Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Couple That Reads Together

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Lane and I have been brainstorming ways to stay connected during deployment. One of our ideas is to read the same book at the same time. It will basically be a two-person book club. I know I will have more free time than him for reading.Even if we only make it through a couple books, I think it will be worthwhile. I know that sometimes the fact that you miss each other starts to cover everything else you have in common. I am hoping that having little rituals like this will give us something else to talk about and focus on.

I would love any suggestions of book's y'all have read. Maybe with your spouse, or just something that you really liked. I am have been spending forever on Goodreads (my profile here) trying to find good books for us to read during deployment. I have such a hard time finding books that I think will be a good fit. I would like them to relate to either things in which Lane and I are already interested, or focus on love and relationships. However, I don't really want marriage advice books. We already read a giant pile of them before we got married. (If anyone needs advice on those books just shoot my an e-mail). Here are two that are on my list so far. 

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson 
Lane really wants to hike the AT, and this book is all about that exact adventure. I know this will be a fun and uplifting read. 

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel 
This tells the story of a relationship in the format of a dictionary. From the review I have read, it is very moving for a fairly simple book. I think it will be a good fit for the hectic lifestyle associated with deployment. 

Any recommendations? I really think this will help us stay close and connected during deployment. 


  1. Hey there! I found you on Friday's Letters link up... I, too, am in a season or deployment... so I totally get your need for things to connect over. you and others facing deployment are in my prayers. this sounds like a great idea :) i hope it works well for y'all!

    (what branch is your husb in? & when is his deployment?)

  2. What a good idea! My husband isn't much of a reader, but if he was, I'd steal this up in a heartbeat. We did a few simultaneous runs while he was in Afghanistan, which helped us feel connected. It was fun to compare notes afterwards and talk about our respective runs.*

  3. Awww I love this idea! What a sweet way to stay connected :) My husband and I are going to read our first book together- "The Hobbit" because neither of us has read it, and I want to before we see the movie!! So... I guess that's my suggestion? If you haven't read it yet, which I know most people have!
    Happy Saturday! :)

  4. This is such a great idea! My husband and I love listening to books on tape together during road trips and discussing along the way! We love Ken Follet books. They are long but soo good! And a perfect for both guys and girls.

  5. The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman is really good.
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is good also. It starts off a little slow and some parts are tough to read, but overall it's a good book.

  6. If you both like dogs, I recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Loved it and want my fiance to read it too. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss is a good novel, it's not about relationships per se, but it's a really beautiful story.


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