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Book Girl
Book Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life | Sarah Clarkson
When you hear a riveting story, does it thrill your heart and stir your soul? Do you hunger for truth and goodness? Do you secretly relate to Belle's delight in the library in Beauty and the Beast? If so, you may be on your way to being a book girl. Books were always Sarah Clarkson's delight. Raised in the company of the lively Anne of Green Gables, the brave Pevensie children of Narnia, and the wise Austen heroines, she discovered reading early on as a daily gift, a way of encountering the world in all its wonder. But what she came to realize as an adult was just how powerfully books had shaped her as a woman to live a story within that world, to be a lifelong learner, to grasp hope in struggle, and to create and act with courage. She's convinced that books can do the same for you. Join Sarah in exploring the reading life as a gift and an adventure, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight you in each season of your life as a woman. In Book Girl, you'll discover: how reading can strengthen your spiritual life and deepen your faith, why a journey through classic literature might be just what you need (and where to begin), how stories form your sense of identity, how Sarah's parents raised her to be a reader--and what you can do to cultivate a love of reading in the growing readers around you, and 20+ annotated book lists, including some old favorites and many new discoveries. Whether you've long considered yourself a reader or have dreams of becoming one, Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.
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ValerieAndBooks
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Mehso-so

Author also has a blog. I think that‘s why the chapters often felt like a collection of blog posts (which may be the case), and many repeated recommendations of the same authors/books throughout. That‘s why I give this a so-so. Her religion/theology also (gently) colors a lot of her bookish opinions & choices, which may not be for everyone — hence maybe best as a library borrow 1st. I made note of some of her recs, so my TBR list has grown 😊.

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ValerieAndBooks
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Today‘s poolside reading is this one from the library. Author is far more religious than I am but I‘m curious what she has to say in this book about books.

Hollie What a lovely cover! 2mo
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Sarah83
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Couldn't resist this cute book merch 🤩😍🤩😍 maybe I just bought some stuff for some other Littens aswell 😍🤩😍🤩 #sorrynotsorry

Gissy So cute but I don't understand the message 3mo
Gissy I love the bookmark, well everything is cute! 3mo
Sarah83 @Gissy how should you understand? It's German. 😁 It means 'book girl and proud of it' 😍 3mo
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Gissy Well, now I can say that I know German ☺️Very pretty very cute! 3mo
Sarah83 @Gissy yes. I love their design. 😍 3mo
rubyslippersreads Adorable! 😍 3mo
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads I really love their collection 😍 3mo
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kaykay521
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Mehso-so

Meh, there were parts of this book I loved, especially her explanation of discernment. Just because a book has questionable content does not mean Christians should automatically stay away. The book lists were interesting, but pretty heavy on religion which was not what I was going for.

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kaykay521
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A girl who reads is a girl who learns 💗💗💗

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KathyWheeler
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Pickpick

This book about books comes at reading from a mindfulness and Christian perspective. The thing I really liked about it is that she proscribes nothing; instead, she says, you should only ban books from your reading if you feel they will make you stumble in your Christian faith — it‘s personal. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are both on her recommended reading lists. This book is probably better read than listened to because of those lists.

KathyWheeler Also, because she studies theology, there are a good number of theological books on her list. I‘m not interested in those, but I am in her other recommendations. 4mo
hes7 I listened to this, too, but I‘m glad I also have the actual book, since it made my TBR grow so much. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 4mo
KathyWheeler @hes7 I‘m going to buy the physical book. 4mo
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KathyWheeler
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First day of #bookfitnesschallenge. Results:
1/ walked 3.17 miles
2/ listened to Book Girl

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4mo
RadicalReader Nothing like walking and listening to audiobooks 4mo
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Clwojick Woohoo! This is awesome! I love those route trackers. I used one for the first time today with my Pacer app. 💜 4mo
BarbaraJean This book sounds so good! Stacking! And what a lovely coastal walk. 😊 4mo
KathyWheeler @Clwojick I do too. 4mo
KathyWheeler @BarbaraJean For some reason, I wasn‘t aware of the Christian perspective but I‘m liking it. 4mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 4mo
Kaye 💚. Good distance ! (edited) 4mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job! Beautiful walking spot. 💜 4mo
hes7 Nice job! 👏🏻 Looks like a great walk. 4mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻💐🎉 4mo
Caterina Great job! And beautiful pics, thanks for sharing! 4mo
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KathyWheeler
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Listening to this tonight. I hope I like it.

