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June Reads

I am a little later than usual in sharing the books I read. I guess this summer is going by faster than expected. How is it already mid-July?

Anywho, here are the books that I read last month. As always, if you’ve also read any of these I would love to hear your thoughts!

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Finished June 7)

This was a good thriller. It did take me a while to get into the story and to truly care about the characters. But after a few chapters, I began to realize that who I thought people were, weren’t. There were some twists and turns. Some predictable. Some Surprising. But overall, this was an enjoyable read.

This book is about a young woman, Jessica, who is struggling financially. She hears about a research study that pays well and finds a way to sneak in, even though she was not formally invited to be included. The study starts off a little strangely. Jessica is supposed to sit in front of a computer screen and answer intimate questions about her life, not knowing who is reading her answers or even what the point is of any of the questions. Things get stranger the longer the study goes on.

If you like thrillers, you may enjoy this one.

Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Finished June 27)

Martin Luther King, Jr is one of those people who I’d heard a lot of growing up, but really didn’t know much about. I had heard his famous, “I have a dream” speech like everyone else. And I knew that he was heavily involved in the civil rights movement. But I really didn’t know much about him.

Having now read through this book, I think he was an absolutely fascinating human being. He didn’t act without thinking, and he thought a lot.

He had very well thought out reasons behind his doctrines and beliefs. He even included an essay on how he came to his beliefs on non-violent activism (Fundamentalist Me from 10 years ago would have been shocked to hear that Gandhi played a huge role in how his theology evolved around this topic).

It was also a bit like stepping back in time to hear how he interpreted certain events of his day through the lens of his faith. He saw communism as a massive threat to Christianity and worried about people abandoning faith for the emptiness that he saw within that system of thought. I’m curious what he might think of as a threat today? I doubt he’d still worry about communism.

I’m intrigued by this man. And I plan to read more of his work.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle (Finished June 30)

This was a short 7-hour audiobook that I played to keep my mind busy while I did housework. It was entertaining to step back into this world that L’Engle built around Meg, Charles Wallace, and their loved ones. I’d never read any of L’Engle’s books growing up, so discovering them now is delightful.

This one centres around the fear of imminent nuclear war that Charles Wallace, specifically, must take action to stop. He makes his attempt by summoning Gaudior: a time-travelling unicorn.

Together they travel through time in search of a way to fix the desperate situation of Charles Wallace’s present day.

I absolutely love the universe L’Engle has created. Her imagination is a wonderful place. She manages to thread together theology and fantasy in a way that is reminiscent of CS Lewis. And the inner child in me is delighted that there are still two more books left in this series.

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