Good Reads

My friend is in a book club and has passed on some great books recently.

I did jump on the bandwagon for The Hunger Games.  I must say I was hooked.  However, as quickly as I read through the 2nd and 3rd books in the series, neither was as good as the 1st.  I think The Hunger Games was written very well, but would most likely preferred to stop there and come up with my own ending in my head.  It didn’t help that I was Team Gale, but that does not comprise my whole opinion.

I recently read Unbroken, which I have already posted about.  Love it!  Amazing man, amazing testimony, amazing amazing amazing!

I borrowed Like Dandelion Dust from the library along with the movie.  Unlike myself, I watched the movie first and could not bring myself to read the book.  I got a little fired up when a little boy would potentially be ripped out of a life he lived for 6 years with his adoptive parents, the only parents he knew, to live with his birthparents and perhaps never see his adoptive parents again.  I am sure it was beautifully written, I think I am too close to the situation to be able to handle it though.  So, that is just me, nothing against the author.

I am desperately waiting (for another year and a half) for the 3rd book in the Divergent series.  I equally liked the first and second book in this series and am glad Veronica Roth is taking her time for the 3rd book, though I can’t wait!  She is a talented author…very good books.  The second one started a bit slower than the first, but soon proved quite readworthy.

Because of Unbroken, I am currently reading Seabiscuit by the same author, Laura Hillenbrand.  I am enjoying learning history in an entertaining, yet true, fashion.  I have just started this book and like it so far.

Has anyone else been reading anything especially good this summer?


In the midst of being reminded that God is always more than enough…always….more, I am reading a book about Louie Zamperini.  Louie was an Olympic runner who was drafted to war.  He had a hard life before war and it became significantly (quite the understatement) harder during.  His plane went down and he floated on a raft with 2 other men for 2000 miles (1 of the 3 men didn’t make it the whole way).  He and other man that survived floated on a flotation raft circled by sharks for 47 days…their skin becoming dyed by the melting rafts, their bodies turning into skeletons before their eyes.  He was transferred from various camps of torture to more camps of torture.  He was close to death multiple times and still found ways to keep his mind sharp.  Throughout all of these experiences that most of us can’t even imagine…beatings, torture, starvation, humiliation, he prayed to God.  He speaks of times when he heard the angels singing quite clearly, but no one else did.  He even was able to see 21 figures singing to him from above.  I have not yet finished the book,  but I know that Louie Zamperini is still alive today.  He survived the worst life can deal out and yet knew that God is still more than enough.  I am not sure how anyone could have gotten through those horrific days without the strength of God holding them up.

breaks and lessons

So around our household everything is breaking (freezers, cars, computers, big things) and it seems to have been that way for quite awhile now.  I am convinced that we are supposed to be learning a lesson from all this, but I cannot come up with what it may be.  Obviously I haven’t learned it yet, since things continue to break.  I don’t see myself as a materialistic person, but maybe I am more than I think.  Or maybe there is no lesson at all and it is just life.  What do you think?