The other day I was in desperate need to just stop running around and get back into books. One of my first friends I met here, we actually started talking because I said I had just moved here from Australia and she told me about one of her favorite authors who was Australian. We both loved the same author and had an instant connection, I actually have two of her books on this post. Anyway, she posted on Facebook asking for book recommendations, I decided to follow along and buy a couple of the books. Some were books that would have caught my eye anyway, while others I would have never picked up.
if you find me: thriller- hooked within the first two pages. A page turner to say the least. A girl and her sister are living out in the middle of woods with less than nothing with their meth head mother who would leave for long times. One time their mother left and never came back, months passed by and someone came out the woods with a letter from their mother looking for them.....yeah the rest you will have to read. I honestly could not put this book down.
Truly Madly Guilty: chick book, beach read- one of my favorite authors. This is an Aussie author who I found when I was there. She wrote Big Little Lies, which is a tv show now. She writes books that follow multiple people and then at the end somehow ties them all together with a nice big bow. This book was just the same. This book follows two lifelong friends and one of their neighborhoods through many different life situations and how they all got through each and everything life threw at them. It is funny and serious page turner. I hear this is also going to be made into a show or movie.
The Hypnotists Love Story: funny, romantic, this is another book by my favorite Aussie author. I really loved this book because it talks about the hike in Noosa. Always one of the places we took visitors and the last hike Josh and I took in Australia before he left. Back to the book though, this tells all about the hypnotist her clients, and her lover. Again, this author ties all the people together in a way you never see coming.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: historical fiction, romantic. A book I would not normally pick up. Wow! Great book. It tells of a young Chinese boy growing up in Seattle during WWII. His struggle to fit in, find friends, go to school, earn his father's love, and do what is right for humanity. A great beach book or book club book. It really made me want to look into history while the love story unfolded.
Live a Praying Life: religious thought provoking. This book was not recommended on the Facebook post I got all the other books from, but I saw a girl from college was starting a Facebook group to read this together, so I joined in. I think the Facebook group fizzled but this book is great. It is a way to look at prayer differently than I ever have before. It is not a book you can read quickly though it is a 13-week study. I donor suggest reading more than one a day. They are thought provoking, and took me a bit to mull over. I am not completely finished yet but would recommend it. One thing that really stuck with me was, "when we ask God for something over and over, why do we do that? Do we think he is going to mess up and need our guidance?"
This was a thought-provoking book about how we have too much STUFF. This was more of a "diet" book to me. It was a book that would be hard to convert into a lifestyle. I feel like I already live a pretty minimalist life, but the extreme this book went would be hard to actually carry out in our daily surroundings. My issues with this book were after all of the experiment, there was not a lot of change. I would recommend this book as a book to make you think about all the excess things in your life, but not as a book to really, "live" by. Jen Hatmaker has a way with words and is a great author, but this book was not my favorite of hers.
Here are all the other books I have bought and ready to read, (16 days till summer). Any thoughts on these? Any more books you would suggest?