Looking at this list below, it was a very good few months of reading. I should not wait 3 months to update my book reads, as it makes for quite the long list to go through. Some amazing books, some really good books, and then some just-okay books these past few months…a few I would even deem as some of my favorite reads in a LONG time. Make sure to check out my full list of books read so far this year.
Favorite reads in March, April, and May:
Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling: This book was life changing for me. I liked it so much I convinced my Bible Study to read it together over the summer. Made me question, and continue to question, how my hurry fits into God’s plan for me, and why I believe that hurrying is going to speed up God’s work and answers in my life.
Hope Heals by Katherine and Jay Wolf: Powerful, powerful read. Made me re-examine my life, priorities, and made me think hard about my marriage. This is a great read for anyone - men, women, old, young, married, not married. Excellent.
A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold: I almost had to stop reading this multiple times; the best word I can think to describe this one is “harrowing." From the mom of one of the Columbine shooters, this book was an eye-opening look at parenting, how well you know your kids, tragedy, and grief. I’m very glad I kept at it and finished it.
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin: Quite a weighty tome but one I thoroughly enjoyed. The character development and simultaneous movement of multiple stories…superb! Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: Finished this book in less than 24 hours and immediately wanted to go back and read it again. When I tell people the gist of the book (a young doctor coming to grips with his fatal cancer diagnosis), many friends turn up their nose at it sounding so sad…I’d disagree - sad parts, but extremely hopeful.
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo and KG Campbell: Such a fun middle grade reader book. I loved it - wonderful characters, laugh-out-loud funny, and great illustrations.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson: This book was eye-opening. Looking at the ways that social media has reinvented public shaming, the stories and accounts of people ransacked in social media were extremely interesting (and awful). Glad I read this one.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: Finished this one in less than a day. Loved it! A big part of the book takes place in Greenville, SC (where I live!) so loved that as well. What a wonderful, easy-to-read story about growing up African American in the South.
Roots and Sky by Christie Purifoy: Lyrical and hopeful, the author painted such vivid pictures of her life through the changing seasons. It was a beautiful way to weave a Biblical perspective into the everyday. A wonderful read.
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger: This was just fun. I really loved the characters and found myself really cheering for the Land family. Just an easy and enjoyable read.
I Want it All by Gwen Smith: This book kind of ebbed and flowed for me, but found myself highlighting big sections and going back to them after the fact. Really enjoyed her idea of holding your words up to a KUT test (kind, useful, true).
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh: Listened to the audio book of this one and really, really enjoyed it. I found the chapter on company culture especially good. It changed my perspective on why I’m working and why I’m doing what I’m doing.
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson: This was an interesting read - the story keeps re-starting, playing out different scenarios based on the main character making different choices in life. With a plot like this, it is hard to really root for someone, as the main character’s personality changes based on the way her life plays out; but, I found the whole idea fascinating, as such truth in the way our decisions can affect so much in life.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger: An easy but weighty read, with an added element of mystery. Really great character development, especially the two brothers and their understanding of life and tragedy. Find myself thinking on this one long after its been done.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom: How have I missed reading this book for so many years? I don’t typically enjoy fiction about slavery, but I could not wait to pick this up every time to read it. Such a wonderful story.
The Martian by Andy Weir: This book has received so much hype, and I felt doubtful it could live up to the expectations - after reading it, I definitely get it. Such great sarcastic humor throughout that I thoroughly enjoyed!