Monday, September 3, 2018

Sarah Clarkson: Book Girl

By Kelly Bridgewater

When you hear a riveting story, does it thrill your heart and stir your soul? Do you hunger for truth and goodness? Do you secretly relate to Belle’s delight in the library in Beauty and the Beast?

If so, you may be on your way to being a book girl.

Books were always Sarah Clarkson’s delight. Raised in the company of the lively Anne of Green Gables, the brave Pevensie children of Narnia, and the wise Austen heroines, she discovered reading early on as a daily gift, a way of encountering the world in all its wonder. But what she came to realize as an adult was just how powerfully books had shaped her as a woman to live a story within that world, to be a lifelong learner, to grasp hope in struggle, and to create and act with courage.

She’s convinced that books can do the same for you.

Join Sarah in exploring the reading life as a gift and an adventure, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight you in each season of your life as a woman. In Book Girl, you’ll discover:
  • how reading can strengthen your spiritual life and deepen your faith,
  • why a journey through classic literature might be just what you need (and where to begin),
  • how stories form your sense of identity,
  • how Sarah’s parents raised her to be a reader―and what you can do to cultivate a love of reading in the growing readers around you, and
  • 20+ annotated book lists, including some old favorites and many new discoveries.
Whether you’ve long considered yourself a reader or have dreams of becoming one, Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson's synopsis sounded right up my alley. I define myself as an avid bookworm. I mean, who else besides bookworms finish 200 books every year. It is a lot of books, but I love reading. So the description sounded just like me. I really couldn't wait to get my hands on the book. Right away, the book filled me with good feelings as it appeared to be describing me as someone who discovered reading at a young age. I remember traveling to the library every week and coming home with at least ten books. Then the fun part was deciding what to read when I returned home. Then Clarkson started to create chapters with lists of books to appeal to a certain audience, such as, imagination stories or women power stories. I think eighty percent of the book appeals to an audience that doesn't read a lot and couldn't recommend books but wants to jump into the book life but doesn't nowhere to start. As she started listing the different books in different genres, I skimmed through the list by reading the titles. Not that many appealed to me or I already read them. A side note . . . why does everyone recommend Jane Austen for everything? I can't stand her books. She bored me to tears. No action. Just heads bopping around. Doing nothing. But I did like that she recommend Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling. Some of my favorite writers.

Overall, Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson is, I believe, a book for people who want to incorporate more reading into their life. Not for me since I do a lot of reading already. Her lists can introduce readers to some new authors they have never heard of.

I received a complimentary copy of Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson from Tyndale Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

About the Author:

Sarah Clarkson
From Amazon
 Sarah Clarkson is an author, a blogger, and a student of theology. She graduated from Wycliffe Hall, in Oxford, with a bachelor's degree in theology, where she also spent a proud year as president of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society. She's the author of several books on reading including the upcoming Book Girl (a woman's guide to the reading life). Through blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the theological significance of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the formative power of beauty. She writes regularly about her adventures at and is at slow work on a novel. She can often be found with a cup of good coffee in one of the many quaint corners amid Oxford's "dreaming spires," where she lives in a red-doored cottage with her husband, Thomas, and their daughter, Lilian.
You can follow Sarah's literary adventures on her blog at and over at: 

(Taken from Amazon)

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