The start of school means my book pace slowed waaaay down, but I’m still reading! Here’s what I’ve been enjoying the past couple of months.

What I'm Reading Fall 2014

The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance (Elna Baker)

This funny memoir is about Baker’s journey to find love and her faith. She struggles to reconcile the more conservative values of her religion with her desire to love, be loved, and fit in. As a non-LDS person, this was an interesting read for me. Many of the reviews I read for this book were critical, but I found Baker’s honesty refreshing, even when I didn’t always agree with her choices. The book was funny and well-written, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, lighthearted read.

 Together: Growing Appetites for God (Carrie Ward)

If you’re interested in raising your children to love God and His Word, this is a must-read. Check out my full review on Steadfast Women.

Growing Up Amish (Ira Wagler)

I love reading about religious traditions that are different than my own, particularly those that could be classified as “extreme” or “fringe.” Growing Up Amish was a fascinating look at life inside an Amish community, and the early chapters of the book drew me in right away. As the book continued, Wagler outlined his attempts to leave the Amish lifestyle over and over again, and the repetition started to get bit tedious. After Wagler finally breaks away from the Amish faith for good, the book ends abruptly. We get no sense of what Wagler’s life is like today, which for me was unsatisfying. I would still recommend this book, however, because the inside look at the ways of the Amish was extremely interesting and well-told.

My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simple Life (Jerry Eicher)

Yes, another book about the Amish. I’m in the middle of this one. This story is unique because Eicher shares his experience growing up in an Amish community started in Honduras. Like Growing Up Amish, this book has been a fascinating read so far. However, like Wagler’s book, I think this one could be about fifty pages shorter. Many of the stories are interesting, but I’m at a point now where I want to know the final outcome for this community and for Eicher. Still a great read if you’re interested in learning about the Amish.

 My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha (Jolie Kerr)

Jolie Kerr manages to take something I hate (cleaning) and turn it into a hilarious and helpful how-to book. Reading Kerr’s book feels like chatting with one of your girlfriends, except, unlike my girlfriends, Kerr loves to clean and has done extensive research on the best way to clean almost everything. Seriously, thanks to this book, the inside of my fridge has never looked better. I hardly ever buy books anymore (thank you, library!), but I am considering purchasing this one because I think it will be a great reference to have on hand. The hilarity is an added bonus!

What are you reading this month? Leave me a comment with your recommendations.

Here’s what I read in January, February, March, April, and over the summer