2017 Summer Reads

Man, unemployment is definitely teaching me to enjoy where I am. Even if it’s not where I want to be. Can I get an AMEN? I hear you, post grads, I hear you. So on top of job hunting, when I feel like I’m going insane and haven’t been traveling to 473563847 weddings, I’ve been reading my butt off. Here’s a list of what I’ve read this summer and a few thoughts on each.

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

Fascinating. I love anything that makes biblical times come alive. Sometimes stories in the Bible are like 4 sentences long, and I’m like, k. I do not know how to interpret that. It’s hard for me sometimes to put myself in their shoes to truly understand the bigger picture. Hence why I love stories like this. I’m not a feminist but I felt some angst for women. But a friend told me recently that we can’t be mad at the men for the way things were. This was all they knew too, handed down from generation to generation. I’m thankful to live in a time where I can have a voice.

Embrace Me – Lisa Samson

I liked this one, but I’ll be honest, it took a minute for me to get into it. I thought there were some beautiful and profound metaphors throughout this book. Especially surround the face of God and what it means to love unconditionally.

The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

Wrote a whole post about this one. Read up.

Draw the Circle – Mark Batterson

I don’t know what I would have done in the last 40 days without this book. I’ll be honest, unemployment is not for the faint of heart. I honest to goodness feel for the homeless and unemployed. It. Is. Hard. Anyway! This book spoke so much life to me and kept me on track when I really couldn’t keep my faith super well. I think Mark would agree that the point of this book is not to “get” something, but to create a life of prayer. This brought me a step closer to that, most definitely. I highly suggest this for anyone going through confusing, hard, frustrating transitions (does any other type of transition exist??? Please inform is so).

Immortal – Traci L. Slatton

Again, fascinating. I haven’t read anything like this before. I was hooked right off the bat on this one too. I loved that some of the characters were based off real people and events like Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotta, the Black Death and Inquisition. If you’re a sucker for European history, you’ll enjoy this one.

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

I was sucked into this one right off the bat. Why are young adult books so easy to get into? More books need to be like that. This reminded me a bit of Perks of Being a Wallflower. Made me feel a lot of things. I was super frustrated with some of the ending. Not because it was written poorly, but because of the reality of life. I’ll leave it at that.

Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult

LOVED this one. I’ve heard some people say they sometimes have a hard time with her writing style because she jumps from character to character, but I actually really like it. I feel like I’m able to connect deeply with more of the characters. This one ended on a really haunting note. Like, it left me shook. 

Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Read this one in like, two days. I found the storyline really intriguing and easy to get sucked into. Especially because this was an actual, real thing. I liked the historical aspect, and liked that they added some facts at the back of the book. And half of the book takes place in Minnesota, so obviously I’m a fan. Definitely recommend this one.

Have you read any of these? What did you love? And hate? I could talk about books all day. Also, if you have suggestions – I’m so open to them!




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