Beyond Board Books: reading log

Beyond Board Books: a summer reading program for moms!

Beyond Board Books: our reading log

For every non-children’s book you read between June 15-August 31, 2014, leave a comment on this page. Your comment must include the title, author, and something about the book. You can write anything you want about the book! Please leave a separate comment for each book.

Every Monday, I will randomly choose one entry from all entries submitted so far, and the winner will get to choose a prize from our prize box! We have wonderful, generous sponsors who are offering prizes as a way to encourage you to take time to read this summer. Please check out the Beyond Board Books prize box and consider supporting these sponsors.

62 Comments on “Beyond Board Books: reading log

  1. The Accident by C L Taylor

    A fast-paced thriller, couldn’t put it down. Not the most literary read ever but great if you enjoyed ‘gone girl’, ‘while you were sleeping’ etc.

  2. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. This story follows two sisters over the years from growing up in a rich slave-owning family in the south to their adulthood as they take a stand, at great personal cost, against the institution of slavery and the ‘old ways’ of their childhood. It also follows the lives of some of the slaves who grew up with the family. What impressed me the most was coming to the end of the book and discovering it was actually based on two real sisters. Gives an eye-opening picture of what life was like in the 1800’s in the south and north. Highly recommend!

  3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
    This is not typically a book that I would choose for myself, but after much insistence of the staff at Chapters, I bought it, read it, and loved it! What a great story!

    • I read ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ a couple of weeks ago for a book club and really enjoyed it. ‘The Kite Runner’ and his newest book are both waiting for me at the library!

  4. Out of Time by Deborah Truscott
    I wanted a break from the “heavier” books I’ve been reading and had this one on my Kindle. It’s a story of a revolutionary war-era British officer who falls through time into the present day. I wasn’t expecting much from it since it had been a free download, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’m even tempted to pay the $2.99 to get its sequel.

  5. The Gift, by Richard Paul Evans. I discovered this author by accident a few months back and I really like him. I have to admit this wasn’t my favorite book of his, but I highly recommend the author in general. I would say his writing is similar to Nicholas Sparks. Very clean, easy reads, thought-provoking, often with a hint of faith in there. This particular book is about a little boy who has a gift of healing. But every time he heals, his own health becomes compromised.

  6. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler

    This book is typical Chelsea! I laughed out loud at her stories about her travels on safari in Africa. Maybe not for everyone, but definitely if you are a fan.

  7. The Storied Life of AJ Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin
    This one came HIGHLY recommended which is why I read through it so quickly! It was a great story, and I did really like it…but I think it was built up so much, I was kind of disappointed in the end!

  8. Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese.
    This book drew me in from the start when the author questions why consider a PB&J to be homemade when we buy the bread, peanut butter, and jelly and merely assemble them. She prepares dozens of items from scratch to see if it makes sense (financially and hassle-wise) to make it or whether it’s more reasonable to buy it. The book was interesting, informative and humorous.

  9. Sherah - Leigh Gerber on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm said:

    Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker. I received this as a mother’s day gift. An easy read, this memoir of mothering has some pithy thoughts that attempt to wrap up the dance of mothering and living into your call.

  10. “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple. Both were easy, quick, summer reads but with more punch than your typical breezy read. Good enough I wanted to pick them up any chance I could, easy-going enough I could put them down to take care of my toddler . . . if I had to. :)

  11. Emma Hedrick on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 10:28 pm said:

    The Violets of March by Sarah Jio.
    A young woman seeks a vacation after a sudden divorce, she visits the island where her grandmother lives and uncovers a family secret.

  12. The storyteller by Jodi Picoult. This book weaves present time in with the Holocaust. I read it in 48 hours it was so good!

    • I read that book – so good! Gave me a lot of insights into history, the type of book that sticks with you for a long time.

  13. Killer Smile by Lisa Scottoline This books was about a lawyer’s determination to solve a murder (disguised as a suicide). Definitely not a literary showcase but a fun easy read

  14. I just finished “You Are Not So Smart.” The book is an extension of the popular website by the same name. I definitely recommend it. It’s a fascinating look at the way our minds trick us all the time.

  15. sherah-leigh gerber on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 9:59 am said:

    Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook. Perfect summer read. Light with some romance. Interesting enough to draw you back, but not so intense you can’t tend to a child.

  16. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This is from the perspective of a man with Asperger’s who has no idea he’s on the spectrum. A hilarious, insightful romance.

  17. I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. I’ve probably read every one of her books but somehow missed this one. This book involves identity theft – a woman who is dressed up to look like another one….or is she?! Very good – if you like Mary Higgins Clark and haven’t read this one yet, I recommend it!

  18. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I read this really quickly. It was a nice, entertaining vacation read. They seem to be the only kind I have energy for these days! It is about a guy whose job it is to read people’s flagged emails at work. He gets to know two women without ever having met them. The last two chapters got a little cutsie for me, but I would read it again for easy, fun entertainment.

