Summer is officially upon us, y'all. I've read a LOT of books this month, and you'll notice most of these are young adult titles. What better to read on the beach than something easy and fun? If you've got further questions about any of these titles, don't hesitate to leave me a message in the comments section. I love talking about good books with good friends! (Taylor, we're going to have a serious Court books discussion at Seabrook ;) )
If you're tired of trying (and failing) to live up to impossible standards, then Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life, is for you. It's an invitation to be a part of something more meaningful and intentional than chasing the seemingly perfect life. It's an invitation to believe that a flourishing life is possible, right where you are.
Written as part encouragement anthem and part practical guide, Cultivate, which comes out June 27, offers wisdom from God’s Word alongside lessons Lara has learned in her garden.
Okay, I actually have a few books for you this month. Part of it is because some hold requests I had at the library came due, and I had two weeks to read the books. One of them (The Magnolia Story) had a waiting list of something like 90+ people when I got on it, and it took several months to work my way up the line, so I didn't want to miss it.
Anyway. If you're looking for a good read for the beach, pool, or park, try one of these.
I've never actually been to Wisconsin, having grown up in the southeast, but after reading The Simplicity of Cider, by Amy E. Reichert, now I kind of want to go.
Um, you might notice there wasn't a books on tap last month. There was an author on tap, and it was a godsend I had that opportunity, because, well, I didn't really finish an entire book the month of April.
Yes, I still have a pulse. I am not in the Greenville County morgue. I've just been busy...doing some creative writing. And when I write the way I have been lately, I can't make myself focus on a novel. I can't let myself be distracted by another writer's voice. As B succinctly put it, "You're in output mode, not intake."
Leave it to the engineer to get straight to the point.
Last October, I had the privilege to read and review The Yellow Envelope, by Kim Dinan. She hooked me with this phrase:
It was a truth that the most essential part of me had always known. I needed to see the world. I needed to write. I didn't have to know why. Wanting it was enough.
Does this ring any bells? Sound like anyone you might, just might, know?
Oh, and to really ratchet up the creepy factor, she too has a husband named Brian. Look, I can't make this stuff up.
I know in this space, in this Books on Tap, I talk a lot about good books. And that's important. Writing a book is a lot of hard, hard work. When you do it well, it should be rewarded.
But what about the not-so-good books?
I really hate reading on my tablet, but despite that, all my books this month were ebooks. Three were books I'd been granted to review from NetGalley, and two were Amazon Kindle Daily Deal $1.99 ebooks that I couldn't turn down.
Despite my distaste for reading electronically, each of these books was really good. I highly recommend them all - but then, I suggest you buy a paper copy instead :)
Wow - the first month of 2017 is already done. How crazy is that? It's time for our first Books on Tap of the year!
My goal this year is to read fewer books, but really savor them and read more intentionally. I'm not sure whether this month could be considered a success or failure. I read more books than I thought I would, but I did feel like I savored them all (except my one DNF - Did Not Finish). I guess we'll see how February goes. We'll be traveling a lot, so that cuts down on reading time in one aspect - but in another, it offers a lot of time in planes and cars to read. Anyway.
What are you currently reading? Do you have any reading goals for the year? Is there a book I absolutely must add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!
Okay, is it just me or has December been a little nutty? I mean, it's not like we even have very many people to shop for, and still somehow the month got away from me, with very few books to add to this list. Eh, well...we made it. It's almost a new year, with all the bright shiny blank pages that entails. Thank you, dearly, for being a follower/subscriber this year. I love you all!