Here are the books I read in June, and here's what I read in July & August!

1.  The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh –  Oh I loved this book and cried big tears when it was over.  I fell in love with the characters in this book, and wanted more after it was over.  This book is about a young girl who ages out of the foster system and her love of flowers brings life back to her life.  I highly recommend this one!


2.  Lead Small by Reggie Joiner –  I read this with other leaders from the KIDS ministry at church, and it took me about 45 minutes because it's so small, but I'm counting it as a book this month anyways.  It was okay.  Just okay.

3.  Princess:  A True Story of Life Beyond the Veil by Jean Sasson – I had this book recommended to me a long time ago and finally got around to it this summer.  It's the true story of a woman growing up in Saudi Arabia.  I was appalled at so many of practices she described that effected women in her country.  This was written in the 80's and I know lots of changed, but still it was hard to read.  There are 2 more after this book to follow up, but I haven't gotten to them yet.  I really enjoyed this book as well.


4.  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  by Mindy Kaling – This was a super easy read and quite entertaining.  I must admit I didn't ever laugh outloud like I hear people do when they have read this one, but it was entertaining and I do love memoirs and so this was a funny memoir and a good read.  I want to read Tina Fey's because I hear it's funnier than this one.


5.  Platform:  Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt – This was good.  Basically though it's a bunch of blog posts put into a blog.  I skimmed a lot of this book.  I read what I wanted, and skimmed or skipped the rest.


6.  Unbroken:  A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – OH.MY.WORD this is one of the best, if not THE BEST, book I have ever read in my life.  My book club read this 2 years ago and I passed b/c I had a lot on my plate with other reading I was needing to do, and this book looks daunting because it's really big.  Aaron read it this summer, and watching him devour it made me want to read it and I'm glad I did.  This is a true story, and one of the best strories I have ever heard.  HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this book.


7.  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – Okay I'm not gonna lie, as I type this post on Sunday I have not finished this book, but I refuse to still be reading this book after Tuesday night, so I'm putting it in my books that I read in August because I have been reading this book for too long.  It's not that it's not good, but it's just a lot and honestly it hasn't yet captured me to where I can't put it down and I'm 320 pages in with only 80 left (as I type this on Sunday the 1st).  BUT I loved this authors other 2 books, A Thousand Splendid Suns & The Kite Runner, so I'm sticking it out until the end for sure.  I will say that this book (so far) is good, but kinda slow and a bit hard for me to keep up with the characters and how they all mesh because there are a lot of different people that have been introduced in this book and I know they will all collide together in the next 80 pages, I'm just waiting for it to happen!

Oh my word that's a lot of books!  I thought I read a lot in June, but July was crazy!  I traveled a lot in July and I read the most when I travel.  Don't you?

Our book club has started up again, and so that is always fun.  Are you in a book club?  If not, you should start one.  Super fun to discuss books with friends and it's a great excuse to get together and have wine and snacks once a month!  That's reason enough right there.

Speaking of book club, I'm in charge of picking our next book …. what should I pick?  What did you read this summer that you loved?

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