June Book Talk

What a beautiful summer day! I’m currently lounging on my back deck in the sunshine with a glass of iced coffee and it is pure bliss. Hemingway is crowing, there’s a cool breeze and birdsong in the air. There’s also the sound of Elizabeth Bennet, my buff orpington, straining to lay her morning egg. She carries on quite loudly, breaking up the bucolic scene. It’s a wonderful morning for writing, or reading. Today, I’m talking books!!

I keep track of the books I’m reading on the Goodreads app. If you do not have this app, and you are a reader, you are missing out on life. On the app, I keep track of what I want to read, what I’ve read, and what I’m currently reading. It helps me decide if I want to pick a book up or not based on other people’s reviews. This has led me astray a few times… In my experience, I’ve learned that there are two kinds of readers: those who must finish a book no matter what and DNFs (did not finish). I fall into the “must finish” group and longingly glance to the other side of the fence wishing I could be a DNFer, sometimes. There’s nothing I abhor more than plodding through a novel I’m not feeling. My favorite part of the Goodreads app is the Reading Challenge. Every year, I set a reading goal for myself. The app keeps track of the books I’ve read and once I’ve accomplished my goal the screen bursts into confetti. It’s the greatest.

Onto books! This year I’ve been reading a lot more nonfiction than I usually do. I’m doing a lot of searching and that’s evident in my literary choices. Here’s what I’ve read in 2019. Hopefully, it will inspire you to pick up a good read, to learn, to escape, to grow, or spark a conversation with a friend.

  • “The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming” by Sally Clarkson. {My rating: 5 stars} L.o.v.e.d. this book. Every momma or future momma must read this.
  • “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” by J.R.R. Tolkien. {My rating: 5 stars for all three} If you haven’t read this epic classic, you need to. If you want a study on true friendship, this is it.
  • “Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan. {My rating: 5 stars} A wake up call for Western Christianity. The book is simplistic and a great introduction to the woes of cultural Christianity in America.
  • “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens {My rating: 4 stars} I really enjoyed the book and the descriptive storytelling. The last chapter lost a star, for me. I despise it when good stories are tied up neatly with a bow in the last chapter. I will continue to pretend I didn’t read the last few pages.
  • “Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches” by Russell Moore. {My rating: 5 stars} This was my second time reading. Highly recommend for prospective adopting parents and their family and friends. Highly recommend for any Christian, period.
  • “The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery” by Ian Morgan Cron. {My rating: 4 stars} If you are new to the Enneagram conversation, this is the book for you. If you don’t know what Enneagram is, allow me to lovingly say: get out from under the pretty rock you’re under and google it.
  • “The Minimalist Home: A Room-By-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life” by Joshua Becker. {My rating: 4 stars} Are you overwhelmed and don’t know why? Maybe you have too much stuff. This book helps put things in perspective. Even as an avid purger, I was still inspired to get rid of a lot of things in our home. Something to consider: clutter does not just come in material form.
  • “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green. {My rating: 3 stars} I love John Green books and I’ve had this one on my list since it came out. The topic is important and we need more young adult literature addressing mental health, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I wanted to love it, but I didn’t.
  • “Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living” by Shauna Niequist. {My rating: 3 stars} I resonated with this book in so many ways. But the push to find peace within oneself threw me off from a Christian author. I’d recommend this to a mature Christian who can see the biblical flaws and not be dissuaded by them, but I fear some may be led astray by the New Age thinking prevalent in this book.
  • “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. {My rating: 4 stars} This is a good read and the story is compelling, but the writing isn’t comparable to “All the Light We Cannot See.”

So that’s the list, thus far. I’ll update next month on what I’ve read since then. I’m in the middle of two that I’m learning so much from and I can’t wait to share my final thoughts with you once I’ve finished. Do you have any books you’re loving? Please share them in the comments. I’m always looking for another literary treasure. Happy reading!!

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