Books We Love

Kim W Freeman   |   October 20, 2014 


It's Monday and the beginning of a holiday week for many of us all over India. With some extra time on our hands (and kids at home!) we thought you'd might need some ideas if you're thinking about escaping jumping into a new book now.

With such a wonderfully diverse group of contributors, we've asked some of them to share with us which books they've been reading lately and are loving. It's a mix of fiction and non-fiction; new works and old favorites we think you'll enjoy. And at the end of our list an announcement about something new coming in November.

So here are our suggestions to get you started:

  1. Shobana loves:
  • C. S. Lewis: A Life by Alistair McGrath
  • Night Trilogy by Elie Weisel
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  1. Emily loves:
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • Ghosts By Daylight by Janine di Giovanni
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  1. Priya loves:
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  1. Saundarya loves:
  • The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Lost Spring by Anees Jung
  1. Kim loves:
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

And speaking of Daring Greatly... it' such a thought-provoking book that focuses on Brown's research in the areas of vulnerability and shame that we want to know what you think about it. That's why next month we're going to do something different here at IndiAanya-- we're going to have a book club, of sorts, and we want you to join us right where you are!

What this will look like is you'll read the portion assigned and on every Wednesday in November we'll take a chunk of the book and “discuss” right here on the blog. During the first week we'll look at the Introduction and chapter one then go from there. Our readers have a been a little quiet lately, but this book has impacted my thinking so much I would love for you all to read it if you haven't and then huddle up with other ladies (and us!) who are reading along and discuss.

So you need to buy the book, show up on Wednesdays in November then be ready to share your thoughts and insights about what you've read with the rest of us. We're excited about the opportunity to do this as a community!

We hope you're able to take some time this week and slow down with a good book and cup of coffee-- let us know what you've been reading lately and loving in the comments below.


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Kim W Freeman is the wearer of many hats: a wife to Jon, mother of five, co-founder of IndiAanya, artist and writer. She has a heart to see women grow in their faith and do life together in authentic community. Her perfect day would include cinnamon cappuccino, scones, rainy weather and an inspiring conversation. She haphazardly blogs over at her own place about life, art and spiritual formation at She and her crew live in Charlotte, NC.

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5 comments on “Books We Love”

  1. A book club!!! super excited. I was actually looking forward to be a part of a good book club. For all the book lovers, Crazy Busy by De Young would make for an incredible read. Shortest book possible to address a big issue- busyness- with biblical tools.

  2. I am SO excited about this! By mere coincidence, I happen to have just bought Daring Greatly, though it's been one of those books at the back of my mind almost since it came out. With everything going on in my life right now, I finally thought, "It's time." I'm very glad it looks to be that time for others as well! I gain so much insight and enjoyment from discussing what I'm reading with others, thank yoy Kim and Indiaanya for organizing this. I'm looking forward to it!

  3. The one book that has greatly influenced me is 'Let me be a Woman' - by Elizebeth Elliot. I have read it more than 10 times, & have stopped counting now. It says- "to understand what it is to be a woman - we must first start with the one who created us." 'I' is the wrong place to start.

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