Wednesday, November 14, 2012

what i'm reading

A great deal of the books I read are based on the recommendation of friends or what those around me are currently reading. I thought it might be fun to share a little about some of my own current reads.

What I read:

The End of Your Life Book Club
I picked this one up after seeing it on Ashley's Fall Reading List. The story surrounds a mother and son who start an unofficial book club as one faces a life threatening illness. While the mood of the book was somewhat dreary, it brought up many of the questions we are faced with when dealing with death. Most of which many of us choose to ignore. There were many tears shed on my part. Do not even think about starting this book without a box of tissues nearby.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl was an emotional rollercoaster of torture. Nick wakes up on his fifth anniversary to find his wife, Amy, is missing. There are search parties. Interviews. Accusations. From the very first page, I wanted to skip straight to the ending. The story has multiple narrators and forces the reader to choose loyalties. I might have chewed off a fingernail or two just to make it to the end.

What I'm reading:

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
Jen Hatmaker took seven months and attacked seven different areas of excess with the support of her friends. I started this book a while ago but still haven't finished it yet. Don't blame that on the book though. It reads well in diary style format. Unfortunately, I had too many commitments and not enough reading time before I had to return it to the library. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish it once my spot on the waiting list comes up again.
Also- if you're not following Jen on twitter, you are missing out.

Half the Sky

This one went straight to my must read list after watching the documentary on PBS. The authors explored the lack of basic human rights for females and oppression of women throughout many countries. These brave women endure brutality and difficult circumstance throughout many aspects including education, the economy, and gender based violence among others.

What I'm going to read:

Lady Almina & The Real Downton Abbey
A fellow Downton Abbey loving friend recommended this one to me. Lady Almina of Highclere Castly was the inspiration for Lady Cora. I'm a fan of the show so surely this book will be a good read. I'm hoping it tides me over until the new season premieres in the U.S.

Kisses from Katie
I already love this book and I haven't even read it yet. For a long time, I've felt my most important purpose in life is to love God and love people. Just from the book reviews I can tell that Katie encompasses that very idea even to the extreme. She packed up and moved to Uganda to bring love and Jesus to hundreds of people.

I would love to hear your book recommendations so my reading list can grow. Leave them in the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. My favorite book of all time is THE HOMEMAKER by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. It was written in the 1920s and it's about family and gender roles and it is so good! Everyone in my book club still talks about it and we read it years ago. I only read old books (pre-1950s usually) but I've heard so much about GONE GIRL that I'm slightly intrigued.


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