Well, I did it! I accomplished my goal of reading 10 books in 2018 by knocking out 11. If you missed the first part of my 2018 book report, click here.
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Remember God by Annie F. Downs. You guys, I love Annie. I just love her. This book was absolutely beautiful. She was honest and vulnerable and hilarious all about how God’s plan might not look just like she wanted or expected. This is great read for anyone, but I think it’s especially awesome for ladies who, like me in my late twenties, find themselves single far longer than they expected. I wish I had read this when I was about 28!
The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Shankle. Melanie Shankle is a real gift to the world if you ask me. She and Sophie Hudson have a podcast where they basically talk about nothing…but I never one time ever miss an episode. I love her sense of humor! This book about marriage and relationships was just as funny and sweet as I thought it would be. Highly recommend.
Eat Cake. Be Brave. by Melissa Radke. I’m not even going to lie to you guys, I’ve got a work trip planned to Lufkin (hometown of Melissa Radke) later this year and I’m already working on angles to meet her. This lady is an absolute riot. And while this book certainly is funny because she just can’t help it, there were also parts that had me in tears because they were so moving. It’s an easy read, but one that I really enjoyed.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Look, this one can be political and I’m just telling you now that if you’ll put politics aside, but yourself in the shoes of someone who might not look like you, this book is really insightful. This is a fictional story about a police shooting of an unarmed African American boy in the inner city. I think it’s important. I also really, really recommend the audio book that was performed by Banhi Turpin. She was flat out amazing and I don’t know if they give Grammies or Academy Awards or whatever for narrating audio books, but she deserves one.
How We Sleep At Night: A Mother’s Memoir This book was written by a Christian mom who has a son that is gay. She’s very involved in the “Free Mom Hugs” movement and after hearing her on Jen Hatmaker’s podcast, I wanted to read her story. Seeing the struggle of this Mama and her son just broke my heart. I think that it is such an important topic–how the Church (and her people) treat the “outcasts” and it is something I really try to be aware of and focus on showing love to everyone.