May Reading Update: Beach Reading!

I read 14 books this month! 14 books! In May!

This is in no small part thanks to a week at the beach and several days spent proctoring AP tests.  That and the fact that I’m a speed reader…

Non-fiction:
Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty
Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
7 by Jen Hatmaker
Breaking Free by Beth Moore
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
The Envy of Eve by Melissa Kruger
Recapture the Wonder by Ravi Zacharias
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Depression: Looking Up From The Stubborn Darkness (Edward T. Welch)
Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
The Fringe Hours (Jessica Turner)
Jesus the King (Timothy Keller)
A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet (Sophie Hudson)
He Chose the Nails (Max Lucado)
Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard (Laura Bates)
Sabbath (Wayne Muller)
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis (Lauren Winner) – this book resonated with me far more than I expected it would.  There were many times I felt Lauren had copied my own journal directly into her book.  I borrowed it from the library but plan to buy my own copy.
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling) – just a funny and enjoyable read
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote) – I read this because a good friend and coworker had her AP English class read it this year.  I read it thinking it was fiction and once I found out it was supposed to be non-fiction, my thoughts on it changed a bit.
Fiction:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley)
Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)
The Magician’s Nephew (C.S. Lewis)
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
The Good Girl (Mary Kubica)
The Invention of Wings (Sue Monk Kidd)
The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Alan Bradley)
Year of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks)
Three Wishes (Liane Moriarty)
Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline)
The Things we do for Love (Kristin Hannah)
Angels Walking (Karen Kingsbury)
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Alan Bradley) – It’s not a month without Flavia de Luce
The Next Always (Nora Roberts) – beach reading at its finest.
The Rosie Project / The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion) – I loved the first one; could have down without the second, but it wasn’t terrible.  Simsion created some very interesting characters.
The Outer Banks House / Return to the Outer Banks House (Diann Ducharme) – I chose these because I was at the Outer Banks and like the series above, loved the first and was disappointed with the second.  I honestly wish I hadn’t read the second at all because the plot took a turn that still makes me mad when I think about it.  I wanted only happily ever after books for my beach reading.
Summer Island (Kristin Hannah) – it was fine; not my favorite from this author
Attachments (Rainbow Rowell) – I LOVED this book.  Highly recommend.  So sweet.
Speak (Lauren Halse Anderson) – this is a YA classic and I am glad I read it. Anderson makes the school counselor seem pretty useless and oblivious so I found that both annoying and convicting.  It definitely gave me something to think about.
The Last Anniversary (Liane Moriarty) – Another great one from Moriarty.  The tone of her books is also light and funny, but she brings attention to some dark topics at the same time.  This one is about post-partum depression – I feel like it’s important to know that before reading.
Chasing Sunsets (Karen Kingsbury) – the sequel to Angels Walking; I will continue to read the series but I’m starting to get frustrated with this author’s overly sappy and predictable stories.  Maybe if she hadn’t signed a contract that has her publishing multiple books year they’d be better……
On Deck:
Orthodoxy (GK Chesterton)
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
Yes Please (Amy Poehler)
Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)

Total Finished as of May 31, 2015 – 41
Somehow I think getting to 52 is going to happen sooner than December…..
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