This was a great reading month! I think I said this recently, but I have loved reading more books of my choice and getting through the unread books on my to-be-read pile now that I have less to read for uni. I have been reading in my lunch breaks at work, as well as sometimes before bed, and it’s such a joy to prioritise reading throughout the day.
Swan by Mary Oliver: Her poetry is so lovely. She draws upon nature and gives it a voice in the most relatable of ways. Very easy and accessible to read. 4 stars.
My Greenhouse by Bella Mayo: Another book of poetry that draws upon nature to convey a story of finding love before losing it. Again, accessible and easy to get through. 3.5 stars.
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot: I love that Elisabeth Elliot’s books are made of shorter chapters, allowing a small bite of wisdom every morning in my quiet time. While a lot of what she said in this book wasn’t new information to me, I did love seeing an insight into her relationship with her first husband, Jim. 4 stars.
The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot: Another Elisabeth Elliot! Again, the information isn’t new, but the way she offers it is very helpful and convicting. I love how everything she says comes back to trusting God and knowing He loves us. 4 stars.
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton: A novel that I had my eye on for a while before reading. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t quite meet my expectations. I think it was a bit “grittier” than I was expecting; none of the characters were very likeable and the relationships were not wholesome. I did, however, like the redemptive plotline of the relationship between the protagonist and her mother. 3.5 stars.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick: A sci-fi book for uni that was less than enjoyable. The premise is relatively interesting, with a bounty hunter trying to destroy androids, posing as humans, on what is left of earth. But in reality I was bored, and found the telling of events difficult to follow. Thankfully it was the last uni book for me to read, so I am now free! 3 stars.