What I’ve Been Reading Lately: When a Certain Theme Keeps Popping Up

Hi guys!

It turns out that managing two swim teams and two moves in one summer equals too much! It’s taken a toll on everything – my house, my routine, my writing time, my sanity. Fingers crossed, I think we’re headed into calmer waters in August. There’s a light at the end of this crazy tunnel. But, even though it is nuts around here right now, it’s really a lot fun. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

One thing keeping me somewhat sane is stealing 5 minutes out on my deck with my cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The sunrise view prepares my heart for the day.


I haven’t been reading much but what I have been reading has a definite theme. It wasn’t intentional but sometimes that’s just how it goes in our reading life, or in our lives in general.

When I put together my summer reading “wish list” I wanted to add a nonfiction, meaningful book on my list. I know most people prefer lighter reading during the summer, but I prefer meatier books because I feel like I have the brain space for it in the summer (since I don’t have to think about school!). I decided to read “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Bryan is somewhat disillusioned with law school until he finds himself taking on a death row appeal case during one of this internships. He’s in over his head, but intrigued by the task and thinks this is where he might be able to find some meaningful work. Thus begins his career. In the book, he tells the story of several cases but one case is woven throughout. It’s a fascinating and frustrating book to read, but I’m at least aware of these stories and issues now. It has burst some of my bubbles and has made me rethink some of the “truths” I believe in. You really can’t ask for much more from a book than that, right? I understand any hesitation but I highly recommend it.

I love a good memoir and “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah did not disappoint. His stories from his childhood in South Africa were funny, and sad, but always fascinating. I don’t want to say much more but I will say I really enjoyed this book. Read the first chapter and I bet you’ll be hooked.

Coming full circle, then my book club picked “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult for this month’s reading. The premise of this book is so interesting. A racist couple doesn’t want an African American nurse to treat their baby. The nurse is put in an impossible situation and tragedy strikes. I haven’t really liked Picoult’s more recent books, so I hesitated to pick this book up, but I feel like she’s back to the roots of why I love her. She takes these extreme situations and examples and forces the reader to look at all sides. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? It’s an impossible question to answer but I do appreciate having to roll it around in my mind for a while.

As usual, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Has this ever happened to you? Have you noticed a certain theme in your reading life? Please share your story in the comments or just tell us what you’ve been reading lately.

3 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Lately: When a Certain Theme Keeps Popping Up

  1. I have Born A Crime on my Overdrive hold list and have been waiting over a month to get it! I have heard great things for both that book as well as Small Great Things!


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