This has been a weird reading month for me! I was finishing up school, starting renovations on my fiance’s house and continuing wedding plans. I read an embarrassingly large amount of romance novels, and for that, I apologize. See my Goodreads profile for more books that didn’t make it on the list, and some of my ratings!
1. Mockingbird by Kathyrn Erskine
I cannot say enough good things about this book! It is a children’s book, so it’s a quick read, and it’s worth every single second. It will leave you giggling at times and tearing up at others. This story won a National Book award last year (yes, that’s a big deal). It is narrated by a 10-year-old girl with Aspergers, and from what I’ve researched, it’s extremely accurate. The author is a mother to a daughter with Aspergers, and so there are some stories you can tell feel personal. This was an amazing read, and I have already passed it along to two people. This gets a 5 out of 5, no doubt!
2. Leaving by Karen Kingsbury
I have been working through the Baxter family series for a couple of years now, and am finally nearing the end. As I mentioned last month, I enjoy Kingsbury’s books as a light and quick read, not necessarily the content. They’re decent books, but not the best I’ve read. I will say that I have learned a lot about God and faith through these books because of some thoughts that have lead me to do other reading. That alone makes them worth it! This one gets a 3 out of 5.
3. They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky by by Benjamin Ajak, Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak
This has been an incredible and devastating read. I’ve said it several times that I think it is so important to read books every so often that break your heart and make you squirm. There is value in seeing how some of the rest of the world has and does live. It pulls you out of your comfortable living and gives you necessary perspective. I highly recommend picking up this book! I’m about halfway through, and this beauty gets a 5 out of 5 so far!
4. Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum
This is a super fun series, and I’m really enjoying reading anything by this author. The characters are quirky, even though the story lines are predictable, they’re great. I find myself belly-laughing constantly throughout them (just ask my fiance). I finished this one this month, and am trying to track down a copy of the second book in the series to borrow and not buy. I’m currently working through another series (Lauren Holbrook) of Mangum’s that are in print. Go check them out! I would give this about 4 out of 5 stars, because of it’s quirky and funny moments.
4. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
I’m reading this one because I’ve heard many good things about it, but I have to say I haven’t been that impressed. The story throughout the first half is good and somewhat captivating, but then I lost interest about halfway through. I mostly listened to it on audiobook and then read parts here and there. I only finished it to say that I had read it and add it to my 2016 reading challenge. I would give this one about 2.5 stars out of 5.