What I Read in July

Another month has come and gone and I’ve exceeded my 2015 goal.  For a few days I entertained the notion of trying for 100 books this year, but  I’ve decided not to press my luck.  The rest of the year will just be my victory lap.  I’m starting a new job, getting two nieces, and going back to school to earn my school administration endorsement (maybe some textbooks will end up on this list) — I might not be able to keep up the pace.

Here’s my list, newest in bold (as always)

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)
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
Yes Please (Amy Poehler) 
Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)
Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson) – Love. Love. Love. A memoir in poetry form. Just read it and practice walking in someone else’s shoes.
United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (Trillia Newbell) – I read this (very short) in a couple hours, hoping for a how-to on racial reconciliation.  It’s not – Newbell is just sharing her vision for what she hopes will one day come to pass, but it’s beautiful.
Nobody’s Cuter than You (Melanie Shankle) – One of my new favorites.  Shankle is hilarious and this is a precious book about friendship.  I laughed, I cried, and then bought it for a friend.
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (Jennifer Worth) – this memoir is the basis of the BBC series with the same name.  I watched the first season of the show on Netflix and found it boring but the book was great.
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)
The Next Always (Nora Roberts)
The Rosie Project / The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion)
The Outer Banks House / Return to the Outer Banks House (Diann Ducharme) –
Summer Island (Kristin Hannah)
Attachments (Rainbow Rowell)
Speak (Lauren Halse Anderson)
The Last Anniversary (Liane Moriarty)
Chasing Sunsets (Karen Kingsbury)
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
Bridge to Haven (Francine Rivers) 
If I Stay (Gayle Forman) 
Her Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty) 
Eyes on You (Kate White) 
The Lost Wife (Alyson Richman)
The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah) 
March (Geraldine Brooks)
The Other Boleyn Girl (Philippa Gregory) – For some reason I find the whole Henry VIII saga so fascinating and this did not disappoint.  I know this book is old news (and so is the movie) but I’d not read or watched it.
Cutting For Stone (Abraham Verghese) – This was another audiobook for me.  It’s the story of identical (formerly conjoined) twin brothers growing up in Ethiopia during the 1950s and 60s.  The book reads beautifully and balances the story with an in-depth look at the political and cultural climate of Ethiopia during that time.  I feel smarter now.
Life after Life (Kate Atkinson) – I highly recommend this book.  I don’t want to give much away – it’s unique.  I will say that like most of the books I’ve read this year, it’s set during World War II.
Still Alice (Lisa Genova) – I read this in Italy.  Another book turned movie but since I apparently never watch movies I of course haven’t seen it.  It was just a tearjerker…
The Dressmaker (Kate Alcott) – I checked this one out from the library because it was about people on the Titanic.  Then, I almost didn’t read it because it was about people on the Titanic.  Spoiler alert: it sinks.  I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the book, but I did enjoy it and learned a few things.  The bulk of the plot focuses on the congressional hearings following the survivors’ arrival in the USA.  I also appreciated that the “unsinkable” Molly Brown played a role in this book.
Covenant Child (Terri Blackstock) – another one that I think I’ve read before.  I like this author but this book isn’t her best.
What Alice Forgot (Liane Moriarty) – Hilarious. I am continually impressed with the way Moriarty addresses difficult topics in a way that is funny, upbeat, fanciful, and thought-provoking all at the same time.

Total as of July 31, 2015 — 64

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