I looked the other day to see how many books I read in July (6!) & the idea of writing this post exhausted me. So, I will probably write it in chunks and then try to get it posted by the end of the month. OR I’ll finish it right now. We’ll see!
Busted (Will Trent #6.5) ★★★★, by Karin Slaughter. Will Trent is on his way to an undercover assignment when he makes an ill-fated decision to get an Icee at a convenience store. While he’s waiting on the machine to work someone comes in to rob the store, and all heck breaks loose & basically doesn’t stop until the (very surprising) end. A nice little short story romp into Will’s world that I listened to while waiting on another book to become available from the library.
The Maid ★★★★, by Nita Prose. Molly Gray is on the autism spectrum (I think – the word autism is never mentioned) and her way of looking at the world is a bit different. She’s a maid at a swanky hotel and LOVES her job. Her main goal in life is to return each room to a “state of perfection.” One day she enters the room of a frequent guest and finds him dead. Due to a series of unfortunate events she ends up being charged with the crime. It took me a while to get into the book, but I reached a point where I was VERY HOOKED. I was invested in making sure that Molly didn’t pay for a crime she didn’t commit. Even though I wasn’t 100% sure she didn’t commit it. Lots of twists & turns – I recommend you check this one out.
Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection ★★★★, by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie. Kate Bowler knows a lot about imperfection – she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer a few years ago. She has a whimsical way of writing, and her Instagram blessings are fabulous. This book has chapters like, Mourning a Future Self (about a future that will now not happen because circumstances have changed), and The Tragedy Olympics. At the end of each chapter is a blessing, and a “good enough step” with a practical thing to do. Here’s one of the blessings: A Prayer for When You Don’t Know What to Say Blessed are you when you realize you are way out of your depth and you have no idea what to say. Blessed are you, confronted with suffering you can’t imagine, but you don’t say it. You do not say you can’t imagine their pain, because you do want to imagine. You want to be there with them, in your heart and mind, imagining what they are feeling and what they might need. Blessed are you there, silently, longing to bring comfort and ease. Your presence itself is prayer, and may the words that come be simple: I am so sorry. I love you. You are not alone. Blessed are you who refuse to join the throng of the un-suffering. But choose instead to hurt beside those suffering. And love them right there without fixing or teaching or rescuing or bright-siding. Blessed are you, there. In the love that waits for the dawn. Amen.
Yellow Wife★★★★★, by Sadeqa Johnson. This book is about a slave girl who is sent to jail to be sold as a fancy girl. However, the master of the jail decides to make her his “wife.” The story is about all that she does to survive and keep her children safe. I was going to say that I had some “white woman’s tears” as I read this, and yes I did cry. But my over-arching feeling was RAGE. How in literal God’s name did people think chattel slavery was ok? Such a tough read, but such a good story, well told, about a time in our history that I don’t want swept under the rug.