Week in Books {Hatmaker, Fowler, Scott}

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

I’m a big fan of Hatmaker, and her latest seemed like a natural extension from her previous book, Interrupted (mini-review here). While I’m not going to replicate her project exactly, it was very inspiring and got me thinking about how I could adapt the challenge to fit my life (and the areas where I most need it!)

I’ve seen lots of other bloggers talking about this book, especially this summer, when there seems to be an informal “Summer of 7″ going on around the blogosphere. It’s an intriguing idea, and I’m considering being a late-starter with it, but I’m not sure what the best way to put some of the concepts into practice in my life is.

That, plus I’m not sure about how to convince my husband to go along with me, and I don’t know that I want to try to drag my kids into some aspects of it.

State Fair by Earlene Fowler

I love mysteries, and I especially love mystery series. I love getting to know characters, and feel like they’re old friends. So even though this wasn’t one of my favorites in the series, I’ll still read the next one. This one felt fairly preachy, but I still like Benny and her family. If you haven’t already been reading the series, I wouldn’t recommend this one as a stand-alone mystery.

It’s also nice to occasionally have an easier read to intersperse with ones that require more effort, because I’m working on a couple that are definitely more demanding.

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.

Yes, I did read the illustrated, abbreviated version of Ivanhoe. No, I’m not ashamed to admit it. September’s bookclub read is Ivanhoe. The “real” version of Ivanhoe that I have is 367 pages. This one was around 200, and half of those pages were illustrations. I read the quick version to get a general understanding of the story, so that when I read the full version I’m not trying to keep all the names straight and figure out what’s going on with the plot.

This is my first time reading a classic where I first read an abbreviated version, so I’ll see how I like it. Maybe I’ll wish I’d jumped right into the regular version!

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