Do you ever feel like there are too many books and not enough time? I think about it on a regular basis. Sometimes I think reading 40 hours a week for the rest of my life wouldn’t be enough to read everything I want to read. In July, I realized I read about one book a month—if I’m lucky. That’s only twelve books a year! So I resolved to read more.
And I have (eight books in ten weeks!). They were all great reads, so I thought I’d share the book love—here are mini-reviews of the books I read for fun (if you want to read full reviews of the other two I read, click here and here) . . .
Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith
What made this book most enjoyable was reading about all the things I was seeing at the park while we were there, but it’s also a great story. Alex Bertram, a young woman with a passion for botany travels to Yellowstone in 1898 to classify plants found in the park. The only woman in an all-male party, she faces the disapproval and scrutiny of the men in her party and her own family and friends.
Journey to Riverbend by Henry McLaughlin
Written by a man, this historical western romance was a nice break from the endless supply of historical Christian romance written by women. The male perspective gave the story an interesting twist and brought in details a female author may not include. Though it was a little more gruesome than I’m used to, I enjoyed the change.
Wrecked by Jeff Goins
After following Goins’ blog for several months, I knew I would enjoy this book. (Confession: I have over 300 books on my Kindle and this is the only one I’ve ever paid for. It was worth every penny.) After all God had been teaching me, I knew I needed to read it. Wrecked challenged me to see beyond comfort and challenge myself to live a life that matters—one that pulls me out of my own little world, stretches me, and demands sacrifice for the benefit of others.
Saving Sailor by Renee Riva
This was a fun story told from the perspective of a pet-loving little girl growing up in the sixties. Though there are lessons to be learned from her story about fidelity and faith, the plot was secondary to the enjoyment I got from rediscovering what it’s like to be a little kid again.
Heiress by Susan May Warren
Oh my word did I enjoy this book! I finished it over the weekend and the story has stuck with me. I loved that this book had Christian values, but the characters were far from perfect. I feel in love with the flawed characters and several heart-wrenching plot twists kept my eyes glued to the page. It follows two sisters who grew up in New York City as they come of age and wrestle with following their heart and doing what’s expected.
You are a Writer by Jeff Goins
This was a quick read full of helpful advice and encouragement for writers. Though I didn’t enjoy it as much as Wrecked, it reminded me why I love Goins’ writing. He’s one of those authors who writes because he loves it, not just because he has something to say, meaning the quality of the writing is fantastic.