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June and July Reads


I never got around to sharing my June books because the start of July was rather busy. And then July went crazy with the whole gall bladder thing. So, now it is time for the June and July book recap. And there are a lot because it is two months worth of books and I spent 5 days in the hospital.

The Hypnotist's Love Story; The Last Anniversary; and Truly, Madly, Deeply by Liane Moriarty - Again, I really enjoy Moriarty's work. Her books often have short chapters and jump between characters which is a writing style that really works for me. It makes it hard to stop reading because you always want to know what happens in the next chapter and since they are short, you continually tell yourself "just one more." They are all so different that it is hard for me to pick a favorite of the the three as I like all of them for different reasons.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson - A companion story to Life After Life as it follows the same family, but focused on a brother in the family this time. Another interesting one from Atkinson.

It's Not Fair by Melanie Dale - Stories and reflections on loving the life you did not choose. Dale chooses to approach the difficulties and challenges of life with humor, so it is a funny and thought provoking read.

A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker - Hatmaker's stance on how to go deep in our faith and move beyond the surface things churches can often get caught up in.

Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet by Shauna Niequest - I enjoy Niequest's thoughtful writing. Her style is easy and conversational. Having read her more recent books first, it was interesting to read these and to see where she has come from.

Restless and Anything by Jennie Allen - Two more really thought provoking and challenging books. I intend to go back through Restless again as that one really hit home.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - An interesting work of fiction that follows two family lines through generations from the village in Africa to modern day. Well worth the read.

Doc by Maria Doria Russell - A fictional take on the life of Doc Holliday. Different from most of what I normally read, but interesting in a fun wild west sort of way.

A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman - Freeman's manifesto on how God shows up in our lives in a million little ways every day. Encouraging and grace filled.

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood - If you have not read this book yet, you must! This is the best book I have read this year. I could not put it down and it made me feels almost the whole range of emotions. When I heard this recommendation, the person said to not read any of the summaries or anything about it, but to just read it. And I think that is a good way to go. Fantastic book!

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