Monthly Reads: August

Heyyyyyyo! I’m starting a thing. I’m gonna be sharing about the books I read during each month. Even if I didn’t start it that month, finishing it during that month counts. I’m also going to include re-reads and stars only.

During the month of August, I read ( ) books. I’m also including my reviews, even if it’s just a starring. Also, that picture is from July, because the flowers are dying or dead by the time August hits…


Fiction

GOLGOTHA / Angela R. Watts

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Boy, how do I describe this? It’s spiritual warfare, it’s fantasy (like dark fantasy), there’s clear Biblical parallels and I think even some allegorical threads too.

It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. There’s some pretty uncomfortable moments in there. But isn’t that what fiction should do? Make us just the tiniest bit uncomfortable to make us think? To even prompt discussions? I think that’s what a lot of Christian fiction is missing these days, both traditional and indie published. Stories are dressed up in a neat little bow, characters are cardboard cutouts, and the plot itself is more of a dessert than an actual meal.

Now, this isn’t to say all traditionally and indie-published Christian fiction is like that. A lot is, but not all. Terri Blackstock for instance doesn’t dance around and mince words.

I’ll admit, there were a few things that nagged at me, but it didn’t completely stop me from enjoying the story. After all, I could’ve been misunderstanding something.

*I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


AT HER FINGERTIPS / Kellyn Roth

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

PETER IS A CINNAMON ROLL. ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. HE IS THE SWEETEST KINDEST MOST GENTLE CINNAMON ROLL OF CINNAMON ROLL HEROES.

Alice was…Alice. But I loved seeing her learn to be a little more emotional, a little more vulnerable, a little more sweet…

IVVVVVYYYYYYYY. I NEED MORE IVY. WHY MUST I WAIT UNTIL JANUARY FOR MORE IVY?? WHY KELLYN WHY??

*seethes* Gibson. I shall call him Mr. Jerkface Jr.

NETTIE IS THE BEST.

ALSO THE PLOT TWIST AT THE END. WHAT.

All in all, I love this book. It has some good messages about marriage, and just about the sweetest romance of romances. The lessons that both Peter and Alice had to learn…also I knew once she got the package what was going on. You’ll have to read it yourself to see what I’m talking about. 😉


ABORT / C.D. Hulen

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

A pro-life novel set in space? OH YES PLEASE.

I’m a huge astronomy geek and the pro-life topic is one I’m writing about myself, so needless to say, this book was right up my alley.

Oh my heart. Guys, it’s so…so wonderful. Mason was a stubbornhead throughout most of the book but then-oops, can’t give out spoilers. Carter…oh man, I don’t really know what to think of him after that one decision he made. And JUNE. JUNE.

The flashbacks fit well, and like another reviewer said, Rose Way does sound a bit like Roe v. Wade. There are other references to it too. And the Gospel was presented so clearly and simply, like – YES.

I really want to see a sequel though? About the impact the ending has on Cecilio and Proxima B. On the people mainly.

Also, that ending. I totally thought of the beginning of the 2009 STAR TREK movie for some reason? Maybe it was just the way everything was going down…it was kind of similar, but not exactly, you know?

Anyway…read this book.


A SHIELD & A REFUGE / Angie Thompson

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Aaahhh, such a sweet story. With just the right dash of suspense to hook you into the series as a whole!


Stars Only

Seaglass / Kara Swanson

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Everything I Never Said / Michaela Bush

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Like I said, those are only the books I’ve finished. My currently reading pile is a little over 50, and my TBR pile…erm…200+? Not to mention the 200-something books I already own…

How was your reading this month? Any good books you’d recommend so that I can add them to my ever-growing TBR pile?

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