Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quick Lit: What I've Been Reading Lately

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for this month's quick lit, where I share short and sweet reviews of a few books I've read in the past month. You can also find me over at Goodreads if you are interested in other books I've read or reviewed.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living"Present Over Perfect" by Shauna Niequist. I have loved Niequist's writing from the beginning, and this latest collection of essays did not disappoint! She deals with how busyness was wrecking her life--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Beautifully written and deeply personal, these essays resonated with me. I loved the themes found throughout and it left me thinking about ways I have allowed busyness to wreck my own life. Thought-provoking and wonderful.

The Nightingale"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. This novel shares the story of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, as they take two very different paths through World War II-stricken France. Vianne keeps up the home front and tries to survive with her daughter as she waits and wonders about the fate of her husband, called up to fight the Nazis. Isabelle throws caution to the wind and risks everything for the Resistance. This was an incredible book that was thoroughly captivating. Highly recommend!

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared"The Reading Promise" by Alice Ozma. I picked this book as a result of listening to the Read Aloud Revival podcast. When in fourth grade, Alice and her father make a promise for him to read aloud to her every night. Once they reach 100 consecutive nights, they realize they aren't ready to be done, so they decide to continue their nightly ritual. They call it The Streak and it lasts for 3,218 nights. I love the idea of the book and The Streak. The last several chapters are fantastic. Portions of the book felt a bit slow and a little disjointed. It was a decent read and makes me curious to see about starting a Streak with my own kids.


  1. I've heard so much about Present Over Perfect lately (which makes sense since it's new) and I'm eagerly awaiting my library copy! I found The Nightengale tough to get through at times (not the easist subject matter!) but still, so good.

  2. I have heard great things about Present Over Perfect and look forward to reading it since I really enjoyed Bittersweet!

    Here are my August reads:

  3. Just a couple of days ago a friend just gave me The Nightingale, saying she thought I'd love it. I've read so many good WWII books lately -- All the Light We Cannot See, Everyone Brave is Forgiven -- so I'm hoping I'll enjoy this one as much. I also have P over P on my library reserve list and am eagerly waiting for it to come in.

    I didn't manage a Quick Lit post this month but I'm enjoying reading other people's. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I'm listening to The Nightingale right now. I'm only on the 3rd disc (out of 14), but it's OK so far. I like the sisters, but I don't like the detailed descriptions of everything.


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