January Books!

I have a plan to read 52 books in 2016 and so far I’ve been on the right track! Four done and the fifth is started. So far, here are my reviews! 
The Holocaust Diaries, By Nonna Bannister: The first 50-75 pages sort of felt slow and I almost gave up reading it like I had multiple times before. I love my books to grab my attention. That being said, once I got into the meat of the story, I did learn a lot and enjoy the things it shared. This book however, is not for the faint of heart. It’s rewrites of the main character Nonna’s childhood diaries and it’s heartbreaking. If you are and emotional person at the core like me, I highly recommend taking this book nice and slow and giving yourself plenty of time to digest all the facts and side notes in it. 
Epic, By John Eldredge: This book was supposed to be an easy, quick read and it did not disappoint. I love Stasi Eldredge’s two books I have read (his wife) and my husband owns all of John’s novels-so I wanted to give at least one of them a shot. While I loved the imagery and content in this and I still may try the study we have on it, his writing was hard for me to truly enjoy-possibly because most the references went over my head. There were a lot of Lord of the Ring and Star Wars comparisons that caused me to stop and ask Josh what these meant. Overall though, if you’re more savvy to social and media references than I and you’re looking for a book that reminds you the miracle our God is, this one is great! I’m going to try another of his books to give it another chance. 
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, By John Boyne: Do yourself a favor and instead of reading this book, stab your heart a few times with a jagged dagger. It’ll probably hurt about the same. It was well written, from the point of view of a little boy, set in the time of the Holocaust, and it is devastating. I could hear my little ones making the same mistakes or asking the same innocent questions as the world is shattering around them. This was a fairly quick read, but I hesitate to use the word “easy” with it. It’s not for the faint of heart by any means, but it’s hard hitting and it gets the point across. Just have a box of tissues and maybe a glass of tea(or whiskey) when you reach the end. 
The Illustrated Happiness Trap, By Russ Harris: I read this for the first time about a year ago and I found it again while cleaning our bookshelves off! I truly enjoy this book and the message it gets across and how to change the way you think about happiness. The illustrations also crack me up and it’s such an easy and fast novel. If you’re looking for happiness, you should check this book out. 

I’m not sure what books will be coming next, but expect another update in February! 

How have your New Years resolutions been going? 


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