Book Notes

a few of my recent, memorable reads:

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
hated it. i put it down three chapters in. why is this a best seller??? the idea is interesting–a literary pharmacist basically, fixing your problems with books–but the excellent idea is clouded over by the overly sentimental romance. i kept thinking “is the author serious here or joking?”

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
loved it. Kate Atkinson’s book A God in Ruins was one of the best novels i’ve read in years, and this one was great too–it isn’t chronological and so you have to keep up, but the characters and settings are vivid and engaging. read it!

Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Ann Ortlund
this is an old book, but i loved it. i’m on an ortlund kick and reading a bunch of her books right now–she’s like my spiritual grandma. this book is exactly what i think bryan’s meme would have written if she’d written a book–but i think she gives excellent tips on how to faithfully use your days for the lord. i’d really like my daughters to read this when they are older.

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp
this is kind of like francis chan’s crazy love or you+me forever but for parenting. it was extremely challenging in a good way–it forces you to look at the MISSION of parenting, not just the methods. my only critique is….i did at times really wish that he had some methods. it seemed daunting to figure out how to respond in grace–he says how Not to respond (like yelling is ever a good idea?) but not very many examples on How to respond. For that, I recommend “Give them Grace” by Elyse Fitzpatrick. a weighty read, but she gives a ton of examples toward the end that i’ve found useful.

Dear Darkness by Kevin Young
this is a book of poems, and i loved it. i think most southerners, even if they don’t read poetry, will like and connect with this book. the odes were my favorite–lots of rhythmic, lyrical verse.

for the kids:
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
one of the best in the series–a good arc to the story, an the family survives true hardship. we’re on Little Town now, and things are heating up. Almanzo has even asked if he can walk Laura home from church?! i am into it as much as the girls.

Bird Watch by Jane Yolen
gorgeous illustrations, excellent poems. i love Jane Yolen.

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