Friday, January 30, 2015

January Reading

I enjoyed reading this month!  I read several good books, and one was even on my reading list this year (*).  Here's what I read:
  • DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul.  I've been looking for good books for Sarah Beth to read (as she is rereading the same books from the library), and I thought of this series, the Dragon Keepers Chronicles.  It follows Kale as she discovers her ability to find dragon eggs and then becomes a disciple to Paladin, a Christ figure.  
  • In This Mountain by Jan Karon.  Book seven in the Mitford/Father Tim series, and it's just as good as the rest.
  • A Secret Gift:  How One Man's Kindness - and a Trove of Letters - Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression* by Ted Gup.  An amazing look at the Depression.  The author found a bunch of letters in his late grandfather's things and did some research.  In 1933 his grandfather anonymously put an ad in the newspaper saying that he would give $10 to seventy-five people who wrote him.  He never told anyone he had done this, and his grandson discovered it seventy-five years later.  Gup did some research on the lives of these letter writers before and after the Depression, and the result is this book.  An amazing, microscopic look into the lives of a few who lived through the Depression.
  • The Ishbane Conspiracy by the Alcorns.  An eye-opening look at the spiritual warfare going on around us right now.  You can read my full review here.
  • Hidden Places by Lynn Austin.  Secrets and tragedy abound in the house where Eliza lives with her three children after her husband and father-in-law die.  When she prays for God to send her an angel to help her run the orchard, an injured hobo shows up at her door.  When she makes the "mistake" of asking Him for another one, circumstances force "Aunt Batty" to move in with them.  Through time, Eliza sees how these two are messengers sent from God to help her, and in turn all three of them find the strength to open up about their pasts.
  • Orphan's Song by Gillian Bronte Adams.  All of her life, Birdie has heard a song that no one else can, and she has suppressed it.  When she finally gives it voice, she is kidnapped, and the only one who can save her is Amos, a traveling peddler.  Questions abound as she tries to learn who she is, and no one will give her a straight answer; everyone seems to want to use her for their own ends.  But the little she learns is explosive!
What have you read lately?

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