I read a lot this month, while somehow managing to stay on top of my school work. I have quite a bit of free time, and I’m relishing it as much as possible before I succumb to the necessity to get a job. I have a stack of books sitting above my desk, and they’re like daily reminders to sit down and read. My challenge to myself is to read as many of them as possible this semester, while still maintaining my grades. Challenge accepted.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I don’t typically read YA books, but this is really good. It feels like the concept was derived from a fairy tale, but it’s most definitely not. The story is set in a time and place where the color of your blood indicates your social standing. For example, the ruling class are born with silver blood, and the poor class are born with red blood. Silvers, as they’re called, are also born with “gifts”, ranging from the ability to work with fire to the ability to cast one’s voice inside another’s head. The main character, Mare, is simply trying to dodge the army conscription when she gets wrapped up with the Silvers, and accidentally (then absolutely purposefully) shakes things up. This book is fantastic, because you simultaneously hate the characters, but can’t wait to see what happens. At times, it hurts to read, and at others, you’re scared of reading what happens next. It’s so good, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the remaining books, Glass Sword and King’s Cage.
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
I had read In The Shadow of Blackbirds (Cat Winter’s début) several years ago, and was enraptured with the haunting, beautiful story. I had purchased this book, hoping for a similar experience. However, I was taken back to see how easy it read. It was a good story, though, set in early twentieth century Washington State, around the time of Women’s suffrage. Olivia Mead is struggling with her father, who is adamant against women voting, and who is dead set on Olivia marrying a proper (rich) suitor. Eventually, a hypnotist stumbles into Olivia’s life, and gifts her with the ability to see people and events as they “really are”. Some people appear as monsters, while others as angels. After some getting used to, Olivia is able to gather the courage to fit back against her father, fight for Women’s suffrage, and to escape towards a better life. It was a good, “fluff” story, but I think I liked In The Shadow of Blackbirds much better.
Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko
I had the incredible honor of seeing Levi Lusko at the Passion conference two years in a row. His story is simply incredible. Around the time of Passion 2016, Levi’s book, Through the Eyes of a Lion, came out, and after hearing his story, I simply had to read it. Levi is an incredible wordsmith, and sees the world in such an incredible way. I cried reading his book, not only because of how painful his story is, but because of how much he relies on God. His book is simply steeped in the Holy Spirit and imparts such a strong desire to follow God with a burning passion. If you need something to propel you into God, this is it.
I’d love to know what you’re reading, or what is in your “to read” pile!!
Ciao for now,