What I’m Reading, February 2017

The view from my kitchen doesn’t look like winter without snow, but I’ll take it.

This is the warmest winter I can remember in Indiana.  I’m not complaining.  Cold is not my friend.

Here’s the pic before editing;  which just goes to show what perspective and spin can do.

Five star books this month!  I think February is my new favorite month for reading great books.

Appreciation due to bloggers who post “Best of” Lists.  Read my favorite lists here.

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One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood

This novel is brilliantly written.  The quirky characters are relatable. The story is the unlikely friendship between an eleven year old boy and a 104 year old woman.  And, yet, it’s so much more than that.

It’s about human connection.

What makes a marriage work?  How does a parent relate read more

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I was pleasantly surprised with The Invention of Wings.  It is masterfully written.  It reminded me Harriet Beecher Stowe and Eugenia Price.  The story follows two girls throughout their lives– one a slave girl, the other a daughter of a judge.

It’s good to stop and think about what our country was like in the 1800s.  How slavery embedded itself into the very fabric of society, how the evil grew and the power that was necessary to break it’s stranglehold on large portions of the country.

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What a great book!  I highly recommend it for all ages.

I like the literary device of telling the story from different points of view.

I love the way it tackles head on: embarrassment, shame, discouragement, rising above difficult circumstances, the elements of a true friendship.

It strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a person.  Where do you fit into society.  How does society react to you?

It’s not just an overcomer story.  It’s a family systems story.  Our family of origin matters so much when it comes to what we believe about ourselves.

August Pullman is a likable fellow.  If he were a jerk, this story wouldn’t have worked.

I love the middle school principal in this story.  I love the way he has a deep understanding of kids.  I love how he can see past the surface level to what is happening beneath the surface.  So good for teachers, administrators, youth pastors–everyone who deals with kids, as well as kids themselves.

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Published. by Chandler Bolt.

This book is for anyone who has thought about writing a book.  Much has changed in the publishing landscape in the last ten years.  Bolt faces those changes head on. Drafting your book is only a small part of the equation.  He explains how to self-publish and market your book, and which tasks should be farmed out.

Amy Lynn Andrews’ ebook, Tell Your Time and the back story behind it got me thinking.

I think, in general, our culture doesn’t value books, so they don’t budget for them and they don’t spend money on them.  People don’t mind dropping a lot of money going out to eat.  There are so many restaurants in Warsaw, yet only one bookstore.  It just isn’t part of the culture, it’s  part of the mindset. I’d love to see that change.  I think 50 page ebooks that only cost $3 could be a gateway drug.

In the same way that blogs and podcasts are gaining popularity, I think buying ebooks could become more popular.  Although, reading The Revenge of Analog is challenging that as well.

We have trained ourselves to be scanners.  To scroll through lots of information with lots of pictures.  To not read deeply, to not think deeply, to not write at all.  All this can change.  Here I am on my soapbox instead of doing a book review.

Just in case you’re wondering. . . Yes, I am in the beginning stages of writing an ebook.  Stay tuned.



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The Golem and the Jinni

If you read this blog much you know I’m always on the prowl for wholesome, brilliantly written novels.  This isn’t one that I’d recommend to my nieces and nephews.  Non-humans sleeping with humans made me feel uncomfortable.

That being said, there’s a lot to recommend for adult readers.  It is brilliantly written.  New York in the 1890s is fascinating. I’m intrigued by the Jewish community, the challenge of coming to the New World, even the myths and legends that are interwoven into the story.

That’s it for this month.

Linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy for February’s Quick Lit.



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