February is such a short month and yet I read more books than I thought I would! An author that I went to school with sent a free book out on his facebook group, so of course I had to read it ASAP!! And then school started too this month, so that always ups my book counts.. Ahh, what have you read and loved lately?? Here’s what I read in February!
Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors – her even deeper into relationship with Him.
Daring to Hope is an invitation to cling to the God of the impossible–the God who whispers His love to us in the quiet, in the mundane, when our prayers are not answered the way we want or the miracle doesn’t come. It’s about a mother discovering the extraordinary strength it takes to be ordinary. It’s about choosing faith no matter the circumstance and about encountering God’s goodness in the least expected places.
Though your heartaches and dreams may take a different shape, you will find your own questions echoed in these pages. You’ll be reminded of the gifts of joy in the midst of sorrow. And you’ll hear God’s whisper: Hold on to hope. I will meet you here.
What I thought: I had read the first book so I kind of knew what to expect. It was similar, but I enjoyed reading more stories. I also like the pictures included. It is a life that I couldn’t imagine, but also one that is necessary to help all of those people!
A Little Insurrection Now & Then by Tom Leveen – How hard is it to not get kicked out of private school? Sophomore Jon Matthew finds out fast in this hysterical novel by award-winning author Tom Leveen (*Party; Sick; Shackled…which is kinda weird when you list them like that*).
Extremely intelligent and hopelessly attention-deficit Jon got suspended from his school for smoking pot on campus. His parents decide he needs more discipline and enroll him at Christ Lutheran Academy. To be fair, Jon does have a choice: He can instead be sent to a bad-kid boot camp in the deserts of Utah. He chooses the academy. But only under protest, he points out.
[You’ll find he points a lot of things out.]
Bristling under the relentless scrutiny of the principal and the other uptight teachers, Jon manages to pull together a loose coalition of allies to help keep him from getting expelled: Molly, a goth-at-heart loner burdened by a tragic event in her past; Bill, who has an epic crush on Molly but doesn’t know how to talk to her; and Lauren, the girl who Jon will do anything for, but who is herself trying to become a Cool Kid instead of seeing the real friendships she already has.
Slowly realizing his old stoner buddies aren’t quite as fun as he remembered, Jon grows closer to his new friends as they unite against a tyrannical and hopelessly out-of-touch school staff. When Jon discovers his parents can’t actually afford the boot camp, he’s faced with a choice: Raise total hell at CLA to get himself kicked out and return to his old school . . . or buckle down, bite his tongue, and stay close to his new friends.
On the verge of making his choice, Jon tragically loses one of the people he loves most, which would seem to make his decision to go or stay at CLA a no-brainer. Very often, though, the head and the heart – and, hell, maybe God too – have very different ideas about the future.
A LITTLE INSURRECTION NOW & THEN will – underscore will – upset certain readers as it looks at modern American Christianity through the eyes of a kid who uses biting humor to navigate teenage anxieties about friends, sex, death, and God. But it also does what this author does best: Tell the truth about adolescence with gripping dialogue and wholly realistic characters.
[And it’s seriously funny.]
What I thought: I loved this book. Books told in this way are so real and make me want to keep reading. I didn’t care for all the swearing, but that’s just life anymore it seems. But this is the one that I got for free and it is the only book that I have read on the computer. I am a real book kinda gal, but this book it just didn’t matter, I just wanted to keep reading.
A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell – Two women uncover the truth in a rural murder investigation.
What I thought – I guess I can’t really call this a book since there were only a few pages, but I guess it counts, lol. I found it interesting in a way, but it just kind of frustrated me as well. :shrug:
George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl – George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family—his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom—while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.
Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.
With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.
What I thought: This book just kind of read like a diary in a way.. Just reading about the life of Lizzie. It was interesting, just not a favorite…
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham – Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.
When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…
With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.
What I thought: Ok, the description is a little misleading…but that’s what makes it such a good book! It definitely kept me on my toes and I loved reading what was going to happen next. It is told between the two characters experiences, which I normally am eh about, but it works in this book!
How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty – On the one hand, nobody wants to be a dick. On the other hand, dicks are everywhere! They cut in line, talk behind our backs, recline into our seats, and even have the power to morph into trolls online. Their powers are impressive, but with a little foresight and thoughtfulness, we can take a stand against dickishness today. How Not to Be a Dick is packed with honest and straightforward advice, but it also includes playful illustrations showing two well-meaning (but not always well behaved) young people as they confront moments of potential dickishness in their everyday lives. Sometimes they falter, sometimes they triumph, but they always seek to find a better way. And with their help, you can too.Essential (and emotionally intelligent) etiquette tips are packaged here alongside hilarious “Dick and Jane”-style illustrations. Laugh and learn.
What I thought: Eh. I got it for something humorous to read and it really just wasn’t. I got bored pretty quickly.
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land – Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.
But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.
When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.
What I thought: I enjoyed this book.. I found it fascinating. I had a little trouble following certain bits, but it all worked itself out. Definitely a different book than I have read…
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. Its themes of sin, guilt, and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, are revealed with remarkable psychological penetration and understanding of the human heart.
Hester Prynne is the adulteress, forced by the Puritan community to wear a scarlet letter A on the breast of her gown. Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister and the secret father of her child, Pearl, struggles with the agony of conscience and his own weakness. Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband, revenges himself on Dimmesdale by calculating assaults on the frail mental state of the conscience-stricken cleric. The result is an American tragedy of stark power and emotional depth that has mesmerized critics and readers for nearly a century and a half.
What I thought: Well, what can I say about this? I ‘d assume most people have read it already…I hadn’t!
Calling My Name by Liara Tamani – “Taja Brown knows her place and the restrictions within her conservative and tight-knit African American family, but she suddenly feels left behind watching her friends go through a world of firsts — from kisses to boyfriends to everything in between. But everything shifts when Taja falls in love for the first time. Tamani creates a raw, relatable, and eloquently-told coming-of-age story about finding your place, beliefs, and identity.” — BuzzFeed
What I thought: I loved reading about this characters life! It starts out as she is younger and follows her through her teen years.. And the book cover is gorgeous..which always draws me in, lol.
And that my friends, is what I read in February! As usual, let me know your favorite books as of late! 🙂