I promised myself I’d try to come out to the patio with my morning cup of coffee to do some reading in the beautiful summer morning heat each morning. That actually got accomplished maybe three days out of the month. My ideas are adorable. My execution of the plans are a mess and usually disrupted by things such as: Reality. Children. The Expectation I Will Feed Those Children. Grocery Shopping. Bills. Life Stuff. Reality.
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The Promise of Jesse Woods – First off, this is a new book by our friend, Chris Fabry! Chris is a Christy Award winning author of several books, and a friend of ours in “real life.” This is his most recent book published and he was so kind to send it to me – although I haven’t read it yet (I’ll let you know when I do!), I’m recommending it for those of you who are looking for a well-written Christian fiction novel for your summer reading.
Here are my Short Attention Span Reviews of My June Summer Books:
Looking for Lovely by Annie Downs – Good, encouraging book. Annie seeks out the good in the everyday things as she sees God work through them and in them. Light read and easy to read a chapter at a time, which is good for summer! Liked her reminders to look for the work of God in all things. Rating: 8 (out of 10) and a good book to read in the morning over your iced tea.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh – Actually really liked this book. A young boy gets hit by a car and the mystery unravels as to who did it. That’s about all I can say, but my recommendation is that out of all the books on my list, you read this one. (There are scenes of abuse between a man and a woman and the child does die.) Rating: 8 out of 10 and a great book to read late at night when everyone’s sleeping.
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes – Forty something year old goes back to work after an extended time off for medical reasons, finds out her magazine is being turned into an online version. She battles with a young upstart who used to be her intern. A look at old vs young in the corporate world. Even though it was “fluff”, it held my attention. Rating: 8 (out of 10) and a good vacation read for the front seat of the minivan while you’re doing your best to ignore the cries of “I HAVE TO PEE.” Wait, those are your cries. Pull over at the nearest stop. (Some language in this book.)
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica – Good mystery read. Suspenseful. A lady has a heart for helping people and invites a young girl with a baby to come live with her family to get herself back on her feet. The story gets darker from there… but I won’t spoil it. Read it if you like the Gone Girl type of story. Rating: 8 (out of 10) and good for reading while watching a Cubs game on your comfy couch in the air conditioning. (Some language.)
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – I read this one again with some friends on Facebook. Great summer read – the kind of book I look for for summer!! Rating: 9 (out of 10) and a great book to read when you’re waiting in the van for your kids to get done with all their lessons. (Are they really learning anything??)
Double Play by Ben and Julianna Zobrist – Ben is on the Cubs currently, but was on the KC Royals last year and helped the team win the World Series. Ben and his wife, Julianna, are both Christians and that’s what this book looks at – their lives growing up as pastor’s kids and now their lives as pro ball player and her as a recording artist. Really cheesy at points in the story, but because of the similarities in SO many ways (except for the pro ball player part!) between my story and theirs, I found it interesting. Rating: 7 (out of 10) and a good read by the pool kind of book.
Ruthless by Ron Miscavige – Ron is the father of David Miscavige, the leader of Scientology. Weird story. Interesting. Not super well-written, but it did add to the story that I’ve already read through the great book, Going Clear, the HBO documentary by the same name and Leah Remini’s book, Troublemaker. Rating: 6 (out of 10) and a good read in the backyard while a million kids are blowing bubbles and screaming kind of book.
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave – Family owns a winery. Family secrets come out. More of a mellow story…but good. I did not agree with all the choices by the family – but I did pass this along to a friend, if that is a good recommendation? Rating: 7 (out of 10) and a good read on your back patio in the evening.
The Lake House by Kate Morton – A small child disappears and the mystery was never solved. A current day detective picks up the case and pursues finding out what happened. As in the book above, family secrets are revealed and drama ensues. (Why are we all keeping so many secrets??) This book totally started dragging at the end for me and wrapped up TOO tidily, but it was an okay read. Rating: 7 (out of 10) and a good book for when you’re visiting your in-laws and are being served food on the back porch overlooking a lake.
So, how can you enter to win a $20 Amazon.com gift card? Let me know in the comments below – or comment on Facebook (either one) – and let me know what book you’d hand me to read next if you could. I’ll pick a random winner from the comments on June 27th.