A word about bookclubs --- last month I attended, for the first time, a bookclub that is organized by my local library. I attended with a friend, forever thankful that she was gamed for going otherwise I would not have gone alone into the unknown. The unknown turned out to be a fabulous eveining with a group of women discussing likes and dislikes of a book we all read. I'm not sure what I was thinking it would be like...maybe low attendance? A click-y group of women? Anyway, this bookclub's focus is YA...all different genres marketed for the YA population, and the club is meant for adults who read YA. I cannot say I love YA...more times than not, it bothers me. But the club itself was great fun. Even though I didn't like the book, it was fun discussing it with others and hearing their perspective. The bookclub meets monthly, and I am excited to continue meeting up with this insightful group of ladies. There are other bookclubs with different focuses that the library organizes...maybe more suited to my current tastes, but they don't meet at a time that is doable for me. I love hearing about bookclubs...are you a part of one?
For June, the Books I Completed:
The Cure by John S. Lynch, Bruce McNicol, Bill Thrall
I was incredibly impacted by this book, but not by the entire book. Out of the seven chapters, two completely spoke to me. Every chapter lended itself for thought; I have highlighted a lot. But it really was only two chapters that utterly impacted and convicted me with Truth.
A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage
I was intrigued by this book because I am sucker for time-travel type books especially historical ones and most especially ones set in Scotland. Yes, it has the typical romance novel elements, but I was happy to see that the author did advance the plot line and developed the characters beyond the lust and instaLove stage that so often is the modus operandi of romance novels. This one proved to be a much better story than I anticipated.
Love Beyond Time by Bethany Claire
This was the not the book for me, that is for certain.
The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Well. Hmmm. I really super enjoyed this book, that is until towards the end and then it went a bit wonky for me. The relationship within the story fell into place too conveniently. The story took a spin that was playing out too neatly. And then there was the mix of mythology with Christianity and well...I love mythology, and those stories are great fun to read, but the parallels made with Christianity even with just being made in a storytelling kind of way to explain situations in the story was an uneasy aspect that I just couldn't digest. I really was greatly enjoying the story until the relationship, story spin, and Christianity/mythology aspects started to flesh out.
Christy by Catherine Marshall
I loved this book so much that I am certain it will be near the top of my favorite five books read for this year. There is absolutely so much good about this book in way of writing, setting, characters and the actual story...richness, depth, truth, humanity, ugliness, love. I read all 480 pages within seven days, and that is no longer an easy feat for me.
Brides and Betrayal by Michelle Lynn Brown
I enjoyed this book, but didn't love it by any stretch of the imagination. There was absolutely a great message, but the message took over the story instead of being a part of it.
Veils and Vows by Michelle Lynn Brown
A bit cheesy, very predictable, and not all that complicated, but yet I liked it a whole lot. It spoke to my heart even with all its simplicity. And in the end, I was a satisfied reader who very much liked the story, the entire story.
Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson
An okay book, but ultimately was not my cup of tea due to the incredible quick "instaLove-let's-get-married" aspect....it just did not work for me, and took away from the strength of the book.
Here and Now by Henri Nouwen
A good, good book. Much of the reading gave me pause to think. I highlighted many quotes amongst these pages. But, I must admit, the last several chapters were a bit flat for me. The strength of the book is the first half. One of my favorite quotes... "Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us."
I Am Currently Reading:
Glittering Images by Susan Howatch
Finally I have started this book, and while I am not far into the story, I am liking this one. I am curious how much I will like the story once I am done, because right now it may seem that I will like it a whole lot. It is richly written; words, characters, mysterious aspects, and Truths. The reading is smooth, and intriguing. The only reason why I have not moved into the devouring-the-words reading pace is because life has not allowed for that luxury. I hope the luxury comes to me this week.
Red Rising By Pierce Brown
This is a book for my local bookclub. I am not too far into the read. I am not disliking it but I am also not loving it. The worldbuilidng is very detailed; so much so that it is hard for me to follow. Maybe it's more the matter of me not wanting to take the time to sort out and remember the details. Fortunately, for me, I am usually okay with not having the details immediately sorted out. Usually, the book will do the sorting as the storyline advances...at least that's the case when a book is well written. Beyond the detailed worldbuilding, I am intrigued.
Potential Books for August:
The list is pretty long and vast. As I write this post, July 29th, I am sick with a cold that is a great nuisance...a nuisance that is stripping away my brain cells that care about planning - narrowing down the potential books to the top potentials. So even though my list is long, and because I don't have any top potentials yet, and because my brain cells are very tired, let me ask you...What is the one book that you are currently recommending or would recommend to another reader to read?
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What book(s) are on your nightstand?