Unfortunately, reading is a hobby I have struggled with for years. I don’t know why, but I find it so hard to take the time to sit down and get invested in a story. Thankfully, my decision to get a library card earlier this year so I could rent audio books through the library’s app has been monumental in getting me back into loving stories.
You can check out which stories I read last quarter by clicking here – Books I read in January, February and March 2018
>> the descriptions that are in bold are my favorites & ones I highly recommend <<
Being on maternity leave kind of threw off my groove because I was either tending to the needs of my children, spending quality time with my family or sleeping. But once I got back into the office and routine started reentering my life, I found time to listen to books again.
- The Shack || Wow. Great story! This book has been on my list to read for a while now and I am so glad I was finally able to pick it up. It had an intriguing beginning that caught my attention and broke my heart at the same time. The story is about Mack, a father who suffers a tragedy and becomes estranged from God because of it. But when he is asked to go back to the place where the tragedy took place years later, he is met by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The author did a beautiful job of presenting them to us in an “outside of the box” way, and I thought it was a great story.
- The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis || As a young child, I remember watching the movie that was apart of the series made in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s along with The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. It was entertaining to relive that memory of old school filmography as I listened to the book for the first time.
- The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis || I had never encountered this story before I read this book and I must say I was fascinated how Lewis ended the series. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read it, but let me say just like I can see where Lewis paralleled The Magicians Nephew to the Creation Story in the Bible, I think The Last Battle is Narnia’s version of Heaven.
- Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini || After his book, Unbroken, which also became a movie in 2014, Louis Zamperini decided to write a book with wisdom he received before his time as a captive that he believes helped him survive. He also shares what his life was like following the trauma, which includes his salvation story, family life, and ministry. I’m also moved by the stories of those who faithfully served / sacrificed for our country, and Zamperini’s story is no exception.
I actually started a few books (5 to be exact) and ended up stopping a few chapters into them because I either got bored or the book became too inappropriate for me to get through. I heard once to not waste your time on “eh” books because there are so many amazing books out there. So most of the month I caught up on a few of my favorite podcasts (that’s another blog post 😛 ) which I really enjoyed!
I did manage to get one book in before the month was over though 😛
- Stuart Little by || I remember watching the movie as a child, but I’d never actually read the book. I did a little research after I finished the book and found out that the story of the little mouse began to form back in 1926, although the book did not get published until 1945 after some probing my his wife. White was content sharing the story with his nieces and nephews, but when she shared the story with a local writer, they encouraged White to turn it into a story. I must say, I love the simplicity of this classic tale.
Do you have any good book recommendations? I’d love to hear them! 🙂