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 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
I loved Clarkson's emphasis on women and the pure treasure reading is for our emotional, physical, and mental well-being. I think what I most took away from this book was more for me as a mother. That the little seeds we are sowing everyday of beauty and good literature are crucial. Even if we don't see the harvest or we don't see anything "measurable" EVER, we still keep faithfully sowing into our children and those around us by faith.
If you are a bibliophile, the book lists and sentiments may ...more
Got about halfway through then skimmed the rest. I usually enjoy books about books, but not this one.
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A compelling collection of mini-reviews of literally hundreds of books, interspersed with literary philosophizing and life memories and musings. Even if you don't agree with every point of Clarkson's theology, don't necessarily share her high idealism or somewhat romanticized intimacy with books, or tire of her seeming favorite word (luminous), Book Girl will serve as an enlightening, if eclectic resource—you're sure to find m ...more
I immensely enjoyed certain parts of this book and didn’t love a few other parts. Overall it was an enjoyable read and will be a reference books for years to come! I added over 100 titles to a new Goodreads list I started (you can go see it as “book girl recommendations” and there are dozens of books on that list I’m really excited to read (and several that I know I should read at some point)! I would rate this book higher, but I disagree with most of her theological/Christian recommendations. W ...more
I LOVED this book!
Book Girl is an amazing book-on-books, probably the best I've ever read. Sarah Clarkson, as a young woman, wife,( and new mother poised to transform her own daughter into a "book girl"), and Oxford theology graduate, writes extremely well on a subject that is truly dear to her heart as well as her readers. She is perceptive, discerning and having grown up with books from birth is exceedingly well read. I had to suspend reading my library copy, return it and buy one for myself, ...more
I liked that Clarkson referenced her faith in this book in a very natural way. She didn't just state "my faith is important to me and influences my reading, and vice-versa," but truly integrated her faith into the book's text. (This book is by a Christian, published by a Christian company, and it shows. I liked this, but there will undoubtedly be those who don't.)
I also appreciated that she touches on the importance of discernment in our reading but, while I realize she was trying to avoid playi ...more
This was not all what I was expecting, but I liked it. I did a lot skimming in this book because to me, it was more of a reference book (the endless book lists) for mostly classic-type books. But I really enjoyed some of the chapters—the one on imagination in books I felt like I had written! She put into words what I have been thinking for years. Overall, this book inspired me to read and treasure books, and reminded me of just how important they are and gave me some good recommendations. Though ...more