This list is going to be proof that I read basically anything I get my hands on. 🙂
The Witness Wore Red – Rebecca Musser with M. Bridget Cook
This was a memoir about the dark side of religion, in which a polygamous cult (an offshoot of fundamentalist Mormons) was broken up by the efforts of one woman. It’s upsetting that the people were so brainwashed by their all-too-human leader who believed himself to be God’s messenger. Belief in God is supposed to free you from the things of the world, not cause you to be enslaved by the things of the world (power, lust, greed).
Tampa – Alissa Nutting
The events of this book were too close to events that have happened in the news for me to say, “I’m glad it’s fiction.” The narrator, Celeste, is a female sex addict/pedophile with a penchant for 14-year-old boys. She gets a job at a junior high school purely to indulge her lust. I was glad the book was fast-paced because it was difficult to read about the corruption of a young teen and the absolute selfishness of his molester. If you’ve read Lolita, this is very similar.
Where There is Love, There is God – Mother Teresa
Unlike The Witness Wore Red, this book represents the good side of religion. There isn’t any narrative flow to it; it’s more like a collection of maxims and meditations. Perfect for daily prayer or spiritual reading. I like Mother Teresa’s advice about smiling whenever you can.
Insomnia – Stephen King
I’ve had this book sitting in my shelf for ages, but I only recently got around to reading it! It’s pretty typical of most of King’s work, and I enjoyed the references to It and The Dark Tower. This is the only King book that ever made me cry, and I don’t cry over books that often. My only complaint was that it literally took 400+ pages to get the plot going, but the excellent character development made up for that.
The Summons – John Grisham
I had never read anything by Grisham before, and he’s one of those big-name, bestselling authors, so I figured I’d give him a shot. The book was purely plot-driven and so fast-paced that I got through it in less than 24 hours. I wished the characters had been more developed, especially Judge Atlee, who fascinated me. The book also made me wonder what I’d do if I suddenly came upon $3 million.
What have you been reading lately?