Y’all know I love books. I’m constantly in the middle of three or four and, let’s just be honest, there are stacks of books piled high all over my room.
Here are three recent reads that you might be interested in.
In addition to my thoughts on each read, I’ve linked to where you can find more information and/or order the book.
Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was and Who God Has Always Been :: Jackie Hill Perry
My thoughts: With vulnerability and honesty, Jackie Hill Perry invites readers into her story. The title sums it up well, and you know what to expect at the beginning and the end. It’s the middle that is largely unknown, and that’s where Jackie takes us. I didn’t read condemnation in her words, but it’s very clear where she falls and what she believes.
Having never read a nonfiction memoir from an artist and poet, I was surprised (in a good way) by how Jackie strings words together. Here is an example from page 23:
“A woman, height barely breaking 5-foot-3, with the smile of a million laughs, and the eyes of one whose memories are cold and brutal to touch walked inside the club.”
As a fellow author and lover of both books and words, that sentence stopped me in my tracks.
I don’t believe that I’ll read this book again, but I am glad that I have read it.
For those who love to read and often have a book in their hand, their Kindle nearby, or a stack piled high on their nightstand, this is a fun (and quick) read that feels very relatable. Comprised of several mini essays, Bogel shares different “scenes” from the life of a reader.
After reading the book, though, I’m honestly not sure what to do with it… I wouldn’t give it as a gift (too small in size and short in length), didn’t underline a single thing, and won’t re-read it. I think those that love it are mostly grateful for someone to essentially say “me too.”
My thoughts: As someone who knew little about Madeleine L’Engle and had only read one of her books when picking up A Light So Lovely, I was interested to learn more about both L’Engle and her writings. Clearly, her words have impacted thousands and had a role in shaping culture.
I appreciated the format of the book and how Sarah Arthur broke up different categories – faith and art, sacred and secular, etc. I also found it interesting to read all of the included quotes from friends, family, and long-time readers of L’Engle.
A Light So Lovely does a good job connecting L’Engle’s writings with one another, but as I closed the book after reading the final page, I realized that I was left wanting for more information on the woman herself. Most of this content comes from the aforementioned quotes, and the subtitle does say “the spiritual legacy,” but I had (perhaps wrongly) assumed the book would better balance her writings with her personal life, with Madeleine herself. If you want to learn more about the impact she made through writing, this book would be helpful. But if you want to learn more about L’Engle, this may not be the book for you.
PSA: I received these books in exchange for honest reviews. Affiliate links are used on this page.