Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Book Girl, a review and a give away!


"This is a book that explores in memoir and story what it means to be a book girl, for story to suffuse and shape a woman's experience, for books to walk with her as she navigates the varied seasons of her life."  Sarah Clarkson, Book Girl

I have been looking forward to this book since Sarah first mentioned she was "thinking about" writing such a book.  Book Girl is both a celebration of women who find joy in reading and chapter-upon-chapter of book recommendations.

If you were the girl who slipped under the covers with a flashlight at night to read one more chapter of an Anne book... or the woman who happily stayed home from a party with a cup of tea, a throw around your shoulders, and perhaps a candle burning on the coffee table so you can read the next chapter in a mystery... you are a book girl and this is your book.

Book Girl opens with Sarah's chapters about growing up loving books and what it means to find joy in the reading.  She offers advice in getting the most out of your reading, as if she were your dear friend chatting over a morning cup of coffee.  Even in the book recommendation chapters, the titles she recommends have that feeling of an old friend being introduced to another.

It is those chapters which will keep it on the shelf where books reside that are referred to often.  For the chapters are not just in the form of lists but there is information about the books.

The "Book List" chapters include:
  • Books Can Broaden Your World
  • Books Can Shape Your Story
  • Books Can Stir You to Action
  • Books Can Cultivate the Imagination
  • Books Can Foster Community
  • Books Can Open Your Eyes to Wonder
  • Books Can Deepen Your Soul
  • Books Can Impart Hope

The good thing about recommending this book by a friend is that I know whatever Sarah recommends will be safe.  Perhaps not safe in the same way that Aslan is good but not safe... for books have a way of rocking one's world.  However, I would not fear buying an age appropriate book Sarah recommends for my granddaughters.

Tyndale sent along an extra copy of Book Girl with my review copy just so I can share one with a blog reader.  So all you have to do is to comment on this review post and Friday morning I will draw out of the electronic hat the name of the winner.

If I do not hear from the winner by Monday, another name will be pulled out of the electronic hat. 

Book Girl was provided by the publisher for the sake of review but the opinions are my own.

Further information can be found at Amazon... here.

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61 comments:

Phyllis Morneau said...

I have always enjoyed reading books - from the time I was a young girl and looked forward to the bookmobile coming to our neighborhood and I still enjoy reading books today at 65 years of age. I am looking forward to reading this new book by Sarah Clarkson.

Unknown said...

Very much looking forward to this book! Love Sally and Sarah Clarkson.

Heather said...

I AM a BOOK girl ... and not one bit sorry! I can't wait to read this book - so so excited! I will say that I my housework has sometimes suffered by my neglect when I am deep into a book ... but I emerge inspired and refreshed ... and the dishes will always wait!

The Journey said...

Sound like a great book. I am looking forward to reading it.

Sharon Goemaere said...

Oh my goodness !This sounds like a book I would very much love to read . :) Thank you Brenda for the chance to win it ! :) ~Sharon Goemaere

Naomi Jones said...

I am currently reading Sarah's Caught Up in a Story. It is neat that you have a personal touch with the author.

Mrs. H said...

I can not wait to read this book. I love everything from the Clarksons!

Heather said...

I am definitely a book girl! I would love a chance to win!

Terra said...

This book sounds delightful, the section "Books that give you hope" sounds like a good one for me to read. I am a Book Girl, which explains my choice of career as a librarian, like my mother before me.

Pam said...

I love to read, and I can't wait to read this book!

Grace K. said...

Sarah is THE book girl! I'm sure the contents are just as delightful--if not more--than the lovely cover.

Jan said...

This book looks so good. I was definitely one of those girls who took a book and flashlight to bed with her and my mom often told me to stop reading and go outside and play, so I'm really looking forward to reading this.

Vee said...

This has piqued my interest since you, and others, began chatting about it. I’m off to purchase a copy.

Trina Walton said...

I love your blog and the encouragement it has brought to my life!
I absolutely love everything by the Clarksons and would love to win this!
Blessings to you!!��

Helen Nordseth said...

Books, especially books ABOUT books have always enriched my world. Reading is a daily blessing for me and with chronic health issues it provides a measure of joy and escape. Looking forward to reading this lovely book, and also looking forward to when you post another of your book lists!

Nancy said...

Love books! My life is just a tad less beautiful if I don't have a book to immerse myself in. Looking forward to reading Sarah's new book...and I always love reading your Coffee Tea Books and Me blog.

Kay said...

Oh my, this sounds wonderful. I have always been a Book Girl, there is not a day goes by without my reading something to make me happy. Thank you for a great giveaway. x

Julie Druck said...

Would LOVE to have a copy of this book! By the way, Brenda, thanks for your blog. Our reading styles are SO similar and I have gotten many a wonderful recommendation from you. Thanks for persevering . . .

