Twitterature: July Edition

twitterature monthly reading linkup short reviews

Last month I amazed myself with the sheer number of books I had read. This month I haven’t read nearly as many.  I’ve returned books to the library without finishing them, I’ve flipped through magazines (which still counts as reading if it’s food and the Royals, right?) and I haven’t been as intentional about closing my screens early and winding down with a book.

But I did read a few books and I did enjoy them.


Tout Sweet: hanging up my high heels for a new life in France

Karen Wheeler

This book is very similar to Paris, My Sweet but the author settles in the French countryside and relationships form the theme of the book. It’s great for dosing idealism with the reality of French village living but also good for making little life changes without moving to France. I’d recommend Paris, My Sweet over this one.

Saving Faith

David Baldacci

Since reading his backstory in Why We Write last month, I’ve really enjoyed reading some of David Baldacci’s books. Some I’ve not finished, this one I did. Suspenseful, well-written story. Not a light-before-bed read but perfect for beach reading. Some language and such, so be forewarned.

Grace-Based Parenting

Tim Kimmel

I’ve been reading this book over the past six months so to finally finish it was kind of a big deal. It’s an excellent book, many practical applications and many points to ponder and process. I realized areas I could change, areas that I’m doing well in and will be realizing that all my life long.

Slow Fix: Solve Problems, Work Smarter and Live Better in a World Addicted to Speed

Carl Honore

The follow-up book to his first, In Praise of Slow, Slow Fix is the practical side of living Slow. With many examples from around the world of cities, high schools, prisons, coffee farmers, idea banks this book is shows the story of what happens when you slow down and fix things at the root issue. It explores how and why this works better then a bandaid solution. It doesn’t give a set formula for fixing everything but gives  food for thought with enough real-life examples to make a slow fix worth considering.

What have you read lately? What are your favourite beach or bedtime reads?

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14 thoughts on “Twitterature: July Edition

  1. Such a wide variety of books you always seem to be reading. Do you browse the library and grab what looks interesting, or do you have secret booklist sources? ;)

    • I browse the library’s ‘what’s new’ section on their website and request everything that looks interesting. =) I get recommendations from friends, bloggers and books written by other authors I enjoy. =) I like the variety but I also like reading everything by one author. ;-)

  2. I’m intrigued with your name bc I named my daughter that 24 years ago. I have seen lots of variations, but none being an exact match. Cool.

  3. I love what you said about the backstory on that David Baldacci book. I’ve never read anything by him (should I?) but I have really enjoyed reading an author’s novels after I’ve heard the story of how they brought it into being. Most recently, I loved Ann Patchett’s The Getaway Car and then went back and read her first novel, Patron Saint of Liars. It wasn’t a fabulous novel, but knowing the backstory brought a wonderful dimension to it.

    • I agree the backstory on an author or a book makes the reading all the more worthwhile. Now I want to read Ann Patchett and I’ll read The Getaway Car first. =)
      David Baldacci? If you like suspense, political intrigue, and action go for it. I’ve gotten into him because of his story as an author, he spent years as a lawyer writing his first novel in the wee hours of the morning. He does have some lighter books, start with One Summer. It’s a great (emotional) summer read. Similar to Nicholas Parks. =)

  4. I love how you have a six-month read on your list. Some books are just best read slow – all those deep and lovely bits deserve a proper ponder. I’m currently two chapters and three months into “A Book of Hours: Meditations on the Traditional Christian Hours of Prayer” by Patricia Colling Egan. It’s a wonderful look at how the practice arose, in both Eastern & Western Christianity, of praying at certain times of day, and riddled with rich reflections on the creation that surrounds us and how the rhythm of the year parallels the rhythm of the day. I’m loving it in very small doses.

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