Top Ten…ok, Five…Books on my Spring TBR Pile

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.  I haven’t participated in a l-o-n-g time, but since it’s Spring Break this week, and I’m working on getting the baby on a new nap schedule, and my 8yo is happily eating breakfast and watching Curious George, I have time.

So, what are my reading priorities for Spring 2014?  Read on…

  1. Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal by T. David Gordon…I’m a pianist, and until recently, I was playing part time at our church.  Long story short, I am no longer doing that, due to some major differences of opinion that are not necessary to discuss here.  So I’m reading this book, which was recommended by a friend.  It should shed some light on some things I’ve felt for a long time.
  2. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather…This past winter, I finally read (well, listened to) O, Pioneers! and My Antonia after many years on my TBR list.  I loved them.  L-o-v-e-d them…and loved O, Pioneers! especially.  Yes, I know My Antonia is Cather’s premier novel, and I really did enjoy it, but O, Pioneers! resonated deeply with me.  So I’m on to The Song of the Lark, to complete the Great Plains Trilogy, and then on to the rest of Cather’s work.  If you haven’t read her books, I encourage you to do so.  They are wonderful.
  3. Pain Redeemed: When Our Deepest Sorrows Meet God by Natasha Metzler…I started this early last year, and have yet to finish it.  I mean to do that this spring.  It is a deeply moving book of Metzler’s struggle with infertility.  I also read her blog (, and it is very encouraging.  She is a deep, thoughtful woman with a lot to say, and it’s high time I finished her book.
  4. Joy! A Study on Philippians for Women by Keri Folmar…I have a really hard time finding Bible studies that resonate with me, and truthfully, it’s not something I have ever been very good at.  However, I have lately felt like I need to do some sort of study, and I when I ran across this book, I connected with the idea of studying joy immediately.  So, this is another spring goal…to complete the study.  I’ve read Philippians – recently – so I really have no excuses.
  5. Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat…This book is a collection of essays inspired by the blog of the same name, which is utterly hilarious.  If you’re not familiar with Jen, stop by her blog and read some of her entries.  She’s a bit of a potty mouth, so if you’re sensitive to that, consider yourself warned.  My personal favorite is her post on The Elf on the Shelf, which was gut-wrenchingly funny.  That was also the post that initially went viral, and launched her into the public consciousness.  She’s snarky & funny, and finds hilarity in every day life.  That is right up my alley.

That’s all I have on my short list for the moment.  There are many others, and you can peruse my entire list at Goodreads if you like.

What I Read When I’m Not Reading Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
What I Read When I’m Not Reading Books

1.  Facebook:  I admit it, this is where I am the most…even if it’s running in the background while I’m doing other things.  It’s an addiction.

2.  Drudge Report:  I’m a news junkie, and I have a collection of sites that I read regularly, but Drudge is almost always my first stop.

3.  Word Press:  I love how WP’s Dashboard page is set up.  The reader is very easy to navigate, and Freshly Pressed is a really cool feature to see great new posts.  Because I follow more WP blogs than any others, this is a frequent stop for me.

4.  Fox News:  No question, it’s the news junkie in me.

5.  Breitbart:  Yep, another news site that is a daily stop for me.

6.  Twitter:  I’m become more and more enamored with Twitter the more often I go there.  It’s hilarious!  Bonus:  since I post my blog entries to Twitter, I’ve gotten a lot of new followers, and several of my posts have been re-tweated.  One (apparently) was re-tweated enough that I’m still getting enough hits on it that it is by far the most read blog entry that I’ve written so far.  Here’s the link if you’d like to read it (and I’d be honored if you did):

7.  Hot Mess Mom:  This is a hilarious blog written by a girl with whom I attended high school.  I didn’t know her personally, as she was a couple of years behind me, but we have a number of mutual friends.  This is an almost guaranteed laugh every time I read it, which is why it is one of my favorites.

8.  Paltry Meanderings of a Taller Than Average Woman:  This is a hilarious blog written by Christy Carrington Lewis.  She is a self-confessed blatherer about people and things that interest her.  Stop by and enjoy her wit and sarcasm.  It’s definitely worth your time.  Here is a link to my very favorite post…so far:

9.  I Can’t Watch, Is It Over Yet?  Like People of Walmart, Awkward Family Photos, Damn You Autocorrect, and Why Did You Buy Me That?, this blog is funny, and it gets funnier the more you read.  You almost can’t look away, and I have had many moments of tear-inducing laughter for which this blog is responsible.

10.  People I Want to Punch in the Throat:  I’ve been following her since her hilarious Elf on the Shelf post, which went viral over Christmas.  She is now a contributing writer for, and her blog is also published on Huffington Post.  Don’t forget to read the comments as well…they’re nearly as funny as the post.

11.  Life is Grace:  One of the several blogs I follow that chew on what it is to be a Christian, to have faith, and to be saved by the grace of God.  She doesn’t post as often as I would like to read, but I always enjoy her thoughts.

12.  I write almost daily, and I am constantly referencing this site, not only for definitions, but for synonyms, other related words, and background linguistic information.  Of the free dictionaries available online, it is the easiest to use, and I love it.

Well, there’s the list, plus a couple of bonus sites.  I encourage you to check them out!  And, if you have a recommendation to send my way, I’d love to have it!