Here is what I finished since last time:
Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz, read with my son, reviewed here. Pretty good resource.
The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life by Allen Rucker, reviewed here.
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson, not reviewed. Natalie fails to come help her mother take down Christmas decorations, her mother has a stroke, Natalie blames herself and distances herself from her husband and daughter…not a light, pleasant, frothy Christmas read. I liked where it ended up, but it was a little too depressing and annoying with the couple fighting.
The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson, not reviewed. An unconventional,even weird stranger comes to town, opens a strange shop on the main street, putting the town in an uproar, until individual townspeople begin to visit the shop. I’ve liked others of Melody’s books, and I thought this was well-written (especially liked how the first line of the last chapter echoed the first line of the first chapter), and I liked the characters and underlying theme. But I just didn’t really care for the story or the premise of the “magical” store.
Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan series by Karen Kingsbury, not reviewed. I was thinking as I started that the story between Bailey and Cody had kind of dragged out long enough, but I did enjoy this story, and it doesn’t look like the series will end up where originally thought with the next book, but then one never knows!
The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly. Just finished this yesterday. After the loss of her husband and infant son, Leah has no resources and no place to go with her young daughter except to accept the invitation of her husband’s aunt to live in her boardinghouse. She’s angry at God and fearful of many things, yet begins to find healing.
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes, my very first completed book on an e-reader! Also just finished this yesterday. A woman who is dying of cancer brings her five-year-old daughter home to try to discern who should raise her. I may review these last two more fully later in the week if possible.
I’m currently reading:
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie, reading with Jesse.
Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher. Just started this yesterday.
Coming up next:
I’m totally not sure yet…My head is still spinning from celebrating Christmas in four stages and having everyone home for a while. Jim and Jesse are both off for the rest of the week, and I’m not sure what we’ll be doing after Jeremy leaves. I do have several books stacked up but haven’t decided what to read yet except for a couple of books for Carrie‘s Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge in January.
I’m working on a list of books read this year and favorite books of the year to post later this week.