Summer Reading: Part 1

PicMonkey CollageIt’s official, it’s August, the schools have broken up and there are children everywhere! That can only mean one thing, summer has arrived. To celebrate I have decided that, each week throughout the month, I will share with you all some books that I have been enjoying. I’m really excited to share this weeks pick’s… so here we go!

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Your Best Happily Ever After by Ginger Kolbaba

We’re always told not to judge a book by its cover, but is it okay to judge one based on its title?
I hope so, because that’s what I did with this book, and it definitely paid off. I have never read anything quite like this book before!
I really love it when people are able to tell old truths in new and creative ways and that’s just what Ginger did: relating messages from the bible to different fairy tales Sleeping Beauty, The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella etc. It was fun and engaging, I kept on wanting to read just one ore chapter- but managed to pace myself pretty well- there was so much wisdom to take on board, and I didn’t want to miss a thing! It both challenged and encouraged me in my faith.
She made me think about new things, and things I had known for a while, in a new way.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially girly girls. There is something it for women who have been Christians for years, and those who are just exploring the faith.

cover62799-mediumIn Good Company by Jen Turano

A book that I chose DESPITE the cover.
I had seen so many other bloggers give this book good reviews, so I thought I would give it a go too!
I’m pleased I did, it was a light and fun read about Millie, a scatter-brained young nanny with the most unorthodox style which has led to her being fired. More than once!
But desperate times call for desperate measures! And Everett (this storie’s hero) employs Millie to look after the three unruly orphans he finds himself in possession of.
Millie, being an orphan herself, is able to connect with these troubled children, in her own unique way. (Tying them to chairs on occasion.)
This story is a lot of fun, filled with romantic misunderstandings; utterly ridiculous situations; lots of intrigue and three very naughty but lovable children.
Although this is officially classified as a Christian novel it is pretty faith lite, if you are looking for something deep and theological this may not be the book for you. However, if you are looking for something light and fun I would recommend it, even if historical novels are not usually your thing.

cover63945-mediumThe Selection by Keira Cass

And finally, a book I choose because of the cover. (Isn’t it gorgeous?) And the fact that it is described as a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor.
America is a young girl living in Illea, a kind of future USA, and a land which is being kept in a delicate balance. In order to keep the peace the land is split into cast systems numbered from one to eight. (See any similarities to the hunger games here!)
America is entered into a high stakes nationwide competition (hunger games) Only this time it’s for a chance to marry prince Maxon and become the future queen of Illea. Only America isn’t so keen, she’s already in a sort of relationship before she goes to the palace to take part in the completion. (again, striking similarities to the hunger games.)
When she arrives at the palace she finds herself beautified and thrust into the limelight; certainly not her idea of fun!
Although this book is basically a girlified hunger games, it is a lot of fun to read. Seriously. You can’t help but care for America, and really want her to succeed. This story has enough twists and turns to keep you reading late into the night and enough gorgeous dress descriptions to make any girl happy.
I’m now looking forward to reading the other books in this series. (P.S. This book isn’t actually “Christian” I personally had absolutely no problem with it very sensitive readers may do though.)

I’m looking forward to sharing more books next week, and hearing what everyone else is reading/

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