Every month I try to read at least one book from the following categories: nonfiction, devotional, and fiction. Non-fiction ensures that I’m always learning something new. Devotionals ensure that I’m keying into my faith. And fiction books are just so enjoyable to read! This is What I Read in February 2015.
The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
I loved this book! The story follows Clara, a teenage girl delivered to her Auntie by a stork, and whose sister Maren is transforming into a mermaid. Clara has to come to terms with losing her sister as she transforms into a mermaid, and deliver her to the sea before simply losing her altogether. Clara has some help from her life-long friend, O’Neill, whom she is in love with, but who she believes is in love with Maren.
This book has magical elements and creatures, but a completely compelling story. I was captivated, and could hardly put it down. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
This book was completely fascinating to me. I had heard good things about it from several people, and finally decided to read it for myself. And it was well worth the read. As someone who falls pretty equally divided between introvert and extrovert traits, I could relate to much of what Susan Cain writes about. And for those introverted traits that I don’t possess, I can see them in others. A book like this could easily be dull, but this one is very engaging, probably because of the stories and character studies throughout. I definitely recommend this book to everyone, no matter where they may fall on the spectrum of introvert-extrovert.
Gotta Have It!: Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now by Gregory L. Jantz
I picked this book because I’ve been struggling a bit lately with wants. And I do think that while reading, and since finishing this book, it has helped me to see that the pattern of going to these wants doesn’t bring peace, but rather pain. My key ‘excessities’ as the author calls them are food, money, and control. And really, they probably all boil down to a desire for control. But real control is an illusion, as God is the only being in control. And I need to lay my troubles and concerns at His feet, as I cannot solve them on my own. Truly a good lesson to learn or re-learn.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The story follows Anne Shirley, an extremely intelligent and high spirited orphan, as well as Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, the brother and sister with whom Anne is sent to live. It’s set in Canada in the 1800s.
I loved this sweet little book. Of course I had heard about it growing up, but had never read it. This is a great read for children and adults, but is quite sad at one place in particular, so parents may want to red along with younger children.