I’ve been keeping busy, that’s for sure! I’m up to 37 books or so, which is a nice bit ahead of schedule. Perhaps I can fit 60 or 70 into this year instead of 52. Wouldn’t that make me feel smart! :)
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. Everyone knows this classic, so I won’t say much except that I enjoyed it a lot, as I always do, and that the unabridged version is quite long! But it was a fun read, nonetheless.
The Pocket Book of Ogden Nash. This poet is, without a doubt, the most nonsensical, charming, and hilarious writer I’ve had the pleasure of reading. For example, “The Lord in his wisdom made the fly, and then forgot to tell us why.”
Do You Think I’m Beautiful, by Angela Thomas. This book looks at the age old question of beauty, yes, and also much deeper at the love of God, and his complete acceptance of us. This was recommended to me by a friend, and I’m glad I took the time for it.
Understood Betsy, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. This delightful children’s book recounts the story of an utterly spoiled little wisp of a city girl getting dumped on a farm and transforming into a brown, stout child who is no longer hiding behind her aunt’s skirt every time she sees a dog. It is well written, and the story line is excellent.
Big Mountain, Bigger God, by Duane and Cindy Mullett. I picked up this book because it is written by a family I have briefly met, and I wanted to know more about their story. This particular book tells about their oldest son’s second heart transplant, after surviving the first one, and also two rounds of cancer. It is full of miracles, highs and lows, and medical jargon, which of course interested me. :) This family has some incredible experiences to tell.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis. In this one, Lucy and Edmond once more make it to Narnia, but this time with their cousin who is a complete terror. Such a terror, in fact, that he actually turns into a dragon for a while! Along with King Caspian, these three children set out to discover long lost Lords from Narnia, and along the way, they survive a sea serpent’s attack, the land where dreams come true, and have a narrow shave with a pool where everything turns to gold. They finally make it to the end of the world, which is a place so wonderful that I wish I could visit Narnia too now.
Choosing To See, by Mary Beth Chapman. This is the story of how the Chapmans adopted three darling little girls from China, and their journey through grief and questions when the youngest girl was killed in a tragic accident.
Miracles in the ER, by Robert D. Lesslie, M. D. I have read several others in this series this year, and loved them, and this one did not disappoint. It’s full of stories such as a patient coming coming in with four nails through his shoe, and writhing in pain, although when they removed the shoe, all of the nails had miraculously missed his foot.
One Thousand Gifts Devotional, by Ann Voskamp. I had read Voskamp’s original book some time ago, and really loved it, so I knew this one would be good as well. It’s the same idea as “One Thousand Gifts”, just broken into sixty day-sized portions. It was an excellent nudge towards gratitude for me, since I forget so easily, and so often.
And that is it for this time. More coming later!