Blink! Summer's over!

Wow. Summer went fast, didn’t it?

Most of my head space was involved in learning the new parish I am now serving: the people, the town, their joys, their concerns. So blog writing and story writing went floating downriver without me!

But I did get some reading in, fiction and non-fiction. How about you?

Photo by  Clay Banks  on  Unsplash

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

New Favorite Stories

  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

    …oooooh, Scotland, wealthy American trio, the Loch Ness monster, a brusque Scotsman, a couple of fey occurrences, set during WWII. What’s not to like?

  • The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

    …when a book starts off with somebody’s ashes traveling alone in a biscuit tin on a London train without a ticket, I’m intrigued.

New-to-Me Mysteries

  • Hangman Blind by Cassandra Clark

    …a medieval mystery and a series

  • Charmed Bones by Carolyn Haines

    …a fun read from the Sarah Booth Delaney series

Some Lighthearted Reads

  • The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (a romance)

  • Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick (a modern woman’s story)

  • Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson (a paranormal series)

  • The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harm (modern woman’s story)

  • The Cavanaugh books by Stephanie Laurens (historical romance)

  • Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith (exactly as its title explains)

Some Heavier Reads

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

  • One Day in December by Josie Silver

  • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Non-Fiction Reads

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

    filling in my missing history knowledge, this is a great book about the African American migration from the Jim Crow south (1915-1970s) in their quest to live free of discriminatory practices and lynchings

  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

    I enjoy anything Brene Brown but I didn’t get to finish this as there’s a waiting list for it so I’ll need to check it out again or buy it, however I did download a few of the worksheets from her website

  • Atomic Habits by James Cleary

    fascinating take about how to change our habits

  • Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

    hmmmm, thought-provoking read about how landscape influences our politics

How about you? What books did you have a chance to read this summer?