Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson
I'm sure every girl in Utah has already read this, but I wanted to post about it.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Synopsis: Real-life Utahn, Stephanie Nielson, chronicles her ordeal of being severely burned in a plane crash and how it has affected her and her young family.
I think Stephanie Nielson is incredibly brave and amazing and such a good person, and reading her story was pretty uplifting and gave me so many things to be thankful for and have perspective on, but I only gave it a 7.5 because there was something that wasn't quite satisfying to me about the book. It took me a week after finishing it to realize what had been missing for me...a sense of humor. I don't know if, in real life, Stephanie is more of a serious person, but I think in hard situations a sense of humor can go a long way and when the book lacked any evidence of one it kind of dragged for me and seemed a little more doom-and -gloom than it should have come off. I know it was a very serious situation, and like I said I think she is incredible so I'm not trying to to take anything away from her struggle, I just would have liked if she could have laughed a little more. Maybe that sounds dumb, but it's my opinion. Enter cliche phrase: Laughter is the best medicine.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: A young sheepherder leaves his comfortable life in search of treasure and finds things along the way that are much more valuable.
This book was a quick, easy read that was chock-full of nuggets of wisdom and underline-able quotes. It reminded me that it's not about the destination, but the journey and basically to look around and take notice instead of watching my feet while I walk. Metaphorically of course. I'm going to read this one out loud to Jack because I think he'd like it and it could start some good conversations.
A Discovery of Witches
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
I'm not going to go into details, but if you're into the whole witch/vampire genre this one is decent
Shadow of Night
Sequel to A History of Witches (the third in the trilogy comes out later this year)
Next book in the club: Lord of the Flies by William Golding