“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” 
L. M. Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables

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November is drawing to a close. I am opening storage boxes, placing the manger scene, a few well loved and tattered Christmas trinkets here and there. White lights twinkle on the first cloudy day we have seen in months. A hint of much needed rain in these parts lingers with a heavy promise in the air.

As most of you know I am a voracious reader, a book collector of sorts. Stacks of books lie close to my favorite chair and on my desk.

I wanted to share with you today a few of my favorite reads from November. As any slightly recovering OCD’er would, I keep a tidy list. ~smile~

The Secret Sense of Wildflower by Susan Gabriel

“Set in 1940s Appalachia, The Secret Sense of Wildflower tells the story of Louisa May “Wildflower” McAllister whose life has been shaped around the recent death of her beloved father in a sawmill accident.” ~Amazon

I enjoyed this book, though parts were difficult and fraught with pain. I could not turn the pages fast enough!

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

This is a young adult novel that resembles a teenage version of You’ve Got Mail.

The Undoing of Saint Sylvanus by Beth Moore

If you are a Beth Moore fan as I am, then you know this is her fiction premier and it does not disappoint!

“Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It’s not like they were close. She hadn t seen him or her grandmother, the ice queen in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother’s apartment house, called and said Jillian’s expenses would be paid if she’d fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.” ~Amazon

A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury 

I started this holiday novel a few days ago, and I am enjoying it immensely! If you are looking for a holiday read by the tree with all it’s trimmings, I highly recommend this book of love and hope.

Note: I have not read any of Kingsbury’s beloved Baxter family books, this one stands alone. I am intrigued enough to read more of the Baxter family.

Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller

I had the pleasure of meeting Shelly at The Nest Fest back in October. She is a lovely women, a wordsmith, writing words of grace, rhythm, and Sabbath Rest.

Rhythms of Rest will by one of my top favorite reads of 2016!

“Our soul remembers what the mind easily forgets. What we pour into our soul today may seem inconsequential, yet it will provide a stabilizing anchor for the future.” Shelly Miller

On Being A Writer by Kroeker & Craig

“Clarity. Vision. Organization. Planning. I’m not waiting for the writing life to randomly bounce across my path. And if the wind whips up a surprise for me, I’m ready.” ~Ann Kroeker 

This book provides writers with twelve simple and helpful habits that will cultivate a writing life that lasts. I have gleaned much wisdom from this book!

The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith

Emily P. Freeman recommended this book at The Hope Writers Workshop I attended in November. I am a third of the way in to the book and enjoying Smith’s writerly wisdom and advice. Not in the least bit technical, it reads much like being in a classroom where you are privy to Smith’s teachings.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery on Audible 

This classic was just released on Audible last week. I waited with an impatience that would have rivaled Anne Shirley herself!

The Audible version is delightful and will make you smile all the way down to your toes! With words like tragical and radiantly, classic literature does not get any better than this.

I cannot recommend this enough, whether child, adult, young, or old, or in between. Time spent with this scrumptious story and magical weaving of words is guaranteed to delight!

Happy Reading!

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