I received a couple of  new books this week. I’m looking forward to reading them.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente

(from the publisher)

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

(from PaperbackSwap)

In this splendid retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, bestselling author Francine Rivers pens a heartbreaking romance between a prostitute and the upright and kind farmer who marries her; the story also functions as a reminder of God’s unconditional love for his people. Redeeming Love opens with the Gold Rush of 1850 and its rough-and-tumble atmosphere of greed and desire. Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, has learned to distrust all men, who see her only as a way to satisfy their lust. When the virtuous and spiritual-minded Michael Hosea is told by God to marry this “soiled dove,” he obeys, despite his misgivings. As Angel learns to love him, she begins to hope again but is soon overwhelmed by fear and returns to her old life. Rivers shines in her ability to weave together spiritual themes and sexual tension in a well-told story.

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Amy at Passages to the Past. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Here’s my report today.

Last week’s Reviews:

Other posts:

Finished Last Week:

  • The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell
  • The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snickey
  • “Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird, and the Gray Wolf” by Post Wheeler
  • “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar

Currently Reading:

  • In Christ Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • The Seven Songs of Merlin by T. A. Barron (with Amber)
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Listening to:

  • The Shimmer by David Morrell
  • The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (with Amber)

Up next:

  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • The Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards

What have you been reading?