As in 2016, I’ll be posting what I am reading with my short reviews, complete with my Verdict. Be sure to check back often for updates! Also, be sure to friend me on Goodreads.
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8. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafazi
7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Lifeby Mark Manson
The language was such a publicity stunt and totally not needed – it actually distracted from the amazing message delivered. We rage against the attitude of entitlement. Life is hard, and sometimes just acknowledging it permits us to move forward. When we pretend that everything is glorious and a perfect Facebook post, that is when we compete and are limited in life in by our own mind. Happiness isn’t far away. And, by the way. this isn’t about not giving a f*ck – poorly named! It is about how to care and what to care about.
6. Confronting the Controversies: A Christian Responds to the Tough Issuesby Adam Hamilton
A gentle read given the whopper topics dealt with. Mingling compassion with Biblical teaching, sprinkling in relevant political issues, the book is a great starting point for Christians to figure out what they believe and why. While the book does guide the read to what Hamilton feels is the ultimate Christian response, it is respectful. Christians need to be thinking beings, not blindly following a leader, and this book is a great addition to any thinker’s repertoire.
5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloane
This book could have been ridiculous and an utter failure but it was saved by the hyper-consciousness of the narrator about how ridiculous it all was. Having the main character be the person that he was made this book work. I was intrigued throughout the reading and propelled forward, even if the Harry Potter-like portions were a little hard to get on board with.
4. Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott
I just adore her writing. While there were some repeated essays in here, and it hardly had a cohesive theme, it was still a wonderful read.
3. The Dream Lover: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
2. The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson
I was quite taken with the book. If you love Downton Abbey, sweeping historical snapshots of England, with a focus on aristocracy, this is for you. I appreciated that many different topics from the time were touched without laboring on one issue in particular (because that’s how society is, after all). I also, surprisingly, didn’t mind the over-dramatic death scene. It seemed appropriate.
Overall, the book did a great job of evoking a time, place and era, with characters who simultaneously felt real yet indicative of certain class representations.
1. Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran