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March Book List

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Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett (4.5 stars) I’d never read Micha Boyett’s blog or poetry until I read this memoir, but she’s a kindred spirit. Having grown up planning to do Great Things … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross

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As I headed home from work on April 27, 2011, I heard on the radio that a large tornado, probably an EF5, had just hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama and was on its way to Birmingham. When I got home, I turned … Continue reading

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February Book List

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Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter (4.5 stars) Things are finally sort of normal for Kat, Hale, and their band of teenage thieves after they’ve pulled off two of the greatest heists of the century. Then Hale’s grandmother dies suddenly and … Continue reading

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January Book List

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Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland (4.5 stars) I read this for the Red Couch Book Club, although too slowly/late to participate in discussions (as usual). If you’re at all interested in … Continue reading

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December Book List + 2014 Total

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh (3.5 stars) A graphic memoir mostly taken from Brosh’s Hyperbole and Half blog, including hilarious classics like “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts … Continue reading

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My Favorite Books of 2014

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Although I hope to finish a few more books in the next couple of weeks, I’m going ahead and calling my top books of 2014! FICTION Rainbow Rowell Fest: Rowell was my favorite author of 2014, hands down. I read … Continue reading

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Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Finch and Violet have a meet-cute with an edge: at the top of their school’s bell tower, both thinking about jumping. Outcast and abused Finch, recently “Awake”, thinks he might rather die than fall Asleep again. Popular Violet is weary … Continue reading

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November Book List

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown (5 stars) More solid advice from my life guru. In fact, I already need to read this again. … Continue reading

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October 2014 Book List

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Relativity by Cristin Bishara (3.5 stars) After moving cross-country with her dad and in with a stepfamily she barely knows, Ruby is burdened by all the losses she can’t change. Her mom died in a car accident when she was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

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On September 8, 2011, Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s two kids went out to play in the rain with friends. Her twelve-year-old son, Jack, fell into a flooded, fast-moving creek and did not survive. Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love is … Continue reading

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