March 06, 2013

.who we are: week five.

Lately, Kyle and I have been reading a lot. We've been trying to grab a book, instead of grabbing the remote. Reading is one of my favorite past times, but it is such an easy habit to fall out of! Trying to be a little more intentional with our time (that, and a heck of a lot of snow) has driven us to our bookshelves. Anyways, since we've been reading a lot we thought it'd be fun to do a little Book themed Who We Are. Enjoy!

Q&A after the jump!

what is your favorite fictional book?

 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. If you haven't read should. It's a little bit long, but it's totally worth the effort, and watching the movie doesn't count. No pun intended. The phrase "Revenge is best served cold" was probably coined after reading this book.

 I'm gonna echo Kyle (kinda)...The Count was my absolute favorite book for forever. Until I finished Les Miserables. Both are incredible, incredible books. A little on the longish side, but both have so much detail in character and scene...feels like you are part of the story.

favorite non-fiction?

 I'm not a huge non-fiction reader yet. One of my favorite quotes is  "You wanna be successful!? Emulate success!"- Dave Ramsey. One of the most positive and successful motivational speakers, Zig Ziglar, before he passed away, read non-fiction for 3 hours every day! That's something to strive for. I never want to stop learning. My favorite non-fiction book up to this point is Proverbs. There's so much applicable knowledge there.

 Really anything by C.S. Lewis! I can't really pick a favorite. Mere Christianity is always a good choice!

what is the worst book you've ever read?

 It was some western book. I don't remember the name or author, but it was just badly written.

 The first book that comes to mind is Sense and Sensibility. I'm a big Jane Austen fan, but that book was tooooorture for me.  

what book reminds you of your childhood?

 Pretty much any Louis L'amour. Those were the first books I started reading, and up until I started them I hated reading. They're all great books. So whenever any one tells me they're "not a reader," I try to encourage them to pick up a Louis L'amour book.

first series you ever read?

 I think it was The Seven Sleepers Series. was the Elsie Dinsmore Series. Oh man, me and my friends were so in to those books!

what book(s) are you currently reading?

 See You At The Top by Zig Ziglar and Thou Shalt Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lappin. 

 The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain. It's a book I found at Goodwill a while back. I wasn't expecting much, but I liked the maps inside. It's surprisingly good! It's set during the time right after Jesus was resurrected. Really, really interesting.

what book could read over and over?

 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


what book "changed" you/your outlook on life when you read it?

Man, that's a tough question. I guess its Proverbs, it teaches you a lot about being humble, working hard, and seeking wisdom.

 Probably This Present Darkness or The Screwtape Letters. Both deal with demons and how they're not only real, but that they affect so much more of life than we think. Very scary, but really, really good books.

what book are you embarrassed to own/have read?

 I can't think of one.. I do read Star Wars novels, I'm not embarrassed though:)


what character from a book are you most like?

 Well, if you've ever read any Louis L'amour books, a lot of them are very similar. Its almost like there was a formula for his books. Man+gun fight+woman+another woman+a couple fist fights and maybe a knife fight+ending up with one of the women+ killing the bad guy/guys=Awesome.The main characters in all his books usually are quiet, hard working, not afraid of a fight, and they have integrity. Another theme in a lot of his books is the main characters are readers, they strive to learn at a time when it wasn't required. I started reading those books in junior high,  when my mind was developing and I didn't really have an identity. At that time I wanted to be those men, and I guess subconsciously that's kind of slightly who I became. (a man with integrity who strives to be the best he can? definitely my man.)

 Katniss. ;)

questions were grabbed from here.

16 comments on ".who we are: week five."

  1. Nowadays, you just sometimes need a break from all the technical devices... great column! :)

    1. Agreed! Electronics are every where! Makes it hard to get away, but definitely worth it!

  2. I love these. Of course Kyle is my son and he is just as he describes himself, so it is fun to learn these things about him. I love getting to know you better to Julia. Thanks for sharing.

  3. adorable photo. We have been doing the same...trying to unplug in the evenings and relax with some good books.

    1. Thanks! :) It only took us like twelve tries. :P

      What book(s) are you reading??

  4. Elsie Dinsmore!! My mom read those to us girls... man, those were the days. :)

    1. I know, right!? I was in LOVE with those books. Me, Anna, and Kelsey would talk about them for hours...literally. haha.

  5. he he, i've never read twilight but i can see why it made the list ;) reading is definitely something that i find comes in waves. sometimes i'll have lots of time and seemingly never ending supply of good books and i'll easily get through 10 a month. other months, not so much...

    1. I was almost too humiliated to even admit it on here. *sigh* Live and learn, I guess. ;)

      Same here! We go through phases for sure! Oddly enough, it's usually the Summer when I read the most!

  6. Haha, I love how Kyle is reading Strong's concordance in the picture. These snow day have definitely jump started mine and Caleb's reading habit, too.

  7. Oh my goodness, I feel the same way about Twilight. I can't believe I used to be such a fangirl about it! :) Cute photo by the way!

    1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with this regret. hahah ;)

  8. THAT PICTURE. I literally "awed" for twenty minutes.
    So freaking precious. (: And I love that he is reading a bible book.
    Hot AND holy? You guys are perfect.

    I think this series such a great idea and I definitely want to do this one day, too.
    I've read "Mere Christianity" before and it was a little hard for me to get into. You should try Donald Miller books! They're non-fiction and they read so easily. Or Shauna Niequist! :) They're both Christian writers.

    xo —
    jenny @ coffee & honeycomb
    (thanks for stopping by my blog)

    1. Hahah! Thank you! :)

      Yeah, Mere Christianity is definitely a hard one to read. Lewis' writing is hard to get into at first, but I find that if I go slow and really try to take in what he's saying it gets easier!

      Ooooh. I will definitely look up those books. I'm always looking for good reads! Thank you! :)