We spent thirteen days of July in Tennessee visiting friends and family, which meant we spent a lot of time in the car, which means that I got to read a lot! I have expressed my love of reading while at the beach, but I now have also found a love of reading while on a boat. We spent a week at the lake, and I loved reading as we drove around and as the kids swam in the lake. It was so much fun and relaxing!

Books I read:

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – I liked the first one better than this one. I am wondering how long it will take me to get through all of the books. Cayden’s reading this one now, and I have the third one on my shelf, but it isn’t a series that I’m dying to read. I feel like it should be, but right now I’m just reading them so that I can talk about the books with Cayden. Will I eventually love them like so many people do? If you have read them all, what is your favorite?

Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs -Annie did a great job of talking about what so many of us women want – BRAVERY. She admits that she’s not the bravest person that you will ever meet, but that she has consistently seen God work in her life and allow her to be brave in all that he has taken her through. She also weaves in stories of friends and how they have shown bravery in their own lives. This book was fun to read and encouraged me as I step out into the unknown this Fall with some new things in my life. Sidenote: Annie will be on The Happy Hour next month!

See I read this book on the boat – how fun!!

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Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd – This is the one book that I’m going to say everyone should read from my reading list this year. So, go ahead and get ahead of the game and get it now to read. It was one of the best books that I have ever read. Not only was it super informative, but it was also so heartfelt. The book is a memoir (my favorite type to read), and although Rachel spends a lot of time telling her story, because it’s a memoir, she also weaves in stories of hundreds of other girls that she has known and/or helped as they have been trafficked and get help. Rachel herself was trafficked and that led her to start an organization in NYC that helps women that are being sexually exploited. Please go get this book now and read it this year. Please.

Forever Mom by Mary Ostyn – This book doesn’t come out until November, but I had the chance to read it early and I’m so glad I did. Mary tells the stories of adopting her children and also provides valuable information about what it looks like in those first few weeks, months, years of bringing home your child. She shares all the adoption stuff that I know now that I so wish I knew before we adopted and then when we brought our kids home. If you are thinking about adoption, this is a great book for you to add to your reading list this Fall.

Enough: Ten Things We Should Be Telling Our Teenage Girls by Kate Conner – One of my biggest fears in life is raising teenagers. Teenage girls to be exact. In this book Kate talks about so many wonderful things that we should be instilling into our daughters as we raise them. I appreciated the way everything she wrote about was also centered on teaching our daughters that they are ENOUGH because of Jesus. Gosh, I still struggle with believing that truth.

Giveaway:

I would love to hear what you read this month! I have a copy of ENOUGH to give away to one of you readers and all you need to do to enter is leave me a comment with what you read this month, or last month if you didn’t read anything this month, or the month before if you didn’t read anything the pat two months.  You get the idea! Good luck and I can’t wait to fill up my Goodreads account with all your ideas! 

Giveaway ends Sunday at midnight (CST)

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