Reading Goal Update And A Give-Away!!

My reading goal for this year is to read at least twelve books….or one book every month. I got behind on my posting, but not my reading! I’m already way ahead of my goal! So here is what I read in March and April.

In March, I read three books. Book one is When Helping Hurts by Corbett & Fikkert.

I read this book in preparation for our mission trip to Haiti. I found the book very helpful in really looking at the purpose for short-term missions and ways to evaluate the purpose and desired outcomes of these trips. I would recommend this book for anyone involved in missions of any sort.

Book two is The Letter by Marie Tillman.

Although this book was a little sad, I still enjoyed it. I’m such a sap when it comes to true stories. 🙂 I could identify with a lot of the emotions that Tillman expresses. This is part of the book description from Amazon:

In 2003, Pat Tillman, serving in the US Army, hastily wrote a “just in case” letter to his wife, Marie. When he returned on leave before his departure to Afghanistan, he placed the letter on top of their bedroom dresser. For months it sat there, sealed and ever-present, like a black hole through which Marie knew her stable life would be pulled if she ever had reason to open it. Then, in April 2004, Marie’s worst nightmare came true. In the days following his death, it was Pat’s letter that kept her going and, more than that, it was his words that would help her learn to navigate a world she could no longer share with her husband.

Book three is How Sweet the Sound by Amy K. Sorrells.

Another good book! This story was inspired by the story of Tamar in the Bible. “From a distance, the Harlans appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and local fame mask the drama and dysfunction swirling through their family line. But as the summer heats up, a flood tide of long hidden secrets surface. Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two family members brings three generations of the Harlans together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Chief among them is Anniston, who by the time she turned thirteen thought she’d seen it all. But as her heart awakens to the possibility of love, she begins to deal with her loneliness and grief.”

In April, I read four books! Book one is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

I can’t say that I agree with the premise of this book, but I did enjoy it nonetheless. “Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.”

Book two is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

For some reason it took a few chapters for me to get into this book, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it! It ended up being one of my favorites that I’ve read so far this year! “After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.”

Book three is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

Yes, another somewhat sad book/true story. Although this one is a little different in that the author is the one that is dying and the story is told from his perspective. This book really makes you think about the importance of making every day count and living each day with purpose. “At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.”

Book four is Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay.

This book has also become one of my favorites from this year! A really easy read that is written in the form of letters between two of the characters. “Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore. But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.”

How’s your reading going? Maybe you’ll find something on my list that will spark your interest! So now for the give-away! I am giving away my copy of The Light Between Oceans! To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me a book that you have read in the last couple of months that you have really enjoyed. The give-away will end on Sunday night, May 15 at 11:59pm. I will pick a random winner on Monday, May 16 from all who have left comments and announce the winner on my blog. So….leave a comment and Happy Reading!!

Trusting His Plan,

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gina
    May 11, 2016 @ 22:00:57

    I just read Nightingale by Kristin Hannah set in WWII France. It’s about two sisters and their roles in the French resistance. I could not put it down!



  2. Bethany Johnson
    May 11, 2016 @ 22:16:24

    I am almost finished with Good Faith: being a Christian when society thinks you’re irrelevant and extreme, by Kinnaman & Lyons. Excellent non-fiction!



  3. Alice Hoffman
    May 12, 2016 @ 06:35:57

    My favorite book I have read this year is the book Wonder by RJ.-Palacio. Beautiful book about a young boy with face deformities 1st year in school, die to all his operations and health issues. His first year is 6 th grade. It is written from his perspective, friends perspective and his sisters. Reminds us all that we all have “problems” some are obvious others are hidden under the service of perfect faces. LOVE this book!



  4. Alice Hoffman
    May 12, 2016 @ 06:38:27

    Auto correct messed it up! … Due to all his operations! Others are hidden under the Surface of…



  5. Kelley Mansfield
    May 12, 2016 @ 07:44:40

    I’ll have to admit, my favorite so far this year is To Kill A Mockingbird… Not sure how I didn’t have to read that in school! I also enjoyed The Nightingale – excellent read. I’m currently reading Go Set a Watchman (sequel to Mockingbird)! Thanks for all the recommendations. Keep em’ coming!



    • sandra
      May 12, 2016 @ 08:09:39

      Kelley, I am sad to say that I have never read To Kill A Mockingbird either. I made all my kids read it, but I still haven’t read it. 😦 Must get that on my list along with Pride and Prejudice! I haven’t heard good things about Go Set A Watchman…I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks for sharing!



  6. Amanda
    May 12, 2016 @ 12:21:29

    I read another book by Kristin Hannah that is less popular than the Nightingale, but that I also enjoyed. It is called Night Road. It is about three teens, one of whom grew up in foster care and is from the wrong side of the tracks and the other two who grew up with a very involved mother and everything they needed. I was less interested in the teens’ storyline and most enjoyed the book’s exploration of motherhood-how our mothering affects our children. A very quick read but thought provoking (and warning: a little sad). You are welcome to borrow it if you have any interest. Now I have started The Swan House that Mama Carolyn lent me. I will let you know what I think soon.



    • sandra
      May 12, 2016 @ 17:46:24

      I know that Emilie has read at least one book by Kristin Hannah, but I don’t think she’s read either of the two that have have been mentioned. I’ll have to add these to my reading list! I have read The Swan House…you’ll love it! Thanks for sharing Amanda!



  7. irelandsunshine
    May 13, 2016 @ 10:01:19

    I just finished reading “The Waiting” by Cathy LaGrow. It is a true story which was hard to read at times because of the painful content, but worth it in the end.



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