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4 Books I’m Reading In February

I love how winter and books go together. The long slow days of January left me with a full list. I was so excited for February books!

And somehow the 3 less days threw me off. I still read, but not quite as diligently. Have you had that happen? Do you read more during certain months?

Don’t worry, my nightstand was far from empty.

I operate in two timetables…very late to the party or very early. Reading was no exception.

Belong to Me by Marisa De Los Santos was a novel I had heard about quietly for years. Yes, I know it was a bestseller, but I had missed it. So I did something about it. And I’m so glad. De Los Santos weaves a story of characters together that make you want to love them all, flaws included. Intertwining of family, friendship, loss, and love minus cliché expectations of each, Belong to Me was a wonderful world to get lost in. My only regret, not reading the story about the main character in De Los Santos first book before reading this. (I like when things go in order.)

 

Skipping over to a non-fiction new release, I consumed Rebekah Lyon’s latest late at night after my people were fast asleep. You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are is a thoughtful intertwining of pieces of her story and inspiring truth for my own life. Lyons writes honest and brave about calling and purpose without pressuring us to do more or measure up.

God cares more about our presence than our performance.

Rebekah Lyons, You Are Free

Don’t miss this soul-stirring look at who you are and what God has for you. This will not be the last time you hear about this book at My Ink Dance!

I am finishing up my journey with Michele Cushatt in I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, and I am still loving it. You can read more about it here.

And on the family reading list…

We had lost track of a book a while back, and decided to pick it up again. I’m so glad we did! The Green Ember by S.D. Smith is the first book in an adventure series that will captivate little ones and older ones alike! The story of two rabbits thrust from their comfortable, safe life into a world full of chaos and calamity, we learn about fighting for what we believe in, standing firm, loving well, and being a person of honor. A great family read, especially in a world that feels very chaotic.

I’ve just started a novel by a favorite author that I will tell you about next month as well as a devotional that a friend gave me. You can get a sneak peek at those here and here!

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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  1. Somehow I had not even heard of Belong to Me. I read The Green Ember a while back and was a little irritated by a couple of writing quirks, but overall it was a good story. I’ve enjoyed a few of Charles Martin’s books and hope to read more.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that hadn’t heard of Belong to Me. I agree about The Green Ember…sometimes the language feels a little too frilly to me. Simpler is sometimes better. I’m loving the Charles Martin book, by the way. It’s interesting since so much of what I read has a female main character, Martin does a great job of stretching me out of my comfort zone with male leads.

  2. Thank you for the 2 new books on my TBR pile! ugh and yea! I will read her first, first (Love walked in) and my kids I think would like the Green Ember book.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Anytime 😉 Love Walked In is definitely on my list too! (even if it is backwards)

  3. I love a book list!
    My favorite Feb. read was Hannah Anderson’s Humble Roots. Close second: my friend Mary Geisen’s Brave Faith.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for two more to check out! 🙂

  4. Becky, I am embarrassed to say I have not read one book this month. Not one. I think I was burned out by writing a book in January and then the copious amounts of edits to complete by mid-Feb that my brain rebelled and said NO MORE!!! So, we went on vacation instead. xoxoxo

    1. Becky Hastings

      I can only imagine how the writing and editing zapped your time and your brain needed a break! Vacation sounds like the perfect thing!

  5. I have not read these books and always love suggestions! Reading a good book is one of the greatest joys in life!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It really is, isn’t it?! 🙂

  6. A month full of reading. How awesome is that! Praying it gives you lots of material to write with 😊
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it amazing how reading and writing are so intertwined?! I mean, we know that from grade school…but as writers, reading can be so inspirational!

  7. Fun! I love hearing what others are reading. 🙂 That “You are Free” one sounds right up my alley. Putting that on my list, thanks for the recommendation. I’m reading several right now. I haven’t had a lot of time for reading the last couple weeks, so I’m hoping to get some time to finish up a couple of books this weekend. 🙂 The most recent one I’ve finished was Kingdom Woman, which was a good read. 🙂 — Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity, Becky! ((xoxo))

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love the feeling of finishing a great book. Although I have been known to cry because the really great ones were over 🙂 I’ll have to check out Kingdom Woman. Thanks!

  8. I am adding The Green Ember to my TBR list. I am working on a reading challenge for this year. Perhaps it will fit one of the categories I haven’t filled yet. Thanks!

    1. Becky Hastings

      That sounds fun! What kind of reading challenge are you doing?

  9. Ahh! Books! You can never read too much. Thanks for sharing these books with me. Blessings to you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Amen to that!

  10. Thanks for giving my story a chance.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you for writing adventures for the whole family!

  11. I think that winter is the best time to relax and read something! thanks for your advice!

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