This month has been a slower month of reading for me, which is typical based on my work-load and move away from home for 3 months. I also read a few of these electronically or listened to the audio books, so small book stack as well. Make sure to check out my full list of books read this year.
Favorite books read this month:
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta: I needed a fun, non-thinking book when work got busy, and this one did the trick. Suspenseful and exciting, and definitely shocked me a few times (which as a voracious readers seems harder to do these days). A great thriller; will be checking out more from Koryta.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Truths from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes: You HAVE to do this one on audio book. The guy who wrote this book is the main character, Westley, and he is the narrator for the book (and many of the movie characters make cameos on the audio edition). My mind was blown by many things…who knew that the Rodents of Unusual Size were really little people in rat costumes?!
In This House, We Will Giggle by Courtney DeFeo: Had a friend give this to me, and to be honest, I put off reading it for a while, as the cover and title made me think it was going to be really cheesy. There were parts that lent themselves to being more cheesy for my taste, but overall, I really loved the book - it gave very clear and good examples of how to incorporate the Gospel into everyday life and how to bring some whimsy back into life with young children.
More or Less: Choosing a Life of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Sinabarger: Books like this always make me a tad nervous when I start, as I am always worried about the guilt that will ensue. I didn’t feel that way with this one - thought it was convicting, for sure, but in a way that made me want to re-evaluate positively.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: This book threw me big time, but I came around to it in the end. It’s definitely different - very mystical and sci-fi, and a little hard to follow in some places. But, there were sections that were just magical, and I felt like some real Gospel similarities in parts (maybe I’m stretching it, but felt like it to me). In the end, I was glad I had read it.
Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin: These two moms are in the trenches with young children and gave some encouraging words and advice for those who are also in the trenches.
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes: After reading The Nightingale last month, I found this book to be similar in some regards. Both are set in war-time France after occupation by the Germans. Both dealt with tough decisions made by women to protect people they loved. I really enjoyed this book, especially the mix of past and present. Good read.
I will be back in August with more book posts. Until then…what have you been reading this month?