Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Books I Read in October 2018


Sorry it took me so long to get this up! I was waiting for some of the books to come in from the library so I could take a picture πŸ˜…

Everybody, Always by Bob Goff // 2 stars
I read this (via audiobook) under the impression that Bob Goff wanted to share how knowing Jesus has impacted him to love people, but the entire thing felt like a "humble brag." Yes, he gave a lot of good examples of how he has shown love to those who don't deserve it, but he never directly talks about WHY. It's obvious he's a Christian, so I think it's okay to hold him to this standard. It seems like he wrote Everybody, Always as an encouragement to the general audience and not just Christians, but ... I don't know. I don't think you can call this a "Christian" book and not talk about the things that make you a Christian. He might talk a lot about what Jesus said, but none of it is stuff mentioned in the Bible? I'm still learning to read with discernment, so this whole thing might sound confusing. But I found this review that I agree with, so maybe it will help you too. (It is the only post I've read so I can't say I agree with the rest of his blog, but solely because I haven't looked at anything else.)

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab // 5 stars
This may be a middle grade but I think anyone, no matter your age, can read City of Ghosts and love it! I didn't take many notes while reading—and I do, in detail, with every book I read—so that can serve as proof for how immersive and good this book is. As an adult (yep, still strange to call myself one) there isn't too much of a mystery. It's easy to see where the story goes, but the atmosphere and journey of getting there is what makes it so enjoyable.

"I have one foot in winter and one in spring. One foot with the living, and one with the dead."

Other reviews for City of Ghosts: Madalyn from Novel InkEmma from missemmareadsalot

You by Caroline Kepnes // 3.5 stars
Considering the fact that this was a book written in a stalker's perspective, I was surprisingly not as creeped out as I thought I'd be. I felt pity more than disgust, which is probably what makes this story so interesting. We only know Beck, the love interest, through Joe's thoughts and observations, and those were definitely biased so we never get the full story. I think this is why I felt so detached. I wanted to know what was going on inside Beck's head, which is kind of ironic because "you," the reader, ARE Beck! You is a really twisted book, so approach cautiously. It was also too sexual for me (and I had no idea it would be) so that's something to take note of if you're considering this read.

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason // 5 stars
Yet another character-driven story that I absolutely loved. This is a book about sisters, family, more-than-just-second chances, and forgiveness. It captured addiction and explored relationships really well, with flawed characters but ones you will find yourself understanding deeply. The Art of Losing comes out on February 19, 2019 and I highly recommend picking up a copy! (This is where I write "review to come" but putting it out there might be the end of it lol. So ... we'll leave it at that!)

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin // 5 stars
EXCELLENT book on the attributes of God, how He is different from us humans, and why that's a good thing.

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I also read everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by Jomny Sun, but I'll talk about that in a future Gettin' Graphic post! It's coming back, y'all!

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