February-July Reads.

August 3, 2016

Since I haven’t done a book update since the end of January, I thought I would fill you in on what else I’ve read so far this year! Sadly, I’ve went through a couple of reading ruts, so the list isn’t as long as I’d like it to be. However, I’ve read a few really good ones!


Crazy Love by Francis Chan
5/5 stars


I had read parts of this book before when we studied it in a class at church, but this was my first time to read all of it. So. good.






Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live on Purpose by Lara Casey
3/5 stars


I enjoyed reading Lara Casey’s story, but I was bored in parts of the book which is why it got a 3.






The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
2/5 stars


This book did inspire me to clean out and organize my closet, but some of her ideas were just a little too out there for my taste.






The Kill Order by James Dashner
4/5 stars


I really didn’t know what to expect from this one with it being the prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy.  But I actually really liked it and I definitely recommend reading it after the trilogy and not before. It would have ruined a lot of the surprises in the trilogy if I would have read the prequel first.





Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee
5/5 stars


I loved this book. It was only about 100 pages long and so thought provoking. Watchman Nee digs into Ephesians and the three postures that are spoken about – -sitting, walking, and standing. I read this while studying for a series we were teaching at church about the Armor of God.





Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina
4/5 stars


It took me awhile to get into this book, but once it finally got me interested I really enjoyed it. There were some ideas in the book that I didn’t agree with, but I loved all the stories about the animals. And I definitely learned things I didn’t know.





Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer
5/5 stars


A great book about prayer, especially if you find yourself struggling with having a consistent prayer life, which I think is something we all struggle with at times.






Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book by Bobby Bones
5/5 stars


Because this show isn’t on the radio in west Tennessee, I don’t know anyone else who listens to the Bobby Bones Show. I listen to it on my podcast app and really enjoy it, so when Bobby wrote a book I had to read it! I definitely recommend the show and the book.




Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
4/5 stars


The young adult librarian where I work put this in my hands and said, “you have to read this.” I’m so glad she did. It left me with so many questions and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.






The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
3/5 stars


I read The Hobbit a couple of years ago and have been meaning to read The Lord of the Rings ever since. So far, The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring wouldn’t be in my favorites, but I definitely want to finish the other books to see what happens. I’ve somehow managed to make it this far in life without the whole story being ruined for me.





When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
5/5 stars

when breath becomes air

I recommend this at the library all the time. Possibly the best book I’ve read so far this year. It is heart-wrenching, but worth it.






The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
5/5 stars

thr5th wave

Great young adult dystopian book, if you’re into that kind of thing. I like The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies better, but it’s still a page turner.






The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
4/5 stars


This is the second book of the 5th Wave trilogy. I liked the first book better and this one took a turn that I wasn’t expecting. However, I couldn’t quit turning the pages on this one either so it still got 4 stars. I should finish the last book of the trilogy sometime this month.





Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
4/5 stars


I bought this at JFK because I was worried I didn’t bring enough books on my trip and I ended up reading the whole thing on the long travel day home from Paris. The book starts out with Jill’s ex-stepdaughter, Abby, showing up at her house late at night with the news that her dad, Jill’s ex-husband, is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and Jill ends up getting involved even though the police are sure it wasn’t a homicide.  The book dives into family issues and I really enjoyed the mystery.





Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn
Book 2: A Whisper and a Wish — 5/5 stars
Book 3: Yours Forever — 5/5 stars
Book 4: Surprise Endings — 5/5 stars
Book 5: Island Dreamer — 5/5 stars
Book 6: A Heart Full of Hope — 4/5 stars
Book 7: True Friends — 5/5 stars
Book 8: Starry Night — 4/5 stars
Book 9: Seventeen Wishes — 4/5 stars
Book 10: A Time to Cherish — 5/5 stars
Book 11: Sweet Dreams — 5/5 stars
Book 12: A Promise Is Forever — 5/5 stars










Sierra Jensen Series by Robin Jones Gunn
Book 1: Only You, Sierra — 5/5 stars
Book 2: In Your Dreams — 4/5 stars
Book 3: Don’t You Wish — 5/5 stars










Departures: Two Rediscovered Stories of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen by Robin Jones Gunn — 3/5 stars


Okay, so I’m honestly a little embarrassed to put these on here since they were obviously written for young teenagers, but I love them! Now, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them to other adults, but for those of us who read these originally when we were teenagers, they are so fun to read again! These books by Robin Jones Gunn were some of my favorite books as a teenager so I feel like I’m catching up with old friends. P.S. If you’re wondering why it says books 2-12 of Christy Miller, it’s because I read book one of the Christy Miller series in 2015.

I’m in the middle of four different books right now, so hopefully I’ll have several more books to tell you about at the end of the month!






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