  19. The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams.

    I read Williams’ A Hundred Summers last summer and loved it so I was really looking forward to her new book, and I was not disappointed. The time shifts between the story of a woman named Violet in 1964 and a great-aunt’s story during the years before the start of the first world war. There are a lot of twists and turns, interesting historical references, and dueling love stories. I can’t say too much or it will give some of the surprises away, but I highly recommend it.

  20. Jenny McGee on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm said:

    I just finished Four Letter of Love, by Niall Williams. It was a love story. The two people met in odd circumstances, towards the end of the book. The story leading up to them meeting is about each of their individual lives and family lives growing up, etc. It was pretty good, but it took a little time to get into int.

  21. Grace, by Richard Paul Evans. I really do like his books (another one I read this summer is in an earlier post here). This book deals with the subject of sexual abuse within a family at a time (1960’s) when it wasn’t talked about much and there was little to no help for children who were experiencing such abuse. It is written from the eyes of children, and that adds a particularly touching and sobering perspective.

  22. Jenny McGee on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm said:

    Casting About by Terri Dulong. I had read this one before a long time ago, but did not remember until part way through. It was a story where one parent gains custody of his 10 year old daughter. The new wife at first has a hard time of it, but she eventually starts to love the child. It was a good story.

  23. Jenny McGee on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm said:

    Woman to Woman Chicken Soup for the Soul collection. Written and compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. This is one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. I received it from my boss for my birthday a couple weeks ago. It is full of woman inspirational and touching stories. I love this type of book, it is very uplifting. Lot’s of short little stories.

  24. Emily Rittenhouse on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm said:

    I just finished And The Mountains Echoed, By Khaled Hosseini. I have read all of his books and each one gets better! This one follows a few different characters, but has the overall theme of family relationships and their complexity. A great read!

  25. Sherah-Leigh on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm said:

    Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler. I have enjoyed this blogger, and she just came out with her first book. It’s an engrossing read of her journey from atheism into Catholicism.

  26. Melissa O. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm said:

    I’m a little behind on my logging, but I’ve read a few books in the last 2 weeks. I’ll post them separately though. First up I read Triple Witch by Sarah Graves. It’s a light murder mystery set on an Island off the coast of Maine & book #2 of the Home Repair Is Homicide series. I read several books in this series years ago, but found them at my library & didn’t start at the beginning. So, that’s what I’m doing now, starting the series from the beginning.

  27. Melissa O. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm said:

    Murder of a Sleeping Beauty by Denise Swanson. This is another light murder mystery set in the small town of Scumble River. Skye Dennison is a school psychologist sometimes turned gumshoe. This is book #3 of the Scumble River Mystery series.

  28. Melissa O. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm said:

    Fine Spirits by Alice Duncan. I found this one for free on my Nook along w/ the 1st book of this series (Daisy Gumm Majesty series). They are very light mysteries, but so far don’t include any murders. The 1st 2 have been missing persons & a robbery. The series is set in 1930’s Pasadena, CA where a regular girl of 19, passing herself off as a medium to the rich and famous, becomes privy to info about these cases due to her job. These are worth a read, but they’re the kind of stories you can read sporadically, great time fillers at appointments & such. This is book #2 of the series.

  29. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Wanted to see what all the hype was about! Being part of a support system for my bestie as her sister was losing her battle with cancer, I know this is an honest depiction of what the end is like. Loved the witty characters!

    • Wasn’t it a lovely book? I enjoyed it so much, I bought two more of
      John Green’s books before I was even finished it! :)

  30. Jill Landis Jha on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm said:

    Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World by Shirley Hershey Showalter. I was at her book reading and purchased a copy. Her memoir from birth to age 18…very interesting glimpse into my parents generation of conservative Lancaster Mennonite world. One womans experience of childhood, school chirch and dating. Oh, and now I know why I love sweet and sour foods!!

  31. Jill Landis Jha on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm said:

    Shaken in the Water, by Jessica Penner. Another Mennonite author, but she’s my age! I LOVED this book! I devoured it! Fictional account of several generations of a Russian Mennonite family in Kansas. Why did I love it? Penner is a gifted writer and the book is filled with vivid images. There’s a fantastical element weaves throughout the story. And it moves quickly. Sometimes so quickly I’d like her to slow down! And being the relationship/behavioralist that I am, I was mesmerized by all the different relationship dynamics she fleshed out. Highly highly recommend!

  32. Jill Landis Jha on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm said:

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Another winner! I initially heard of Susan Cain from a TED talk I was required to watch (that’s a good teaser for the book). It’s a book about introversion, extroversion, cultural understandings of the two types, and relating to the world. I especially like her research citations (there are a lot!), antectdotes comparing Asian and American society (my husband and in-laws are South Asian), leadership and the chapter about education and learning. It gave me greater respect for the introverts of the world, the introverted part of myself and my introverted family members (including my young daughter). I read it over the course of several months and give it 2 thumbs up!!

    • Sherah-Leigh on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm said:

      This book changed our family— for the better! Impacted job interviews and parenting styles. Glad we found it when we did.

