Wednesday, October 02, 2013

September Reads

Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare 9/18/2013
Good - Classic 96 pages, format: Audio
Wild Prince Hal becomes a war hero.
I watched the Hollow Crown adaptation before reading the play and LOVED it. (Helps that Tom Hiddleston plays Prince Hal.) I love Shakespeare more, the more I read him.

Flashbang: How I Got Over Myself by Mark Steele 9/19/2013
Good - Inspirational 245 pages, Format: Print
"Each story brings Steele closer to the realization that being a Christian is more than just saying you are. In the end, he reveals his secret to living a more meaningful life—how he got over himself." Amazon summary
Someone recommended this, but now I can't recall whom. I alternately loved and hated the content; sometimes it seemed so pretentious, but other times, it was brutally honest and real. I didn't particularly like the format, which was a lot of dialogue between the author and some alternate "self" or even God, as well as a lot of jumping around between stories. However, I will say that it was effective in bringing across the author's points. 

Only two books in September (but I finished two more on October 1st and 2nd! lol)

August Reads

I read a few "new" books from the library in August, knowing that once September arrived, I would be unable to read much at all. 

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger 8/4/2013
Good - Chick Lit 381 pages Format: Print
10 years after Andy Sachs quit her job with Miranda Priestley of Runway magazine, she is successful and happy editing her own celebrity bridal magazine, but now Miranda is back in her life.
I didn't remember enough about The Devil Wears Prada to really get into this sequel. It was diverting anyway.

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls 8/4/2013
Excellent - Fiction 267 pages Format: Print
Liz and Bean's mother abandons them in California so they trek to her hometown in Virginia to stay with their uncle.
Really enjoyed this one - creative and unpredictable, yet uplifting.

Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline 8/14/2013
Excellent - Fiction 374 pages Format: Print
Dr. Mike Scanlon is on the battlefield in Afghanistan when his wife dies alone at home. How can he pick up the pieces of his life and care for his baby girl?
Riveting and interesting.

The Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes 8/25/2013
Good - Romance 384 pages Format: Kindle
Ian MacGregor is a reluctant Scottish Earl who must marry into money to take care of his family and clan.
Enjoyed this Regency-style Scottish romance.

Unglued: Making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions by Lysa TerKeurst 8/29/2013
Good - Inspirational 199 pages  Format: Print
How to resolve conflict, handle strong emotions,and respond to situations out of your control - all from a Biblical perspective.
Someone mentioned this book to me (can't remember who) and I am glad I read it. Lots of material here. Will have to peruse it again someday.

What are YOU reading?