Somehow I read a LOT of books this month – 15 to be exact.  Now we did go away for a long weekend so there was some reading on the plane and by the pool, but still – I’m not sure how I managed 15!!!!  Since there were so many, I had quite a few favorites.   To see a list of all of everything I read this month, check out this linkReading spot

NON-FICTION

Okay, I know I said I wasn’t going to read anymore “real life” books where the writer ends up dying, but this was just a beautiful and amazing book.  Kara Tippetts suffered from Stage IV breast cancer and owned the blog Mundane Faithfulness.  This book is FULL of helpful advice on how to be with and help someone who is in the midst of a hard story.  Read this book.  My rating 5 out of 5.

What an inspiring book.  It is written from a Christian perspective, so keep that in mind, but the dare is real – Jennifer Lee Dukes makes the case that we were created to be happy and that we can and should pursue our own happiness.  One of the aspects I found interesting was her suggestion that we all have different happiness styles, so what tends to increase my happiness won’t necessarily be the same as what increases happiness for someone with a different happiness style.  There were lots of practical suggestions for all happiness styles as well as thought-provoking questions around happiness in this book.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

FICTION

This book really surprised me.  I picked it up from the library because someone had told me it was good, and then I read the summary and wasn’t super excited to read it.  However, I did, and I was glad.  It is young lit, so a very quick read – took me two mornings at the pool to finish, and the story moved quickly and kept my attention.  Marguerite’s father is murdered, and along with one of his research assistants, attempts to travel through other dimension’s to punish his killer.  I know . . . but it really was a fun book to read.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

Two missing girls ten years apart from the same small town.  Are their situations related?  What happened to them?  One of the most interesting aspects of this book is that the author tells the story backwards.  So you find out bits of information about both cases little by little.  I think this would make it really hard to read this one on a Kindle, because I had to keep flipping back to remind myself of what was going on.  However, I really liked the unique method of telling the story and I found the plot captivating.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

Very fun book!  Cassie and Sid are two sisters who were quite close their entire lives until Sid moves to Singapore with her family.  As a New Year’s resolution, the girls decide to write each other letters – letters that tell each other not just what’s going on with their lives but how they feel about things, etc.  The letters are fun to read, and for seemingly normal lives, a lot happens to the sisters.  They share a lot of personal thoughts, opinions and things they wouldn’t want anyone else to see.  Of course the letters get exposed, and chaos ensues.  Great beach read.  My rating 4 out of 5.

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