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

This is the perfect book for a Book Girl! I used to read by the light of a nightlight after I went to bed! I wish this book had been around then to guide my reading, I admit to some twaddle years in my growing up years!

sapphire said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for offering it to win.

Deb said...

I'd love to be entered. Just signed up for Sally's IG. Thanks for the heads up!

Trish Ladowski said...

I would love to win this book. Sounds neat. Looks like I would love it. Thanks, Trish Ladowski

Unknown said...

I have always loved books and I have shared the love of reading with my son and daughter. Looking forward to reading this new book.

Anonymous said...

I once read that, "life is too short not to read books"'. So many lives to live through the eyes of others. Books are my escape from my disability and I am never bored because I love to read.
Kay

Debra Moore said...

I think I would enjoy this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like such a good read! I really didn’t become a “book girl” until I became an adult, but my daughter became one as soon as she learned to read! And now we are reading to her firstborn! At 15 months he Loves his books and often will bring us one to read to him! So Fun! I think there’s little doubt he will be a “ book boy”! 😉 Excited about the give-away!
Blessings to you,
Laura C. (WA)

Trish said...

Sounds like a great book,have it on my wish list, thanks for the review

Mama Squirrel said...

Are entries limited to the U.S? If not, I'm in.

Terri said...

I am so excited about this book:)

Heather LeFebvre said...

Yay! So excited to read this book!!! It sounds wonderful!!!!

Mrs.T said...

I am glad to read your review of this book, Brenda. Thank you! And thanks for the opportunity to win a copy, as well!

Unknown said...

Pick me! Pick me!!

Diane Robertson said...

Brenda: You always take the time to do a good, down-to-earth review of the books you read. I love that you list the chapter headings, as it gives me an idea what is in a book without having to scroll through "Look Inside" on Amazon. Keep reading.....it's a real blessing in our lives!

Nancy Morey said...

Sounds like a wonderful read! I can't remember when I couldn't read---- still like to turn pages rather than read by tablet.

Sue said...

I'd love to win this. Thanks for the chance!

Unknown said...

Books have always been an important part of my life. I often give “cardboard” books for newborn gifts and have enjoyed both giving and receiving books that expand our world.

GrammaGrits said...

Books are such a huge part of my life. This sounds like an amazing book!

Debbie Nolan said...

Brenda thank you for the review of this book. I can identify with being a "book girl". I have always loved reading. Hope you have a blessed start to September.

Robbin said...

I was a book girl and now I am a book old lady with stacks and piles of books around me. I have put Book Girl on my reading list.

becka said...

This sounds like a wonderful book!

Unknown said...

I'm looking forward to reading the book.

Rebecca said...

I d certainly enjoy owning a copy!

Sheri said...

My love for reading started as a young girl and it is still one of my all-time favorite things to do. This book sounds very interesting and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

debbie bailey said...

This is the first time hearing about this book, and it sounds right down my alley!

Nicole in MD said...

What a great title for a book by Sarah Clarkson! Can hardly wait to read it.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

As a young reader, I usually had a couple on the go at once. Your review has shown what a good read this book will be and it is nice to have an opportunity to win a copy.

Little Penpen said...

Since I have retired, I find myself reading a LOT. I want to read EVERYTHING, but know there's only so much time in my day. When I read a really good to me book, I want everyone I know to read it. Most don't seem interested and I have to realize they are not in the same season of life as me. This sounds like a great book. I hope I win!

Melissa said...

Thank you again for all of your book recommendations for us! I haven't been disappointed yet.

Anonymous said...

I've loved Sally and Sarah's other books so much - I'm sure this will be another winner! (-: -Joy

Mandy Currie said...

I would love to read this book. I've only read true stories and biographies recently and it would be nice to take up something different. Thank you for the opportunity. Regards Mandy

Kim said...

I love to read!! I remember sitting up on the bathroom floor until the wee hours of the morning because I couldn't put my book down and I didn't want to disturb my family. HA!

Ann said...

I've been an avid reader all my life but sometimes I'm at a loss as to what to read these days except for the regular scriptural and religious based books that keep showing up on my list. So this book sounds like it might inspire me to once again broaden my reading style.

Bobbi said...

I am so excited to get the book. Launch day was very exciting !

Suzan said...

This book has me intrigued. Thank you for this.

Amanda said...

I would love to read this book!

Amanda said...

I would love to read this!

Vee said...

It arrived today! Isn’t that wild? Anyway, I have texture issues so must find a way to read it without touching the book cover. 🙃

Cheryl R said...

So delightful. I do need to revive my reading life and I love that Sarah is a discerning guide who can add some more variety to my TBR stack.

Robynne said...

I would love to read this book and share it with my daughter who loves reading Sally Clarkson.
This book sounds great, love the book cover too.

Anonymous said...

We have book girls in our family who would love to read Sarah's book!

Monica

Veronica said...

It sounds lovely.