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Sward7

New pen pal style book club. 12 members- each picks a book and journals thoughts, questions, quotes, etc. At end of each month, all members mail book and journal to next person. 12 books, 12 journals, and 12 new pen pals. We have four groups of 12 already created and started. Need three more members to finalize 5th group. Interested?
#penpalbookclub

the_book_hoarder Hi, I'm interested in joining, but I need to know if it's US only, because I'm from India. 4mo
Sward7 Yes, we have an international group. Send me an email and I‘ll reply with all the details 4mo
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MaggieCarr
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Mehso-so

This one won't be for everyone. Sarah's views are faith-filled and her parallels to what she reads and her years of theology drive the book. Literally the only other book I can compare it to is Ozma's The Reading Promise. It's like a one sided book recommendation list based on her upbringing and time at Oxford.

Traci1 Hmmm. I have this one on hold on Libby. I'm about 6 weeks out. Based on your review I may cancel the hold. 7mo
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scripturient
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I‘m giving up. This is a perfect example of what happens when the synopsis on the back doesn‘t fully say what the book is actually about. What I expected: a memoir/ode to reading. What I got: something that is so laden with religious undertones that it feels like scripture. I‘m totally fine when people are religious BUT does every 2nd sentence in a book about books have to include the words holy spirit, grace, faith, or gift of God? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Tamra 😑 I don‘t enjoy that either. 8mo
saresmoore Blurg. That‘s misleading. 8mo
Lola I bought this in a bundle that included Anne Bogel‘s I‘d Rather Be Reading and the book I‘ll tag here. All are published by Baker, which is a Christian publisher. I was concerned about this one and the one I‘m tagging in the comment. Anne‘s is the most secular of the three. Not hopeful now about 8mo
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tracey38 That's disappointing. 8mo
Weaponxgirl I did the same thing with this. Thought it looked good then got a little way in and went nope not for me. 8mo
JamieArc Glad for the heads up! 8mo
Brooke_H Oooohhh, thank you! That doesn‘t sound like it‘s for me. 8mo
GA_Bookworm07 Sounds awesome 8mo
Blaire Yes, thank you for the heads up. Wouldn‘t be for me. 8mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Ok #littens These are the best candles ever. They are all based on books so they are a must have for book lovers like us. 🤓❤️ These showed up on my doorstep today and it's rainy and so perfect to light them and READ! https://www.frostbeardstudio.com
#booklove #candles #rainyday

Redwritinghood Totally agree! I have the two on the right also. 8mo
Clare-Dragonfly I love the cheeky names! 8mo
SheReadsAndWrites The names are my favorite... @Clare-Dragonfly 8mo
SheReadsAndWrites Aren't they wonderful! 🥰 @Redwritinghood 8mo
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scripturient
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Started Book Girl this morning and though Clarkson sometimes sounds a bit too spiritual for my taste, I really like it so far.

kspenmoll Thanks; have read the Gaiman & have the one you are reading now. Maybe up for me soon! 8mo
phatsallylee Book girl sounds interesting. I will keep an eye out for your final review. 8mo
tracey38 I have not heard of Book Girl but it sounds interesting! 8mo
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BibliophileLibrarian
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BibliophileLibrarian
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So this in at the beginning of the book and I just LOVE this picture because it represents all of us. My dream is to have a grand library where I have to climb a ladder to reach for a beloved friend.

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BibliophileLibrarian
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I have become fascinated by the Reading life, in general. Why do some of us love to read while others shy away from reading? Book One of this journey is Book Girl.

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BookofWords
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Books about books, what more could I ask for???
Reading is my escape. My dream is to have a library in my house! 🤓 📖 📚

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Pam.Kokomo
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Pickpick

A book about books, and by the lovely Sarah Clarkson. Can‘t get any better than this.

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