Welcome to our July book report!
Each month, I tell you all the books I've read. Why? Because I know it is hard to find GOOD books to read. There are so many choices out there. How do you know what to read? I want to give you practical ideas to add to your reading list!
I challenge myself to read a certain number of books each year. I try to mix it up between fiction and nonfiction. Up until a few years ago, I never read fiction books. In 2010, I challenged myself to read 10 fiction books in one year. After that year, I was hooked. I forgot how much I love a good story. Now, fiction is a regular part of my reading rotation.
I've pulled many of my reads from the Summer Reading guide. Go and check that out! It is my go-to guide for what I should read next. If you are looking for even MORE book inspiration, head on over this Pinterest board. Follow along, it full of book fun!
On to the report!!
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
I'll be honest. I would have NEVER picked up this book had I not read about it in the Summer Reading guide. The One-in-a-million boy is my favorite fiction book of the year! Don't miss out on this little treasure!
Quinn Porter is a musician. He has lived his life on the road. He has married Belle twice and has tried his best to be a good father for their 11-year-old son. When his son suddenly dies, Quinn takes over his son's yard duty for a 104-year-old woman, Ona Vitkus. Quinn finds out that his son and Ona had a very special relationship. They were unexpected friends. Quinn and Ona discover that grief can bring two strangers together in beautiful friendship.
Restless by Jennie Allen
I am a long-time fan of Jennie Allen. I was first introduced to her when I read her book Anything almost 5 years ago. I loved Anything, but Restless is my favorite book of hers. Hands down. It spoke to the tension I feel almost every single day: to live the life I was made for or live the role I married into. This book is an anthem for women in the church to stop living the roles others place on them and choose to live the life we were made for. Grab this treasure and read it!
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Imogen Tate, editor in chief at Glossy magazine, comes back to work from a 6-month leave of absence to discover her twenty-something assistant is plotting to take over her magazine. Imogen struggles to adapt to her new surroundings and ever-changing technology while maintaining her professional and personal relationships. Imogen is faced with the choice to pack up her career and move on or take on her young assistant to save her magazine.
The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
You probably know Leo from his wildly popular blog ZenHabits.net. I have always been drawn to Leo's ability to simplify not only his life but his family as well. In a world where we have SO MUCH, I am craving Less. Leo walks us through his best tips for taking our lives back from all the clutter and distractions. His approach isn't new, but a simple effective way to live our lives. It is a quick and powerful book that preaches simple is powerful!
What are YOU reading right now? Let us know!