Good morning, friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I made a library run midweek, and came home with eight – eight! – books. Some had been on my TBR list for a year or two, and a few were brand new. I usually have a few books going at a time – one fiction, usually from the library; one non-fiction, usually one that I own either in paperback or on my Kindle; and a “light” book on my Kindle (for reading between appointments, or when I can’t sleep, which is becoming increasingly common!) Even so, this is a lot for me! Fortunately, I had some extra reading time this week and finished up two good books.
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
07/23/18: # 57 5 Stars You know by now that I love Louise Penny’s writing. Honestly, I think her books keep getting better and better. This one, # 11 in the Inspector Gamache series, caught me from the first page and surprised me at the end. If you decide to read this series, I recommend that you start at the beginning so that you can get to know the characters. I promise, you will soon feel as though you know each of them personally – truly the sign of a great book, right? Also – I just peeked at Louise Penny’s page on Amazon, and even though she just released this book, # 13 in the series, in May, she is releasing this one in November!
07/21/18: # 58 3 Stars An author who I respect made a list of books-to-read-for-writers, and this book made that list. Jordan Raynor’s book reminds us that we were created by a creative God – and because He created us in His image, we are creators as well. I remember listening to a podcast when the interviewer first understood that, although she had not ever thought of herself this way, she was actually creative. I resonated with this so much, and I believe this is why this book captured my attention. I thought it was very well-written, and I especially loved the stories the author shared about the lives of several creative Christian entrepreneurs. I would recommend this book to anyone who is just beginning to understand herself as a creative person, as well as to the experienced creative who would enjoy reading about how others use their creativity to make the world better.
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life by Marion Roach Smith
Fail Until You Don’t: Fight, Grind, Repeat by Bobby Bones