Favorite Reads: Summer Edition
With Labor Day behind us and the temps dropping to the mid-sixties, fall is quickly headed our way! Before it arrives I wanted to share with you some of my favorite reads from this past summer. One of my goals this year was to read more non-fiction books, and I've got two to share with you today!
Close to You by Kara Isaac- This was my first novel by New Zealand author Kara Isaac, and I adored it! The plot was refreshingly original, funny, and perfectly-paced. The main character is a tour guide for the sites featured in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. If you're a fan of Tolkien, then you'll love this book. The Chronicles of Narnia play a large part in her second novel and I can't wait to read it!
12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke- This book is a must-read! I loved it because it didn't bash smartphones or social media, but really got at the heart behind our smartphone addictions and whether or not we're using these tools to glorify God or self. It was highly convicting and I'm still chewing on all that I learned.
Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh- Walsh's latest novel pairs well with 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You, as it brings to life the hold our phones have on us and all we miss by not looking up. It was humbling to recognize some of my own actions in that of the heroine. Plus, the main character is an interior designer and I loved getting a glimpse into that world. You can watch the adorable book trailer featuring Courtney and her husband, here!
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate- Based on true events, this novel explores the heartbreaking reality of children from poor families who were stolen from their homes, hospitals and the side of the road and sold for adoption through the Tennessee Children's Home Society during the 1930s-50s. As a former foster mom I could not put it down.
The Rancher's Mistletoe Bride by Jill Kemerer- Jill's latest book doesn't release until September 19th, but I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy. I'm always amazed at Kemerer's ability to create vivid settings and characters in just a few pages. Featuring a cowboy, a wedding planner, and a Christmas romance, this is the perfect book to welcome in the upcoming holiday season.
Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me by Lorilee Craker- This book has been on my TBR pile for a few years now, and I finally got around to reading it. It's a memoir that takes insights and lessons from orphan Anne Shirley and braids them together with the author's own experience of being adopted, as well as that of her adopted daughter. I was totally that crazy person crying while reading this on the beach. If you're an Anne fan, or have a heart for adoption I cannot recommend it enough!
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