Literary Pursuits

Recently Read

I didn’t get my Recently Read list posted in August, so this is two months’ worth of reading. I’ve enjoyed a lot of random reading the last few weeks… review books that piqued my interest, interesting-looking titles tucked in Little Free Libraries, a number of juvenile titles, a few thrift store treasures, and of course, library books.

My star ratings are according to GoodReads definitions

  1. Did not like it
  2. It was ok
  3. Liked it
  4. Really liked it
  5. It was amazing

ARC Fiction for Review

  • Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber ****
  • The Reading Group by Della Parker **
  • Chariot on the Mountain by Jack Ford ****
  • Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin ***

Fiction from the Public Library

  • The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck ***
  • Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser ****
  • When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin ***
  • Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh ***

Fiction Discovered in Little Free Libraries

  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin ***
  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven ***
  • Unwritten by Charles Martin ****
  • Room by Emma Donoghue ****

Continuing with the #annewithanereadalong2018 on Instagram

  • Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery *****
  • Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery ****

Juvenile Fiction

  • Ruthie’s Gift by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley ****
  • The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis ****
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser ***
  • The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser (ARC) ****
  • Andi Dreams of Gold by Susan K. Marlow *****
  • Bone, Volume 1 (graphic novel) ***
  • Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff ***


  • A Light So Lovely by Sarah Arthur *****
  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover ***
  • The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel ***
  • Unpunished Murder by Lawrence Goldstone (ARC) **

Christian Living

  • Winning the Worry Battle by Barb Roose (ARC) ****
  • Devotions for the Hungry Heart by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson ****
  • Well Versed by James L. Garlow ****


  • Talk Triggers by Jay Baer (ARC) ****

As usual, this post includes affiliate links to Amazon. I might make a small commission if you click through on the book covers below and end up ordering, though it doesn’t cost you any extra.

Kindle Freebies

Here are a few titles that caught my eye that are currently free on Kindle. I haven’t read these yet. Be sure and double-check the price before you order since free books are usually available for a limited time only.

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