OK, so it has been a while since I have popped on here. I know last time I said I would be more consistent. Unfortunately, life can get super busy. Hoping to change that and become more regular. 😉
Now over to the good stuff; what have I been reading? These past few months I’ve been reading longer books which have slowed me down a bit. Here is a snapshot
Honestly, looking now at these titles, it is quite a diverse group. Hind’s Feet and HTWF&IP are both book club picks.
Okay for Now – this was a reread back in January. So, glad I did! Doug Swieteck is such a great character you can root for. Probably, my favorite of Schmidt’s books so far. Set in the late ’60s and tackles some heavy topics.
Hind’s Feet in High Places – So, our book club’s pick for January, it’s a YA allegory, but kinda weird. Much-Afraid desperately wants to follow the Shepherd to the high places, but faces many obstacles on the way. Cannot say I loved this one. Hurnard had some new-age beliefs and I think she left Christianity later in her life.
Just Like That – My sister has been wanting me to read this for a while now. I finally agreed. This is a sequel to Wednesday Wars and continues Meryl Lee’s story. Tackles grief in a good way. What can I say Schmidt is a good author even if this is MG fiction. 😉
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – I’ve seen this around the blogosphere, but didn’t know much about it. Probably my favorite new to me book so far. Eleanor sticks to routine and follows the same schedule each week. She decides to shake things up a bit with some help from the IT guy at work, Raymond. I found this one hilarious and in the vein of A Man Called Ove. A bit odd, but enjoyable and a quick read.
A Prayer for Owen Meany – This book, hmm, I keep coming back to it. Took me almost 2 months to finish, but finish I did. Despite the title, I would not consider this to be a Christian book. It does delve into faith, but not quite in how you would expect. Owen is born with a squeaky voice, and he believes that he will be God’s instrument for an event. His best friend John isn’t so sure. Bits I loves, while other section, mostly the Vietnam rants were a bit much.
The Word is Murder – A friend of mine recommended this to me, and glad they did. A murder mystery where the author is a character. We see the whole mystery from his perspective. So far of the 3 books in the series I’ve read, this one is the best. Hawthorne asks Horowitz to write a book about the case they are solving. Complex and I had no idea who was the killer.
How to Win Friends & Influence People – Our book club’s pick for March. Super interesting. Carnegie gives tips on how to work with people and win them to your way of thinking. Many of his examples are set in the 1930s, but still very applicable today.
Tale of Two Cities – This was another reread. It has been years since I read this. On reading it a second time, I think I picked up on more of the politics involved and certain other aspects like Darnay’s identity. Not my favorite Dickens novel, but very similar to Les Miserable.
Well that’s a wrap! I feel caught up now. 😉
How has your winter gone? What have you been reading? Thoughts on any of these books?