July was pretty crazy.. We did some traveling that had us coming and going all month long it seemed. I thought I would read more than I did, but it turns out I read a decent amount anyway. Have you read anything that you have loved lately? Here is what I read in July!
Sick by Tom Leveen – Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and wily troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.
What I thought: I enjoyed reading this book, it isn’t my normal book but I had a friend say that it was basically our high school, so I had to read it. This author does such a great job pulling you in with his characters, I could read any book by him! There was a lot of language, which I guess you have to expect and then it ended abruptly which I wasn’t ready for. I wanted to know what happened next!
Humorous Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain – Mark Twain’s inimitable blend of humor, satire, and masterly storytelling earned him a secure place in the front rank of American writers. This collection of eight stories and sketches, among them the celebrated classic “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” shows the great humorist at the top of his form.
Also included here are “Journalism in Tennessee,” in which a novice newspaperman is shown the “correct way” to report a news story; “About Barbers,” a delightful account of every barbershop customer’s worst fear; “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses,” Twain’s hilarious savaging of that author’s style; and four more: “A Literary Nightmare,” “The Stolen White Elephant,” “The Private History of a Campaign that Failed,” and “How to Tell a Story.”
Delightfully entertaining, these charming pieces will find an appreciative audience among students, general readers, and lovers of classic American humor.
What I thought: I enjoyed reading these stories. They weren’t funny haha like you would think, but if you sit and read them you might get a chuckle or two. I wasn’t mad that I read the book, I liked it!
Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone – Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight—the one where they said things they couldn’t take back.
Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places—and people—for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.
No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.
Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true.
In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship and the boy caught somewhere in the middle. New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone deftly crafts a moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.
What I thought: This was another book that was fantastic with its characters. I could totally get into the struggles that each was facing. This is one that I kept reading whenever I got a chance!
Love, Honor, and Virtue by Hal and Melanie Young – The Battlefield Is Different Than We Remember ….
The changes in technology and culture have put an entirely new face on the fight for moral purity. Temptation is nothing new, but where our generation had to avoid traps, our children are being actively hunted. Our sons are being exposed and ensnared by things that didn’t exist when they were born, and the conversations we had at 15 and 16 are necessary for 10 and 11 … and earlier … today.
If they want to walk in integrity, they have a fight on their hands.
A book written to and for teens and twenty-something guys. It’s short, concise, and very direct. It gives a Biblical perspective to help:
Understand God’s design, from biology to morality
Navigate the cultural minefield
Build a foundation for Christ-honoring relationships
Find hope for recovery if they’ve stumbled
What I thought: I thought it was nicely done although I imagine a lot of families will find it hard to be familiar with a lifestyle like they suggest. I loved all of the facts and stories throughout the book. I wrote a review here that you can read if you are interested.
After Anna by Alex Lake – A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.
What I thought: I enjoyed the story although I figured out ‘whodunit’ early on. I still enjoyed reading how it all played out and the little turns that the story took.
The Emotionary by Eden Sher – A dictionary of words that don’t exist for feelings that do written by The Middle actress Eden Sher and illustrated by acclaimed graphic novelist Julia Wertz.
All her life, Eden Sher has suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up.
The result of this is The Emotionary, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful. Chock full of words you always wanted/never knew you needed, often accompanied by illustrations of hilarious and all-too-familiar situations, The Emotionary will be a cherished tool for you or the world-class feelings-haver in your life.
At long last, all your complicated feelings can be put into words, so you can recognize them for what they are, speak their names aloud, and move on. Finally!
What I thought: A fun book that has words that fit exactly what they say. I loved some of these words so much and feel like they should be real…
In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon – “For more than a century In His Steps has helped Christians live more Christlike lives. I can’t think of a novel that’s had a greater impact on the faith of so many believers.”
–Nick Harrison, author of 365 WWJD? Daily Answers to ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ “What would Jesus do?” When several members of an ordinary American church are challenged to not take a single action without first asking that crucial question, they discover the power of God to transform their own lives–and their world. Charles M. Sheldon’s provocative novel, originally published in 1896 and enthusiastically rediscovered by today’s believers, testifies dramatically to the value of Christian witness in all of life.
What I thought: I thought it was interesting to read what these people would do when faced with that question. I wonder what would happen if people did that in this time!
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis – The second book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must battle evil on a new planet — Perelandra — when it is invaded by a dark force. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order and who must destroy an old and beautiful civilization to do so? Or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom’s mighty struggle alone will determine the fate of this peace-loving planet.
What I thought: Ehhh, it was very hard to get into. I enjoyed parts of the story but really, it was just ok for me. I didn’t get the whole deeper references as much as some people…
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi – For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
What I thought: I know I am drawn to this type of book, I have read several, but the way it was written as well as the characters…it just made me a huge fan of the story.
Ok, that is what I read in July! I am thinking that my August may be a little slow in the reading department as we have a lot of school to catch up on from all of the traveling and such, but you never know. 🙂