I know it has to be more than one person that thinks these months are just going by super quickly.. We have traveled a bit lately, so I think that has a tendency to make things rush by.. It has also affected my reading schedule, I am just not sure how! Ha! Here is what I read in May!
Silas Marner by George Eliot – As a young man, Silas Marner shut himself off from the world after being wrongly accused of theft and losing the girl he loved. Much later in life, the lonely, embittered weaver experiences two jolting events: he is robbed of his meager hoard of gold and he becomes the guardian of Eppie, a little orphan girl who makes her way to his cottage one wintry night. Eppie grows into a charming young woman who cares for the alienated Silas, helping him find love and hope in his life.
First published in 1861, this classic English novel by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) is widely admired for its brevity and perfection of form. It has also long delighted students of literature and general readers alike with its masterly portrait of moral and psychological behavior in Victorian England, and with its mystery, intrigue, and heartwarming denouement.
What I thought: I am so enjoying reading these books that others read in school. I have missed out on so much! I enjoyed this story! It wasn’t a favorite, but it was still enjoyable. I truly am thankful for homeschooling, even if it is just for reading these classic books..
Heroes of History Billy Graham by Janet & Geoff Benge – The oldest son of dairy farmers from Charlotte, North Carolina, young Billy Graham (1918-) attended evangelical revival meetings that inspired him for the rest of his life. As an ordained minister, he rose to prominence and would subsequently preach the Christian message to over 200 million people in 185 countries. Graham championed civil rights, befriended US politicians and presidents, and traveled the world to places no one else dared to go. His life and ministry have shaped the spiritual life of America and offer hope for the future — inspiring new generations of leaders willing to serve with courage, integrity, and vision.
What I thought: I was fascinated by this story of Billy Graham! I wrote another blog post about it here, if you haven’t seen it already!
My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd – Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy—until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus’s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing.
More than five years later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother, and with her beloved brother still missing, she sets out to make a fresh start in Seattle, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit—including a romantic interest and a young girl who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self—old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she can’t find a future while she’s running from her past.
What I thought: I loved this book! It was told really well and I enjoyed the main character. The author did a wonderful job!
The Great Stone Face by Nathaniel Hawthorne – This is an easy to read story, suitable both for adults and children, about the psychological and mystical workings of the human mind.
The Great Stone Face (The Old Man of the Mountains) juts out from the White Mountains of New Hampshire and looms over a small village. An old prophecy states that “someone will be born hereabouts who will look just like the Great Stone Face, and he will be the noblest person of his time.” Like many others, young Ernest watches the faces of returning famous men for signs of the gentle wisdom seen in the face. The rich merchant, however, is grasping, the soldier only stern, and the politician–well, a politician. Ernest, meanwhile, works hard on his farm and is looked up to by his neighbors for the thoughtful counsel he offers. As he grows old, people remark that they fear they will never see the prophecy fulfilled. At length, however, noticing Ernest’s face, they discover that it was fulfilled long ago. This thoughtful look at what it means to live a good life is as relevant today as when first written.
What I thought: This was such a short book I was hesitant on including it, but people are including all sorts of random things in their challenge, I figured why not.. I really enjoyed it though! It had a great story to tell. More people should be like Ernest. 🙂
The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.
But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.
What I thought: At first I thought this book might be on the cheesy side, like the super cheesy side.. But the more I read, the more I started to enjoy it! The characters were well written and I enjoyed the story!
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam – Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help—Priscilla Johnson—and begs her to come home with them as her son’s nanny.
Priscilla’s presence quickly does as much to shake up Rebecca’s perception of the world as it does to stabilize her life. Rebecca is white, and Priscilla is black, and through their relationship, Rebecca finds herself confronting, for the first time, the blind spots of her own privilege. She feels profoundly connected to the woman who essentially taught her what it means to be a mother. When Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. But she is unprepared for what it means to be a white mother with a black son. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently.
What I thought: I’ve read the two books from this author and I just don’t think I am going to read anymore. I had such high hopes for this book as I enjoyed the clip about it. But it just had some undertones and things that I didn’t enjoy, similar to the first book. I didn’t hate the book, but eh…
Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure – Candace Cameron Bure, best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House and Fuller House and a New York Times bestselling author, whose faith and wit have delighted audiences for decades, lets you in on her best-kept secrets for Staying Stylish. This gorgeous manual for beauty, style, health, and spiritual wellness will bring all you need to live your most stylish life.
As an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure has spent her entire life in the spotlight, and she is well aware of the pressures women face. Throughout her career, Candace has balanced her faith, family, and passion for work and found her spot as a role model to women of all ages—and as a style icon.
In her brand-new book Staying Stylish, Candace invites you behind the scenes of her day-to-day life and shares more than 100 tips and tricks for looking and feeling your best—both inside and out. Nurture your body, style, and soul as you read through this beautiful book full of photos, insider secrets, and exciting ideas to revamp your own life into its best possible version. She offers her insight into balance, spiritual growth, and looking great while doing it all.
Staying Stylish topics will include personal style, fresh hair and makeup for any age, a well-balanced diet and fitness regime, and a well-nourished spirit.
What I thought: I love reading about what people wear and what makeup they buy.. I don’t know why, it’s a weird thing. I used to watch YouTube videos about those things all the time. I don’t know why, I am not totally into clothes or makeup, but it’s just fun, lol. So I enjoyed this book! And I like Candace anyway…
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – Selling more than 300,000 copies the first year it was published, Stowe’s powerful abolitionist novel fueled the fire of the human rights debate in 1852. Denouncing the institution of slavery in dramatic terms, the incendiary novel quickly draws the reader into the world of slaves and their masters.
Stowe’s characters are powerfully and humanly realized in Uncle Tom, a majestic and heroic slave whose faith and dignity are never corrupted; Eliza and her husband, George, who elude slave catchers and eventually flee a country that condones slavery; Simon Legree, a brutal plantation owner; Little Eva, who suffers emotionally and physically from the suffering of slaves; and fun-loving Topsy, Eva’s slave playmate.
Critics, scholars, and students are today revisiting this monumental work with a new objectivity, focusing on Stowe’s compelling portrayal of women and the novel’s theological underpinnings.
What I thought: I enjoyed this book! It was of course on the depressing side, but it was so well told.. I enjoyed the story so much!
So that is what I read in May! I am looking forward to some of the books that I have in my to read pile, although one of them now has a hold on it at the library and I haven’t started it yet so I have to return it. Dang! Must be good then! lol. Let me know what you have read lately and enjoyed!