It’s been a great summer for reading for me! This isn’t always the case, so that’s been a real treat. Of course, it means other things haven’t been getting done, but let’s not focus on that, LOL. For now, here are a few highlights, though not my exhaustive list!
For Book Club
It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Siri Mitchell, but OH MY WORD. This one…seriously the first book in ages that I literally couldn’t put down and read way too late into the night. Usually, even fantastic books don’t inspire me to miss my bedtime. (Because hello, when you’re as busy as I am, sleep is sacred! LOL) But I devoured this book in just a couple evenings. So, so good! It’s pure suspense and will keep you guessing throughout.
I adore princess books!!!! And Hannah Currie is AMAZING. She took a character I was annoyed with in book 1 and made me totally fall in love with her as she delved deep into Princess Alina’s vulnerabilities. The spiritual growth is just breathtaking. By the end, I was sitting there with sticky notes, frantically writing down all the great lines so I could quote them, LOL. For instance, “In God I’d finally found the strength to stand, and all I wanted to do was kneel.” *Sniff, sniff
I’ve been meaning to read something by Toni Shiloh for years–I know how awesome she is as a person, so I figured her books had to be fabulous too. I just hadn’t found the time to read one. But I adored the cover of The Trouble with Love so tossed it to the top of my TBR stack, and I’m so glad I did! This book was fun, insightful, had great characters, a fabulous faith journey, and overall left me eager for the sequel. My first Toni Shiloh, but it won’t be my last!
I picked Black by Ted Dekker solely because I hadn’t read anything by him in ages and it was available, LOL. I have to say, this one was…strange. Interesting. Fascinating. I was alternately thrilled and frustrated with the dual timelines, but the sheer creativity of it kept me coming back morning after morning to listen to more. It ends on a TOTAL cliff-hanger, and my library didn’t have the second volume in the same format, so I started the sequel in an ebook instead and (I confess) haven’t yet finished. Definitely a fascinating idea for a series!
With the Kids
Or with my teen daughter, anyway. And by “with,” I mean we took turns with the book. 😉 Because, you know…princess books, LOL. So I had mixed feelings on The Betrothed. It was great–great writing, really nicely drawn characters, very well done. But it took me a while to be on board with where I saw she was taking it. And just when I finally got on board, she threw this ENORMOUS twist at me! The ending…well, let’s just say book 2 had better come soon, because I am NOT satisfied with how this one left me, LOL.
Also for Book Club
Jocelyn Green always writes amazing books, and Veiled in Smoke was no exception! I loved the journeys of each member of this family as they battled their own demons and were caught up in a mystery, all against the backdrop of the Great Chicago Fire. I learned so much about the event and the reconstruction afterward, and there were some amazing plot twists too! Hilariously, days after finishing this one, Jocelyn contacted me about endorsing the sequel, so I’ve also just finished that–it’s amazing too, but I’ll talk more about it closer to its release, LOL. GREAT SERIES!!
We’ve picked up Book Club this month after a few months off. While we may be meeting virtually…We are just happy to be reading together again![/et_pb_blurb]
It’s amazing how your view of books and characters change. I’ve always adored this book…and the last time I read it I was still in High School. This time around…I actually liked Amy *gasp* I know…Revolutionary! But I saw her through different eyes this time. And she definitely grew on me. There are other aspects of Little Women that stood out to me this time around too.
Oh.My.Word! I had the privilege of reading Dust for review. Such an amazing Peter Pan retelling!
With the Kids
I love.Love.LOVE our curriculum. We read so many books together! Next year, I’ll be homeschooling 2 kiddos. Kindergarten and third grade. I’m a little nervous…but super excited! Since my Kinder already sat through most of the read-alouds when his brother was in Kindergarten, I might be changing up the reading list this year.This story was an interesting look into the culture of the Florida backwoods.