November Book Reviews
Welcome to another book review post! I made a goal of reading 75 books this year – and I’m alllllmost there. As far as my list shows, I’m at 72 read… so with fierce determination, the ignoring of emails, blankets piled up and a decaf coffee in hand, I shall succeed!!! Veni, vidi, vici!!
Here are my books for November – And keep reading to the end of the post for three suggestions for gift books to give this Christmas:
For Women Only: What You Need To Know About the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn
I read this book for a work project, and I liked it? Question mark. Yes, yes, I did like it. I just had a couple comments I’d write into your copy and places she annoyed me a bit. But those are small issues. Overall, really good book and highly recommend. Yes, there’s one for men that talks about understanding women. Because a small, short book should totes explain women in entirety. *wink* Oh, and if you want to know the basic: Show respect to your man in front of him and in front of others. Win. Rating: 8 out of 10. Easy read, could read with holiday music playing in background.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
I read this yesterday. Yes, yesterday. I don’t know how. Yes, I do. I was up very late. Oops. Some repetitiveness and some frustration with the main character aside, the plot drives forward and even though you may have the mystery solved before the end, it’s a fun psychological thriller. Rating: 8 out of 10, would be a great read over the holidays when you have all day to be lazy and cuddled up on some couch whilst someone else makes you chili for dinner. Yum.
Godric by Frederik Buechner
Okay, so I admit I read half of this about a year ago after someone had gotten it for me, but never finished it for some reason. This time: I re-started it and finished it – Hooray!…and LOVED it. It’s hard to get into the rhythm of the writing at first, but once you figure that out… what a fun and insightful story. Godric is the story of a 12th century saint who starts out his life as a bit of a scoundrel and cheat and then lives out the second half of his life as a hermit, denying himself in order to live for Christ. I always like Buechner’s views on people being both saint and sinner – you’ll find that theme throughout his writings, and I would definitely recommend you read his works and let’s discuss! Rating: 9 out of 10. This one takes concentration: Turn off that Hallmark movie and ignore the fam, you got some reading to do, Sinner!
The next three are definitely books I’d recommend for Christmas Gifting!
I get asked every year for recommendations on buying for others, so here’s a couple good options:
This one would be good for anyone who likes non-fiction/historical writing:
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
“In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma.” Oil was found on land they owned, but then, “one by one, the Osage began to be killed off.” The book tells of the murders and of how the case became one of the FBI’s first cases to be solved. Sad history… but important to be aware of! There are gruesome passages that describe the murders and the bodies – be aware of that. Rating: 8 out of 10. Buy this for the history buff in your life!
Steal Away Home: Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson, Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom by Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey
I bought this for my father-in-law for his birthday and it was a WIN! So I’m recommending it here as a great option for Christmas gifting this season! The story is about Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson, an American slave and how they became friends. “Their respective journeys led to an unlikely meeting and an even more unlikely friendship, forged by fate and mutual love for the mission of Christ.” Rating: I honestly haven’t read it, but when my father-in-law says, “That was a really good book,” I just give it an automatic 10!
Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure
Okay, so this is just a purely light, fun book to flip through. Buy it as a fun gift for that person in your life that likes fashion or harbors secret wishes of knowing how to do their makeup JUST SO. And don’t judge. Just because you don’t like fashion and are wearing lightwash jeans from 1983 doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t enjoy a good shopping trip a la Nordstrom. Rating: 8 out of 10. Flip through it while you’re watching one of Candace’s multitude of Hallmark movies! Will she get the guy?? or NO?? SO INTENSE, THE SUSPENSE.
Hope you enjoyed the list and at least a couple of these books sparked your interest! What better way to relax your mind during the hectic holidays than with a book?
Nothing. There is no better way. Read.