Wow, I had a busy, busy month! I was surprised that I even got one book read, lol. But thank goodness for school books and such! 😉 I think I was getting too far ahead in my challenge anyway, so it is always good to take a breather… Anyway, this is what I read in June. Let me know what you have read and loved lately, or if you have any other suggestions!! 🙂
The Leavers by Lisa Ko – One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.
With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.
Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.
What I thought: Well, to me, it just seemed like witnessing the lives of these people. It wasn’t a book that you couldn’t put down, but more like a book that is just comfortable, like an old friend…
At Any Cost by Mike & Hayley Jones – When Mike and Hayley set out to adopt a child from Sierra Leone, Africa, never in their wildest imaginations did they dream this venture would lead to the “Jones Dozen.” This dramatically moving story will amaze and inspire any reader. Their stunning observation: “It was the least we could do!”
What I thought – What a great story about the adoption of the children! It kind of jumped around from current to past, but I think it made sense, in a way. I enjoyed the children profiles in the back of the book too.
Love was Near by Sandra Martin – Love Was Near, offers a deeper look into the movie, Trust Fund, exposing what’s behind the story and what Reese is thinking. Like all of us, Reese is ready to forget some of the things she’s done and head towards a brighter future. But before she slams this chapter of her life shut, she takes a final glance back. She doesn’t turn to salt, but she does find she has plenty to learn about life, love and the risk of trusting others.
Reese invites us to join her on a very personal journey as she shares with us her everyday struggles and answers our questions of who did what and why. Leading us to questions about our own identity, purpose, and life plan. Don’t worry about having the right answers; there are none. Just be honest, if not for you, for the future you; It’s your story!
What I thought: I will have a deeper review in a couple weeks, but I did like how the book was set up to be a diary/workbook/story type thing. I think a lot of younger girls could really use it!
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis – This classic of Christian devotional literature has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Both Protestants and Catholics — as well as mystics and historians of religious thought — have studied these meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, finding in them a path to prayer and spiritual guidance. Written in a candid and conversational style, The Imitation of Christ discusses liberation from worldly inclinations, recollection as a preparation for prayer, the consolations of prayer, and the place of eucharistic communion in a devout life. With its simple, readable text, this translation will appeal to new readers as well as to those already familiar with this religious classic.
What I thought – Well, there were a lot of great points! And they were repeated over and over and over. lol
That’s it, that’s all I read for this month! We will see if I can get back on track in July or not! I am still 12 books ahead of schedule so I have plenty of wiggle room, just in case.. 🙂