I have spent the last month reading. No, I have not just curled up somewhere with a glass of tea and a good book and ignored life. But, I have worked at making sure I was reading more. I love to read and I love to learn and I had kind of neglected that part of myself. So, I was on a mission. Here are the books that I read for myself this month, though some have moved to be a part of other reading lists because they were enjoyable.
Standing In The Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
This was another book by Fannie Flagg (read the Book Club post about The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion). I have decided I just like reading her writing. It is strange and interesting and fun. She takes a different perspective on things and it is a good challenge to look at things differently. This one tied in neatly to the books of hers I have already read, using many of the same characters, just not in the main roles. This one follows a family (Neighbor Dorothy’s family if you have read some of her other novels) from their children being young through their adulthood.
I did find it interesting the perceptions of churches of Christ in this book. There are many misunderstood statements about the church but they are often ones I have heard others talk about so they are pretty wide-spread. Made me sad that it was included in a book. The story was a good read, though.
The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp
This book was a quick read and is probably found in the juvenile section of your library. It is fun and interesting. We will be using this book for the August Book Club post. It is definitely a fun one about three children (about the giggly girls’ ages) exploring an island where they are staying for the summer. Exploration stories are always fun!
Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue
This is a difficult to read book, not because it is actually hard words but because it is another that brings to light the hideous work of the Nazi regime in WWII. These are short biographical sketches, about 5 – 8 pages each, about 26 women who stood up for what was right during the war. They helped others when their lives were on the line. One of my favorites showed up as the Google person of the day last week but they did not even mention all the work that she did as part of the Resistance. Instead they focused only on Josephine Baker’s singing. She did much good. Head over and read my Book Club post to learn more. I highlighted about 6 women from the book so there are plenty more for you to read.
Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet and Geoff Benge
Christian missionary stories are a good way to encourage global awareness, in myself and in my girls. This book from YWAM highlights the missionary career of one who the world told “no” to being a missionary. But, instead of listening to the world, she listened to God, traveled to China on her own, found a missionary there to work with, and stayed. She saved hundreds of children from being crippled and killed due to traditions and war. She shared the gospel with hundreds more and it traveled far due to her brave work. Visit our review of this YWAM title to find out more about it. I read it myself and then shared it with all three of the giggly girls. It is a joy to read.
In The Reign of Terror by G. A. Henty
Henty novels are not simple to read but they are so full of interesting history, they are worth the time and energy it takes to read them. I read this one because I knew that it was the next Heirloom Audio Production story and Miss E would be listening to it. So, I wanted to know about this story.
In the story, a young boy from England is sent to live with a wealthy family in France. It is intended that he would learn a lot but that the French boys of the family would learn much from him. While Harry’s family knew that there was talk of revolution, they felt he would not be in danger going. Well, as to be expected, that did not work out quite the way his family thought it would and this is the where the story really begins. Harry is thrust into the midst of the danger, the killings, and so much more. It is an interesting story but do beware that it is a time of much violence in France. A worthwhile story about a time that we don’t always hear the background and truth of.
Something I love about the Henty stories is that they are well-researched and well-written. Henty was a global traveler so he studied the places he went so he could learn about them and their history. He then wrote novels based on the research that he did. Very good stories and very enjoyable for me.
All The Children by Bessie Hardin Chenault
This book is about true missionary stories from around the world. Mrs. Chenault write about stories that will influence readers to see God’s work in difficult places and difficult times, as well as seeing the joy found on the mission fields. These are written at a level that makes them simple to share with children. We read these as a family, as part of our morning devotionals.
It does not show up on a search engine so I am linking to a place where you can get the book. This is not an affiliate link. Visit Gospel Gazette Online to order a copy. She has also written White Unto Harvest, which is more missionary stories. Our family is currently reading this book.
Flying Higher: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II by Wanda Langley
I know – I keep finding interesting books about the WASP program of WWII. This is another one. Each book seems to share a different part of the program and the women who were a part of it. This was an interesting read. And a good one.
A Fine Romance: Falling in love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch
This was a fun travel book about two months spent in England. You can read much more about it in a post that I wrote not long ago. It was such a pleasant book to read. And, of course, it made me want to visit England. 🙂
So this is my reading in May. We’ll see if I do quite as much in June since it has been a busy month so far. I have several I am working on. 🙂