    • I might have to look for this one! My husband is very much an extrovert and I’m more of an introvert! I think this would be interesting!

  33. Jill Landis Jha on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm said:

    Brain on Fire: My month of madness by Susannah Cahalan. Ummm, WOW, prettying sums up my experience of this memoir. I read it in 3 days, the first night I was up till 2am it was that good. This is a young woman’s account of a strange and fast moving disease that she suffered from and (obviously since she’s writing the book) overcame. She pieces together her memories, memories from her family and friends, videotape feom her hospital stay, doctors insights and medical perspective to present a harrowing experience. Some references to God, parents fighting for and advocating for their daughter, and strong, enduring love, all punctuate this story. Her writing has helped to diagnose and save many others from this disease. I’m a fan and believer in the persistence of gifted individuals.

  34. Jenny McGee on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:31 am said:

    No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey. A woman finds out that they have lost everything in a financial crisis. They move to a tiny apartment. It is about mostly the woman’s life and her friends. It was OK.

  35. When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman

    I finished this book over the weekend and really enjoyed it.

    Ms. Zierman grows up as the poster child of evangelical culture. This book is about her journey from Jesus freak to doubter and cynic and back to rediscovering Jesus as an imperfect follower.

  36. While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
    I admit, I was drawn to the book because I loved the television series…but honestly I was glad when the book ended. I was bored halfway through but made myself finish it anyway!

  37. Sherah-Leigh on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm said:

    Just finished Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. So good! A book that I couldn’t wait to unravel the mystery, but I didn’t want the book to end. A wonderful combination for those who love writing, eat and cooking. Mystery and history lyrically woven together.

  38. To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam. This is a non-fiction book that reads like fiction, weaving the stories of several foster children and foster parents together in way that gives you a picture of our foster care system. I would highly recommend it. The book is very convicting; it’s tragic that we’re not doing any better for our most vulnerable children.

  39. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    I started reading this yesterday and finished today! I couldn’t put it down!
    What a delightful, interesting and different book! I loved it!

  40. Jenny McGee on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm said:

    You Lost Me There, by Rosecrans Baldwin. About a man who lost his wife, and later finds some index cards where she wrote some things about their marriage, he did not realize how she felt. It was an OK book. Not my favorite.

  41. The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
    Beautiful book! I loved it! Loved the story and loved the humour of the characters. I purchased two more of John Green’s books this weekend even before finishing this one! :)

  42. Sherah-Leigh on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm said:

    Comfort me with Apples by Ruth Reichl. Great memoir by a food writer. If you love to eat and enjoy memoir genres, you’ll enjoy this book. She faces a number of interesting life situations, and she writes with candor and humor. Ends on a more somber note, but still a good read.

  43. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner. I’d seen this book recommended on facebook by others and also saw a review of it in a magazine. Jennifer Weiner is a good author. This book dealt with a topic that I had never read about in any other book (and I do read a lot!). The topic is addiction to painkillers – and follows the story of a suburban mom with a family, job, and ailing father trying to juggle it all. It was a really compelling and heartbreaking story. I got done reading it and wondered just what a big problem this really is and it occurred to me that there could be people I know struggling with this right now. Sobering…

  44. The Wednesday Sisters, by Meg Waite Clayton. I loved this book – one of my favorites for the whole summer. It follows a group of women who meet at a park where their kids play and become friends over time. It takes place in the 1960’s to start and includes some great historical references from the day. I learned a lot about the limited roles of women in that time period. The women that meet all decide to try their hand at writing and start bringing their poems and stories to share with one another as their friendships grow. I really recommend it.

  45. “Hidden Girl” by Shyima Hall

    This book was excellent! I guess I always thought of human trafficking as something to do with sex workers, but this book changed my views. What was even more eye-opening is that this true story occurred in the very county I live in.
    Shyima is a true brave girl that escaped the clutches of modern day slavery and created a new life for herself in the United States.

  46. Sherah-Leigh on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm said:

    Ordinary Miracles by Rachel Gerber. Honestly, I had hoped I could “win” this book through logging my summer reading here. But, I saw someone snapped it up, so at a Conference this weekend, I picked up a copy. I read this in an afternoon– wonderful, encouraging and faith-strengthening. One I can pick up and read a chapter over again and again, gaining good reminders and fresh glimpses of God’s grace in the midst of parenting little kids.

  47. Sherah-Leigh on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm said:

    The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang. Interesting read. I love her descriptions. Every paragraph seems so pithy. So much truth eloquently stated.

  48. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreiggt
    I loved this book! I could not put it down! Makes you wonder how much you really know about what’s happening in our children’s lives!

  49. Sherah - Leigh Gerber on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:26 am said:

    the Rosie project by graeme simsion. Glad I stuck with it past the first 30 pages because I ended up really enjoying it.

  50. Sherah-Leigh on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm said:

    Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl. I know, but when I enjoy an author, I end up looking up all of her books and go on a binge! This is a great behind-the-scenes look at big city life, the rigors of writing for newspapers, and of course, fine dining.

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