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CURRENTLY READING Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
This one has been on my Kindle wishlist for awhile, but I found at in hardback at a thrift and snatched it up!
JUST FINISHED Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson
I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. I wanted to love it, but I found it a little pat, if you will. I found the description of the various cases and surgeries fascinating, though.
FINISHED BEFORE THAT Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
Another thrift store find, this satisfied my occasional need for a fluffy beach read, although the subject matter was a little deeper than I expected!
The Recent Highlights:
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
This was a well-written, poignant account of the horrific genocide in Rwanda. The characters grabbed my heart and the I found the treatment of the historic event was gentle and informative.
Ahab’s Wife, or The Stargazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
Naslund went to my alma mater and now teaches at the university where my dad works, so I want to love her books, but so far I’ve been underwhelmed by all the ones I’ve tried. This was a heck of a tale, but I found the pages long lapses into poetic dreaming and the literary allusions a bit much.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
I’ve certainly read and commented on enough of Ramsey’s philosophy, so it’s only fitting that I finally read the book! Though Andy and I are blessed not to be in any debt, I agree with a lot of Ramsey’s philosophy and am glad to be able to back that up.
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Another fluffy read, I found the underlying plot (an affair) to be infuriating, but I was engaged with the characters. I’ve now seen the movie, too.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Recommended by a writer and blogger I respect, this was a beautiful, heart-engaging novel!
The Story of Charlotte’s Web by Michael Sims
Gave me really insight into the life of E.B. White and the creation of that childhood classic we all know and love. White was a fascinating guy!
The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides
I enjoyed Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides, and given all the hype about this book I expected to love it, but I found the lapses into academia tedious and didn’t really like the main characters, which made it hard to get through.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I surprised myself by loving this classic novel–it was hilarious!
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (one of my favorite writers and Christian personalities)
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (recommended by another blogger)
Daphne: A Novel by Justine Picardie (picked up randomly because it was cheap for Kindle!)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman (free for Prime on Kindle, AND surely an inspiring story)
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Galdwell
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (a re-read)