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 strengthe...
|Title||:||Book Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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Book Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life Reviews
This book gave voice to so many things I’ve sensed intuitively about stories my whole life. I want to press a copy of it into the hands of ever book lover I know and then demand they meet me for coffee after each chapter so we can talk about it. But for now, I’ll settle for recommending it to close friends and giving it this glowing review.
Even if Sarah didn’t have powerful, articulate, intelligent, and yet very readable chapters on the importance, value, and goodness of good stories, I would b ...more
I have no idea how to express my love for this book. When friends and family saw me reading it, they kept asking, "What's that about?" and I didn't know how to answer them.
I tried to explain it was a book about books and a celebration of reading. I told them it had recommended reading lists for different seasons of life, and I could see their eyes glaze over with boredom. I failed to put into words how much reading this book moved me.
I carried it with me everywhere I went this month just in ca ...more
This book added many other books to my to-read list. It was fun to see old favorites on Sarah's lists and be introduced to many others. The format is a little different than other book list books I've read before. Instead of all the recommendations at the end, they are interspersed between chapters, somewhat grouped by theme. Sometimes there are duplicates of recommendations in multiple categories, which is confusing when going to add them to Goodreads when I already did. Or maybe because I skim ...more
With chapter titles like "Books Can Stir You to Action" and "Books Can Foster Community" Sarah Clarkson's Book Girl is a joyful manifesto of all the good that books bring to our lives. Almost every chapter has a booklist too, so lots more titles to consider adding to your reading list!
Y'all. I've only gotten to read the first four chapters of this book as a part of its launch team, but I am in love. Sarah's writing style is gorgeous, but more than that this book feels like coming home. Sarah has beautifully expressed so many of the thoughts and feelings that I have had about books, plots, and characters. She has renewed the love of reading that often gets pressed down in the busyness of day-to-day life. She recommends countless books, many of which already hold a place on my ...more
I have been able to preview the first four chapters of this book before the release and absolutely devoured them. Honestly, I knew I would love the subject matter as a book girl myself and mother of book girls, but I didn't know if I would like the prose. In the past Sarah Clarkson's style has not always been my cup of tea. In this particular book her writing is a little more spare than usual and I found the style as pleasant as the content. And the content well-reasoned and interesting. My only ...more
I was right, I loved it.
Book Girl was exactly what I thought it would be and exactly what I wanted it to be.
Thanks once again to Netgalley, I was able to read a review copy on my Kindle, but Book Girl is going on my list of printed books that I would like to own. It will be a pleasure to have this on my shelf.
Part memoir and part list, Sarah Clarkson tells us the story of her reading life, childhood days to Oxford days, cataloguing the books that have helped her through the various seasons of ...more
I have read an excerpt, the first four chapters and a few of her included reading lists. What a friend I have found already in Sarah Clarkson. Her reminder to my weary soul of the vital importance of reading is a gift I didn't know I so desperately needed. The need to learn, the capacity I have to do so, the joy in sharing what I am reading with others, the chance I have before me to not only continually broaden my own knowledge, but create a love for it in my children simply by presenting them ...more