What I’ve Read this Year: February Edition

Hi there- welcome to my 2nd edition of “What I’ve Read this Year.” I’m trying really hard to keep track of everything I’m reading this year and wanted to share with you, since many of you ask for book suggestions! I’m not reading fiction books for the Lenten period (Feb 10- March 27) so there will be lots of non-fiction ideas for the next month or so. I’m really excited about this because I have TONS of non-fiction I WANT to read but if I’m in the midst of reading a novel.. well.. let’s just say the non-fiction doesn’t get read. 😉

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Book Suggestions: February 2016

The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary Stewart

I read this book by accident- no really! My library did a cute thing for Valentine’s Day- a “blind date with a book.” They had several books wrapped up and decorated with a short description on the tag. Since I wasn’t reading fiction, I grabbed this one:


I have to tell you, it was super fun opening that package! It ended up being this one:


It was a fascinating read, although I did lose a little sleep over the whole “serial murders” thing…. but I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a true crime book. Find it here on Amazon.

Unveiling Grace: The Story of how we found our way out of the Mormon Church by Lynn K. Wilder

This book covers the journey of a woman who converts to Mormonism as an adult, then to Christianity as an older adult. This book was truly eye-opening and I’m very glad I read it. I am a Christian and have heard many Mormons compare Christianity to their religion. It’s just not even remotely the same. I don’t want to go into a lot of detail on this post, but if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me and we can start a conversation. Find it here on Amazon.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

I began reading this novel before Lent, and a few chapters into it realized I’d read it a few years back. My friend Ashley got me into reading Kate Morton and I’m so glad! She writes fascinating mysteries that aren’t ever trashy. They’re also usually long, which I really love. :)forgotten gardenHere’s the Amazon description of this one: A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-fi rst birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

Intriguing, yes? Find it here on Amazon.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A devout Muslim encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi

I guess I’m all about conversion stories these days. :) I’m not done with this one but it certainly deserves a mention. I’ll do the full report on my March books. Find it here on Amazon

What are you reading these days? Any book suggestions for me?

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Kelli Hays is a wife, mother, writer, and friend. She has been blogging since 2008 and loves sharing inspiration for the everyday woman!