What I Read: June 2017
The blog has been quiet this summer. I've traded writing for reading and it has been worth it. Remember how terrible last month was? NEVER AGAIN. I powered through a stack of fun novels and have SIX winners for you. The list covers historical figures, romance, the UK (naturally), travel, and mystery. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!
ps. July is looking good already. Good books are back in action.
Circling the Sun
A fictionalized version of Beryl Markham's autobiography. Set in the 1920's, she grew up in Africa and ultimately became a well-respected horse trainer and aviator. This book captivated me. I could not get over how a woman in that time broke through so many barriers and lived this wild adventure of a life. While her personal life was bleak even up until her death, this snapshot of her life will definitely inspire you. As a bonus, the descriptions of Africa are spot on. It made me long for the red clay of Uganda and miss the faces I met there.
The Bookshop on the Corner
This was my first Jenny Colgan book and I liked it so much, I added two others to my June reading. If You've Got Mail and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty had a baby, it would be this book. I don't want to give too much away but here are a few of the high points: a girl trying to discover her purpose, small Scottish towns, tons of books, and a bit of romance. Winner.
Little Beach Street Bakery
Oh hey, Jenny Colgan, fancy seeing you again. I grabbed this book at Half-Price and finished it in one day. The theme in all of Colgan's books is a woman reinventing her life, getting away from the city hustle and finding a hidden passion. Somehow, though, in every book, she keeps it fresh and engaging! This book carries you to a small island, involves baking, a rescued puffin, loss, and challenges. I lent it to my best friend Kels and she soared through it on the plane. Both of us gave it a thumbs up so you know it's good.
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
The sequel to Little Beach Street Bakery. If possible, I loved this one even more. More adventure, more adversity, more of the puffin, it's wonderful.
If I Run
One of the surprising things about me, along with the fact that I don't like frosting, is that I used to read a TON of Christian fiction. My Mimi and I would swap books back and forth, devouring every new Janette Oke or Terri Blackstock that came out. While I still have one beloved series stored on my bookshelves, I hadn't read Christian fiction in a very long time. It got predictable, the writing wasn't strong, and there were too many other books waiting in the stacks. Until now. My Mimi brought this book to me and refused to say anything about it other than she couldn't put it down. She was right. This was unlike any other Christian Fiction book I had ever read. In fact, it's simply a good fiction book. A woman is falsely accused of murder and ends up on the run. It's told from alternating perspectives, the woman as she tries to lay low, and the detective who is out hunting for her. There is not a big resolution at the end, just lot's of cliffhangers and a longing for justice. If you are looking for a suspense novel, try this.
At Home in the World
Ah, the lone non-fiction book this month. Tsh Oxenrider, along with her husband, took their three kids on a year-long adventure around the world. This short essays are honest reflections of each country they visited, the pull to travel but also be home, and the feeling of not really belonging anywhere. It was beautiful and will make you want to fill up your bucket list and cozy up in your house at the same time. Absolutely brilliant.
There you have it, plenty of fiction for your summer beach bag. Need more recommendations?