Happy November, friends! Here’s a look back at what I read in October.
But before I do, I wanted to share a really fun resource if you’re looking for good books to read. I’ve been eyeing the Book of the Month club for a while and finally bit the bullet a few weeks ago. When I signed up, I got TWO brand new hardback books from my Want to Read list for only $15!
It’s hard to beat paying $15 to choose from 5 brand new hardbacks every month — especially when most new releases are $25+ from traditional retailers! I also love knowing that I’m choosing from books that are highly recommended. Maybe I finally won’t be so behind in the book scene! Here’s my referral code for anyone who’d like to try it out. The perk to using the code is that you’ll get a free additional book when you sign up. (Disclaimer: I’ll get a free book, too.)
Onward to October reads…
As I continue in The Chronicles of Narnia series (as the audiobooks become available), I started October by listening to The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. I read this as a kid, but since I wanted to read the other books in the series, it felt only right to include this one, too. It was lovely to listen to, and I got much more emotional in certain scenes than I expected. I’ll always be grateful to C.S. Lewis for writing such an incredible story.
I’ve heard about Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle since teaching at MHS, but only just now got around to reading it in October. It was excellent and heartbreaking all at once. Walls is an engaging storyteller, and her memoir is worth hearing. I also hadn’t realized it’s been made into a movie, so I’ll have to check that out as well.
My next read was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which is probably my most intriguing read of 2018 so far. It took several twists and turns — one minute I was perplexed by Eleanor and her lack of social skills, and then the next I was rolling laughing. In the end, it was a very sweet story of healing, pursuing mental health, and friendship. I loved it so much. (And so did Reese Witherspoon, who announced she’ll produce the screen adaptation.)
Earlier this year I read Sarah Bessey’s book Out of Sorts, and I couldn’t wait to read her other book, Jesus Feminist. Reviews are mixed on this book (some Christians think Sarah is a heretic for this book — taking passages out of context, in my opinion — and feminists think the book is too Jesus-y), but I absolutely loved it. It helped me understand some of Paul’s teachings in a clearer way, and I appreciate her advocating for women to do more in church than bake casseroles and lead children’s ministry. (To be clear, there is value in both casseroles and children’s ministry.) I’d highly recommend this book to anyone.
There are also several books I started in October that I just haven’t finished yet. (Trying to increase my hardcopy book reading, which is slowing me down a bit.) I’m excited to share about them in my November post!
What have you been reading lately? I’d love to hear about it!