What I’ve Been Reading

It’s been quite some time since I posted a good old-fashioned book review. Our public library shut down back in March and is only just beginning to reopen, so a shortage of new reading material has been a bit of a problem. I mean, I know it’s insignificant compared to the hardships that so many others are facing right now, but I can’t deny that it’s annoying. Especially since we’re spending a lot of time cooped up inside at the moment. All I can say is, thank goodness for free ebooks, fast Amazon shipping, and our amazing local indie bookstore. I think I would have gone crazy without them.

Who Does He Say You Are?

This was one of my Lenten reads and it did not disappoint. I highly, highly recommend this one for every woman (teen and up) who desires to enrich her faith life. This book contains so many beautiful insights and will give you so much food for prayer. It’s challenging in the very best way, and as comforting as a hug from your best friend. I can see myself coming back to it again and again when I just want a good Scriptural reflection to direct my prayer.

Sense and Sensibility

This one is a classic and was Jane Austen’s first published novel. After rewatching the BBC miniseries, I decided that it was absolutely necessary for me to read the book as soon as possible. Luckily, it’s free on Gutenberg. While it’s not my favorite Austen (Pride and Prejudice and Emma take the cake for me), I enjoyed it nonetheless; Austen’s writing is always a treat. Elinor and Marianne Dashwood serve as fantastic examples of fortitude, cheerfulness, and grace under less-than-ideal circumstances.

Genevieve of Alea

And you can buy an autographed copy of the book on Etsy!

The Club of Queer Trades

I adore Chesterton’s writing, but his novels are always a bit… well, strange. This one is no exception, but it’s also a rollicking good time! If I had to describe this book, I’d call it a hysterically funny adventure-mystery. Each chapter is more outlandish than the last, and Basil Grant is hilarious and very quotable. I think this would be a good introduction to Chesterton; it’s perfect for a reader who wants to get acquainted with his writing style, but it also doesn’t have as many heavy themes as The Man Who Was Thursday. You can read it for free on Gutenberg.

The Blue Castle

Most people know L.M. Montgomery for the Anne books, but she actually wrote many other novels! In this stand-alone story, Montgomery addresses the question, “What would you do if you only had a few months to live?” Overall, it was an enjoyable read, although I wouldn’t say it’s a contender for my favorite Montgomery. (I love Anne Shirley and Emily Starr far too much to replace them!) The protagonist, Valancy Stirling, was likable and I thought the roundabout romance was clever. I think this would be a perfect choice for teen and young adult readers who have already finished the Anne and Emily books. It’s not inappropriate at all–I don’t think Montgomery is even capable of that–but I think some of the themes would be lost on younger readers.

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