Sunday, March 15, 2020

What I've Been Reading Lately #17

I almost thought I wasn't going to publish this because I was sure I didn't read anything since last month's post, but lo and behold! there are some books I did read! Commence!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This was a re-read, and I happily crossed off another category from the #MMDChallenge. It's true that you discover new things every time you read an old favourite again and again. I was pleasantly surprised by the Christian and moralistic aspect of the novel, and it was comforting these days.
The story of the March family, namely the four sisters is darling and it's no wonder it's still a favourite, many years after its publication. This time I was curious to know what's next, so I ordered the sequel. 
The story is set in US during the Civil War years and follows the story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy over a year as they grow and become more mature. It could easily be read as a chapter book, but at the same time it can be read in bigger chunks. 
I am sure I will re-read this one at some point, despite having read it at least two time already.

 The Complicated Heart - Sarah Mae Hoover
This was a Net Galley read. I liked this one a lot, but I'm still trying to process some things and thoughts, so a review is brewing. It's a memoir, but it deals with a topic unfamiliar to me. Although I didn't "see" myself in it, I keep thinking of the prodigal's son's brother and how he reacted to his brother's coming home. This made me ask myself how I see my fellow Christians and it makes me reevaluate my "standards".
But the book is worth reading. It's an honest telling of the author's life story during the teenage years and her relationship with her mother.

The White Gypsy - Annette Lyster
 A student lent me this. It's been a while since I last read a children's Christian fiction, so it was a nice palate cleanser. It follows the story of a family separated by a train accident and the aftermath of that incident.
 Nooks and crannies - Jessica Lawson
I loved this one! A student recommended this to me, and I promptly borrowed it from the library because that cover made me do it.
It follows Tabitha Crum, aspiring inspector/ detective, in 1907 England. Six children are summoned at the imposing estate of Countess Camilla DeMoss. What follows is a weekend filled with adventure, hidden passages, weird noises, intriguing letters, and people who aren't what they seemed to be. It also deals with themes of friendship, family, bravery, and being true to who you are and what is right.
It's a middle grade novel, a well done mystery and detective one.
And that's it! Four books over the last month. This year seems to be the year of reading multiple books at the same time, despite always claiming this is not my reading style. The things we learn about ourselves... I am also going strong with Les Miserable, and I'm a few days ahead. I started volume II, or part II, and for now it's all about the Waterloo Battle. It's tough, both the battle and the reading of it, but knowing I can limit myself to one chapter a day helps. I want to finish the year with the accomplishment of having read this book in 2020!

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