In Which I Read the Library {Quick Lit – March ’19}

I’m pretty sure this is more books than I’ve read in a month since being a grown-up with responsibilities. I think I managed to do what I needed to, but most other extra-curricular activities took a back-seat to getting through all of these.

Here’s what I read and what I thought! If you need a more specific description click through to Amazon. There are lots of fun ones here and your library probably has most of them!

Which is probably why I read so much.

Does anyone else feel pressure to read all the books in the library? Yes? No? Just the ones that sound good?

Anyway

Carry on, to:

Fiction

  1. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – 5 stars. Inspiring, pithy, artsy, and real. I really appreciated the way Thomas placed Bri with her feet in two places in so many ways. Great poetry, themes worth thinking about, compelling family dynamics.  
  2. Sourdough by Robin Sloan – 4 stars. Robots, sourdough bread, extremely nerdy person, socially awkward, happenstance, underground market. I’m still thinking about this one. It was so absurd, but also I make sourdough bread so I found it enchanting and hilarious. Go read the blurb and see if it might be for you. Loved it, just knocked a star off for adult content. 
  3. The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers – 4 stars. This book just made me laugh and also feel slightly annoyed at the main character. Why?? but I always appreciate a book with a load of Spanish thrown in. And it was just fun. 
  4. Calling My Name by Liara Tamani – 4 stars. I don’t really remember this one, unfortunately. It was good in many ways, but I don’t remember why. So, go for it or not. #irresponsiblereader
  5. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict – 5 stars. Loved this take on what the life of Albert Einstein’s first wife. Compelling, emotional, relatable, devastating. A must-read.
  6. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson – 5 stars. I loved this second book of the Fire and Thorns series. Devoured it. Also: have the third one on hand if you don’t like long drawn out suspense. :)
  7. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson – 4 stars.  And this one from the same series was really good as well. Just loved the middle one best, is all. 

Non-Fiction:

  1. The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For by Jo Saxton – 4 stars. A really helpful guide to come back to yourself and the way God made you to be you. I loved learning parts of Jo Saxon’s story.
  2. Go Together: How the Concept of Ubuntu Will Change How You Live, Work, and Lead by Shola Richards – 4 stars. I love the idea of ubuntu: “I am because we are”. This was written with work in mind, but this concept of whole togetherness is one I am learning to think about particularly in regards to family life.
  3. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown – 5 stars. excellent, eye-opening, honest, challenging. And if the title puts you off and you start to assume it’s not for you because you’re not black, think again. Austin Channing Brown is not here to cater to or center white readers. And that makes it that much more important to read and consider.
  4. Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack by Alia Joy – 5 stars. This book is powerful not only because of her Alia Joy’s stories, but because of the way she reframes her life stories to reflect a bigger picture of God and challenge our own assumptions about weakness. She challenges us to faith in a God who is there in the midst of our struggle, instead of faith captivated by our ability to serve God before, after, or in spite of struggle.**
  5. Irresistible Faith: Becoming the Kind of Christian the World Can’t Resist by Scott Sauls – 4 stars. I’ll be sharing more thoughts on this next week, but I really appreciated how the structure of this book first focused us on our faith foundation, then our personal story, then our church surroundings, and only after that did the author address the rest of the world. Becoming irresistible has more to do with the very basics than it might seem. **
  6. The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman – 5 stars. Strewn with grace, peace, soul-care, small-moment attentiveness, helpful advice, true-hearted stories, and sound wisdom, it is an invitation to walk into a more soul-aware way of living, in the midst of everyday decisions and not-so-everyday decisions, while being completely rooted in faith in the One who made us.**
  7. This Outside Life: Finding God in the Heart of Nature by Laurie Ostby Kehler – 4 stars. This was not quite the practical daily guide to getting into nature I was expecting, but the author’s stories and descriptions of nature made me more appreciative of the world I live in (and made me want to go on more adventures!) and the God who made it all.**
  8. Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow – 5 stars. I love this cookbook full of healthy tasty meals that Israel and I both enjoy. The only caveat is this book assumes you have a food processor, but I found a little faux-processor that mostly does the job and was much less expensive than an actual food processor. So far it has lasted a month. fingers crossed.
  9. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson – 4 stars. This was a great read. Funny at times, but mostly honest and challenging stories and facts about being a person of color in the US.
  10. Confessions of a Roadkill Christian by Faith Raider – 5 stars. I love this honest, real story of faith and marriage. I love how Faith shares how God heals and holds her heart through it all. She is poetic, wise, vulnerable, and helpfully self-reflective in a gut-honest way sometimes lacking in Christian culture. We need more stories like this.
  11. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya – 5 stars. I picked this book up thinking it was fiction, but was instead shocked by a story of a little girl bouncing back and forth between refugee camps with her older sister. It was heartbreaking, but also just a surprisingly beautiful display of grit and how she is surviving still.
     

What have you read and loved lately? I’m always looking for more to add to my list? What kind of book have you been wishing to read? Maybe I can help!

Comment and make sure to find me on Instagram! :) Thanks for reading!

(Disclaimers: Post contains Amazon Affiliate Links. **And I received complimentary copies of few of these from publishers/authors. My opinions are mine, as always. I also purchased my own copies of a couple, but that just frees books up for giveaways! Stay tuned, on instagram, most likely.)

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