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?
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.
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
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?