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My reading got a little put off by one book that I trudged through and then my marathon viewing of Scandal. Still, I was able to cross off a few this month. Let’s get to it!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
I mentioned last month I picked the first Harry Potter up second-hand to preview in case my daughters wanted to read it.
I feel like such a bad reader but I couldn’t stand this book. I feel like I might be pelted by a gaggle of sorcerer stones any minute. I respect Rowling’s ability to create likable characters and an interesting new world but I just wasn’t hooked in the least.
If I weren’t such a stickler about finishing books I start and previewing it for the girls, I would have dropped it midway. I don’t have too many qualms about the girls reading it if they want I suppose. Just not for me. Maybe I’ll still pick up the audio book at some point and see if it changes my mind.
Undaunted: Daring to Do What God Call You to Do
I saw Christine Caine three years ago at Catalyst. She made a mark on me then and did it again with her debut novel Undaunted. Part memoir and part inspiration, this book leaves you emboldened to do whatever God calls you to.
Eleanor & Park
I read Eleanor & Park at Anne’s recommendation. She’s calling it one of her favorites for the year. I don’t think this beats The Fault in Our Stars for me but if you like Young Adult fiction at all, you’re going to want to pick this one up. Incredibly charming and gritty all at once. Lots of language I wasn’t a big fan of but there was a truthiness to it that led me to give it a pass. My only issue is the ending. As cheesy as it might have been, I wanted a cleaner, happier ending.
Have you read any of these? What’s your latest favorite book?