50 Books in 2015: September

I managed to read five whole books in September. Here’s my take on them:

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton

This book took me from maniacal laughter to pouring tears in a matter of words. Glennon’s story is powerful. She discusses everything from what they don’t tell you about parenthood to anxiety to the AIDs angels and the runaround process that is international adoption. She talks family, community, and love. It is brutiful. If you want to read something real– read this.

For The Love by Jen Hatmaker

Lord have mercy. If you have not picked this one up yet, you must. It’s a super quick read full of laughs, truths, and a few tears here and there. Jen has a way of saying what we’re all feeling. Having someone identify in those areas makes a world of difference. She discusses family, friends/church, and the world with little thank you letters tucked into each section in true Fallon style that will have you rolling.

The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

I am enthralled by anything in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. I don’t know why, but I devour books, movies, documentaries, and information on anything during these time periods, no matter the genre. I love the changes and growth in literature during this time. I’m fascinated by cultural changes like the Industrial Revolution, all the art movements away from classical thought, and the obvious world wars that divided, ravaged, and exploited so many. It’s all so fascinating. Needless to say, this biography of the Romanov sisters was intriguing. There were times when the details overwhelmed me, but all-in-all a wonderful read that shed light on the lives of the last Czar of Russia and his family. If you’re into history, this would be a great choice. Rappaport also wrote an account of the last days of the Romanovs that delves deeper into the details of their deaths that I’ve heard is unparalleled. It’s on my list.

Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes

I had no idea that the author of Under the Tuscan Sun was from Fitzgerald, Georgia. Talk about a shock. Fitzgerald is a tiny little town in South Georgia. Reading Mayes’ autobiography was intriguing. I laughed at the sweltering summers she described and other nuances of life in southern Georgia that I know so well. Her troubled upbringing could have sent her on an entirely different path. Though she no longer lives in the south, she still honors her heritage in the most interesting ways. Hospitality is bred into us.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Not impressed. To be completely honest with you, I didn’t finish this. I read the first 100 pages or so and was so bored that I skipped to the ending just to confirm that my premonitions were correct. The novel starts out dragging and is easily predictable. The plot is cute, but not my cup of tea, even for a beach read.

I’m in the middle of Eat, Pray, Love right now with All The light We Cannot See waiting patiently on my bookshelf. If you have any other suggestions, let me know. I’d love to read some of your favorites!