Grace survived another semester of college. That means she has more time for reading. It also means that she has more time for sharing book reviews.
If you didn’t know, Grace helps me run this site. She also runs our Instagram book account. She is an avid reader, and she has out read me for at least the last five years.
She lives at home while attending a local college, so I see her all the time. Like most college students though her schedule is crazy busy, and she hasn’t had as much time to read and share reviews this last semester. So I am so glad that her break is going to allow her more time for reading and writing.
You will see several of her recent reads on the list below, along with a few of my recent reads. The list includes some hits and some misses this time. The misses weren’t necessarily bad books, but they just weren’t books for us.
Becoming Mrs. Lewis is one of the books that just wasn’t for me.
If you have read any of these, we would love to hear what you thought of them.
Friday Night Lights-I enjoyed reading Friday Night Lights. It was an interesting insight into the culture of Texas and football. If you enjoy football or books that talk a lot about race relation in the 1900’s, then this is probably a book for you. ~ Grace
The Other Wes Moore- The Other Wes Moore was the book I read for my Maryland book as part of my nonfiction books for every state challenge. I am going to share more about that challenge and my list of books in January. This challenge has forced me outside of my comfort zone so many times. It forced me out of my comfort zone in a good way. I don’t think I would have ever picked up this book if it hadn’t been for this challenge. This book is not an easy read, but I think it is an important one. The book alternates between two kids/men named Wes Moore who were born blocks apart, and yet their lives took very different paths. ~ Lynn
A Man Called Ove-I have mixed thoughts on A Man Called Ove. I have been trying to read a few more fiction books, so when I saw this on Scribd, I decided to give it a try. I have heard people online rave about A Man Called Ove, but I didn’t really enjoy this book. I mean I loved the characters and the descriptions of the settings, but in the end, I didn’t really think it was worth my time. If you have read this one I would love to hear your thoughts. ~Grace
Fighting with the Filthy Thirteen- Fighting with the Filthy Thirteen is a great World War II story. This was a very personal story that took me back in time to World War II. It was written very well and had me reading the whole plane ride when I read it. I love learning about different peoples lives in World War II, and this a good one for learning. I learned not only about the Rangers, but also about paratroopers and ground soldiers. ~ Grace
Mr. Dickens and His Carol- Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva is a well written and creative book. But I have mixed feelings about. I read this book because I was curious. I wanted to see what the author would do with the story. They story is great. It is sweet, interesting, and well written. My issue is that it changes Charles Dickens. ~Lynn
Eric Liddell Pure Gold-I know that there are a lot of books out there about Eric Liddell, but to me Eric Liddell Pure Gold was a very well written one. I learned a lot about Eric Liddell and was encouraged by his story of faith and running. It was a book about running and missionary work, so I felt like this was a good biography in that it was able to cover a wide variety of Eric Liddell’s life. I really enjoyed the beginning though because I always like to read about people childhood because it helps understand the person better as an adult. ~ Grace
Cinderella Man-I loved Cinderella Man. It was such an amazing story that was well written. I think it will make one of my top books from 2018 because I had so much trouble putting it down. It was slow to start with and was a bit confusing because it jumps ahead and then comes back to the beginning of story. Once I got past the first chapter, I couldn’t stop enjoying it. This is a true comeback that encourages people to try. ~Grace
Becoming Mrs. Lewis- I rarely quit a book. I can’t remember the last one I didn’t finish. But I just couldn’t finish this one, and I gave up on it the other day. I have read a ton of great reviews on this book, but I am going to go against popular opinion on this one. This book just wasn’t for me. I read fiction, but I almost always prefer nonfiction over fiction when it comes to reading about real people. You can see my full review of Becoming Mrs. Lewis here. ~Lynn