So, this week I have just been so unmotivated in the reading department. Perhaps it was because the book I was reading had so many DRY points. As I previously mentioned in my previous Weekly Reads blog, I was reading “The Garden of Burning Sand” by Corban Addison. This book started out on such a high note for me. But as the pages lingered on, I began to lose interest in the story and really never became attached to the characters like I do in a really good book. This book however, did have some really intense parts that really drew me in but I found that this author just couldn’t keep my attention past a chapter or two at a time. It wasn’t a horrible book, just not a book I particularly enjoyed. Maybe I don’t really like the mystery/crime novel genre anymore… ah well! 😛
The only other thing I read this week was my devotional . The girls and I finished up studying Hagar and man what a story she had! This story serves to remind me that you can survive in the direst of situations just like Hagar had to when she was cast out into the wilderness with her young son. God is always with you and will always take care of you. This week we will be studying the story of Lot’s Wife.
So I didn’t do much reading last week. But I hope to change that this week! 🙂
I did a mini library haul. In my attempt to curb my book buying habits ( and the fact a made an oath to stop buying books until I read the ones I have lol) I picked up two books I wanted to read but not necessarily wanted to own. Firstly, I picked up “I Love, I Hate, I Miss my Sister” by Amelie Sarn. The synopsis of this book ( as described on Goodreads) reads:
Two sisters. Two lives. One future.
Sohane loves no one more than her beautiful, carefree younger sister, Djelila. And she hates no one as much. They used to share everything. But now, Djelila is spending more time with her friends, partying, and hanging out with boys, while Sohane is becoming more religious.
When Sohane starts wearing a head scarf, her school threatens to expel her. Meanwhile, Djelila is harassed by neighborhood bullies for not being Muslim enough. Sohane can’t help thinking that Djelila deserves what she gets. But she never could have imagined just how far things would go. . . .
Next I picked up ” Coaltown Jesus” by Ron Koertge. This book is written entirely in prose which I normally am not a fan of. But the plot line was so intriguing.
Walker shouldn’t have been so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he’d prayed for whoever was up there to help him, and to help his mom, who hadn’t stopped crying since Noah died two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so . . . irreverent? But as astounding as Jesus’ sudden appearance is, it’s going to take more than divine intervention for Walker to come to terms with his brother’s sudden death. Why would God take seventeen-year-old Noah when half of the residents in his mom’s nursing home were waiting to die? And why would he send Jesus to Coaltown, Illinois, to pick up the pieces? In a spare and often humorous text, renowned poet Ron Koertge tackles some of life’s biggest questions — and humanizes the divine savior in a way that highlights the divinity in all of us ( Goodreads.com)
I picked up ” Hold Still” by Nina LaCour” I honestly just picked it up because I liked the cover ( don’t judge me lol, all you book-worms are guilty of doing this at some point 😛)
Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.
I don’t know which ( if any ) of these gems I’ll pick up this week. I just wanted something light to read and these books are all pretty short! Have an awesome reading week! What are you reading this week?