Here’s a look at what I’m reading this month!
RECENTLY FINISHED READING:
Highly recommended. I am quite certain this title will make the favorites list among books I’ve read this year! Whether you would define yourself as an avid reader or not, you will find encouragement and challenge by reading this book about reading. I was afraid I might either feel guilty over what I do read or overwhelmed by all I should. Neither was the case! Reinke develops a theology of reading and then moves to helpful tips for deciding what to read as well as how to read it. Excellent stuff.
If you were to read the various reviews of this novel posted by book bloggers and amazon shoppers you would find it to be something of a lightning rod. It seems readers either hate it or like it. Though I appreciate reading negative reviews (and often find them more revealing than the positive), I chose this title for our book club thinking it would spawn some interesting discussion. We haven’t met yet but I can tell you my instinct was correct. 🙂 The story is well written and compelling and and yet also honest and raw. I liked this book but it is not your grandmother’s Christian fiction. I’m not certain the rest of the book clubbers liked it so much but we’ll find out next week!
I’m a fan of the British murder mystery, no doubt about it, but this particular mystery, not so much. Miss Pym is a delightful protagonist and Tey writes with barely concealed amusement in her characterization of the psychologist turned sleuth. However, perhaps it was the setting of a physical therapy school for girls and the rigors the girls endure that made the novel seem outdated and difficult to immerse oneself in. Do such schools still exist? I don’t really know. I much preferred Tey’s Man in the Queue.
I just began this novel, the story of four women living in an Italian villa for a month, and so far, so good. If first impressions can be trusted then this will be a book I enjoy very much. I’ve got the movie in my Netflix queue ready to watch upon completion of the book!
I’m not sure how much of a writing life I really live, not much of one if the blog is any indication to be sure! However, after seeing this book quoted in several places across the web I thought perhaps I too could benefit from Wilson’s writing encouragement. Who knows? Maybe the blog will be the better and the more prolific for it. Or, not…
We are continuing to read this as part of our Wednesday night study at church.
CONSIDERING READING NEXT (subject to the whim of the reader, of course):
I’m still considering reading this account of a brutal murder in Kansas. Some of your comments last month have swayed me a little so we’ll see…
The House at Riverton: A Novel by Kate Morton
Staci recommended this title to me and since I loved Morton’s The Distant Hours, I can’t wait to read this title next!
A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton
From the publisher’s description: “Horton exposes the pop culture that sells Jesus like a product for health and happiness and reminds us that our lives often lead us on difficult routes we must follow by faith. This book offers a series of powerful readings that demonstrate how, through every type of earthly difficulty, our Father keeps his promises from Scripture and works all things together for our good.” Yes and amen.
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa Terkeurst
Our next book club selection, another book certain to generate some interesting discussion I think!
Still thinking about reading…
I’m also looking at reading something by Flannery O’Connor. Any recommendations?
Oh, and by the way, you can keep up with my reading progress at the reading tab at the top of this blog!
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