What I’m Reading

I love to hear about what other people are reading. I polled some friends online and asked them to tell me about their recent favorites. And now, just for fun, I thought I would share what’s on my night stand.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

I’m late to the party for this one. A delightful story about a women named Precious Ramotswe set in the country of Botswana. She inherits some money and decides to set up a detective agency.


The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown

I’ve heard good things about the author and need the message of this book: “Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are”. It sounds promising. I started reading it, but then I picked up some other books that were more interesting to me at the time and pulled me away from it.

Own Your Life, by Sally Clarkson

I’m in a group with a couple other ladies who are reading this and doing a little “book club” to discuss it. I bought it as an e-book and quickly discovered that I have a hard time engaging with books electronically. I love the tangible feel of paging through physical books. She has some great insights. I just need to get in the right mode to read this type of book. I’ve been in more of a “sit by the pool and read something fun”mode.

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

I blogged about this book already. I loved it.  It discusses success — what factors were at play in the lives of “outliers” (people who are extraordinarily successful). If you want to read something that will make you stop every couple of pages and want to discuss it with the nearest person, this is the book for you!

The Matchmaker, Sarah Price

If you are a fan of Beverly Lewis amish fiction, this is a great read. I would describe this book as Beverly Lewis meets Jane Austen. The Matchmaker is an amish retelling of Emma. It was a sweet easy read. It wasn’t life-changing, but sometimes you need a little fluff reading on your summer reading list.

Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah

I have not started this book yet, but I had a friend say that anything this author writes is amazing! I’m looking forward to it.

Bridge to Haven, by Francine Rivers

I just finished this one today. I wanted to love it. This book begins with a local pastor finding an abandoned newborn baby girl and follows her growing up and dealing with feelings of being unwanted. Some of of the storytelling was touching, but it seemed a little bit too much like Redeeming Love and a little more explicit than I would have expected.  The storyline of the mysterious woman who shows up to work at the diner ends very predictably. If you love Francine Rivers, you’ll like the book,but it’s not her best work.

What’s in your pile of books?

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