Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What I've Been Reading: Vol. 4

Wow, it has been awhile since I have done a "What I've Been Reading" post! I like to do these a few times a year to update on the books I've been reading. For my first 3 posts click here, here and here.
As always, you can find me on Goodreads if you want to keep up on what I'm reading! 

  • I remember really liking Don't Let Me Go, but now I see on Goodreads I only gave it 3 stars, so I'm not sure what I'm forgetting! It was a sweet and heartbreaking story about a community of strangers coming together to save a family. There were a lot of foster care/child services things happening in the book and this was at the time when we were in the thick of waiting to find out if we'd be chosen to adopt our sons, so it was an emotional read, but I really enjoyed it. Now that I'm thinking back, I think it was maybe that I didn't like the way the story ended. It wasn't necessarily a "happily ever after" ending, which I guess in some ways is nice because that's real life, but it made me sad.
  • Leaving Carolina was kind of 'blech' for me. I didn't like the main character and felt like she just made really awful decisions all the time and it was annoying. This was part of a series that I had gotten from the library, but I stopped after this book. It was ok, but I would rather read stuff I really love.
  • This sweet story about a girl who leaves her Amish community to get married to an English man was really precious! A Plain and Simple Christmas was a really quick, easy read and I enjoyed it a lot! I read it in November so it got me into the Christmas spirit really well. I felt like I could connect with the characters and really felt for all of the characters no matter which side they were on. I would definitely recommend this one. 
  • The Five Love Languages of Children was one that my husband and I read together, which we enjoy doing with parenting and sometimes marriage books. I liked this book a lot. Now that my girls are getting older it is getting easier to see their love languages coming out. This gave us some practical tips for loving them in the way they will most feel loved and some parts about disciplining according to their love language definitely made us think. We did skip a few chapters that didn't apply to us such as a chapter on single parenting.
  • The Inn at Ocean's Edge is the first book in Colleen Coble's Sunset Cove series. I generally really enjoy Coble's books and this was no exception. It was her typical suspense/Christian romance book. This one kept me on my toes and the storyline was great! I definitely was not able to predict what had happened or was going to happen in this one. 
  • Mermaid Moon is the second in the same series. And I just realized I never read the final book in this series! That may have to be my next book. This was another typical and great Coble book that I recommend if you like suspense! 
  • If you have read Karen Kingsbury's Baxter family series, you will enjoy Love Story. It tells the story of how John & Elizabeth fell in love. It is a beautiful story of redemption, family, adoption and unconditional love. It also catches up on Cody and Andi, which seems kind of random to include in this book, but I loved that storyline as well. 
  • My Brother's Keeper was on the highlighted books shelf at the library one night, so I randomly picked it up and read the cover and it sounded good enough. It was really good! Definitely a suspense/thriller/crime novel. I absolutely could not have guessed the truth behind everything until right when we were figuring it out in the book. 
  • I heard about this book in some adoption groups I'm in and when the author herself mentioned it in one of the groups I decided to grab in on Kindle while it was on sale. Goodbye, SaraJane is a heartwrenching memoir from a former foster child. It was hard to read as a former foster parent, but I'm glad I did. It was also sometimes hard to read in a physical sense as the grammar, punctuation, etc. wasn't great. But I would recommend it to those who want a real life look at some of the heartbreaking realities of foster care and foster care adoption. It reminded me why we became foster parents. 
  • What Alice Forgot had been on my list for such a long time! I finally got around to reading it and it was hard to put down. It made me so sad at so many parts at how easily marriages crumble into nothing. Overall, I ended up really liking this book. It was interesting and kept me engaged and gave me lots of feelings-happy, mad, sad, excited-the whole spectrum.
  • Odd Child Out was another that was on display at the library. I'm really glad I picked it up! Another crime thriller that kept me on my toes. I had no idea it was going to turn the way that it did. I am saying that in all of the suspense books though-maybe I'm really bad at predicting books! I can always figure out what's going to happen in t.v. and movies so I feel like I should be the same at books-who knows. Either way, it was a really good book. 
  • I just finished My Husband's Wife and I honestly can't decide if I liked it or hated it. I really can't. I guess maybe I felt some of both. I think it could have been a lot shorter. Overall, I think the book made me really mad because of all of the affairs and disregard to the sanctity of marraige that took place, and thus ruined everyone's lives. But I guess that is probably the majority of the world, so I shouldn't be surprised-it was just really sad. It was definitely suspenseful and also an easy read so it was pretty quick from start to finish. 
  • You Are Free took me months and months to get through. Mostly because we were traveling, and holidays, and moving, etc. I finally finished it and it's another that I can't quite decided what to think about it. It was a good book. It was helpful in a lot of ways, but it didn't change my life. There were some parts that were a little overly mystical for me. I did enjoy the author's stories a lot and I could apply a lot of the areas she needed freedom in to my own life. Overall I think I would recommend the book. I appreciate that she continually points back to Jesus and how we are free through Him already. 
What have you been reading lately?! 

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