I do not feel good about June being over. Not good at all. I’ve been a summer person for the last few years, so I’m hoping July lingers a bit more. Our apartment complex has an amazing, clean pool that I frequent during the summer months, always with a book in hand. Two of the books I read this month were digital downloads from our library so I had to read them on my iPad. I pretty much hate reading on my iPad, but when I have to do it in the sun it’s almost unbearable. Tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way…. Either way, extra time at the pool allowed me to read four books this month, and I don’t hate that!
Longing & Loving
I started the month by finishing the last two books in the Bailey Flanigan series by Karen Kingsbury during the first weekend of June. Karen Kingsbury novels are, at least for me, page turners. I truly never know what’s going to happen, which is why I read them so quickly – because I need to know! I would compare Karen Kingsbury’s novels to Elin Hildebrand, but faith-based. Sometimes you have to cringe at the cheese, but the good significantly out-weighs the bad.
The series did not end the way I thought it would, but it was actually a better ending that what I was hoping for. I honestly don’t think I can read another Karen Kingsbury series because I am so on edge during them. I have to sit and read them straight through because the suspense is too much for me to handle. She does write books that aren’t part of a series, so I might read one of those.
This is my all-time favorite book. I’ve read it two times before, and I’ll read it again. Redeeming Love is a novel set in the 1800’s, following the life of a woman sold into prostitution at the age of eight years old. When God moves a settler to take her in as his wife her life takes an incredible turn, but the path to healing is grueling as she battles bitterness, betrayal and disbelief. This book makes my heart twist and turn like nothing else and I cannot recommend it enough.
Make It Happen
Make It Happen is Lara Casey’s first book and I decided to read it for a second time in preparation for her second book, which released last week. Lara has a really great testimony and her message and products have made a huge impact on my life. If you feel stuck, unmotivated, incapable or unworthy of doing the things you want to do, Make It Happen is the book for you. I’m so glad I read it again and now I cannot wait to dive into her new book, Cultivate.
And that’s what I read in June!