July Books

25. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson – Amazon recommended this book to me, and since the library had it, I read it. I was looking for some light-hearted reading this month (otherwise I fall asleep), and this fit the bill. It took me about a third of the book to actually get into it, but it is a sweet story with great character development.

26. Room by Emma Donoghue – I don’t know why I thought this would be a good book to read, it was not a good choice for my stage of life. While it is excellently written, and I could not put it down (I read it in a mere 24 hours), the subject matter was far too weighty for this emotional, pregnant momma of a boy the same age as the boy in this book. I think Bud was confused by all the tight hugs he got from me the following days.

27. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – I re-read this book in anticipation of our August book club venturing to the movie theater to see the screen adaptation. Reading it a second time was just as good as the first.

28. Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley – I have read some of Sarah Buckley’s articles and listened to her on a podcast, and she is quite an expert on natural birth and mothering topics. As a family physician, she adds a great element of research as well. This book was a little extreme for most people, including myself, who many would also consider rather extreme. I enjoyed reading her birth stories and was encouraged by many things she wrote about, though I don’t think I would recommend this book to my average student or most of my friends.

One Response to “July Books”

  1. I’ve been thinking about re-reading The Help as well.

    Thanks for your encouragement on our going grain free. I’m hoping it helps with my wacky insulin levels of late.