Even I am surprised & slightly annoyed by how much reading I got done in May. This is for various reasons including, but not limited to:
1. Being sick. But it was that “good” kind of sick where you can still read. The worst sicknesses are when you can’t open your eyes and you’re like, “ugh, I have all this time laying around in bed and can’t even read, what a WASTE of an opportunity.” This sickness was more: Pass the Kleenex and leave me alone.
2. Cubs. The games are in full swing. I read while I watch. Which is why I know baseball, but am terrible at stats and numbers. It’s because I was only looking up to watch
Kris run the Cubs win.
3. Really great books! It was a string of fun reading. So let’s get to the Short Attention Span (SAS) reviews:
Speaking of the Cubs, David Ross was a huge part of the Cubs’ winning season last year and this book reviews his career, last season and the 7th game of the World Series. Obviously written by a ghostwriter, it was not the best written book (spelling errors got on my nerves), but it was an interesting read if you’re into the Cubs. Rating: 6 out of 10 Good for: reading in a car or by the poolside when you can be distracted and still follow the “plot.”
Collection of Mindy’s thoughts on various issues including her dating, writing and starring in her own show and being beautiful in Hollywood. She definitely comes across as a really fun, nice, genuine person and I enjoyed her stories of working in TV. Rating: 7 out of 10 Good for: Airport reading. You could totally stop to order your Starbucks and get right back into the flow of her writing.
(Best book number one of the month!)
Oh! I loved this book! Lib, a young English nurse, is brought to Ireland to look over Anna, a girl who hasn’t eaten for four months. Is this a miracle? The Irish family is Catholic and wants to promote it as a miracle, Lib is scientific and wants it to be anything BUT a miracle. Loved the writing and the atmosphere, and the storyline. This is a Must Read! Rating: 9 out of 10 Good for: Having a cold and being too “sick” to “make dinner”, so eat in and go up to bed and tell the fam to let you “rest.” Stay up til 2. The end.
(Best book number 2 of the month!)
Well, this was another Must Read for me. Loved this book so much – the first chapter is SO good. IF we pick the Bible up looking for ourselves, then we are not reading the Bible correctly. The Bible always points to God. Jen gives good beginning advice on how to study the Bible. I would not say I learned anything new necessarily, but it set everything out in a great way for me to be able to have this book as a resource or one to give someone else who is wanting to study the Bible. And, again, that first chapter: It just was what I needed to hear this month. Loved it. Great how-to’s and why’s. LOVE THIS BOOK. Rating: 9 out of 10 Good for: Concentrating. Don’t try to read this with others around. Focus!
(Best book number 3 of the month!)
My reading friend gave this book to me, so it automatically went up in its rating, because “given” books are the best ever! Andrew was raised a secular Jew, but converted to Christianity later in life. He is the author of adventure novels and always was attracted to stories and the characters. This, in part, led to his pursuit of Christ. The way he evokes childhood and explains the development of his faith… beautifully written. While his subject matter is serious, Klavan does a great job of injecting humor and – when describing his childhood – a way of making it so relatable. Rating: 9 out of 10 Good for: Watching a Cubs game, reading a memoir that will have you thinking and laughing.
Read on a recommendation. I appreciated that Ruth discussed not only keeping home and possessions “unstuffed”, but also relationships and your own spiritual life. However, I have read plenty of these books when I was younger and didn’t really learn anything new. I have the systems in place that need to be in place and I’m good with it. Rating: 7 out of 10. Good for: Skimming through and getting the help you need for specific issues of possessions. Either that, or don’t read it, just go clean out your closets.
Book turned into the recent movie starring Tom Hanks (which isn’t getting great reviews, so I didn’t see it… did you?? How was it?). Mae gets a job working for the Circle, a company that is collecting information on everybody and everything. How far is too far with this collecting of info? Do we do things to perform for others and get those likes? The treatise on today’s society was REALLY SUPER evident, and it started to feel like it was too preachy, but for a fun, quick read, it was okay. Just don’t spend too much time on it. Go like some Instagram pics instead. Rating: 7 out of 10 Good for: Vacation read. Easily could skim it and still pick up the storyline. (Some language and sex)
Written for the business context, Grant discusses why some people are givers (helping anyone get ahead) and some are takers (in it for themselves and their promotion) and some are matchers (you do this for me, I’ll do that for you). Interesting, but a little dry. And what am I? I’m a matcher with hints of a Giver (but a mature – or is it cynical…hmm…- giver who has learned that people are idiots and you need boundaries. heh, heh.). Rating: 7 out of 10 Good for: Sitting in a doctor’s office, waiting for appointments.
Girls go missing. Who killed them? Rating: 6 out of 10 Good for: Vacation read. Like, when the toddlers have to be in bed, but you still want to read, so you huddle by the hall light in the room and have to whisper, “LAY DOWN” two million times.
Girl acts like her mother as an “art project.” She nannies for a family, lives on site, develops a friendship with the older son who does not speak/talk. I don’t know… some sentences were really good, but overall the plot just annnnoyed me. Rating: 5 out of 10 Good for: Poolside. (Some language and sex.)
And that’s it! May reading!
Let me know what books I should stock up on for summer reading – I need all the suggestions I can get!