Book Update: August 2015

It’s been about a year since I’ve shared what I’m reading. August has been a good month for me–finishing 12 books! (Sadly, I didn’t take a picture before returning them to the library.) I’ve enjoyed both my fiction and non-fiction choices, especially numbers 2 and 10.

Books I finished:

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1. God is Able by Priscilla Shirer–4 stars
After doing the Breathe study this summer, God is Able was a good, quick read–like a pep talk from a good friend!

2. Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut by Ray E. Boomhower–4 stars
I enjoyed watching the ABC mini-series The Astronaut Wives Club (I’m on the hold list at the library), and the show inspired me to do additional reading about the Mercury era. I’ve read a lot about the Apollo missions, but I thought this book gave great insight into the men who shaped the space program. I especially enjoyed learning more about Gus Grissom, a true servant leader.

3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith–3 stars
I was drawn in by both the characters and the story, but I felt this story ended a bit abruptly. I’d love a follow-up!

4. Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson–4 stars
Sophie’s writing is like sitting down with a bowl of freshly-popped, buttered popcorn. I devoured this book in one sitting!

5. Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger–4 stars
I love books that feature loving sibling relationships. This clever book of poems is a wonderful read-aloud; it was so fun to share with Addie!

6/7. When Calls the Heart and When Comes the Spring by Janette Oke–4/3 stars
I like to watch a little T.V. in the afternoons while I fold laundry, so it should come as no surprise to you that I first discovered the Hallmark series by the same name on Netflix. I was surprised, however, to find that this book is about a different Elizabeth Thatcher (the aunt/cousin of the Elizabeth in the show). Nonetheless, I found the first book in Oke’s Canadian West series to be utterly fascinating (similar to Christy by Catherine Marshall) and the second book much less enjoyable. See book #12 for more!
  

8. Finally by Wendy Mass–2 stars
The person who recommended this one said, “It changed my life.” Sadly, not so for me…next!

9. The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney–4 stars
A well-written mystery recommended by one of my favorite bloggers, Elise Cripe. (See the post here.) Not quite as gritty as the Veronica Mars books, but quite a different taste than the saccharine novels immediately preceding it!

10. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone–4 stars
SO close to a 5-star rating for me. I thought this book was beautifully composed, and I adored the relationships between Sam and all the supportive adults in her life! (Hooray for YA fiction that doesn’t paint adults as bumbling idiots!) My only concern was the intensely physical relationship between Sam and her (almost perfect) boyfriend. As a mom, I just don’t ever want my girls to think a man/relationship can/will solve the difficulties of life. I think this one would spark great conversations!

11. It’s Your Business by J.J. Ramberg–3 stars
183 tips. The odd number didn’t intrigue me (as she suggests in one of her tips), but I did get a few new ideas from skimming through this business how-to one evening. The best thing is that she kept each tip to one page or less–I appreciated her brevity!

12. When Courage Calls by Janette Oke–4 stars
Apparently *this* is the book that Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart is based on! (Or she wrote the book after the series was written? They’re calling it a “companion.”) I really like Elizabeth and Jack (or Beth and Jarrick, as they are called in the book) and the gentle way that their love starts as a genuine friendship. There’s much less romance in the book–it mostly focuses on Beth’s year in Coal Valley and the people who touch her life. Looking forward to the sequel being available at the library!

If you enjoy reading, we’d love to have you join us for Mom’s Book Club on September 10th! We’ll be reading and discussing Smart Parenting for Smart Kids (and lots of other books, too–I’m sure!).

As for me, here’s what’s coming up in September:

Lone Star Signers Book Update: Looking Ahead to September

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