Whew — I can’t believe it’s the middle of May already! I definitely noticed that the busier my “real” life became this month, my reading life suffered. With out of town visitors, traveling, finishing up one job while continuing to work at another, plus the ever present puppy and house chores…well, unfortunately, reading fell down the priority list. I’m hoping to bump it back up toward the top this next month, but the schedule isn’t looking that promising. I’m going to try my best though to get in some great summer reading!
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – this was my first foray into the world of verse. I will be the first to admit that I don’t read much poetry (read: any), and I’m not entirely sure why not. It’s not a deep seated dislike for it by any means, but more simply a lack of knowledge about what to read in that genre.
After hearing Brown Girl Dreaming recommended multiple times on podcasts and blogs, I placed it on hold at my library. I must say I was captivated by this book — I think I assumed that since it was poetry it would be difficult to understand and follow, but I was wrong. A beautifully written memoir of sorts about Woodson’s childhood years, she transports her readers with her from South Carolina to New York and back again. I think listening to this book on audio would have only made it even better. (4/5)
The Lake House by Kate Morton – I featured this book as the Extraordinary Everyday (EE) Read of the Week this past Tuesday and you can find a full review there; but suffice it to say, I enjoyed this book. I’m so glad I found Morton’s work as I loved The Secret Keeper as well. (3.5/5)
Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist – Because I loved Bread and Wine (full review here), I was looking forward to reading Bittersweet. Although I think my favorite would still be Bread and Wine – this collection of personal stories about how life is bitter AND sweet was wonderfully done showcasing Niequist’s talent with the written word and her willingness to be vulnerable about the hard things in life. (3.5/5)
Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey – If you’ve been reading these quick lit posts this year, you know I’ve been reading this one for quite some time. I seemed to go in spurts. I didn’t want to rush it, but then I would forget about it, come back, and so on. However, I finished it just this week, and I must say, it’s a beautifully written, Jesus focused, thought provoking read. It’s comforting and challenging in the same sentences and her chapters on Jesus and the evangelical hero complex made the whole book worth it to me. (4/5)
Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner – I bought this memoir on sale a few weeks (months?) back, but haven’t had a chance to start it. While waiting for our car to be serviced this week, I conquered the first couple of chapters. The verdict is still out on this one — I’m having a bit of trouble following where Winner’s heading, but I’m hopeful it will become clearer as I have heard great things about it.
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman – Still savoring the chapters in this one, not even close to done, but enjoying it nonetheless.
Bought this Month:
Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger – I bought this one on sale, mainly because it sounded like something my husband would enjoy. In this book, the author explores why some things become cultural phenomenons, go viral, or are extremely successful while other things completely fail. Even though I knew my analytical, curious spouse would enjoy this, I hope to read it as well.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – I just received an e-mail that this book I had on hold was available, so hopefully I can sneak in some reading time before this particular loan runs out! 🙂
I would love to hear what you are reading these days in the comments!
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