Lots of good books for another great month of reading. Make sure to check out my full list of books read this year.
Favorite books read this month:
What’s Best Next? by Matthew Perman: This book was so very good. It is a business book from a Christian perspective - how being a Christian should affect how we get things done. I picked up so many things and keep returning to it. Definitely a perspective changer!
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: This one kept me up later than usual because I just couldn’t put it down. I love stories of WWII, and this one gave a perspective of what it was like living in occupied France, with a look into French resistance efforts. Told from the perspective of two sisters, definitely a riveting read.
Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar: Our book club read this month, and one I enjoyed so very much! The story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 2 months; this book was really interesting, really eye-opening, and one I find myself telling people about over and over.
Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle: I liked Shankle’s first book Sparkly Green Earrings, and loved Antelope in the Living Room, so I preordered this months ago…definitely did not disappoint. Funny, with a great look at some serious issues, while also bringing in Jesus - best of everything. Very good.
Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt: Added this to the list after reading about it on a blog, and when I got it in the mail, the cover made me wait a while to actually pick it up. But, it ended up being one of my favorite books of the month - easy to read and a great look into middle school. It was also funny and touching in many ways - and just plain fun.
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio: I seem to be picking up quite a few books that start off with an older person recalling a past event and then ending with that older person reconnecting in some way with the past - same idea here. A love story set in the Pacific during the war, it was a good story and easy read; definitely enjoyed it.
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon: I have been trying to knock out two Outlander books a year, so finished up the 4th one this month. It took me about 200 pages to get into it, but after that, I really enjoyed it, flying through the rest of the book. I would rank this one better than the 2nd and 3rd books - it was great.
One: Impossible Starts Here by Suzanne Mayernick & Gwen Oatsvall: Talk about a convicting and thought-provoking book! Looking at how two families came to say big “yeses” to God, adopting multiple children (even some with special needs and one with HIV), this book was a big push to love “One” - to say yes to loving that one person God is pricking your heart to love. Great and very Gospel-based. Loved it!
Food, A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan: I listened to this one on audio book, and I’m glad I went that route. A very funny book narrated by it’s comedic author, this book was funny, easy, and enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud in the car multiple times.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I am late to the game on this one, but did enjoy this teen love story. I wished the ending had given me a little more - felt like I had too many questions unanswered at the end. But for a romance that did a great job delving into some pretty big teen issues, it was good overall.
Other books read this month:
• Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber: Really liked this memoir. Definitely edgy, but didn’t bother me. Thought she did a great job talking about some big problems holding people back from loving others in the church.
• How Do You Tuck in a Superhero? by Rachel Balducci: This book popped up under the Christian genre for me, but definitely wasn’t religious-based. Funny stories!
• Do the Work by Steven Pressfield: Easy and simple read to get motivated.
• Ketchup is a Vegetable by Robin O'Bryant: Funny book given to me by a good friend. Definitely read parts aloud to my husband!
What have you been reading this month? Read any of these books?