I finished some books I had been reading for a while, as well as reading some children’s books for my next trimester at uni. Some were good, others were not – are we surprised?
Christy by Catherine Marshall: I loved this! At the beginning I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get into the story, but after a couple of chapters I was so engaged I didn’t want to put it down. The story follows Christy as she becomes a teacher in a rural area filled with poverty and a set way of living. I loved seeing Christy’s experience of God grow throughout the novel as she questions how He actually is involved in her life and the lives of those around her. 5 stars.
Secure in the Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot: Elisabeth Elliot’s books are always filled with little chapters of wisdom and experience. I love how everything she says is matter of fact and comes down to us needing to trust God. 4.5 stars.
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky: A creepy children’s book about a teacher who goes missing whilst on a secret excursion with her class of young girls. None of the girls can admit what happened, and no one can find the teacher. Disturbing, but also kind of cool. 3 stars.
Called to be Creative by Mary Potter Kenyon: A book that explores how we are all creative and how we can live in a way that incorporates creativity into our everyday lives. A very honest book about the author’s own experiences regarding grief, creativity, and the obstacles that prevent us from doing or trying. 4 stars.
Aquicorn Cove by Kay O’Neill: This is a children’s graphic novel for my upcoming uni course. About a girl whose mother has recently died and is visiting her Aunt in a small seaside town. What I didn’t like is how political the story ended up being; why couldn’t it just have been about a girl who finds a cool looking seahorse? 2.5 stars.
The Jolly Postman by Janet Ahlberg: I love this children’s book! Lifting the letters out of the envelopes is still really exciting, even as an adult. 5 stars.
My Life and Other Exploding Chickens (Tom Weekly #4) by Tristan Bancks and Gus Gordon: Another for next trimester. I didn’t enjoy this as it was pretty gross, but it is aimed at boys I suppose. 2 stars.