7 Quick Takes {The Book Lovers Edition}

I read soooo many good books this summer but given that I also spent the summer serving on special assignment for the UN as a Rival Sibling Faction Peacemaker, I've forgotten half the titles. Here's a sampling of some goodies.


I happened upon 703: How I Lost More Than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life in the New Arrivals re-shelf cart a few weeks ago (note: always check the re-shelf cart if you're looking for the best new books!). It.blew.me.away.

You would think the memoir of a woman who lost over 500 lbs (yes, you read that right) might be self-pitying or sensational or just plain sad. It is anything BUT. It is, in fact, moving, uplifting, and beautifully written.

I read this one as fast as I could (in fact, I cooked a couple of dinners one-handed because I literally couldn't put it down). This would be a great book club book, too, if you have the emotional strength to discuss all the issues that the author so heart-wrenchingly shares.


I read Husband and Wife: A Novel while we were on vacation at Maumee Bay in August.

This was a tough book to read given the subject matter: marital infidelity. But it was written so well that I can think of no better term than "crafted" to describe what I thought as I read it (because while one part of me reads for pleasure, the writer in me always reads for the writing itself).

There were some parts that bothered me (me, not the writer in me, just me) but that's just me. The story is true to itself.

And - bonus! - the author is from the greater Cincy area as well. That was a pleasant discovery for me.


Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time ( The Young Reader's Edition) by Greg Mortenson is so hot right now that the only copy I could get after getting on the wait list at my library was the young readers edition. Which was just fine because after reading it,  I may just buy a copy for Becky to read as well.

After reading this book earlier this summer, it was REFRESHING to read this story. It makes me hopeful that all we are doing in Afghanistan is not for naught.


The Stuff That Never Happened: A Novel by Maddie Dawson was a book I read as part of From Left to Write for the August book club {*blush*}. Summertime with my kiddos and blogging deadlines apparently aren't a good mix for me. ;-)

Ok, so, truth be told, this book didn't do it for me. The subject matter was - once again - marital infidelity.

It isn't that I'm unwilling to enter into the story because of the subject matter (please - I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou when I was about 11 and cried, cried, cried; I read anything). It was the writer in me that protested as I turned the pages.

That being said, the idea of our past and how it defines our future - no matter how much we try to fight that reality - is explored in this novel. I dunno - you might find more in it than I did.


Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story by Monica Holloway was the September Book Club read for From Left to Write {*melting into an embarrassed-at-my-own-tardiness puddle*}.   Oh how I *loved* this book.  I mean just LOVED it.

In a nutshell: take one autistic boy, add one mother desperate to do anything to help her only child, then watch what happens when they bring a golden retriever puppy into their family. It is utterly amazing.

The mom in me just ached reading this story. But to see how far her son Willis came all because of one dog - well, you know I'm getting a bit verklempt as I type this. My dogs - the current living member of the Insane Canine Posse and those that now have 24/7 access to the golden fields of Heaven - mean much to me. This book just proves that love in all its forms (including furry four-footed) can bring down walls.

---- These last two are books I plan on reading soon. ----


Alli has a whole online book discussion (with some great questions and insights) going on about The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast by C.S. Lewis. I'm hoping to start an IRL book club with some of the moms from my bible study (hint hint) so we can read this, too.

 I can't believe I haven't read this yet, to tell the truth.


I love reading anything by Max Lucado and Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference sounds like just the message I need to hear right now.

What have you been reading lately?

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