Today’s guest, Erin Morris, has a truly heartstring-tugging story to share about the power of reading. She and her son are in the middle of tackling a book challenge this school year, and the impact on his imaginative life and her literary life have been no less than remarkable. If you have little ones, just be warned, this episode is going to make you want to drop everything, pull them close, and enjoy a good book together.
Of course, it’s not just kids books! We’re also talking about making reading fun and stress-free for ADULTS because not every book has to be a learning experience, serious topics treated with respect, and I match Erin with whimsical — but not gimmicky — fiction.
Let’s get to it!
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Author Oliver Jeffers (try Stuck: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Author Peter Reynolds (try The Word Collector: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice — How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life, by Michael Yankoski (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America, by Mike Yankoski (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life by Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, by Beth Ann Fennelly (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ Ginny Moon, by Benjamin Ludwig (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
▵ Author David Sedaris (try Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God, by Brennan Manning (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe, by Tsh Oxenreider (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Kill The Farm Boy, by Kevin Hearne (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Music Shop, by Rachel Joyce (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Arnim (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Family Man, by Elinor Lipman (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
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What books do YOU think Erin should read next? Tell us in the comments!