Book Review | Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson
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Book Title: Book Girl
Author: Sarah Clarkson

Paperback or e-book: 288 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publisher
Date Published: September 4, 2018
Genre: Christian, Literature



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
  • what you can do to cultivate a love of reading in the growing readers around you
  • 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.

To see more of author, Sarah Clarkson’s works, you can visit her website.


*Thank you to NetGalley & Tyndale House Publishers for my copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

My Honest Thoughts:

The title of this book drew me in before I even knew what was on the pages inside. The cover is captivating, warm and very bookish.Everything written is not for every reader and Book Girl happens to be one of those books for me.While most of the authors mentioned are notable and quite a few works are indeed worthy reads, I personally am not drawn to books of this nature at this point in my life. Although I will recommend it for those who are looking for deep introspective and literary fiction, specifically that is rooted in theology. For many readers, this will be a trusty companion with many book lists that will start you on the path of becoming a book girl. In my humble opinion, you can also find your way down that path with many other non-theological and literary fiction books not mentioned in the book. If you are looking for a breezy book about books, this may not be the place to start. Are C.S. Lewis, Wendell Berry and J.R. Tolkien’s books drawing you toward the shelves, if so then Book Girl will be a great choice to add to your TBR (to be read) pile.


Favorite Line:

“…she lives in this broken place and she grapples with the daily stuff…this is her story, and the great works of fiction and theology show her what redemption looks like in ordinary time.”


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