At the beginning of 2014 I realized one huge thing was missing from my life - reading. I used to LOVE reading and remember back in the summer reading program days I filled my log with over 10,000 pages read! (I even got grounded from reading once in middle school as a punishment, but that is a different story...)  Somewhere along the way in the midst of endless college reading and an all too busy schedule, my passion for reading was buried.. I honestly could not tell you the last time I gave myself permission to sit down and read a book for pleasure. Something had to change, so I set a goal of reading one book per month during 2014. Although this goal was not met last year due to health issues within our family, I did find myself picking up a book more to read just for fun! Progress not perfection, right?

So here goes another try! Below is my current read, what I have read so far, and my booklist wishlist. Want to join in? Check out #hollysbooklist, grab the current read or share your thoughts on any other books in the list :) I would love to connect with you and cheer each other on as we take baby steps to make what matters happen!


Simply Tuesday

Emily P. Freeman

"Our obsession with bigger and faster is spinning us out of control. We move through the week breathless and bustling, just trying to keep up while longing to slow down. But real life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week. Tuesday carries moments we want to hold onto--as well as ones we'd rather leave behind. It holds secrets we can't see in a hurry--secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. It offers us a simple bench on which to sit, observe, and share our stories.

For those being pulled under by the strong current of expectation, comparison, and hurry, relief is found more in our small moments than in our fast movements. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman helps readers

· stop dreading small beginnings and embrace today's work
· find contentment in the now--even when the now is frustrating or discouraging
· replace competition with compassion
· learn to breathe in a breathless world

Jesus lived small moments well, slow moments fully, and all moments free. He lives with us still, on all our ordinary days, creating and redeeming the world both in us and through us, one small moment at a time. It's time to take back Tuesday, to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building in us--every day."



In the Wait - A Woman's Wisdom


Greater - 1000 Gifts - Radical - Bittersweet - The Fringe Hours

Eight Twenty Eight - #girlboss -  Heaven Is For Real -  Bread and Wine -  Savor

The Circle Maker -  Restless - Finding Faith in the Dark -  Why?

Finding Faith in the Dark -  Why? - Make It Happen - Crash the Chatterbox


Wild and Free - Let's All Be Brave-  This Momentary Marriage

Love Dare-  Get Wise-  Women of the Word-  Love Does - Interrupted 

The Best Yes-  Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet