I set a goal this year to read five books a month. In truth, I thought it a modest goal, since I used to read that many every week, give or take. But it was surprisingly challenging, perhaps partly because I am only counting books I finish each month even though I am reading others at a slower pace for various reasons. (And also perhaps because my kids–one in high school, one in college–started back to online school, and they require frequent assistance!)
I finished the Emily of New Moon series which I got for Christmas. Much of Emily’s Quest is painful to read, honestly, but the payoff is worth it. One of the elements of the Emily books that appeals to me is the hint of the supernatural therein which is not really a feature of the more well-known Anne of Green Gables series.
Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action, is one of three books I read this month for various Georgetown University alumni book clubs. We were supposed to read them over a ten-week period but I just cannot manage that when I get really interested in a book. This one was a quick read because I wanted to find out what happened to the author in this story of how his medical degree and relentless, active hope were key to finding his own cure when he was stricken with a mysterious, incurable disease.
Ask Again, Yes–another Georgetown selection–was my favorite read of the month. This story of the intertwined lives of two families and the tragedy that tears them apart was surprisingly uplifting in the end. And I found it deeply Catholic in its views on marriage and redemption. Some favorite quotations: “Marriage is long. All the seams get tested,” and (of marriage) “Love isn’t enough. Not even close.”
The Power of Habit was my final Georgetown Book Club read. Its combination of science, anecdote, and self-help made it an engaging read. I definitely filed away some of its insights to help me towards my goals.
The Leper of Saint Giles is the next installment of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, which I continue to love. Everything about these books is pitch perfect–the characters, the history, the mystery, and the faith. And there are so many of them that I will have the pleasure of reading them for months to come.
Coming up in February, I’ll be doing three book club reads, some spiritual reading, and at least two “just for fun” books! I’m linking up today with An Open Book. Click the picture to discover more great reads!