What I’m Reading, August 2016


Busy month around here. My college kids are off for another semester.  Soccer season is in full swing for my youngest. First day of school and all that jazz.  I was able to get two bushels of peaches in the freezer, but not many pages turned lately.


Seabiscuit Buy now from Amazon


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is one my all time favorite books.  Seabiscuit wasn’t nearly as inspiring, but still a good read.

I feel sorry for the the life of a jockey.  This was my first time to get an inside look to what that’s like.  Loved the historical backdrop so vividly painted.

TheAlchemist Buy now from Amazon

The Alchemist

I found this parable to be intriguing.  More of a life philosophy than novel, there was a lot of great food for thought.  Why do we keep pursuing our dreams?  How do we keep going after loss?  What is true treasure in life?  What is worth the sacrifice?

The story is about a young man trying to make his way in life and wrestling with all of life’s big questions: love, loss, meaningful work and what really matters. Five stars.


The Nest

Well, I abandoned The Nest half way through.  I should’ve known when I saw the word “dysfunctional”.  I was intrigued by the premise of the book: a huge inheritance with strings attached and adult children clamoring for a payout. I liked the complexity of the plot with lots of characters and lots of backstory.  Even though it was more graphic than I prefer, I stuck with it until the immorality, especially the homosexual couples, finally got to me.

It’s hit home to me recently how rare traditional values are in our society.  I didn’t go to public school for most of my growing up years.  My kids have been fortunate enough to have not gone at all.  So, I’ve been out of touch with main stream American culture.  Traditional values are scarcer than I realized.

I’m wondering if I’m going to have to give up present day novels altogether and stick to reading the classics that still portray traditional morality.  I’ve heard that Beth Moore is releasing her first novel this fall.  I’ll have to check it out.  Some great writers don’t cross genres very well, but I know her stuff will be wholesome.



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Inspire Bible

This is the most gorgeous Bible I have ever seen.  I love the trim design.  Honestly, pictures don’t  capture the beauty of this Bible.

I have not jumped on the adult coloring bandwagon, but this Bible might change my mind.

What have you been reading lately?

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