March Books

What are you reading these days?
Here are two books I've read lately. One nonfiction, one fiction. One I liked a lot, one I loved.

Newbery Honor Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.


Even though this book is YA, it was recommended to me by a number of adults. You guys, you gotta read this. Everyone will love it, but if you're a teacher, it will totally win you over. Holling Hooodhood is a seventh grader in the 1960s and is convinced his teacher hates him. He is left alone with her every Wednesday while his classmates attend church/temple. His teacher hates him so much, she begins to assign him Shakespeare to read. And it slowly changes his life. . .and hers. This book is smart, funny, heart-warming, and incredibly well-written. I wanted to underline so many lines in this thing. (I didn't though because it was a library book. But my 2.5-legged cat might've taken a bite out of it…) The voice is so dang good. Please read this book. Please. It would make an excellent Hallmark movie, excellent read-aloud, and is recommended for boys and reluctant readers (plus everyone else in the world).

My nonfiction pick is Spirit Rising: Tapping Into the Holy Spirit by Jim Cymbala (with Jennifer Schuchmann). 0310241251
It's a good book. It's kind of an entry level education on the Holy Spirit, ” the forgotten God” as Frances Chan puts it, but it includes lots of great stories of miracles and movement of the Spirit. It's a good reminder of what can be accomplished in faith and when you're connected to the Holy Spirit. I loved the stories. I do believe faith and prayer can move mountains. I believe God still does miracles. Like the book says, I also believe we don't look for miracles or powerful acts of God because we're so conditioned to relying on logic and ourselves. I'd give the book a B, I suppose. I get frustrated with spiritual how-to books that tell you what you need, but not how to get it. Still, the other 95 percent of the book were powerful reminders and fresh words that were valuable reads. Well-written book, as well. I have a lot of respect for Brooklyn Tabernacle, and while I've never been there, I always assumed they were at least a bit charismatic. The whole time I was reading this book, I felt like the pastor was editing himself. I'd love to sit down with him and have a no-holds-barred conversation about the Holy Ghost. Still, book recommended. I did underline all over this book.

So that's what I've been reading.
What about you?

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Rissi - March 29, 2012

Reading Karen Kingsbury’s Final “Bailey Flanigan” novel along with a few other books! =D

MamaTina - March 29, 2012

I’m reading Spirit Rising because of a quote that you posted on Twitter. So far, it’s been very encouraging. I loved his Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire book as well. Last week I read Frank Peretti’s Illusion and the week before, Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress. Both were great.

Laura - March 29, 2012

After WEEKS of reading I finally finished The Count of Monte Cristo for the book club I facilitate at my library. And I thought the movie was good – the book was fantastic! I did have to keep sparknotes open on my computer to make sure I kept all the characters straight, though.

There are lots of new books about the Titanic circulating at my library because of the anniversary…been looking through a few of those. I swore I’d never watch the movie again, but I think I’m going to have to.

Also just finished Hush Now, Don’t you Cry by Rhys Bowen. Fun historical fiction mystery.

bookwyrm15 - March 29, 2012

Had to read “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding for English Honors. Ugh. Worst book ever.

But for fun I’ve read this past week:

Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (prequel to her wildly popular Mortal Instruments series)

Sapphique, the sequel to Incaraeon

Across the Universe by Beth R. It is THE BEST SCI-FI BOOK EVER!!!!!!!! Honestly, I almost never read sci-fi, but this book grabbed me by the throat from the first page. EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!!!!!!!!!

Allie Smith - March 29, 2012

The Circle series by Ted Dekker! These books have so much goin on,omw!!! I generally don’t like reading fiction that makes me think too much haha but these are extremely well-written 🙂

Kristin - March 29, 2012

I recently read Katharine Hepburn’s autobiography, “Me.” It was good but a little rambling (but totally in her voice). I also reread “The Hunger Games” before I saw the film.

Now I’m reading “Wildwood.” I’m only about a third in, so still not sure how I feel about it. But right now I feel like I have to drag myself through, and that’s probably not a good thing.


Ashley - March 29, 2012

The best books I’ve read lately are Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Time travel. Steampunk. Strong heroines. Unexpected twists. 🙂

Robin Stevens - March 30, 2012

Just finished this great book called “There You’ll Find Me”… And I re-read “The Hunger Games” because I saw the movie and just wanted to read it again.

Jenny B Jones - March 30, 2012

Thanks, Robin.
Some great book reads, guys! I’m gonna have to write some of these down.

Jenny - March 30, 2012

Longing for something like The Hunger Games I read Matched by Ally Condie. I liked it and will read the next in the series. In an effort to read a wider variety of genres (because who knew I would like dystopia?), I read a mystery called Your Chariot Awaits. I think I am not a mystery person, but may try another. Waiting to be read is Dead Heat by Joel Rosenberg, who is new for me. In the lesser read non-fiction category, I am working my way through Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle, which my precious girl will soon join me in reading.

capillya - March 30, 2012

Okay, you’ve sold me on The Wednesday Wars. It sounds like a powerful, timeless book. I like those kinds!

I just finished up Hex Hall and This is Not a Test this month. Both good books in their own right, and Hex Hall made me laugh throughout the entire reading experience. Not many books can do that, and it was a nice balance to Courtney Summers ripping my heart out and trampling over it. She tends to do that.

Katie - March 30, 2012

I underline things in library books. Is that weird? I use pencil, so it can be erased if it can, but I feel like I enjoy books more if I know what stood out to other people.

Ruth - April 2, 2012

I’m reading “Wolves Among Us” by Ginger Garrett — so good!

GreenBeanTeenQueen - April 12, 2012

I read The Wednesday Wars last year-listened to it on audio and I LOVED it!! Have you read Okay for Now? It’s a companion novel and its fantastic as well.

Ann - April 3, 2013

I love Wednesday Wars!!! “Okay for now” is also really good (by Gary D. Schmidt)


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