All year long I have been making a 1-page layout each month of what I've been reading lately. I'm still doing that this month - making a scrapbooking layout/page of what I've been reading lately. But, I'm changing up things up a bit. I am documenting our December, joining thousands of others documenting their December with Ali Edwards' December Daily®. Thus, I am documenting what I've been reading lately in a 2-page 6 x 8 layout because my own December Daily® 2017 is in the 6 x 8 format and I wanted to include these pages into my album for December.
On to what I've been reading lately...
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. A-mazing! It took me a couple chapters to figure out what was going on, the weaving of two stories, but once I did - wow! Penny, seamlessly, moved from story to story. Such a good book! I cried several times. That's a good thing. And, this might be my favorite so far as I have gotten in the series. 89/100 books read.
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. A-mazing! One of my favorite books of the year. 90/100 books read.
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny. Definitely not my favorite! Probably my least favorite of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series thus far, but after the first six and one of those a favorite in Bury Your Dead it would be hard to top. Still, I have high hopes for her remaining books in the series (which thankfully don't appear to be ending anytime soon). 91/100 books read.
The Camel Club by David Baldacci. The beginning of the book was choppy and hard to follow but once it started moving along it turned out really good. 92/100 books read.
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. Not my least favorite of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series but...this one takes us away from it all to a secluded from all society monastery where a monk has been murdered and a favorite character is driven aground and evil descends. It wasn't the mystery of the murdered monk that I had a hard time with (that was actually very interesting) but it was the desolation of a favorite character (although I can understand how something like this can happen to the best of us) and, moreso, the arrival of pure evil, and the feeling of having my hands tied while spiders are crawling all over me. 93/100 books read.
The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs. Before settling on She Reads Truth Advent study, Joy to the World for my month long Advent study, I considered The Women of Christmas from a recommendation by a friend. The book is not set up for a day by day study so I set it aside for Advent but did, however, simply read for enjoyment. Truly, enjoyable. 94/100 books read.
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny. Oh my! This book ties up so much that has been loosened in this series. While not as neatly meshed as Bury Your Dead, I'm so glad a story line was solidified and wrapped up because I just could not take it any longer without it being resolved. 95/100 books read.
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis. I savored this little book slowly (on my bedside table so I would read snippets before bed) because Lewis is a master with the English language, an intellectual giant and, alas, - I am not. Lewis, intelligently, authoritatively, and argumentatively persuades the reader of the importance and the relevance of universal values in contemporary society. Written in the early 1940's, it is astonishing to me how applicable the discourse is for today's society of individual truth, a distorted and flawed modern education system, and sheds a prophetic bright light on a worldview void of values. 96/100 books read.
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny. I struggled with this storyline. It was frustrating and sad. 97/100 books read.
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny. I hope Penny isn't moving from mystery's into evil thrillers which this one was. That being said, it was interesting, the backstory, and the presence of Three Pines characters I've come to love were there (but, not necessarily more developed), but again, it was evil. I realize there is a certain kind of evil in murder mysteries but, still... 98/100 books read.
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore. I won't say I dislike this book. It is written with quick-witted, beautifully written imagery and well, Beth Moore knows how to tell stories. However, the first part of the book was difficult to wrap myself around, and many other parts were quite frustrating and long-winded. I think it is a good first-try at a novel versus her Bible studies, which I adore, and her non-fiction work that is usually pretty good, too. 99/100 books read.
My favorite books of 2016 found here.
I'm still deciding on my favorite books of 2017. At least two from this month will probably make my list.