On My Bookshelf: What I’m Reading in August

source: Mo Riza

Okay, confession time…I had great aspirations for my reading list in July, but I started out the month reading straight through the Eden Thrillers series that I mentioned last month and then read a few other books more casually, but I never did start in on my wishlist. That didn’t stop me from adding a few more to the list, though!

My favorite source for reading material is Amazon’s free Kindle books. I’ve gotten almost 400 books over the last 18 months, and I’ve discovered more than a few authors and series that I love. Although I prefer to read on my iPad, Amazon offers free Kindle apps for your PC, Mac, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android or Windows 7 phone as well!

Here are the books I’m currently reading or have recently finished as well as what’s in my to-be-read pile. I’d love to hear what’s on your lists as well!

Current Reads

Beyond Eden and Treasure of Eden by Sharon Linnea and B.K. Sherrer:

I had just finished reading Chasing Eden, Book 1 in the Eden Thrillers series, at the beginning of July. Within a week, I’d purchased and read all three, though, something I rarely do since I have so many books on my Kindle already. I really loved the continued story line in these books — just enough fantasy/sci-fi and romance to keep it interesting, but it’s really the exciting plots that kept all three stories moving!

Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer:

Tailor-Made Bride was standard historical fiction-fare — a sweet story, but not in the same can’t-put-this-down way as the Eden Thrillers series, which was probably just what I needed after spending a week with my nose buried in a book (or, well, my iPad). At its heart, though, it’s an intriguing look at the differences between beauty and vanity and how we should respond to both. Fans of Christian romance or historical fiction will enjoy this one as well!

Heart of Stone by Jill Marie Landis:

This historical fiction that follows the life of a woman who is sold into child prostitution as a young girl and eventually works her way out of that oppression only to find herself living with the burden of hiding her past as she establishes herself as a wealthy widow in a small town. This is a hot topic today, with organizations like Love146 working tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate children from around the world who face this reality every day, and I enjoyed this story both for its history and its focus on the power of unconditional love.

The Year She Fell by Alicia Rasley:

Three sisters. Hidden family secrets. A home full of memories. Rekindled relationships. I wanted to like The Year She Fell — I really did — especially since it was set in the mountains of West Virginia, a state I love. But when the story restarted less than 1/5th of the way through, written from the perspective of a different character, I lost my interest. I was already waiting for the storyline to gain momentum at that point, and unfortunately all it did was lose the little bit it had.

All Through the Night by David Bunn:

This story was a bit overly dramatic and, at times, unbelievable, but you couldn’t help but feel for Wayne Grusza and the burdens he carries as a retired Special Forces soldier who is battling with his own demons while trying to solve the mysteries surrounding two seemingly unrelated scams. As a whole, the characters in All Through the Night were likable and intriguing, and I enjoyed the story despite the made-for-TV feel of some of the situations they found themselves in!

On the Shelf

I don’t typically read fiction bestsellers or the books that everybody is talking about — although I’m tempted to read The Help before I see the movie — so there’s no telling which fiction books I’ll read in the coming month. However, these non-fiction books are at the top of my list:

Honour Found: Experiencing the Power of the Honour Principle and How it Can Add Significance to Your Life by Robert Barriger

I had the privilege of serving alongside Pastor Robert Barriger in Peru during several short-term mission trips in high school, and he is truly a man of integrity and honor, so when my mom told me had released his first book, Honour Found, I immediately added it to my wishlist.

Amazon description: “God’s Word is quite specific concerning our need to honour one another both as individuals and as communities. We are to honour people in positions of authority and responsibility over us including parents, teachers, social and local leaders, government representatives, authorities, the police, and so on. When you honour others and treat them with kindness, it is literally as though you are doing the same for God Himself.”

The Food Cure for Kids: A Nutritional Approach to Your Child’s Wellness by Natalie Geary M.D.

Our almost two-year-old has been dealing with some reflux issues, and we are working to figure out the root cause as well as to find natural remedies rather than pursuing more medical intervention if we don’t need to, so The Food Cure for Kids is in my must-read pile, along with a couple other holistic medicine recommendations from friends.

Amazon description: “It’s a frustrating treadmill: taking a child to the doctor for yet another ear infection, respiratory issue, tummy ache, or rash that can affect growth, susceptibility to infection, school performance, and energy levels, and being prescribed one treatment after another—only to be back a month later. The Food Cure for Kids shows parents how to prevent such ailments and symptoms by making minor changes to their child’s nutrition that have a real and lasting impact.”

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh Bortins

The Core was written by Leigh Bortins, the founder of the Classical Conversations homeschool program that we participate in, and it really solidified our educational philosophy last year when I read it. I plan to reread this one regularly, and as we look toward the start of the new school year — and my first year as a CC tutor — I’m planning to read it again this month.

Amazon description: “In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. In this book, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model.”

What are you currently reading? What’s in your to-be-read pile?