Books, My Summer Reads

When I last left you with my summer reading wish list I told you that these three were next up for me:

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

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Sparkly Green Earrings – Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle

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and A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson

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I liked all three of them. :)

The first one, Cutting for Stone was an epic novel spanning a generation and two continents.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles–and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

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It was long book, but it was one of those that you couldn’t get through fast enough.  I wanted to see what was going to happen next.  So I was a bit obsessive about reading it.


Both the second and third books were written by bloggers.  I know. Right.  There are SO many talented folks out there in blogland.  It is really humbling.


Sparkly Green Earrings – Catching the Light at Every Turn is a light and quick read.  It is charming and makes me want to be neighbors with the Melanie Shankle.

“There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.”

This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.

Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend.

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A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon reminds me of everything southern.  I KNOW all of the people in Sophie Hudson’s book.  If they are not members of my very own family then they are close neighbors and friends.  This book cracked me up!

There’s nothing quite like family–and some people would say that there’s nothing better. But in a world where we sometimes know more about the Kardashians than we do about the people sleeping right down the hall, it’s easy to forget that walking through life with our family offers all sorts of joy wrapped up in the seemingly mundane. There’s even a little bit of sacred sitting smack-dab in the middle of the ordinary. And since time’s-a-wastin’, we need to be careful that we don’t take our people–and their stories–for granted. 

Whether it’s a marathon bacon-frying session, a road trip gone hysterically wrong, or a mother-in-law who makes every trip to the grocery store an adventure, author Sophie Hudson reminds us how important it is to slow down and treasure the day-to-day encounters with the people we love the most.Written in the same witty style as Sophie’s BooMama blog, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet is a cheerful, funny, and tender account of Sophie’s very Southern family. It’s a look into the real lives of real people–and a real, loving God right in the middle of it all.
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Though the books are all very different in style, I think my favorite was A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon.  C’mon, you know it had to be.  How could you go wrong with fifteen pounds of bacon.  :)   I hope you’ll give it a go, and let me know what you think.

Have you ready any amazing books lately.  I’m looking for a new stack.  My book club starts back in about a month, but until then I’m completely rogue.  I have a few hand-me-down hardbacks I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile, but other than those I’d love some suggestions.