another one of those series and authors who I find myself returning to over and over again. The character of Christy Miller has been my companion since the tender age of 12. Since then, I grew up alongside Christy, sharing in her struggles with boys, changing relationships with friends, finding God’s will for her life, deciding on a career path, navigating college, and finally marrying the boy she’s loved since her 15th birthday. (Fun fact: I met Micah when I was 16 and knew that he was “the one”). This book was just released by Robin last month and is currently sitting in my Amazon basket waiting for checkout.

There you have it! My three top book picks for this Autumn. Story time starts back up in two weeks at the library and I can’t wait to browse their new releases shelves for even more books to add to this list. Happy reading, everybody!

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