I spent two days highlighting my favorite blogs (day 1 and day 2), and I wanted to round out the series by highlighting a few favorite “blogger authors” – blog writers who have gone on to write a book or books. Some of my favorite books in recent years have come from bloggers I have followed for some time, and I love sharing these delightful authors.
Sophie Hudson – Sophie has authored the Boo Mama blog since 2005, and in 2013, she released her first book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon. I laughed and cried and absolutely adored this book. Annie Downs, another blogger-turned-author, put it best: “For the first time in my life, I’ve found a book I wish every woman in my family could read together. There isn’t a woman, no matter where she is from, who won’t connect with the heart of this book. But the Southern women? They will feel it deep in their souls. That’s the kind of book this is; the kind you read and feel and love and share.” Sophie’s second book, Home is Where my People Are, is set to release in February 2015, and suffice it to say, I will be pre-ordering it!
Melanie Shankle – Melanie blogs at Big Mama, and she has also released two books: Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room. Sparkly Green Earrings is a memoir of motherhood, and I laughed until I cried reading it – even though I don’t yet have children of my own, Melanie’s whimsical way of painting a vivid picture with her words had me laughing until I literally had to get up and get a tissue because I could no longer read with the tears streaming down my face. The Antelope in the Living Room, subtitled “The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life”, shares the struggles and the deep joys of marriage, and although I think I laughed more reading Earrings, I also thoroughly enjoyed Antelope. Melanie’s third book, Nobody’s Cuter Than You: A Memoir About the Beauty of Friendship, will release April 2015, and again, will definitely be on my pre-order list!
Myquillyn Smith – Myquillyn has blogged for years at Nesting Place, and her blog has become a go-to resource for me in working to make our house a home without being intimidated by searching for perfection. I was thrilled when she released her book earlier this year, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful.
“There is beauty in the imperfection. There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and used-just-about-up. Imperfections actually play a starring role in our homes and lives. Imperfections put people at ease.
Once we learn to accept and find beauty in the imperfections, we are free to take a risk in our home and create the home we’ve always wanted.”
I couldn’t put The Nesting Place down, and it now lives on my coffee table, ready to be picked up and flipped through for continuing inspiration at any time. Not only does it provide wonderful encouragement, but it is also simply one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen.
Tsh Oxenreider – I couldn’t decide whether to mention Tsh in this post or in the favorite blog posts, but she almost falls outside either category! She founded and manages the Art of Simple blog, she runs the Art of Simple podcast (which I love and listen to frequently), she has published several books, and she and her husband recently launched the Art of Simple Travel blog, where they are chronicling their year-long, round-the-world trip with their three children – that’s right, a year on the road with 3 children under 10 years old. Quite simply, Tsh is an amazing inspiration, and I devour her content throughout the week.
Shauna Niequist – Last year, I picked up a copy of Cold Tangerines on my Kindle, and quickly blew through it and then through Bittersweet, both books collections of short essays that are readable, thought-provoking, and so encouraging. Then I discovered her latest, Bread & Wine, and I absolutely loved it. My hardbound copy resides on my coffee table next to The Nesting Place, and I love leafing through it for inspiration.
“Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two.”