ABC Reads // Fourth Update

An update for the ABC Reads challenge. // dreams-etc.com

We only have two months left for the ABC Reads challenge, which means I need to read 2.5 books for the challenge each month in order to complete it. I’m not too worried about that goal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Since my last update, I read two books for the challenge.

Q // The Quotidian Mysteries, by Kathleen Norris [Completed October 2016]

This is a look at how God is present in worship and liturgy, as well as in the mundane tasks of every day life.

The Quotidian Mysteries is a short book. In fact, it wasn’t until I was about halfway through that I realized it’s actually a lecture that she gave, so it comes in at just under 100 pages. That being said, it actually took me a decent amount of time to finish this. Norris is a poet and that’s definitely apparent in the writing. Iย really enjoyed the descriptive writing in the first half of the book and kept highlighting passages. I also remember thinking that there were good thoughts about the topic in the first half, but the second half really diverged from what I was looking for with the book. I still compulsively turned pages to the end, but it got a little long and I felt like it moved away from what I was looking for enough that I forgot what had really hit home in the first half of the book.

I still enjoyed it!ย I bought the book awhile back, because I’ve always thought that there’s a beauty in the every day “mundane” tasks, like dishes, laundry, cleaning… I can hear all those who know me laughing at that statement, but it’s true! I totally think there’s a beauty in it, even if I don’t participate in that beauty all the time. (I’m lying a mountain of clothes that I need to fold and put away right now.) ๐Ÿ™‚

Read this book if:
>> The topic appeals to you.

U // The Uninvited, by Cat Winters [Completed October 2016]

Ivy sees the uninvited ones, ghosts of loved ones who have died who are harbingers of death, during WWI and the flu epidemic.

This has been on my list to read ever since I finished In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which is another novel that takes place during the war and the flu epidemic, although Blackbirds has a focus on spirit photography. I expected this book to be similar to Blackbirds, however where Blackbirds definitely took on the frantic feel of a society that was losing loved ones in a war and to an epidemic, this one was much more quiet. It took me by surprise at first, but definitely fits this particular novel. It was really neat to see how one author can write about the same time period, but create two completely different books.

I loved the characters and really became attached to all of them. I loved the music thread that winds through the book. I just loved everything about it and it was such a fun read. After these two books, I’m definitely a huge fan of Cat Winters!

Read this book if:
>> If you’re a fan of historical fiction.
>> You like the time period.
>> You’re interested an, at times, eerie read.
>> You read and enjoyed In the Shadow of Blackbirds. The books are different, but both are so good in their own way.

Here are the letters I still need to read to complete the challenge:ย J, V, X, Y, Z.

What have youย read recently?

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Charlotte
    November 1, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these reads with us!! The Uninvited sounds very interesting and like something I would enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ am currently reading the Gargoyle which is taking me forever too, but I’m definitely enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      November 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

      The Gargoyle is a dense read and it’s definitely not a quick one! Glad to hear you’re enjoying. I think I’ve shared that it’s probably my favorite book (although I know not everyone will agree with that!). And Marianne is probably my favorite character of all time. It’s been a few years since I reread it, so I’ve been thinking that I should pick it up again.

      The Uninvited didn’t take long to read once I really committed to it so if you’re looking for a faster read when you’re done with The Gargoyle (I want to insert a heart emoji each time I write the title!), it might be one to check out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lori
    November 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I just recently purchased The Quotidian Mysteries and am waiting for the perfect time to start it! I am currently reading The Madwoman Upstairs and The Night Circus (on audiobook). Hopefully I’ll finish these these week and move on to the next books on my TBR list! Good luck with your reading challenge!

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      November 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Let me know what you think when you read it! I’d love to discuss it with someone. ๐Ÿ™‚ How are you enjoying the books you’re reading? I love The Night Circus and the audiobook is fantastic! (I’ve read it and listened to it.) I’ll have to look at The Madwoman Upstairs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lauren @ Glitter & Grandeur
    November 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    This is such a cool challenge! I hadn’t heard of an ABC Reads Challenge before this post and I’m super intrigued. Congrats on finding a Q book! I bet that was difficult. I’m sending all of my best wishes and productive vibes so you can finish the challenge in time!

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      November 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

      It’s a great challenge! If you ever want to take it on, I highly recommend it. It was pretty easy at first, but now finding books is a little difficult. I didn’t know what I’d do for Q, so I was happy when I remembered I had The Quotidian Mysteries. I think I know what I’m reading for X, but that’s been a difficult one too.

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    Megan
    November 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I love eerie reads! Love this challenge. I do a lot of audiobooks since I don’t have time right now to pick up an actual book, but it is just not the same. I will have to check this one out!

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      November 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

      I love eerie reads, too. They’re definitely the ones I’m most drawn to. I agree about audiobooks… I listen to them a lot too because of time/I like being able to listen to them while I get ready or do work around the house, but it’s not the same as sitting down to read a book.

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    Heather Denniston
    November 1, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I love reading! I know that sounds stupid but seriously, nothing better than when a book grabs you!

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      November 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

      That doesn’t sound stupid at all. I agree! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mia
    November 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Yay, 2 more books down! ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely want to check out The Uninvited. Historical fiction is totally my jam ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      November 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

      I highly recommend it! It was such a great book! I’m already coming with a reading plan to get through the others by the end of the year. ๐Ÿ™‚

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