Monday Reads: A Wide Variety

These past couple of weeks, I read a wide range of books. 

Continuing on my YA drama theme, I read EXIT STAGE LEFT by Gail Nall. I found this book compelling, and I wanted to know what was going to happen, though the MC drove me absolutely batty. This is one of those books where the MC isn't all that likeable, but you want to know what's going to happen to them anyway- you want to see them succeed in the end. So, well done with that.

Off and on, I read a short story collection called SUN-KISSED: EFFUSIONS OF SUMMER. This book is similar to the Austenesque winter short story collection I took part in called THEN COMES WINTER. This book came out first and I was saving it to read for summertime (for obvious reasons). I really enjoyed the wide range of short stories in this book, some of which I wished were novel length. If you like Jane Austen retellings or continuations, this is a great book to pick up.

I also spent about a month reading a non-fiction book called THE POWER OF EVERYDAY MISSIONARIES by Clay M. Christensen. I don't read a lot of non-fiction, or a lot of LDS books. This book is about how members of the Latter-Day Saint church (my church) can become everyday missionaries. I was challenged to read this by a member of my church leadership and I accepted. The book turned out to be a really great read. For someone who isn't very comfortable talking about my beliefs, this helped open my eyes to different ways I can do that in an easier, more natural way. 

Last, but definitely not least, I read HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. I had this on hold at my library, but after going to a HP party with my oldest daughter, it got me all excited about it so I went out and bought it the next day. This book was EVERYTHING. Sure, the format took a bit to get used to. I definitely would've preferred it in novel form, written solely by JK Rowling. Though people's comments about how she didn't write this- I just don't get that. No, she didn't write the script, but it's her story. I could see her humor and wit in it. I loved it. Honestly, I can't understand any HP fans not loving it. Now I wish I could see the play. Trip to London anyone?