Book Update: July 2014

Hooray for another awesome month of books! I’ve been working my way through several non-fiction books, one chapter at a time…which can be rather slow-going at times. Every few days, I take a fiction break and devour a story as quickly as possible.

What I'm Reading: July 2014 (Lone Star Signers)

Books I finished:

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1. The Money-Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine–4 stars
I’ve read Crystal’s blog for a long time. Her book is full of no-nonsense financial tips.

2/3. Blue Moon Bay and Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate–4 stars
I enjoyed the first book in this series (Larkspur Cove) the most, but the other two were enjoyable reads. Definitely not as “light and fluffy” as most Christian fiction that shows up in my Goodreads recommended lists, but thought-provoking and creative storytelling for sure.

4. Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn–4 stars
I remember reading the Christy Miller books when I was in elementary school–and Robin continued to write stories about Christy and her friends throughout my childhood and beyond. The world that Robin has created feels comfortable for a visit anytime (see 7/8 below)–this book is a heartfelt memoir about Robin’s life and family. I’m glad I was able to learn more about one of my “must-read” authors, who feels more like a trusted aunt at this point in my life.

5. Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker–4 stars
I go through phases in my life where certain authors/bloggers really seem to “get” me, and every post I read for a period of time hits me right between the eyes. Two years ago it was Ann Voskamp, last year it was Beth Moore, and this year, it’s Lisa-Jo Baker. She just pulls me in with each word that she writes. I really enjoyed her first book!

6. The New Answers Book by Ken Ham–3 stars
Just the other day, Addie asked me about dinosaurs. Nothing specific, but she had seen a reference somewhere and wanted to know more. I realized that I am responsible for her science education, and I have no idea how to answer any of the questions I know are coming. This book brought up more questions than it answered (for me, at least).

7/8. Finally and Forever and Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn
Updates/happy endings for Katie and Sierra (friends of Christy Miller–see 4 above).

9. Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff–4 stars
I was looking for picture books to go along with my summer/weather themes. I had no idea this was a chapter book until I picked it up at the library! Sweet and sad for tweens.

10. A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by Sophie Hudson–4 stars
I kinda like how Sophie always starts in the middle of the story like she’s known you for years. Short little snippets of a Southern life–sweet and serious–a perfect summer read!

11. Romance is My Day Job by Patience Boom–3 stars
I’m not sure where this book was recommended, but it was an interesting premise. The first half of the book was much too detailed (racy!) and slow to get the the point. (321 pages!!) Once she connected with her final fella, I enjoyed it more. I really only finished it because there was a long string of books this month I just couldn’t get into…and I really wanted to get it back to the library.

What I'm Reading: August 2014 (Lone Star Signers)

Here’s what’s coming up in August! I’d love some more fiction recommendations, if you have any to share.

What are YOU reading this month?

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6 thoughts on “Book Update: July 2014

  1. I love your book recaps. I have lots of nonfiction books to read too on my nightstand but I tend to be drawn to fiction because it just gets me out of my head and I can finally relax at the end of the day. I just finished Jennifer Weiner’s All Fall Down which was a quick read about a mom who becomes addicted to pills. It was a startling look at how that can (and probably does) happen to a regular mom. Now I’m reading Lianne Moriarty’s latest, Big Little Lies. I’ve read all of her books (and she commented years and years ago on my first blog – what a treat!) and I love them.

  2. I have read two Morton books, The Secret Keeper and The Forgotten Garden. TSK was better. I haven’t read Moriarty’s Big Little Lies yet but I really liked her last one, The Husband’s Secret.

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