Category Archives: Good Books

What I’m Reading: The Great Alone

I just finished up listening to The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.  I had read The Nightingale by this author and LOVED that so when I saw she had a new book out, I put myself on the online library list and waited for my turn.  So was it worth the wait?


Yes!  I very much liked the book.  The setting is in the 70’s for much of the story.  A Vietnam vet returns “different” and the family tries to work through the changes.  Then one day they pick up their bags, buy a VW van and hit the road to Alaska.  The story is good.  The writing is good.  I listened to it over the course of two days.  That’s fast for a 15 hour audiobook.

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What I’m Reading: When The Men Were Gone

I just finished up the book When the Men were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis.  I picked this one…I’ll admit, from the cover.  It looked historical.  I flipped that back and something said, “woman football coach, WWII”  that was enough for me.  I picked it.


So did I like it….YES!  I’m a little bit sad and a little bit excited that this is the author’s debut book.  I’m sad there aren’t more books I can go back and read…HAPPY because this book is good and I can look forward to more books by her.  The writing is good.  The story is good.  I love the way the story is told in present day with good flashbacks.

It really was one of the better books I’ve listened to of late.  I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys “home front” stories of WWII…also to anyone who enjoys sports or books with a strong female lead.

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What I’m Reading: The Atomic City Girls

I just finished up the audio book The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard.  I was hunting at Hoopla to find something I might like and this came up…hmm, historical fiction, WWII era, yes please.

I think my big attraction to WWII historical fiction is that this is the time my mom and dad would have been young.  In the book they talk about the announcement that President Roosevelt had passed away.  I end up wondering what my mom and thought.  What were they doing when they found out.  The book talks a lot about dating, going to the movies, roller skating and that type of thing.  I love making connections in the “history” side of the book with my parents.

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What I’m Reading: The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

From Kayla:

It’s been a few years since I finished reading Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner, but it is one that I recommend time and again. I’ve noticed that Mom’s posts about organizing her sewing room inspired by Dana K. White’s books (How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, Decluttering at the Speed of Life) have really resonated, so I wanted to pop in and recommend this one as well.

Using her “fringe hours” wisely is the secret to Mom’s success. She’s one of the hardest working people I know, but she still reads regularly for enjoyment and sews or stitches almost every day.

The Fringe Hours is for women who make time for everyone else but slowly get to realize that days and weeks have gone by without doing something to care for themselves. When life gets busy, things that enrich our spirit like making, baking, or reading seem to go by the wayside. This book helps explain the importance of maintaining a sense of self throughout life’s stages.

This book was recommended by a friend, otherwise, I honestly might not have picked it up. On Amazon, it is listed as a “Christian Living” book. While I am a Christian and I am living, I often find it hard to relate to that genre as someone with no children and a husband who does a majority of shares the housework. Although the author references making time for reading her bible, I never would have put it in that category.

The author of this book is an author (obviously) but also works full time, prioritizes family, and is active in her community. She interviews people throughout the book who have similarly full lives but still make time for self-care. The book kept me interested throughout and inspired afterward.

I’ll end with Mom’s typical closing: Amazon gave this book 4.3 out of 5 stars. The one-star reviews are from people who already know how to do it all and found this book to be a waste of time. They also complained about the author being too self-focused. It is a book about self-care. It is a book about finding time for yourself. Someone like Mom might feel like it reiterates things she has already learned, but I would rank it higher than that because it was helpful to me in my life stage.