Book Update: August 2014

August started off slowly–I had several non-fiction books just sitting by my bed that I could not get into, no matter how hard I tried. I finally just grabbed the entire stack and returned them all to the library.

I think I’m depending too much on Goodreads’ recommendations for me, so I end up with five books that are all pretty much the same. I need to be better about pacing my requests, apparently. “Just one non-fiction book at at a time!” should be my mantra.

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

Books I finished:

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1. Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany–3 stars
A very sad, well-written book about a newly-engaged woman and the unexpected death of her fiance’s first wife.

2. Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions by Karen Ehman–3 stars
This is a “resource book” that works better when you can refer to it throughout the year. I’ll keep an eye out for it on Kindle.

3. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg–3 stars
I wish ALL cookbooks came with stories. I actually read most of the memories and skipped the recipes–keep it simple, folks!

4. Hands-Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford–3 stars
This book has been all over my Facebook newsfeed these past few months. I actually tried this one as an e-book first, but couldn’t get into the formatting. Each chapter has poems and “asides” that I breezed right past. I think her parenting ideas are valid and helpful, but it didn’t live up to the buzz.

5/6. With Every Letter/On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin–5 stars/4 stars
FINALLY–fiction! Well-written historical fiction, at that. I really enjoyed both of these–and I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the third from the library.

7. A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch–5 stars
This book is hand-written and illustrated, so it took me a few chapters to get used to the unexpected formatting. Reading Susan’s travel journal was so fun, and really made me want to plan a trip to England. Soon!

8. Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren–4 stars
I may need to bump this rating down, since I’ve already forgotten most of the plot. :/

9. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty–3 stars
I loved the Australian setting and how all the stories seemed to be woven together to effortlessly. The characters were really well-written; I just didn’t like them that much.

10. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek–4 stars
This was a fun read–took me less than two hours to devour it while Addie was at choir rehearsal. I am SHOCKED by what eighth-graders deal with now (or I was just really naive as a teen, which is pretty likely), but I enjoyed Maya’s pluck. Looking forward to seeing what else she writes about.

11. Just One Day by Gayle Forman–5 stars
One of the most impactful reads of the year, for sure. I’m not sure why this book moved me so much–it reminds me a bit of My Name is Memory, which also haunts me regularly. I definitely could relate with Allyson’s struggles (pleasing the adults in her life, finding her own path) and loved all the travel. I cannot wait to read the next book written from Willem’s point of view. (Interesting note: I identified with the 18-year-old rather than the mother in this book. I wonder if that will change as my girls grow older.)

12. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty–4 stars
This book drew me in from the get-go. I read something with a similar premise a few years ago, so it took me a while to realize this wasn’t a re-read. I liked “young Alice”–she reminded me a lot of the main character in P.S. I Love You (the book, not the movie)–and I enjoyed reading about the early years of her marriage. (I was rooting for their reconciliation all the way through.) It definitely gave me a lot to think about in my relationships!

13/14. Happily Ever After/My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren–3 stars
Much lighter read than my previous book, but enjoyable nonetheless. The characters and the small town reminded me of the TV show October Road.

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

Here’s what’s coming up in September! What are YOU reading this month?


5 thoughts on “Book Update: August 2014

  1. I loved What Alice Forgot too! Thanks for the recs, I am definitely interested in the Sarah Sundin books. I read Orphan Train by Kristina Kline and really liked it. I was also reading The Professor’s House by Willa Cather but I lost the book somewhere in my house.

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