I enjoy having the opportunity to read new books, and lately I've been seeking more non-fiction to read. I found thatSarah Cunningham's writings were being compared to Donald Miller, so her newest book ,Picking Dandelions, caught my interest. Sarah begins the story with her early Christian conversion, and how she learned to keep growing as a Christian throughout her life into adulthood. The stories are a collection of events that range from her experience of 9/11 to her job as a teacher. The sections of the book provide a nice transition into each phase where she was discovering new things about her faith through these events that happened. The story uses humor well, and the people featured in the story are memorable. When I first began the story I thought it might be about the problems in the church but that was only a minor part, but her view and experience with what she has witnessed in the church definitely makes me interested in what she has to say in,Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation. Some of the incidents she witnessed in the church are bad, but not shocking because I've witnessed similar. Hopefully this book brings a small awareness of those problems. The comparisons toDonald Millerseem to drift no further beyond the hope to change the church, and the sense of humor. I actually found Sarah Cunningham to be a bit more relatable because my upbringing was more similar to hers. This book is a good read for anyone. If you're a Christian you'll probably find it as an encouragement to keep continually trying to grow in your faith instead of forgetting about it amongst life's obstacles. You can findPicking Dandelionsavailable atAmazon Sarah Cunningham is putting together a Summer Reading List recommended by the participants in theFriends of Picking Dandelions blog tour. My recommendations are: The Orphaned Anything's: memoir of a lesser knownby Stephen Christian My Name Is Chloeby Melody Carlson Lonesome Doveby Larry McMurty Blue Like Jazzby Donald Miller Note: Book was provided for free for a book review.
ately I've been reminiscing about the books I enjoyed reading when I was younger. At the time we only had 4 channels on T.V., and after the enjoyment of toys and playing outside wore down, it was nice to relax with a book. I've made a list of books that make me feel nostalgic every time I think back to reading them. .
Here's the list of books:
The first book I read from the Little House on the Prairie series was Little Town on the Prairie. After reading this book I set out on reading the rest of the series. I believe I enjoyed the books so much, because the girl in the books was my age, and I was able to read about an era she lived in. I actually discovered that I haven't read the very last book in the set, because I never found it in a library or knew it existed. The book is now added to my reading list.
You can check out the series at Amazon.
The Sideways Stories from Wayside School series was another one I remember reading. I actually read the books more times than I can remember. The bizarre stories made this school seem like a kid's nightmare. The school was bad enough to at least make you thankful you did not attend it. In some ways the incidents the kids encountered were far fetched tales of what I went through as a kid at school. The series can be found at author, Louis Sachar's site
I'm not quite sure how I came across the Hank the Cowdog series because it wasn't an AR book at school, and not available at the other library I visited. Somehow at school I wondered outside of the required reading, and into the section that only people who read for fun went to. I found these books and I guess the cover propelled me to read the books. I can't remember any particular book or storylines, but only that I always went to see if new books in the series were in. The official Hank the Cowdog site offers more information on the series.
The American Girl series was really popular when I was in elementary school, and it is still popular today. Four new girls from four different eras in time have been added since I was reading the series. My favorite character was Molly because I related to her the most, but the fact her name also rhymed with mine probably helped too. The story I remember most discussed her having to braid her hair really tight to make curls, and how painful it was to sleep. This slightly reminded me of when I braided my hair to have waves for special occasions when I was a kid. The American Girl has a page that features Molly.
Where the Red Ferns Grow was probably the saddest book I read as a kid, but it also taught many valuable lessons. It also provided me with insight on how my own faith works in my life, which I discussed in a previous blog. The book and more information is available at Amazon.
Horrible Harry in Room 2B is probably the first chapter book I ever read. I can't remember any chapter book I read earlier than it. I remember Harry was called a "yellow canary" as an insult, and it confused me because I didn't understand the insult nor exactly what a canary was at a young age. This book is a series, but I never found this book anywhere else after I bought it at a book fair. Horrible Harry in Room 2B is available at Amazon.
Goosebumps were extremely popular when I was in elementary school, and all the way to when I was in middle school. There were so many books I could not find them all to read. I did watch the show while in the 1st grade, but after being spooked too badly by the Night of the Living Dummy, I couldn't watch anymore. A couple of years later though I found the books, and began to read them. More information on the Goosebumps books can be found at the official site.
Bunnicula was purchased at the same time Horrible Harry in Room 2B was bought. It took me longer to read it because it was longer and more intimidating to begin reading. The cat's attempts to prove the bunny was a vampire were entertaining. The suspense was well built and mixed with humor also. There is a series of these books, but the only other one I remember reading was Howliday Inn. This book, and the rest of the series, is at Amazon.