Tuesday, July 11, 2017

June Reading

Without school last month, I had more time to read although I have to admit that two of these books were fairly short, so they didn't take long to read.  I've enjoyed having more time to read -- and being able to tackle some of the books that I just haven't had time to read until now.
  • Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty.  On the Atlanta tour in May, we learned about the Roswell, Ga., mill workers.  Sherman captured the mill because they made cloth and rope for the Confederacy, and then he burned it -- which is understandable.  What I find horrendous, though, is that he sent all of the millworkers, mostly women and children, up North.  And most of them were never heard from again.  Can you imagine a man coming back from the war only to discover that his wife and children had been shipped up North?  How awful!  Anyway, this book tells a fictionalized story of two children who worked in the Roswell mill and how they made their way back home.  The author includes some interesting historic notes at the end of the book which I found fascinating.  It was written for children, and it's appropriate for children, and I highly recommend it, especially because it shows what life was like for most Southerners before the War:  they were poor and did not own slaves unlike what most history books would have us believe.
  • In the Labyrinth of the Drakes by Marie Brennan.  I've read the previous books in this series and enjoyed them all.  Imagine dragon hunting (for research) during the Renaissance, and you get the gist.  In this book, Lady Trent braves the desert to research the dragons there, and she finds an amazingly preserved building from an ancient civilization.  I can't wait to read the next one!
  • A Hearth in Candlewood by Delia Parr.  This book gave me something to read while jogging on the treadmill.  It wasn't great, but it wasn't too bad.  Emma runs a boarding house along a canal in Pennsylvania during the mid 1800s.  She gets caught up in everyone else's problems, trying to solve them herself.  Finally, at the end of the book, she realizes that she can't do it alone:  she finally prays about these difficult problems and asks her friends for help.
  • North by Night:  A Story of the Underground Railroad by Katherine Ayres.  Sixteen year old Lucy Spencer has been helping her family in Ohio on the Underground Railroad, assisting escaped slaves to their freedom in Canada.  I bought this book for my children to read so they could understand this period in our country's history a little better, but they won't be reading it anytime soon.  The story itself is interesting and informative, but Lucy is caught between the affections of two men.  In their letters and Lucy's journal entries, it seems like all they can talk about is kissing, kissing, and more kissing.  On the other hand, this book would be a great example of how some "harmless" kissing can change one's heart toward the one being kissed.  Maybe I'll have them read it for that perspective -- when they're older.  :)
  • High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin.  You can read my full review of this wonderful book about World War I here.
  • Alive in Him by Gloria Furman.  This book goes through Ephesians slowly and carefully, looking at everything that we have been given by God through Jesus and how that knowledge should change our lives.  As with other books by this author, there is so much deep, wonderful knowledge here that I feel like I need to read it more than once to get all I can.  By the way, this book is not a commentary; it's just a book about Ephesians.
What have you read lately?

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