Monday, November 21, 2016

Recent reads 11/21/16.

I wish there wasn't such a gap between these posts (meaning I would love to read more books!), but alas, it is what it is. I love to read, but taking time away to read is hard for me because I always feel like there's something else I should be doing that's more important. I know taking time for yourself is important too, but it's so easy to not make that a priority.

Anyways, here are my three recent reads!

1. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker- This book is about what stirred in their hearts to inspire Brandon and Jen to start their own church (Austin New Church in Texas). She writes a lot about their church's vision, what they want it to look like, etc. I have heard Jen say that this is her personal favorite of her books, but it wasn't my favorite- still good, but I liked her other books better.

(I've always really liked Jen Hatmaker, but she recently came out in support of homosexual marriage, which made me sad. If you're interested, you can read what her husband said about it here.)

2. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes- This was about an older magazine editor who came back from a six month medical leave to find her magazine turned into a website/app, and her previous young assistant came back and was hired as another editor. She was very difficult to work with and had unfair expectations on employees, which really changed everything, both in presentation of the magazine and the work environment. It showed how technology is playing a bigger and bigger part in today's world. The end all worked out nicely, as you can probably guess. It wasn't my favorite book ever, but was definitely a good read that kept me entertained!

3. Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy- Somehow this book took a huge turn for me. I loved it in the beginning, but then quit reading it at 26% on my kindle. I loved the language- it is beautifully written. That's what hooked me at first, but the main character is basically retelling the stories of their hard childhood to his sister's psychiatrist because she tried to commit suicide and is very mentally troubled, and I think the darkness just got to me and I couldn't keep going. I felt for the characters and it was written so captivatingly, but I just couldn't keep going with the story of their hard life. I also felt like I just kept reading and reading and never getting anywhere, which makes sense because I just looked it up and it's 576 pages. Wow. Also, I didn't know that this book was also a movie until right now when I looked it up. I wouldn't tell you not to read it, but obviously can't speak that highly since I didn't even finish it. I don't like quitting, but if I have so little time to read, I want to enjoy it and look forward to it when I do, and it wasn't happening for me with this book anymore.


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