Book 33: Mini Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) Sophie Kinsella’s books are one of my guilty pleasures. She has such a witty writing style, and the character is so much like me in many ways (except for being much more social). I cringe at the way her shopping addiction is made light of and that she never has any real consequences for hiding things from and even lying to her husband. Still, they are quick (being 5 books behind, I need quick at this point), easy, fun reads with likable characters.
Book 34: Last Light (Terri Blackstock, Restoration series #1) I’m not a big fan of the writing. The characters are pretty predictable. Still, the situation is something that is very believable. With food shortages worldwide and the dependence we have on electronics in this day and age, it’s good to get a glimpse of what could happen if it were all taken away from us and to think about how we should react as Christians.
Book 35: The Covenant (Beverly Lewis, Abram’s Daughters series #1) Again, not a fan of the writing style, but face it, the Amish are fascinating people. Beverly Lewis’ books give a rare glimpse into their lifestyle. This series follows a family of sisters, some of whom are facing very difficult consequences for choices they made during their time of freedom from the confinements of the Amish lifestyle.
Book 36: Every Last One (Anna Quindlen) Now THIS is good writing. Be warned, without giving anything away, the situation is heartbreaking and will take your breath away. But it will also make you see your family, your choices, what you think is important in a whole new light. Anna Quindlen captures all of the feelings of motherhood in such a beautiful way. Even the run-of-the-mill, driving-kids-to-soccer days are captivating in the hands of her prose.
Book 37: Night Light (Terri Blackstock, Restoration series #2) Book 2 of the series, lights are still out, food and money are scarce, and the question is how should believers respond to those who are not prepared?
Book 38: The Bible Jesus Read (Philip Yancey) Excellent look at some of the most difficult of the Old Testament books. Yancey looks at Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, the wisdom books (focusing on Lamentations), and the prophets. I especially love his explanation of the prophets not as fortune-tellers predicting the end of the world but as people who can give us a glimpse into the mind and heart of God. I am looking forward to reading these Old Testament books again with Yancey’s insights in mind.