Thursday, July 1, 2010

What Have I Been Reading?

What have I been reading this late spring/early summer?  Am I enjoying what I am reading?  Are you looking for something to read?  You can see quite a bit of Christian fiction on this list.  I have never read much of this genre because a lot of it is cheezy, but I thought I would give it a go!  Trying to balance it out with reading other things, too.  If you have a book recommendation, let me know.  I will read anything except Sci-Fi and Western.
  • The first three "potluck club" books by Shepherd and Everson - Quirky characters,portrays Christians pretty realistically for Christian fiction instead of portraying them as timid, alway wonderful people. Very easy reads, felt myself hungry through each book*
  • The Christmas Sweater - Glenn Beck - Whether or not you love or hate Glenn Beck, this story was very sweet.  I enjoyed it much more than the Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch A???
  • So far these Karen Kingsbury books - Oceans Apart, Just Beyond the Clouds, This Side of Heaven - thought these three books were just so-so. I don't like how she "speaks" as the child characters. Cheezy to me.  Above the Line Take One and Take Two - I enjoyed these more than her stand alone books, Redemption - really enjoyed this.  Undertood why so many of my friends like her.  I will continue to read the Baxter/Redemption series.*
  • The Last Song - Sparks - Did not like this one.  I have mixed feelings about Sparks books anyway. This one I did not like.  Very predictable - even for Sparks who I find pretty predictable.  I did not like the main character at all.
  • The Memory Thief - Keener - Kept my interest. 
  • A Nest Of Sparrows - Raney - I have no recollection of this book if I loved it or hated it.  I vaguely remember reading it, but I could not even tell you what it is about!*
  • The Breakdown Lane - Mitchard - I read Deep End of the Ocean years ago (before the movie came out).  However, I could not finish this book.  It bored me.
  • In The Land of Believers - Welch - True story of a liberal atheist who goes undercover for a year or so at Jerry Folwell's church.  Really enjoyed the first half, second half was a little slow.  Thought she and I agreed on probably more than you would expect since I have very different politcal and religious views.  Didn't like that a lot of Christians came across as ignorant, but on the other hand I know quite a few ignorant Christians, so maybe she was right on.  I just didn't like the undertone of if you believe in Creation or God or Jesus you are uneducated.  I did really like this book overall though.
  • The Debt - Hunt - Slow start, but I liked it about halfway through.*
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Shaffer and Barrows - I LOVED the characters in this book.  They were quirky and most of them sweet.  I liked the history involved in the story. I liked that it was all written in letters.
As you can see, my summer reading is just as summer reading should be - very easy overall.  Nothing that makes me think too much.  I have five books waiting at the library for me to pick up later today!

*These books are Christian fiction for those of you who either want to avoid that genre or read that genre.  I know I have both types of readers who look at my blog. :)

1 comment:

  1. I have yet to read a darn thing, including the books you let me borrow. I'm SUCH a loser.

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