I have really enjoyed making reading a priority this summer. I have a good list for what I read in July as a result. We’ll just jump right in.
We Stood Upon Stars – Roger W. Thompson
I wrote about this book back at the beginning of July so I won’t rehash too much here. It is focused on finding joy in God’s creation and sharing that with those people who are important. People and experiences over things is the theme throughout. I definitely have more of a hankering for travel after this book.
Courageous Love – Susan K. Marlow
This is the final book in the Andi series and as it begin we see Andi as an older teenager still trying to find her place in the world. She is a cowgirl through and through, while her family still wants her to be a young lady. She is trying and much more successful at it than when she was younger. But, as we have come to expect from the book, she finds trouble and adventure galore. As with all of the Andi books, this was a fun read and it brings a nice conclusion to the stories. There will be a more thorough review up when I get a chance to work with the girls on their thoughts of the book.
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl – Fannie Flagg
Fannie Flagg has such a flair for story! It is no less obvious in this book than in her others and this one was a fun read. It follows the story of Dena Nordstrom, whose family we met back in Elmwood Springs. Dena is the pride and joy of a news station program but her life is “off” and as the book progresses, we see the struggle of finding the balance or work, life, and family, even when we don’t know any of them or they are not related by blood. Finding her future while learning more about the secrets of her past, Dena’s life changes and grows and expands. I love to meet the various characters of the stories Fannie Flagg creates and then meeting them again in the other books to learn just a bit more about them and how they all interact.
Someone Named Eva – Joan M. Wolf
This is a juvenile fiction book but worth the read.
When Milada’s Czechoslovakian home is invaded by soldiers, her grandmother reminds her to always remember who she is, no matter what. This become a sort of mantra for Milada, as she is taken from her family in WWII and placed in a school for Aryan children. The Nazi’s rename her Eva and begin the process of brainwashing the children to believe that their families were killed by the Allies (enemy) and that the Nazi’s are doing what is best for the world. Realizing that she is beginning to forget, Eva talks to herself about her past and holds closer the piece of jewlry she has been hiding that her grandmother gave her.
This give a completely different perspective on WWII and those hurt by it than we often think of. It is a contrast and very good.
The Orphan of Ellis Island – Elivira Woodruff
This is another juvenile fiction book but one my daughter enjoyed so I thought I should read, as well. I am fascinated by the stories of those who came through Ellis Island, as we have some documentation of family coming to America through that port.
Dominick is a foster child who is new to yet another school and they are now on a field trip to visit Ellis Island. When a few things go wrong and he realizes that he has no family history to share and look up, he panics and hides. Falling asleep in his hiding place, he awakens to find himself alone in the museum. After listening to some of the displays, he falls asleep again and wakes to find himself in a different time and place.
His adventure has taken him back to Italy, into the company of three brothers. These three brothers are orphans, just as he is, and he finds comfort in knowing them. But as they are trying to get to America, he finds out much more that brings a peace he could never have suspected.
Mr. Lincoln’s Drummer – G. Clifton Wisler
Willie Johnson is too young to be a soldier, fighting for the north in the Civil War but he longs to go help out. When his pa joins up, he goes to – as a drummer. He has a kind heart and is able to help others along the way while still doing the job he is signed up to do. And because he is such a good young man, many others are saved and touched by his courage, bravery, and loyalty. This is another juvenile fiction book but Civil War stories have always fascinated me. It was an easy but enjoyable read.
Wheat Belly Cookbook – William Davis, MD
I have an allergy to wheat, among other things, so when my MIL found this book, she got it for us. It has a lot of interesting theories and information at the beginning and end of the book. It was interesting enough that we have decided to cut wheat back significantly for the girls and At Home Dad is going to try cutting it out completely. The recipes we have tried have been pretty good and only one so far has needed tweaked. A good read if you are looking at food choices and trying to figure out what is a good way to go.
I have also looked at the book Wheat Belly but have found that it is just a much expanded version of the information in the cookbook. The cookbook is enough information to understand his position and theories without being long and drawn out. I don’t think I will be doing too much with the book itself.
Everyday Cooking – Vicki Bentley
This is an upcoming review but I’ll just say – I am really liking this cookbook. It features real food without all the canned stuff. And where that is called for there are homemade variations for it. The recipes are simply, homemade foods which makes them easy to substitute in and out of for our allergies. From the spiced apples to the main dishes, we are enjoying this. Watch for the review in a few weeks.
The Reluctant Dragon – Kenneth Grahame
This is a classic children’s story that I read outloud with my youngest daughter while her sisters were away at camp. It was a fun read about a dragon who is nothing like the dragons were expected to be – he liked to have company, he didn’t want to fight anyone, wanted nothing more than to have friends. A young man from the village makes friends with him and they enjoy a calm, pleasant friendship – until Saint George the dragon slayer comes to town. Then the town makes up all sorts of stories and the boy, the dragon, and Saint George all have to figure out a way to make the best of the situation. This is a fun read.
That’s all for today. Hope you found something to read. Please share a favorite of yours (or two or three) in the comments. I am always looking for something else to read, even though my pile of to-be read books is pretty high.