One of my new year’s resolutions/goals was to read more. I love it so much, and it’s actually one of the most relaxing things I can do for myself. I’m proud to say that I’ve probably spent more nights reading before bed this year than I have watching Real Housewives episodes—which are the exact opposite of relaxing. . .
(I’m starting this one next.)
In case some of you are looking for a Summer book recommendation, here’s what I’ve read since January:
What Alice Forgot I had a lot of people recommend this one, but to be honest, it took me until about half way through to get into it. Once I did, I really liked it. It definitely makes you think about how much your life can change in a decade—and why it’s probably a good thing that we can’t see ahead.
The Secret Life of Bees This is an older one I never read until now. (That’s how most of my reading goes.) A sweet story; an easy read.
The Middle Place I picked this one up at Goodwill several years ago and just read it this year. A great (true) story about the special relationship between a (grown) girl and her (really good) dad.
Redeeming Love Someone gave this to me as a gift years ago, and I put it on my shelf thinking I wouldn’t like Christian fiction. I was wrong. This was a beautiful story—about a prostitute(!) and a husband that gave her (many) “second” chances.
The Goldfinch Okay, I posted on Instagram that I was reading this and got lots of mixed feedback. I’ll say this: I learned way more than I ever knew about art and drugs. That probably doesn’t sell you on it, does it?! It’s a 770+ page Pulitzer Prize winner and almost became a challenge that I set before myself to read. I did it—in about three weeks—but not sure it would be at the top of my recommendation list. It was interesting story about a boy’s really crazy life. Just not exactly what I expected from an award-winning book.
The Girl on the Train This seems to be the book of the Summer, so I thought I’d give it a try. It was a quick read—semi-suspenseful and not too deep. Probably the perfect beach read.
Glitter and Glue: A Memoir I bought after reading Kelly Corrigan’s other book (The Middle Place—see above). I just love her writing style,and she must be close to my age because I can totally relate to some of stuff she talks about from her childhood. While her other book was mainly about her dad, this one is a memoir about her relationship with her mom—and how our mothers’ words of advice always come back to ring true later in our lives. :)
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem Well, this (true) story was just about as far removed from my life as you can get, but was pretty intriguing. I was curious how a “normal” American girl ends up in a harem halfway across the world. Although the author’s life has come full circle since then, I honestly felt a little sad after I read the book, like I just wanted to tell her about Jesus. Do you ever feel that way after you read books sometimes?
Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way I just finished this one last night. So, this is a true story about the country music singer (who I had to watch on YouTube to figure out his songs). He’s from here (the same county where I live), and it opened my eyes to what I already knew. There are kids right here, around all of us, who are mistreated, hungry and need help. Most of us live in a sweet little bubble, but this makes you think about we should be stepping out of our comfort zone and doing something. His story is amazing and inspiring, to say the least.
Okay, what are you reading?