My goal has been to read 75 books this year and I’m around 65 or so finished. I am feeling pressure- but I can do it! Ten more!!
Actually, I haven’t read much lately. I miss it. To the point that I physically miss it. Life has left no room for sitting around and reading – and trust me, you will rarely hear me say that.
Yesterday one of my book-ish friends talked to someone else about books in front of me and I was so hurt. Totally glared. How DARE you talk about books with someone else?? I’m right here. And then I worried that my book-look was leaving me. Maybe I am losing my book spark?? What if I no longer count as a reader??? What if people can tell I DON’T READ ANYMORE?
These are serious questions.
So here’s my update for September & October.
Books Read: 8
Books Bought: 3
Books StoleBorrowed: 1
Books Given to Others: 2
Short Attention Span Book Reviews:
Anne is the author of the great blog, Modern Mrs Darcy – she is well-known for her book recommendations and summer reading guides. Reading People is her book about all the different kinds of personality tests/systems including the MBTI, 5 Love Languages, enneagram and more. Personality tests are fascinating and fun and something I grew up hearing about because of my grandpa’s teachings (he taught the sanguine/choleric/four temperaments system in conferences he led). Not to mention, my husband produces Gary Chapman’s radio show… so I’m familiar with the 5 love languages. So, yes, this book was right up my alley. And I highly recommend it. And if you want to know: I am an ENFJ; sanguine/melancholy and my love language is gifts followed very closely by words of affirmation. (And if I’m recommending you read only one book on my reviews – this would be it) Rating: 8
Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
Great book on making sure your inner world is in place so as to help you live out your outer world! The author is a pastor, and so much of it is written to an audience of pastors or people in full-time ministry, however, I do find much of it applicable. To summarize his point – you need to know your motivations and why you are doing things in order to have proper balance in your life. Only once you have proper balance internally can you have a proper balance outwardly. All of MacDonald’s suggestions are biblically based and helpful. Even if you’re not a minister. Rating: 8
If you do not know what this is and why it would be exciting… I don’t know that we can be friends. This notebook is the equivalent of a Moleskine – but much more fun to try to pronounce, amiright? I am super excited about this notebook and plan on starting it soon! You can buy these at Barnes & Noble now, which is so awesome. Also – Best Christmas Gift Ever – buy one for the paper lover in your life!
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
Hazel Motes is a young man “caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith.” He founds the Church of God Without Christ in a cynical step to avoid God…but no matter how hard he tries, God still finds him. Harsh, dark atmosphere, but if you like O’Connor’s writing, you will like this book. (Can you find the Calvinism inherent to the story? Look for it while you’re reading!) Rating: 8
Ruined by Ruth Everhart
Ruth and her roommates were raped during a home invasion while students at a Christian college in Michigan. Ruth writes of her experience and then the aftermath and how the church hurt her and did not meet her needs. Not an easy read because it does describe the invasion and the rape in detail – but a very well-written personal memoir. Ruth – now thirty years or so later – writes with the maturity of an older person looking back on how this event changed her life. I appreciated her honesty and her writing on the struggle with her faith. (If you’re Calvinist and say that everything happens because God ordained it, how do you reconcile this with an event such as this??) Rating: 8
Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris
If you like this latest genre of psychological thrillers based on marriages (Gone Girl being the best), you will like this book. Easy, dark psychological read. Great for a vacation! Rating: 7
Windfall by Jennifer E Smith
Alice buys a ticket for her friend, Teddy, for his 18th birthday. He ends up winning the lottery – millions!! How this win changes their relationship and Teddy is the basis of the rest of the book. Interesting plot, kept my attention. Young adult genre. Rating: 7
Other books read with even shorter attention span reviews:
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging by Brene Brown – about standing up for your beliefs, and learning how to have a civil disagreement. (Daring Greatly is still her best book.) Rating: 6
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker – Short essays. About being brave. Funny at times. Rating: 6
Overcomer: Breaking Down the Walls of Shame and Rebuilding Your Soul by Aubrey Sampson – Good look at biblical response to shame. Rating: 7
Lies She Told by Cate Holahan – Good psychological thriller. Rating: 8