Books Read June
Pretty Monsters (YA 2008) - Kelly Link
A superb collection, not just for YA readers. Several of these stories have been previously published and a few were new to me. Nobody else writes weird like Kelly Link does. If you’ve never read her, pick this one up.
Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be) - (NF 2008) - Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck
The Emergent Movement and its writers (Rob Bell, Donald Miller, Brian McLaren, etc.) are making Christianity very approachable to those who are seeking answers to this crazy world. That’s a good thing. But their theology is sometimes questionable. DeYoung (a pastor) and Kluck (a writer for ESPN Magazine!) take a serious look at the Emergent Church.
No Right to Remain Silent: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech (NF 2009) - Lucinda Roy
A few thoughts on this book here.
Hostage (2001) - Robert Crais
Suspense thriller about three small-time crooks in way over their heads. These losers rob a convenience store and kill the clerk. Looking for a place to hide out, they break into a Southern California home and hold the family hostage. The only problem? The father being held hostage does the Mob’s taxes. A good page-turner for most of the way.
Wait Till Helen Comes (J-Fic 1986) - Mary Dowling Hahn
Kids’ ghost story that didn’t do much for me mainly due to some really whiny characters. A few creepy moments, though.
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith (NF 2008) - Tim Keller
Some thoughts here.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (J-Fic 1968) - E.L. Konigsburg
Why do Claudia and her brother Jamie want to secretly live inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art? I had a great time with this book. But of course kids have been having a great time with it for over 40 years.
The Impossible Bird (2002) - Patrick O’Leary
A strange and wonderful story of two brothers, life, death, aliens, reincarnation, hummingbirds and more. O’Leary is a writer you should check out.
Ignore Everybody and 39 Others Keys to Creativity (NF 2009) - Hugh MacLeod
Short book with some real pearls of wisdom from Hugh MacLeod, who draws cartoons on the backs of business cards.
Tooth and Nail (1992) - Ian Rankin
Disappointing third book in the Inspector Rebus series. I never bought into the premise that the Scottish detective would be “invited” to help the London police catch a serial killer. Rankin is a good writer, but this story just seemed forced.
That's it for June. Go read something.