What I Read in June and July

What I read in June and July .

I’ve decided to try something new and keep you up to date on my reading list at the end of each month. I’m always interested in what other people are reading, so perhaps you are curious what types of books I tend towards!

Each month I read about 4-5 books. I read about half fiction and half nonfiction. Favorite genres? Hmmmmm. When it comes to fiction, I tend towards psychological thrillers (think Gone, Girl), books in foreign settings (think Kite Runner), and any sort of novel that is well-written and keeps my interest  (think The Goldfinch). When it comes to non-fiction, I read books that tend towards theology, Christian living, biblical and Christian counseling, clinical counseling, and psychology.

In order to help fund my book reading habit, I recently signed up for a few book review programs which exchange books for reviews! I’m excited to get started on this, so look for longer reviews of specific books in the future.

Without further ado, here is what I have been reading this summer.


The Girl in the Red Coat 3/5


Three out of five stars means I liked it but it didn’t fall into the love category. The Girl in the Red Coat is about a young girl, Caramel, who goes missing one day. It details the stories of Carmel’s whereabouts and how her mother, Beth, deals with the disappearance of her daughter. The book kept my attention because I kept wanting to know what happened next. But in the end it didn’t have any special qualities to distinguish it from any other number of novels with similar storylines.

Number the Stars 4/5

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars is written by one of my favorite young adult authors, Lois Lowry. I read it over the course of a few evenings before bed, and loved how it was an easy read with great characters that taught me some history. It is set in Denmark during WWII, and details the story of Annemarie and her best friend Ellen during the German occupation of Denmark.

The Silent Sister 3.5/5

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

I didn’t love The Silent Sister, but I couldn’t put it down. Plots twist after plot twist kept my eyes on the page, wanting to know what happened next. It is a solid read that I can definitely recommend.

Julie and Julia 4.5/5

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

Oh Julie and Julia. I love this book. This is the third time I have read it, as I come back to it about once every year or so. This book received quite mixed reviews. You either love it or you hate it. I happen to love it, probably because I am a foodie at heart, and I enjoy reading about  Julie’s adventures cooking through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year.


The Reason for God 5/5

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller 

This is one of the best books I have read this year, and it is no surprise, as I love just about every book that Timothy Keller writes. It is written for wide range of people from Christians to skeptics, from atheists to agnostics. It is for anyone who has questions about the Christian faith for any reason. I love how Tim Keller handles so many sensitive issues with both graciousness and truth.

The Soul of Shame 4.5/5  The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson

This is a highly recommended read for anyone in the counseling field or for anyone who struggles with shame and desires a Christian and academic perspective on the subject. Thompsons’s main point is that the antidote to our shame is vulnerability within Christian community, and he provides many helpful examples of how this is the case.

War of Words 3/5  War of Words by Paul Tripp

I love Paul Tripp for the content of his writing, but oftentimes struggle with his presentation. Meaning, I learn so much from him but tend to get a little bored in the process. War of Words presented great information on how we communicate with one another that I will use in both my personal life and as I counsel.

Conscience 4/5 (Full Review to Come!)


This was a highly interesting little book that looked at the not often discussed topic of our consciences. It answers questions such as how to calibrate our consciences to be in line with Scripture and how to interact with people whose consciences differ from our own. Definitely recommended for anyone intrigued by this topic.

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  1. Esther, I love the book the kite runner! I am currently reading a book titled holistic pain relief by Dr Heather Tick. And also the healthy gut Guide by Dr JillThomas, since most conventional treatments have been unsuccessful for me, this seems to be the best way to go.

    1. Thank you for sharing what you have been reading lately! The Kite Runner and other books by the same author are some of my absolute favorites!

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