A Twitter-inspired look at books I’ve been reading recently. (And here’s what I read last month.) What’s on your bookshelf these days?
My Wish List / Gregoire Delacourt
A quick (short – under 200 pages) read. Enjoyable and reflective if not a bit stodgy in places. What would you do with a million dollars?
Top Down / Jim Lehrer
A character-driven novel based on the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination. An interesting (but not fascinating) look at What If? questions in life and the big impact that seemingly small decisions may or may not have.
The Centurian’s Wife / Davis Bunn & Janette Oke
I enjoy Oke’s writing style well enough for what it is, and I’m not ashamed to say that I enjoy her books on occasion. An interesting look at life in Judea immediately following the death of Christ – it gave me a new perspective on choosing to have faith in Jesus.
Match Me If You Can / Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Sometimes you just need light and fluffy chick lit. This was okay, but not great. I learned later that it’s actually #6 in a series, which made some characters make a little more sense. A lot of the humor rests on gender stereotypes, which I don’t love.
Composing Amelia / Alison Strobel
This was not a great book. The characters make terrible decisions, you guys, and the prose is nothing to write home about. It highlighted a lot of what I have seen to be true when immature, overly-enthusiastic evangelical Christians marry at a young age.
The Beginning of Everything / Robyn Schneider
Everyone gets a tragedy, indeed. I enjoyed Ezra, Schneider’s male lead character – I thought he was well written for a teen boy, which I would imagine to be hard to capture. Cassidy, his love interest, is written as such an Enneagram 4. An intelligent read, while still witty and quick YA.
Solsbury Hill / Susan Wyler
The setting of the moors was stunning and well-written, and became their own character in a way. The rest of the book, and the characters of the human sort, fell flat for me. A loose continuation of Wuthering Heights. Bronte fans might enjoy this more than I did.
A Homemade Life / Molly Wizenberg
I read (and enjoy) Orangette occasionally, and I think Wizenberg’s writing style works better in blog format. Great recipes, lovely memories, but overall disappointing as a book for me. #unpopularopinions
Girl in Translation / Jean Kwok
I saved the best for last. I loved this book. The true-to-life circumstances of this little immigrant family are disturbing and left me with much on my mind. Beautifully written, important story. I want to read more from Jean Kwok.
Bread & Butter / Michelle Wildgen
I forgot this in my July edition, so I’ll include it here. I was excited to read this since I love bread and butter, and restaurants, and brothers, but I found it a little boring. Filled with sibling rivalry and mouth-watering descriptions of food and daily restaurant life, it should have been better than it was.