Monday, December 28, 2015

Recent reads 12/28/15.

1. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. I hadn't heard of her before, but she has written another book and written for several TV shows. This book was so great! It was one of my favorites that I have read in awhile. It was so entertaining. I found myself thinking about what would happen next when I wasn't reading it, and that says a lot because that doesn't happen often!

It's about a girl, Bee, who is in 8th grade, and has an unusual set of parents. Her mom is a big homebody and doesn't like to venture out, and the book is written differently than normal because it's compiled of all different emails, notes, phone calls, correspondences, with some parts from Bee's perspective, so you see the mom's online world come out in the book. The mom ends up disappearing, and it's about the happenings surrounding that. It's definitely worth your time if you are looking for an enjoyable, captivating fiction read!

2. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. I read this book because I saw it recommended on a blog (which is basically where I get all the books I read- from blog recommendations). It's compiled of articles from Dear Sugar's advice column. It was definitely interesting, and different than a usual book since there really wasn't a plot flow and each article is about something different. I liked it from the perspective that she is an absolutely beautiful writer and is able to convey her feelings and relate to others so intimately in a short amount of time. I did not like it from the perspective that she is not a Christian, so I definitely did not agree with what she was saying at times. I think that most people who write to an advice columnist are searching for love, acceptance, solutions, and to have someone tell them that everything will be okay, and the only One who can truly provide that is Jesus. 

3. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. This was a wonderful book. She has a way of weaving beautiful, Biblical truths with humor, simplicity, and straightforwardness that made it an easy, enjoyable, quick read. I love how honest and funny she is. 


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