kindle club.

The Kindle club is a social reading group that I’ve made up to justify why I’m reading teen literature. Of course, if you’re interested in joining, consider yourself family. But I make no promises that I won’t Skype you at odd times of the day or evening and want your opinion about which male character the undeserving female in the book should choose. Join at your own risk.

Our board of directors are keeping it legit and international doing a little Kindle globe-trotting… NZ, Aus, Seattle and Minnesota. We’d like to expand to the east coast if you’re there.

You’ll also find I read other (more important and socially acceptable) stuff. Pretty please, I’d love your book suggestions any time… unless they are boring.

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currently reading:

Girl at the end of the world by Elizabeth Esther

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Because I always need to have some Anne Lamott: Bird by Bird

I so believe in Jeff’s work, excited for his book: You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins

Two manuscripts of two individual self-published titles by friends


pretending to read (aka: I once started these but haven’t finished):

The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman

The highly recommended: Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (I should note here that I started this book like 3 years ago and can barely make it through a chapter at a time. So grim. So long. So many words.)


reading next….

God and the Gay ChristianThe Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships | Matthew Vines

Mother Letters | Seth and Amber Haines

The Unlikely Disciple | Kevin Roose

Because I’ve never read it: A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

By recommendation: Humilitas | John Dickson

Perhaps I’ll work my way through this list, which is like the Christmas morning of book lists: Books that shaped America


read recently:

Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth — because teen fiction is my favourite kind of reading

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. Not for the faint-hearted… and also for EVERYONE to read.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack. Will easily be one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth (books two and three of the Divergent series). Easy reads… 24-hours for both.

Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

Bossypants by Tina Fey. Very Tina Fey-ish in it’s entirety. But hey, you go girl.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant — A fictional extension of the life of Dinah (Jacob’s only daughter). This might be only a historical fictional account of life in the red tent, but I will never read or think of the bible (and women in the bible) the same way. Highly recommend!

 Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – Probably the best book I’ve ever read. I find Kingsolver’s piecing together of words, history, and autobiography clever and fascinating. Africa is every bit of messy as she describes.

Looking for Alaska  by John Green — pass on this book, not great

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) — outstanding and totally offensive if you’re easily offended

The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott — a low-budge copycat of Fifty Shades, pass on it

(reread) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom — An all-time fave, recently bought it for a friend moving away from home because it’s that good

M4 by J. — a J. original 🙂

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green — LOVE this account of teen love

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Interesting, better book than it is movie

Life of Pi by Yann Martel — Another “better book than movie”

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Silver Linings Playbook  by Matthew Quick

Safe Haven | Nicholas Sparks.


other recent reads:

Edited: Disastrous Passion | J.

first book read with my Kindle mates: Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman — Norman’s first novel, I’d read a second if he comes out with one 🙂

The highly controversial: Love Wins by Rob Bell

Anthem by Ayn Rand — Fascinating! And infused with Ayn Rand-weirdness.

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott — good for the soul.

The Vow by Kim and Krickett Carpenter — pass on the movie and go for the book if you must know this story.

Of the Hunger Games triology: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Of the Hunger Games triology: Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — because I have a reading obsession with teen literature.*Inspired these posts: Palm Sunday confessions of a Hunger Games junkie: Jesus, Katniss, and Optimus Prime and Hunger Games pangs, and a few other issues I have

One Day by David Nicholls — Because there was nothing else at the bookstore.

Dressed To Kill by Charlotte Madison — Because I got it for $5. Actually turned out to be really interesting.

Fifty Shades of Grey | E.L. James — I have no excuse for reading the Fifty trilogy in three days… and even less of an excuse for suggesting it to everyone I know.

Of the Fifty Shades triology: Fifty Shades Darker | E.L. James

Of the Fifty Shades trilogy: Fifty Shades Freed | E.L. James — *Inspired this post: Fifty people forbidden from Fifty Shades of Grey

Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans — The first book I finished in two years, that should tell you something about it.

Big Business by J. at Tales from the Hood — a blog post

Just So Stories: Stories We Tell About Africa (And Those We Don’t) by Fanzine — a paper

World Bank to Bloggers: Drop Dead by Aidwatch — an article

The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly — Truth: I’ve never actually finished this book in whole because it’s so dreadfully long and boring. But I know it’s popularity makes it still worth finishing… some day.


more thoughts:

Thomas Sugrue’s Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit offers a broad range of facts, knowledge and thoughts concerning the link between racial discrimination and economic opportunity in Detroit following the years of World War II. Although it isn’t the typical genre I prefer to read (and the fact that I was assigned this book for a class, which makes this book even less likely to end up on my top 10 list), I found Sugrue’s thoughts intriguing enough to inspire this post: Economic Discrimination

Shane Claiborne, prominent activist and leader of the “radical” faith ideal, writes The Irresistible Revolution. a documentary of sorts following Shane’s faith experience from childhood to college to India. “…this book will comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable, and invite believers to change the world with Christ’s radical love.” // Basically, if you’re young and searching for a faith that sounds radically hip, Shane is your guy.


for thought:

into the mud. christine jeske.
blue like jazz. donald miller.
peppermint filled pinatas. eric bryant.
mere christianity. cs lewis.
jesus for president. shane claiborne.
battlecry for a generation.
red moon rising.
searching for god knows what. donald miller.
the organic god. margaret feinberg.
the fear of the lord. john bevere.
the purpose driven life. rick warren.


on change and social justice:

everything must change. brian mclaren.
the great awakening. jim wallis.
the revolution, a field manual for changing your world. edited by heather zydek.
adventures in missing the point. brian mclaren and tony campolo.
the irresistible revolution. shane claiborne.


for the soul:

tuesdays with morrie. mitch albom.
the 5 people you’ll meet in heaven. mitch albom.


erwin mcmanus:

soul cravings.
the barbarian way.
an unstoppable force.
chasing daylight.


rob bell (i always fancy his writing style, just not always his writings. still, there is much to learn from someone who has so much to say):

sex god.
velvet elvis.
love wins.


on urban change, development and planning:

the city in history. lewis mumford.
the death and life of great american cities. jane jacobs.
the city of quartz. mike davis.
origins of the urban crisis. thomas sugrue.


on community economics:

making a place for community.


on theories of politics and/or political violence:

the lesser evil. michael ignatieff.
on violence. hannah arendt.
political writings. john locke.
the politics. aristotle.

  • Hey, are you still updating this? A few good ones there and some I should have another read of like the Irresistible Revolution.

    I have to be honest, I’m using my Kindle to read The Walking Dead.

  • WHOA. Do you want to join our Kindle Club? Because we were just scoping out Adelaide (since it’s like practically the city that holds Australia together) so your comment is kind of serendipitous.

    Honestly, I’m slowly reading the same book I have been for about four months now. Hoping during the holidays I have time to starting something new.