Five Books I Can’t Wait to Read

We bought a new-to-us play set for the boys and my husband and some friends are putting it together this weekend. With the temperatures nearing 70, I’m looking forward to many afternoons in the backyard, reading while the boys play. Here are five books at the top of my to-read list:

    • Bread & Wine by Shauna Nienquist – I am waiting to start this one until my husband and I have finished our Whole30 diet (we can’t eat dairy, carbs, or sugar for 30 days). But I’ve read so many good reviews of it (like this one from Kris) that now I really can’t wait!
    •  Life After Art by Matt Appling – When I was young I made art, mostly Jackson Pollock style. Then I realized I didn’t really have any artistic talent and stopped. In this book, Matt encourages readers to get back the excitement they had when they were young artists and use that enthusiasm in whatever field they’ve ended up in.
    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I’m excited for the movie coming out next month! When watching movies based on books I never can decide if it’s better to read the book before or after seeing the movie. I may have to read this one before since I probably won’t get around to seeing the movie until it’s out on DVD.
    • The Gospel-Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup – Wendy’s blog is a must-read for me. I’ve had her book on my bedside table for months waiting until I can give it my full attention, but I may need to just jump in.
    • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis – My seven year old David and I have been listening to the Narnia series on audio book and watching the movies as we go. I do wish we had done them in publication order (as Trevin Wax suggests) but we’re still enjoying them.

Five Books I Can't Wait to Read

What books are at the top of your to-read list?


  1. Pattie says:

    I’m trying to be like Nick Carraway and reserve judgment until I’ve seen the movie–but I can’t imagine Leo DiCaprio topping Robert Redford as Gatsby.

    • Sandra says:

      It will be interesting to see how the versions compare! I think the newer movie will have a unique spin on the story though, which is always a risk.

  2. I’m nervous about the Gatsby movie, but really only because I’m nervous about most movie adaptations of books, especially classics. I see scenes in my head certain ways, and movies show it often entirely differently. (This isn’t always a bad thing!) Although, honestly, I like Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor.

    I always love reading your book lists, Sandra!

    • Sandra says:

      Baz Lurhmann is an interesting director. I liked his Romeo and Juliet version and I think this one will have a similar feel. We’ll see! 🙂

  3. Teri Lynne Underwood says:

    Great list, Sandra. My “want to read” list always grows after you post a list like this. 😉

  4. Dawn says:

    I read Gatsby last spring and again this spring, in anticipation for the new movie. (It was supposed to come out last December!) I really love the book. It’s beautifully written, but deceptively difficult, too. You think it’s gonna be easy because it’s a small book with a relatively simple plot – but Fitzgerald writes with an awesomely complicated sentence structure. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on it.

    As for the movie, I am like a kid in a candy store: Lurhmann, DiCaprio, Gatsby, the roaring 20s?! I love Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, and DiCaprio is one of our generations best actors. It’s been awhile since he’s played such a pretty boy, so I’m eager to see him pull off the Jay Gatsby role. Our book club is discussing this book on next weekend and then seeing the movie on opening night. Can’t wait!

  5. Dawn says:

    * generation’s

    ** strike the “on” before “next weekend”!

    I would ignore this if this wasn’t already an EDITING site! 😉


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