Talk about a good month of reading! I read some fabulous books, and I added quite a few books to my total books read in 2014. Tomorrow, I will be posting about my favorite books of the year...make sure to check back in!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt • The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philli Sendeker • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult • Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters • Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte • Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty• Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler • Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford • Extravagant Grace by Barbara Duguid • The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp (reread)
Best book of the month:
Extravagant Grace: One of my best friends gave me this book for Christmas, and I devoured it. Sometimes you read a book and all of a sudden, you realize you never really grasped a concept at all, and your perspective is forever changed. This book is one of those.
Good, easy reads that all will enjoy:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society: I have had this on my Kindle for a long time and finally got around to reading it…and love it! Such a fun, happy, makes-you-feel-good type of story, told through letters (think Where’d You Go Bernadette)
The One and Only Ivan: Winning the Newberry Medal in 2013 for best book for children, it is a short and quick read (I finished it in about the time it took my son to watch Frozen). It pulls at the heart-strings in a good way and really touches on love, sacrifice, and hope.
Books that give you a new perspective that you just can’t shake:
Tell the Wolves I’m Home: Wow, did I enjoy this book. The inter weavings of family dynamics, adolescence, and love was superb, in a way that I just can’t get out of my head. Due to this book, I keep thinking about how people communicate things, and how I might be missing what they are saying.
Every Bitter Things is Sweet: Gosh, an awesome read. Her message just hit home in a great way - how often do we pray for something (over and over) and get no answer, and it feels like God is answering so many prayers for others? Sara unpacks the question: I know God is good, but is God good to me?
Hands Free Mama: I have owned this book for over a year but have been extremely reluctant to read it…mainly because I didn’t want the guilt I was sure would ensue, as I am a work-from-home mama who has to use technological devices. But, this book didn’t make you feel bad - it was extremely encouraging. I loved her stories, her examples, her suggestions, and truthfully, it’s already been most impactful in my relationship with my husband. I highly recommend it!
Nonfiction memoir-style stories that left a mark:
I am Malala: My book club read this month, it was eye-opening…especially since a friend in the group is from Pakistan (which allowed me to ask so many questions!) This book made me want to explore so much more, and showed how hugely naive I am.
The Promise of a Pencil: Fun read about how a 20-something guy built over 100 schools in developing countries, and the different steps and struggles he had to overcome. Easy, entertaining, and enlightening - what more could you want?
What have you been reading this month?