It’s been a month of great books over here! So many I just flew through (because I enjoyed them so much), and so many that have me thinking long after reading them. Make sure to check out my Books page to see all book posts.
Favorite Books Read this Month:
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: I loved this book. Written by a lawyer in Alabama working with death row inmates across the country, he details story after story of individuals, not just mere prisoners. I saw the Gospel message in his view of mercy and my perspective greatly changed based on this book. Highly recommended.
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner: I really loved this book. The author did a great job of weaving an amazing story of hope and resilience in the midst of two tragic events almost a century apart. This is definitely one of the best books I have read in a while.
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken: I read this book based on a recommendation from Gretchen of Life Lived Beautifully, and boy, I was glad I snagged it. Detailing how Christians are persecuted across the world, it was amazing to learn how God is moving and working in people being beaten, put in prison, and killed for their faith. I learned so much I didn’t know.
Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: Seeing Modern Mrs. Darcy mention this series multiple times, I decided to give it a go. The cover of Cinder just turned me off - not my general “style” of read, but I read both of these books in 3 days. Just fun reads that keep you guessing…will most definitely be reading Cress this month.
Because He Loves Me by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick: Another book recommended by an Instagram friend Kristin Schmucker, this book really honed in on the big problem of whether we leave Jesus out of our daily Christianity. Parts of her book hit home in big ways, as I often find myself pursuing a victorious Christian life instead of Jesus.
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metexas: I have had this book for a few years and haven’t picked it up due to its daunting size. It took me about 100 pages to get into to, but then I was hooked. I loved learning about how the church was affected during Hitler’s reign (something I knew nothing about). So glad I didn’t put this off any longer, even though this book is a beast!
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: I so glad I picked this book up after many years. I hadn't read this book since middle school, and for the most part, did not remember much of the story. I loved Anne’s spunky attitude and constant positive attitude - she’s a character you just cheer for throughout the story.
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Earle Stegner: Another book I have wanted to read for a while and finally got around to reading. This story isn’t going to hook you with an amazing story line and lots of suspense; just a wonderful novel about friendship and how to changes over time. Well-written prose and great characters.
Other books read this month:
• Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone: really fun and funny read on how Twitter came about
• The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani: definitely not for me; too graphic in a way that was frustrating and not redeeming
• Veronica Mars by Rob Thomas: really fun and exciting mystery-type novel
• Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: did the audiobook on this one; story of tragedy and racial prejudice but I found it actually very hopefully by the end
• Return on Relationship by Kathryn Rose & Tim Rubin: quick easy read on the importance of relationships within social media
• Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala: really amazing and convicting read on praying (and expecting) big things from God
• Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson: great stories with good advice on putting God as central in different areas of your life.
What have you been reading this month?