What do you do when you are awake at 5:30 and can't get back to sleep? Sometimes I get up and start my day but ost of the time, I am not ready to get out of bed. I would rather continue reading whatever was on my nightstand from the night before. The best thing about reading so early in the morning is that my brain is less cluttered making it easier to absorb nonfiction.
Most of my books this month came from holds at the library. This resulted in books from different genres and styles. Some months, my reading seems to have a theme. This month was not one of those. Here are my books read, in progress, and on my bookshelf... for the past month.
My word for this year is Connection. This book talks about connection and belonging and so much more. I loved her four main points and how she used stories to back each up.
"True belonging is not something you negotiate externally; it's what you carry in your heart."
Oathbringer is the third book in a fantasy series called The Stormlight Archive. This very long book has great character development, realistic but unique kingdoms, and lots of twists and turns. By this third book the characters have become either friends that you cheer on or enemies that you wish would fall over a cliff. (Okay, maybe not that drastic.) My favorite part of the book is the underlining themes that have me thinking about life and connection and meaning.
Still, he held to her hand. "What do you become out there, Shallan? Who do you become?"
"Everyone," she said. Then she reached up and kissed him on cheek. "Thank you for being you, Adolin?"
"Everyone else was taken already," he mumbled.
3. Snapshot by Lis Wiehl
What if an old snapshot held the key to solving an old crime that put the wrong person in prison? Snapshot mixes some real history with the assassination of a fictional civil rights leader. For being a mystery, it was a relaxing read because it was more about the characters than the crime. Still, the reader is kept on her toes trying to figure out who did it plus the other questions that keep being raised about the past of these characters.
4. Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Being a math major and a teacher, I would like to think that I might have been a code girl if I had lived during that era. Code Girls is about the women behind breaking the secret codes and encryption machines during WWII. It is a nonfiction book that looks at different ladies who worked in the government and what roles they played. It is part of WWII that I knew nothing about so I am enjoying this peek into a part of history that is mostly unknown.
5. Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned from Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines
I originally checked this book out for my husband to read, but we decided instead to read it together. Chip's stories keep us laughing but in the midst of those stories, Chip adds words of wisdom and lessons learned. I like how Chip views what some would call failure as an opportunity to learn. I also love Chip and his wife's vision and love for making their city of Waco a better place.
A Deliverer Comes (The Kinsman Chronicles) Part 8... by Jill Williamson
This is the 8th ebook installment of the series. The story continues with one of my favorite characters still figuring out how to be king as he and others fight against the evil that wants to overtake the kingdom...