Favorite Books of May 2020

Can you believe that Spring is almost over? Even with everything happening, I feel like it has flown by. At least it left behind a gorgeous coat of green on the world around me. Now to melt in the humidity!

My reads for May were a delightful variety, and they were exactly what I needed.  Sometimes the most balanced meal is a box of assorted chocolates, right?




The Secret Zoo

Noah’s sister has been missing for three weeks, and strange things keep happening at the local zoo. Are they connected? Why are all of the zoo guards acting tense and suspicious? Will Noah and his friends find his sister before it’s too late? I read this book before passing it along to our daughter, and we both loved it! Full of adventure, mystery, and friendship, this is a wonderful book for kids at a 5th to 6th grade reading level.



Dream Work

I am not sure why, but my soul was craving poetry this month. This was my first dive into any of Mary Oliver‘s work, and I was not disappointed. Poignant, vivid, and irresistible words drifted from her pages and played unheard melodies in my head. If you’ve been drained by recent lengthy literature, this little volume will refresh and inspire.



12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

My brother recommended this book to me, and, not wanting to miss out on any topic that we could discuss together, I immediately bought it. Jordan Peterson presents twelve basic rules to live by, then expounds on each of these recommended rules using philosophy, theology, psychology, biology, and history. This book will force you to think, and then think some more. Then he’ll give you more to think about, but you’ll realize that you are better person for it afterward. You will learn to be the head lobster.



Mirror, Mirror

I love a good “What if?” story. I even wrote a short one myself.  This delightful book asks the question, “What if the Evil Queen poisoned the prince?”, and offers an equally intriguing answer. Jen Calonita did a wonderful job of fleshing out the classic tale of my childhood with more personality, more adventure, and a few more twists along the way.



Discovering the Real Jesus

Who is Jesus of Nazareth? Son of God or all tolerant preacher? Rebecca Manley Pippert invites us to witness seven encounters with Jesus from the Gospel of John. Seven encounters from real people, from all stages and classes of life. What happened with they met this man who claimed to be God? How did Jesus respond to their lives and desires? This short study encourages us to investigate and take the time to consider the answers. Great for solo study or for a small group.



An Old Fashioned Girl

A lesser known book of Louisa May Alcott’s, this is probably one of my favorites. Young Polly Milton pays a visit to her cousin Fanny, and is quickly awakened to the drastic differences between modern, fashionable society, and her solid, yet old fashioned, country upbringing. Her beliefs and opinions are tested, and often mocked, as she asks herself the question: Is what is modern and socially acceptable always better?



GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love

Thousands of American GI’s poured into the UK during WWII, causing a social upheaval among the native Brits. When they left, they also took with them the hearts of young women across Britain. This book explores the true accounts of four of those women. Leaving all that was familiar behind them, they traveled thousands of miles to be with the men they loved in the USA. Each endured unexpected challenges and victories,  joys and sorrows, painting for us a realistic portrait of the Greatest Generation and what they encountered after the war.


What are you reading this month?

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