Whew, October really pushed me back on my reading goals...but Thanksgiving break helped me catch up a bit. Currently 2 books behind on my reading challenge this year. I'm doing a reading challenge with friends and am in a church book club, so it's hard keeping up with the books I picked at the beginning of the year. (Plus I've already abandoned one, thinking about abandoning another, and aren't even interested in starting two of them! Blah.)
The New Strong-Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson
Thanks to two of my children for making this a required read. I really liked the first half of the book. The second half had questionable parts for me. I did appreciate the chapter with other people's experiences (which was even better on audiobook), because hey! It's not just us! If you do have an extremely strong-willed child, this book will probably be helpful, but do take some things with a grain of salt.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This was my read for September's category of "mystery/thriller" with my friends' reading challenge. I read it in 2 days if that's any indication of how interesting it was. (We watched the new movie soon after and I thought the book was way better.) This was only my 2nd ever Agatha Christie book but I'm thinking more will be in my future!
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
This was a reread for me. I've been wanting to read it again and my book club picked it last month, so that was perfect. It was on my list of fave books in 2017 and will probably be one of those select few I reread every so often. Because I need the reminder that the devil is so darn sneaky.
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel
Super quick read. It's basically a bunch of essays (blog posts?) about all things reading, which was a little disappointing. But I definitely related to all of it! While it did seem a little lacking (I literally listened to the audiobook in one day), I think anyone who considers themselves a major book reader would like it.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
This one is going to stay with me for a long time. I just can't shake the facts of so many people being wrongly convicted and on death row, or people given life sentences for things they did as children. This book really opened my eyes to the flaws in our justice system and I'm struggling with knowing what we can do about it!