There is nothing better than a Saturday afternoon curled up on the couch (or perhaps on the porch swing) with a good book. Several of my Real Farmwives gal pals (including me) are avid readers.

For instance, Leontien from Four Leaf Clover Tales loves to read SO MUCH that she started a blog JUST to talk about books! Check it out over at Little Miss Bookwurm.

So I’ve decided to start a “Saturday Book Club” that will appear right here from time-to-time. I’ll share some of the books we are currently reading, books our their children are reading, books that are our all-time favorites and books (or owner’s manuals) that the farmers in our lives are reading.

To get us started, two of the Real Farmwives offer insight on their current reads. Enjoy!

Lana over at Walking the Off-Beaten Path

I just finished the book The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggert by M. GLENN TAYLOR. I really enjoyed it. Maybe one of the best ways to describe Trenchmouth is that he is an earthier, PG-13 version of Forrest Gump. Born in the hills and coal country of West Virginia, he is abandoned when just days old and then adopted by a widow lady who runs a moonshine still and helps treat his condition. The story is rich with adventure, a bit risqué in places, but it totally embraces the life of the hill people. T.T. does come off the mountain for some incredible journeys, and then he stays on the mountain for years at a time.

My blog pal Katie, at Southern-Belle-Simple suggested this title, plus a few more that I would like to check out next.

Here’s the biggest story, though. This is the very first book I read on my Kindle! I’ve been trying to embrace it, but as an English teacher, I miss turning the pages. This story was so good, the different page turning methods faded away!

Big D over at Who’s the Grown Up?

Right now, I’m only four chapters into “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World,” but it’s already affecting my thinking. For Type-A women, who get caught up in “doing stuff” because it “has to” be done and feel guilt and obligation for getting all those tasks done just right, this is a real wake-up call. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a place of spiritual peace in all the busy-ness of life.

If you have a book suggestion, please leave it for us in the comments section of this post!

Megan from Gal in the Middle

I'm a middle child (2nd of four girls) living in Middle America (Indiana to be exact) approaching middle age (35 is here) always in the middle of doing something (finishing is the hard part).


  • Angie Berry

    “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” has been on my list of books to read. I think I keep putting it off because I’m not ready to hear what it has to say… me being one of those type-A women that has to have the “perfect” home. Thank you for the push I need to get it read!

  • Cindy

    Our women’s group just finished this book. We used it for the year taking thoughts and ideas for our devotionals (meeting only every 6 weeks). I loved it as it challenged me in my spiritual walk and reminders that life is all about balance! Now I have her next book to read (once I locate it:). I particularly liked that she has a study section and additional recommended resources at the back.