May: Books

Twenty-Two

Huge thanks to Front Gate Media and Zondervan for this copy of The Logic of God. Divided into 52 sections of 2-3 pages, this would ideally be read in a year and pondered with much more devotion than I was able to give it. That being said, I have always enjoyed RZ’s work – mostly his college lectures – and found this equally fascinating. In a day where we have a lot of fanatical religious people posting catch phrases from the Bible (guilty as charged), RZ presents a completely different dynamic because he is incredibly intellectual. In this book, he delves into questions he commonly hears from all audiences (justice and virtue, prayer, hope, sorrow, etc) and carries you through the intellectual and spiritual answers. While hefty to read so quickly, I really enjoyed this.

“Behind every question is a questioner.”

Twenty-Three

A light, but intriguing novel set in greater Boston (which I’m a real fan of these days). An unlikely couple and a bizarre home purchase.
This would make a great beach read!

Twenty-Four

In his sophomore novel, Scottie Knollin has written a captivating story from start to finish. I read it in one long Sunday afternoon and was left with a strong desire to hug that Nic fellow and tell him how courageous he is. This is a wonderful read about life and love on the west coast. Check it out.

Twenty-Five

This was my first audiobook of the year and what a great choice it was! Having Michelle narrate her own words was such a treat. It felt like a conversation with a dear friend! I’ve always loved the Obamas because they felt like genuine people, whether or not I always agreed with Barak’s political moves. To this day, they are one of my favorite couples to have graced the White House and our country with their leadership. Hearing how they got there – from humble roots to head of state – was fascinating. I love the heart behind Michelle’s initiatives and am grateful for their stories. This is well worth your time.
Ps. I am particularly fond of Michelle’s retelling of her meeting Queen Elizabeth II. It is such a treasure.

Twenty-Six

I picked this one up and put it back down a couple of times, but I think that’s mostly because I’ve read so much non-fiction recently that my brain hurt. Susan Orlean takes readers on a fantastic journey through the history of libraries with a focus on the LA Central Library fire of 1986. While that’s interesting and central to this book, I was more fascinated by the rabbit holes I fell down with her in the process. I learned about arsons, the heat of a fire, the process of rehabilitating books after a fire, how libraries adapted to the rapid technological advances of the last several decades, and the special passion of a librarian. I walked away from this learning so much more than just about a fire in LA. Libraries are cultural cornerstones of communities, the original table open to everyone.

“All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a library’s simple unspoken promise: Here I am, please tell me your story; here is my story, please listen.”

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BOOKSTORES

Here are a few of the bookstores I’ve visited this month!

  • I visited Trident Booksellers again because…they are fabulous.
  • I also saw Casey Cep at The Harvard Bookstore! What a delightful evening. Her book, Furious Hours will be in my June reviews (I’m about halfway through it already!)

This is beside the point, but I’m officially HALFWAY to my Goodreads goal of 52 books for the year! I’m ahead by a few books, but it feels like I’ve barely read any! Thanks for coming along on this journey with me. What are you reading these days??