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2 Books I Read This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

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Here are the 2 books I finished this past week:

1. White Picket Fences

I had really enjoyed listening to The Shape of Mercy (by the same author), so that was why I borrowed this title for free from Libby. Unfortunately, I thought White Picket Fences was just an okay novel.

For me, there wasn’t enough character development and the plot was kind of weird and unbelievable. And I didn’t think it had a really deep meaningful conclusion. So this is not a book I’d highly recommend.

2. Imperfect Courage

I picked up Imperfect Courage based upon the recommendation of a few people I trust… and I almost didn’t read past the first few chapters because I had trouble following them and felt like they skipped around too much in her story. But I kept reading — and I’m so glad I did!

The second half of the book is SO good! I loved her thoughts on friendship and community and how to live out love to others — even when things are messy and hard. If you struggle with finding and building community, I think these chapters are so worth reading.

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies or shows you really think I need to read or watch?

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  • Jennifer says:

    I just finished “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk”, a book about the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail solo. She just happened to be 67 at the time! She went on to do exciting things after that, too. A very inspiring read.

  • Katy says:

    I’m reading Just Open the Door, and LOVING it! Its challenging and gives great practical ideas, but I mostly love her heart and purpose behind it.
    I’m also reading the third Secret Zoo to my kids. Our last read was Mr. Poppers Penguins, which we all loved!

  • Rosanna says:

    I am currently reading “The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Twelve Keys to Successful Living” by Terry Felber to my kids and my husbands. It is an adult book but in story form so my husband feels that my kids can get something out of it. I also just started reading “Strength Finders 2.0 and “The Power of a Praying Parent.” I tend to read more than one book at a time so I don’t usually complete books as quickly as I could if I’d focus n just one.

  • Guest says:

    I’m about to finish The Awakening of Miss Prim and have enjoyed it very much. In the last week, I finished The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters (have been intrigued by JBKO since high school) and enjoyed it though found it a bit sad thinking of what lonely lives those who look like they have everything sometimes lead. Also read Simple Acts of Kindness: 500+ Ways to Make a Difference which was delightful and full of great ideas!

  • LeAnn Mollohan says:

    I am just finishing up the audio book of “Girl Wash Your Face”. I listen to it whenever I get a chance. I also recently finished “Smart Money, Smart Kids” and currently in the middle of “Business Boutique”. I love to read and it is actually super unusual that there are no fiction books on this list. I am consciously trying to read/listen to more non-fiction this year. Normally I read hundreds of fiction books and maybe 1 non-fiction per year.

  • Natasha says:

    Three autobiographies I’ve read recently, all “older-ish” books I think:
    – “Atlas Girl” is about one women’s battle with childhood anerexia and her journey to finding home, in the last place she thought to look
    – “Passport through darkness” follows the story of how God got the attention of the author’s attention in her middle-age years and how that got her involved in the fight against human trafficking and genocide in the Sudan. A hard read, but HIGHLY recommended.
    – “Love Hunger” is the story of one man’s broken childhood, and how that led him into a series of harmful behaviors, including drugs and prostitution during college in the 70’s, and his experience in Hollywood as an actor, being caught up in a cult, and ultimately coming back to God and how God has used him since then.

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