50 Books in 2015: October

I almost finished five last month, but only made it halfway through the last one. Here’s hoping I can make it through six in November!

Nehemiah by Kelly Minter

This is actually a Bible study that I started twice before actually working through it. When my church started a series on Nehemiah and I lost my job, it seemed too obvious to pass up reading through this and I’m really glad I did. I’ve done one other of Kelly Minter’s studies in the past – Ruth – and loved it. I cannot say enough about the ways she connects scripture to daily life and paints pictures with her words. She is an incredible author and this study of Nehemiah was beautiful and challenging.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I really have no idea why I waited so long to read this. I’ve seen the movie and thought it was wonderful! The book is no disappointment, either. Seriously. It was a little hard in the Pray section at times, but I learned an incredible amount. It also made me miss being abroad. There’s something about immersing yourself in another culture and learning that cannot be matched. For my favorite quote of the novel, go here.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The National Book Award and NYT Book Review stickers on the front should’ve been a dead giveaway that this one would be revolutionary. It was released in August or September and I am so glad I waited in line at Rome’s little public library to get my hands on a copy of this. It is beautifully written, considering one of the main characters is blind – yeah. for real. I mean it. Doerr does an incredible job painting this world. I’m a sucker for historical fiction set around the World Wars and this absolutely did not disappoint. One of the best novels I’ve read recently.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have jumped on this train. It was creepy, to say the least. Sebold did a great job if that was her goal. It was unnerving and creepy and intriguing all at once. I refuse to see the movie because the abstractions of heaven in the book, I’m sure, didn’t translate well into film. Not to mention the antagonist of the novel who would give me nightmares for weeks, I’m sure. Still, it was worth the read. Very interesting.

I’m a few chapters from finishing Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter (yup!) and Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. Right after will be Undaunted by Christine Caine followed by biographies of Zelda Fitzgerald, Katharine Hepburn, and Carole King. If you think there’s something else that would be WAY better than these, let me know!!