Since the new year I’ve noticed many friends getting really ambitious about book reading goals (thank you Goodreads). I’ve enjoyed sharing books about disability on my blog. This year I’m going to try something new. Something broader. We’ll see where it goes (and if I can keep up). It’s called What I’m Into at Leigh Kramer. It’s a blog link up, which is basically a fun way to learn what others are reading, watching, and listening to. I will mainly stick to books, but I’m also really loving some podcasts lately, which I’ll also share. I hope you find something you otherwise would not have read.
Please let me know your favorite book reads too. Here it goes.
What I’m Into – Books
Quindlen is known for her non-fiction but this story was very well done and not as predictable as you expect. It is set in a small town, on the verge of becoming a drowned town. It’s a coming of age story and you see the Mimi Miller’s perspective change as the people around her change.
“But no one ever leaves the town where they grew up, not really, even if they go.”
The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
Another coming of age story, but this one was true. And shocking. Ruth Wariner grew up in a polygamist family in rural Mexico. Ruth was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Living in poverty, the family travels back and forth to the U.S. for government assistance. Slowly, Ruth discovers this life she was born into may not be the one she wants to live. I especially enjoyed reading about the relationships among between Ruth and her siblings, three of whom were disabled. It was a sad, yet ultimately redemptive story.
Chase Away Cancer by Ellie Poole Ewoldt
This is a beautiful story of one little boy’s battle with cancer. I resonated with Ellie’s stories of hospital stays and surgeries even though our children have different medical issues. I especially loved the chapter, “When Joy is Confusing.” She helped me articulate and understand why it’s sometimes hard to fully be happy about good news. Incidentally, the Ewoldts moved into my in-laws old house and we also have mutual friends in Chicagoland.
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Historical fiction account of Anne Morrow Lindberg. It was entertaining, not just because the Lindberg’s were an intriguing family, but because it was well-written. Told from the perspective of Anne, you learn that she was also a pilot, held political views quite different from her husband, and how she was deeply affected by her son’s kidnapping and death. It satisfied my need to escape into a story, but I felt like I was learning some history at the same time. (The author’s note at the end does a good job deciphering what was fact and what was fiction.)
This is the ONE book from college I wish I hadn’t sold back to the bookstore. It’s a collection of essay’s about writing. I’m slowly making my way through it and trying to apply the author’s writing challenges.
This is a juvenile fiction book that I absolutely loved. I am starting to pre-read some books that I think may be interesting for Mac to read as he gets older. The War that Saved My Life is a book about a little girl with a club foot whose abusive (hence the reason we’re not reading it yet) mother sends her two children out of London during WWII. Young Ada finds a loving home and potential beyond what she, or her Mam, ever believed possible.
What I’m Into – Podcasts
#AmWriting with Jess and KJ
If you love writing–and even if you only like reading–I think you will enjoy this podcast. It’s entertaining and filled with practical advice and entertainment. It’s my favorite lately.
Flower Mound Women’s Bible Study with Jen Wilkin
Jen is passionate about helping women understand God’s word. We are doing the 1 Peter study at church now. I’m learning and enjoying her teaching.
You can see more on my GoodReads site here.
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