The Prisoner of Azkaban (#8/50)

Harry Potter books are like Lays potato chips. You can’t read just one. I’m going to continue with the strategy of reading two books at a time because I’ve found that alternating actually helps keep my attention and finish the books faster. Sometimes, it takes me a long time to finish a book because I’m just not in the mood for it, but if I have more than one option to choose from at any given time… Anyway, we’ll see how that strategy works for the remainder of the series (Just four more to go!).

Title – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author – J.K. Rowling

Page count – 435


**Minor spoilers for the third HP book and background information from previous books** Continue reading “The Prisoner of Azkaban (#8/50)”


Quest for the Living God (#7/50)

This dense, slow-going read was totally worth the time it took to wade through! The student in me wanted desperately to get out color-coded highlighters and sticky notes to start outlining a research paper.

The one major criticism I have is that the last chapter on the Trinity could have been cut for time. Not that it wasn’t interesting on its own (assuming you enjoy delving into discussion of the nebulous concept of “three persons, one God”), but Johnson’s linking the chapter’s thesis to the rest of the book didn’t quite fit for me. The rest of the book, however, was academic yet relatable and engaging, and so very, very relevant to our current politically-charged, religiously-divisive culture.

Title – Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God

Author – Elizabeth A. Johnson

Page count – 228

This book is divided into ten chapters: the first being an introduction to Continue reading “Quest for the Living God (#7/50)”

The Chamber of Secrets (#6/50)

So, I decided it would be a good idea to read three books at once. First, I started what I can only describe as a theology textbook (Although, I was that girl who actually read her textbooks for fun. Don’t judge me.), and it is – understandably – a little too dense to read for long stretches of time. So, to break it up with something lighter, I returned to the greatest series of all time: Harry Potter. I am almost done with my theology book and hope to have that review posted by the end of the weekend. My third book is a sort of self-help book about positivity in the workplace. I am reading that during my lunch breaks at work, so it could take some time…Stay tuned.

Title – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author – J.K. Rowling

Page Count – 341

***No major spoilers ahead – just minor plot details*** Skip to the quote at the end if you haven’t read the books and don’t want to spoil the fun 🙂 Continue reading “The Chamber of Secrets (#6/50)”

Searching for Sunday (#5/50)

I needed to read this book right now. My relationship with the church rides a sort of roller coaster that always circles back to a stage that reminds me of that line in Brokeback Mountain – “I wish I knew how to quit you.” Maybe it’s the political tension and division of people claiming the title of Christian that always seems to fester in an especially irritating way running up to an election year. Maybe it’s because I’m part of the so-called Millenial generation – you know, the ones who can’t commit to anything and always think in terms of “me, me, me” (at least according to some people). These things sometimes make me want to run for the hills and away from the church, but for whatever reason, I keep coming back.

Title – Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

Author – Rachel Held Evans (RHE)

Page count – 258

I’d actually read this book before, but it seemed an appropriate start to the Lenten season. I ordered it after reading another of RHE’s books – A Year of Biblical Womanhood (which, among other things, pulls apart the idea of the impossibly perfect, “Godly” woman we’ve come to associate with Proverbs 31). Continue reading “Searching for Sunday (#5/50)”

The Two Towers (#4/50)

This one was a chore. And I hate saying that because I really like the Middle Earth stories, both in book and movie form. (Exception: The Hobbit movies. Don’t even get me started.) Although of the LOTR movies, the second is my least favorite, which may explain why this book was such a drag this time around. I picked it because I wanted something a little lighter/easier and quicker, and I thought a re-read would fulfill that. Nope, and nope. Should’ve gone with Harry Potter. Still a great fantasy story but with larger print.

Title: The Lord of the Rings, part two: The Two Towers

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Page count: 415 pages of the tiniest print EVER

**Spoilers for the first book in the trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring** Continue reading “The Two Towers (#4/50)”

Notorious RBG (#3/50)

Well, kids…I’m not sure I’m going to make it to fifty books by the end of the year. Looking at my stack of “still need to read” books, I see substantial page counts, tough topics, and some books that I simply don’t want to rush through just for the sake of reaching a certain number. But it’s ok. If I can still hit at least 30, I will be happy. If I can get to 40, even better!

Anyhow, here is book number three:

RBG book

Title – Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Authors – Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Page count – 195

So it’s not the longest book in the world, but it was still a very fun read. This was one of my many Amazon book purchases (I have a problem. Seriously. No one should be allowed to do late-night Amazon shopping.), and I couldn’t wait for it to get here! I was not disappointed. Not only is it a gorgeously-constructed book – creamy smooth cover, glossy pages – but it is filled with personal photos of RBG, annotated court documents and dissents, even a description of the “Notorious RBG workout.” Continue reading “Notorious RBG (#3/50)”

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (#2/50)

Hello all!

My second book of The Challenge was another joy to read. It’s always difficult for different generations to understand each other. What’s frustrating is when the two people (mother-daughter in the case of Divine Secrets) literally shared each other’s body at one point. It feels like that understanding should come easier. That’s the complexity of mother-daughter relationships that this book explores, to a maddening, heart-wrenching, lovely, exquisite degree. So, without further ado, here is my second selection for my Fifty Book Challenge:

Title: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Author: Rebecca Wells

Page count: 449

The two main characters in this book are Sidda and her mom Vivi. The “present time” in this book is the early 1990s, when Sidda is a middle-aged adult. The title comes from a scrapbook that Vivi lends Sidda, entitled “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” The Ya-Yas are Vivi and her three best girlfriends (Teensy, Caro, and Necie) from childhood.

Divine Secrets takes its reader into the heart of the Louisiana Bayou, brimming with poetic descriptions Continue reading “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (#2/50)”