October Books

I feel like I hardly read any personal books this month! Between my two book clubs, and the class at church -- it was hard to make time for personal reading when I had assigned chapters to read from three other books each week! This week is my last night of the class at church, so things should be a little more manageable for next month! 

You may check out my past book reviews here! 

These are the books I've been reading for my book clubs / small group, etc.:

As for the other books I read this month, there weren't many but one was definitely a winner! 

Redeeming Love // Francine Rivers
Description from Amazon:
California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.  
Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.  
But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go.  
A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

My Thoughts:
This book was SO good! This one has been recommended to me so many times over the years, but I always brushed it off because it just didn't appeal to me. I finally decided to take a chance on it and although it was a little confusing in the beginning (it didn't start how I anticipated it would), it ended up being such a great book! Such a good message and story all wrapped into one. Would highly recommend! 

My Not-So Perfect Life // Sophie Kinsella
Description from Amazon:
Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

My Thoughts:
This story was okay, but overall this wasn't my favorite genre of book. It was very light and fluffy and a little too superficial for my liking.

I personally like to read 4-5 books each month, so I've requested a few from the library to have a bigger stack for November! I'm looking forward to finding some new favorites! 

Who is your favorite author?
Ever hesitated reading a book but then it turned out to be a favorite?