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July Reading List

Well, friends, this will be a very short blog post because I read only two books in July, but I'm going to include a third book that I finished off in August.  July was a pretty crazy month, so maybe as things settle down now I'll have time to get back to more reading.

There's nothing like a good novel to read when you're exhausted.  I usually ignore what I call "wanna-be" books, that is ones in which a writer is trying to mimic another writer.  So up to now I've managed to avoid all Jane Austen-ish books.  But, I discovered these two books, Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor and Jane and the Wandering Eye, in our lending library at the office and decided to give them a try.  The idea of both is that Jane Austen herself happens to be on the scene of a crime committed and is involved in solving the murder.  The author, Stephanie Barron, actually does a decent job of accurately portraying life in Edwardian England and makes the character of Jane believable.  There are some annoying things like footnotes explaining historical things and vocabulary that the reader might not understand.  I feel that if you don't know what something means, look it up yourself.  This is a novel, not a dissertation.  I also found that the author had so many characters I was getting confused about who was who.  I also thought they started out a bit slowly, so if you feel the same, keep reading and you'll probably find it gets better.  I enjoyed both of these books, but wasn't crazy about either.  I won't be intentionally looking for the rest of the books in the series.

The other book was called Porridge and Passion by Jonathan Aitken.  Jonathan Aitken was a Member of Parliament in England when he lied under oath in court and ended up serving a prison sentence.  Between the time he lied and the time he was sentenced, he ended up going bankrupt and being divorced.  He also came to know Christ.  He was a committed Christian by the time he went to prison, but it was in prison that he really learned what it meant to be in fellowship with others and to pray with others.  Also as a result of his time in prison, he has since done much work to reform the prison system.  I thought this was an extremely interesting book even though I'd never heard of Jonathan Aitken before.

In May my Kindle just suddenly stopped working.  Apparently the battery just completely gave out.  So I ordered a new one and it came with a friend traveling from the USA on Monday.  

It's nice to have it back and I can now finish some of the books I had started.  I got a fun cover for it, too. 


It's a touch-screen, so it's a bit different from my old one.  It also has a light in it, so I can read in bed without having to have the bedside lamp on.  And I can read in the car at night on those long road trips we take during home assignment.


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