Booking It: September 2014

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Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker – I think I put off reading this for a few months because I have been disappointed by some bloggers’ books in the past. But I was not at all disappointed by Lisa-Jo! I absolutely adored reading her story about growing up in South Africa and how God worked in her life. It was the perfect accompaniment to my sleep-inducing baths as my soul was soothed alongside my body. I felt like it offered practical advice as well as a beautiful story.

11/22/63 by Stephen King – Thoughts upon finishing 11/22/63:
1. What am I going to do now that I am not spending every free second reading this book?
2. It feels appropriate to have finished a book about the JFK assassination on 9/11. Both key “where were you when” days.
3. It made me snort that there was a book club guide. From my experience with book clubs, good luck getting everyone to read an 860 page book. I hope you give them 6 months!

All that said, it was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Never did it feel like the story was dragging, even with over 800 pages. So interesting, well-researched, and well-written. A+, Mr. King. {It’s still $2.99 for Kindle, and well well worth it!}

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Kaling is hilarious. After I didn’t love Bossypants I was a little worried about reading this, but I adored it, and it was the perfect light read to tackle after the King epic.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen – This isn’t great literature, but I liked her brand of magical realism in the modern age. Her writing is lovely, and her characters are realistic and likeable. I listened to this one in my car, and the narrator was very good.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay – Captivating YA novel about two kids with sad lives coming together. Millay somehow makes this incredibly gripping, reading-til-midnight material. Despite the language factor, I totally loved it. (Modern Mrs. Darcy’s post about the best of summer 2014 reading pushed me to pick this one up. Thanks, Anne!)

Abandoned: China Dolls by Lisa See. I usually love everything by See or about China, but this was set completely in the US (at least all that I read) and I just wasn’t feeling it. Life’s too short to read books you don’t love!

What have you read lately that you would recommend? 

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2 thoughts on “Booking It: September 2014

  1. I can’t pass up a deal – I picked up 11/22/63, and will see how far I get during the fall read-a-thon. At least having the kindle edition, I don’t have to worry about dropping a heavy book on me if I fall asleep reading!

    • Ha. That’s one way to look at it! I was just glad I didn’t have to worry about reading it in the library’s time span, even though I finished it in well under 3 weeks (our limit). Somehow having that pressure makes me nervous. Plus this way my husband can read it, too, as he has time. (Which will be, oh, Christmas.)

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