Bookshelf: Searching for Balance, Vacation Planning and Neo-Noir

Well, another month has come and (nearly) gone. This month I gave in and got a Kindle partly because I have some very long flights coming up in May and June and inevitably I pack multiple books when I travel. A Kindle is much lighter and I could have my entire library of 100+ books at my disposal. So far though, I’ve discovered the best part is being able to read while I’m on the stationary bike at the gym.

Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure

I enjoyed Reshaping It All so much last year, that I really wanted to read Candace Cameron Bure’s new book. I also noticed she was catching heat for her views on biblical submission and the wife’s role in a marriage and wanted to have a better idea of what she’d written. The book was encouraging and full of personal stories and biblical reminders.

Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax

I read about another third of this book in March. It continues to be one of the most useful primers on how to spot a false gospel and how it deviates from THE gospel. I hope to write more once I’ve completely finished the book.

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Iceland

I made a big decision this month to join a friend on a trip to France. When I was searching for a place ticket, I found an opportunity to stopover in Iceland and couldn’t resist it. Volcanoes. Glaciers. Puffins! A place where the sun is still shining at midnight. It all just sounded so incredible. A big chunk of my leisure reading this month has been poring over guidebooks including this one.

Frommer’s Easy Guide to Paris 2014

I’ve looked at many guidebooks for my trips in the past and my Frommer’s Seattle Day by Day book is one of my favorites, so I hope this book is as useful for my time in Paris. I actually found Frommer’s Paris Day by Day at a bookstore this weekend and so far, I like the Day by Day book better.

Veronica Mars The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

I’ll admit it. I’m a marshmallow. For the uninitiated, that’s the nickname for fans of the Veronica Mars TV show which was a neo-noir style program about a teenage girl who solved mysteries and worked for her Dad’s private detective agency. I loved the show and supported the Kickstarter campaign to make the movie (which I liked with the exception of some crudeness/vulgarity). When I heard Rob Thomas had also written a book picking up where the movie ended I knew I had to read it. If you are a marshmallow, you will love it.

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