Katie Reads

I've never been much of a reader. But, I've always wanted to be one.
I tend toward movies instead.

A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to join a woman's book club.
I was hesitant to join, since I don't read much, and wasn't sure if I would be a good participant.
Thankfully, we were still invited if we hadn't read the book.

Over time the book club has gotten me reading! (Insert Clap Emojis here.)

Being around other women who were reading, got me to find books that interested me.
The women share my same values and morals,
so it was easy to get some good, clean books to read.

Here are some books that I have read and enjoyed this past year:

When Breath Becomes Air: An interesting read about a neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with cancer, and his words as he knows he is dying. An interesting perspective of a dr. who becomes the patient.
Not a long read, not super depressing - just interesting.

The Boys in the Boat: I loved this book about some college boys who were on the rowing club in the Seattle area during WW II times, and how they miraculously managed to get make the US Olympic team, and won the Gold in Germany, during Hitler's time in history. A great underdog story. They were on the same US olympic team from the main character from the book Unbroken.

Counting by 7's: This is a pre-teen book for even older elementary students. But, I loved it!
The adult characters are interesting, and in some ways not really going anywhere in their lives, but a young orphan girl turns things around for all of them. Great story of the human spirit, serving others, and becoming better ourselves. Fabulous story with uplifting message.

The Lifeboat: This is kinda like a Titanic story. It's the story of when strangers are put on a lifeboat together, after their large ship is sinking. They are on the lifeboat for days together, and it's their moral, and ethical survival story as they are out in the middle of the ocean, with no way of knowing how long they will live or if they will be saved.  Great character development.

Women and the Priesthood: Sherri Dew a life-long, female member of the LDS church has never married, and has served in high leadership positions within the church. She has had many questions from women about the priesthood, and being a single sister has had to understand how the priesthood is part of her life. She has studied this topic prayerfully, and scripturally for years, and shares her insights and answers in this book. A great read for all of women to understand the priesthood better. Non-fiction

Unbroken: the Young Adult version: I chose to read the young adult version of this book, to avoid some of the intense scenes that are part of this character's life. I also wanted my kids to be able to read this book as well. I did enjoy this book and the story. Louis Zamperini is a fascinating individual. It was well worth reading about his courage, choices, and utter will to survive.

The Light Between the Oceans: I loved this story. Great characters again. This story makes you really think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. One of the smaller characters in the book ends of being one of the strongest characters in the book, that teaches us all an important lesson when asked how he can be so happy when others treat him so badly. The movie was good too! Non-fiction

Martha Washington: This is a young adult, smaller biography, but a good read about Martha.
It tells more of her story before she was married to George Washington. It shares her love of family, her children, and grandchildren, and the interesting trials she endured throughout her life. A good reminder that women have the same fears and worries no matter the time of life your are living.

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