This was a slow month. I finished three books but haven’t made too much progress with what I’m currently reading, either. But that’s okay! Here’s what I read.
Breath (James Nestor) I gave 4 of 5 stars. This was an entertaining yet factual book exploring the science and history behind breathing; both the good and the bad. Breathing affects so much more than I originally thought, and I found the content very interesting. Because it was so anecdotal and personal, with the author doing practical research as well as speaking to other experts in the field, it was easy to understand and hopefully to apply as well. Seriously; breathe through your nose. Just do it.
The Maidens (Alex Michaelides) I gave 3 of 5 stars. I loved The Silent Patient (Michaelides debut novel) and gave it 5 stars. I loved the premise of this book and would give it 5 stars on that alone had I not read it and… found it to be lacking. The premise is a murder at a college where Mariana’s (the protagonist) niece studies. Mariana has her suspicions and decides to do some detective work of her own to prove the professor with an alibi did it. I don’t know if I’ll be the only one to think this, but the writing wasn’t as good as Michaelides’ debut. It seemed more childish, less tension. The story itself also seemed less thought out. There was so much foundation-building for most of the novel, and then the end seemed rushed. I definitely liked this book and thought it was a good story, but I don’t feel the need to read it again. Also, I received it early as a proof for work – very exciting stuff.
Killing Kryptonite (John Bevere) I gave 5 of 5 stars. I really appreciate the honesty that fills this book. Bevere doesn’t shy away from telling the truth from God’s word, even though that can be both hard for someone to hear and difficult to apply. But it is necessary if we are to truly live for God. Examples include, when sharing the gospel or accepting Jesus, repentance is needed as well as believing Jesus Christ is Lord. So often we hear versions of Christianity that only talk about love and forgiveness and grace, but in reality we are responsible for our actions. We need to repent from our sin. I also liked that at the end of each chapter there was a ‘take action’ section that allowed you to journal, pray, or talk to someone about what the chapter discussed. I found this helpful because it allowed me to hear from God and personally apply what I was learning from the book. I think it can be easy to forget what we read, but this made it more tangible.
Not a terrible reading month, but I am hoping to pick things up. I have so many books on my bookcase I haven’t read, so I’m hoping this year will be the year of getting through them. If I stop buying them and adding to their number… 😉