Winter Reading 2017


It's full-on winter here in Iowa now (zero degrees. zero. I can't talk about it.) and nothing says hygge like a stack of good books. Especially, it would seem, good fiction books. I blame the nearing presidential inauguration for my sudden urge to escape reality.

Just Finished Reading:

It didn't win a Pulitzer for nuthin'. This book totally lived up to it's formidable hype. If you haven't read it, fix that quick. Or just wait until your kid goes to college and takes American Lit because this baby will for sure be required reading. A WWII tale that is neither a romance nor a gory war tale, ATLWCS is simply a keen observation of human nature that happens to be exquisitely written.

I binged on this when Eric and I had a getaway weekend and spent most of it at Barnes and Noble. Maybe I enjoyed it a little extra because I'm a former gymnast, but when I got home I checked it out of the library for a day to find out how it ended. It's a quick, engrossing read with some interesting observations about how a mother/daughter relationship changes in adolescence. But still a little predictable.

I love the spirit of this book so much, even if I didn't agree with everything the author said, and it genuinely made me want to be a better Christian. I would be her bff any day.

Currently Reading:

My friend Lori sent me this book after a Voxer conversation we had about darkness, and shortly afterward I found out that my friend Laura is reading it too! Have I piqued your interest yet? This is the first I've read of the author, though An Altar in the World might be my favorite book title ever. I am really enjoying the perspective-shift in this one, challenging me to think differently about darkness.

I thought I would like this one more than I have. It's good, and I didn't know much about the phenomena of orphan trains so I feel like I've learned a bit, but I guess I wanted it to be amazing. I'm enjoying reading it but I do find the plotline rather predictable. What I have found fascinating about it is the prejudice that the Irish experienced during this time period. I knew a little bit about it but it's mind blowing in light of how integrated Irish (like me!) are into our society now and that it was ever different feels ludicrous. I can't help but draw parallels to present day immigrants who are experiencing prejudice in our modern day. Oh, and it does an excellent and unsentimental job of communicating the experience of children in foster care in a way that helps the reader understand.

Will Be Reading:

So many people say this is THE BOOK for writers, so as I'm feeling quite the lag these days I thought I'd give it a try. Hopefully it lives up to its hype!

This is a random pick for me but Modern Mrs. Darcy recommended it for winter cozies, and who am I to snub my nose at the Queen? The plotline sounds a bit cheesy but it got rave reviews and my library had it in stock, so bring on the snow and coffee!

My friend loaned this book to me a few months ago, and I'm just now emerging from the land of fiction to remember it. Has anyone read Rolheiser before? What should I expect? It seems like a good hearty dose of nonfiction spirituality to counter my craving for novels.

Kids Are Reading:

A kind reader sent this to us for the kids and I gasped when I opened the package. It's the same book that enthralled me as a child! My parents still have their copy but I'm so thrilled that we have our own for our little home. My kids love looking at all the different kinds of people as much as I did.

As always, tell me what you've been reading! Especially if its binge-worthy fiction! ;)

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Someday, the light will shine like a sun through my skin & they will say, 'what have you done with your life?' & though there are many moments I think I'll remember, in the end, I will be proud to say, I was one of us.

(Brian Andreas, Storypeople)