February was a great month for reading. In part because uni starts today and I wanted to start the trimester well, but also because I prioritised reading books I wanted to read.
Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson: This book discusses steps Christians can take to break the power of sin over their lives. While none of it was particularly new information to me, I appreciated the reminder that God is bigger and greater than anything we may face. 4 stars.
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke: A science fiction book for uni, this one was disturbing but captivating. Telling the tale of aliens appearing over the earth, what struck me most was humanity’s complete trust in what they were told from the aliens. The aliens provided “peace” in the form of eradicating war and poverty. There was no division amongst humans due to the alien interference. However, without giving away what happens, the aliens have far worse motives, and the humans who accepted the “peaceful truth” met a nasty end. (Reminds me of today, and what we may expect in the future.) 3.5 stars.
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason: This was such an engaging novel I read it in a day. Mysterious, humorous, intelligent. 4 stars.
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: Another sci-fi story for uni, this one disturbed me, again. I shouldn’t be surprised at this point, I suppose. A shorter story that speaks of a man who travels forward in the future, before returning to his present and sharing his findings with colleagues. The ending of this made me uncomfortable, which is probably a good thing. 3 stars.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Armin: A lovely, lovely story that speaks of four women who holiday in Italy and in the process come alive to themselves and to love. I love how they all come into their own and become more and more likeable to each other; such a pleasure to read. 4.5 stars.
Sidetracked in the Wilderness by Michael Wells: A book that describes needing to abide in God rather than performing as a good person in order to defeat sin or move past difficult situations. A few points did stand out to me, but by the end I had lost a bit of interest. 3.5 stars.
I still have several books to read for this trimester, so I’m sure March will continue to deliver some disturbing sci-fi. Something to look forward to…