Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill — This memoir tells the story of Jenna, niece of the current leader of the Church of Scientology. Oh, my gosh, you guys. Read it. I've always been fascinated by the more extreme, controversial religions of the world, and this book is one of the best I've read on the subject. Her story is very honest, raw, and captivating.
Alive in the Killing Fields by Nawuth Keat — I picked this up on a whim while at the library, and I'm so glad I did. I've been pretty fascinated by the Khmer Rouge Genocide ever since a Cambodian coworker of mine told me his own story of escape, years and years ago. I'm not even sure how it came up, but he told me about it almost casually—like, "Yeah, I lived in a tiny underground hole for several days with my entire family while soldiers were shooting people above me, but that's just what we had to do. So, you want in on Junior Mex for dinner, or what?" His story absolutely floored me, and so did the story within the pages of this book. If you ever want some perspective, and to be inspired by what people are able to overcome, then read it. It is incredible.
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark — When I was a teenager, I devoured these books. At a certain point, I'm pretty sure I'd read every single novel she had written (and experienced many sleepless nights both reading and being terrified of being stalked/murdered/etc. thanks to the subject matter of each book). My grandma sent me a few copies of some books she had finished (she and I are kindred souls when it comes to mystery novels) and I finally picked this one up a few months ago. Although these books always use the same sort of formula (30-something female professional as the main character, who is involved in some sort of murder mystery) they never disappoint.
The Shack by William P. Young — I'm nearly done with this book, which I borrowed from my mom, and I don't even know what to say about it. Is that weird? It gives a very fascinating look at what God may or may not be like, and has left me with a lot on my heart and mind. It is a very creative and unique story, truly, and a little bit heartbreaking, too. I can definitely see why it had so much buzz surrounding it when it was first released.
Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins — I mentioned starting this series a while back, but I hadn't anticipated the momentum of the story to continue so well throughout each book! I'm currently starting Assassins (book 6) and I'm already loving it. If you've read the entire series, I'd love to know what you thought of them, for sure. Do the later books get even better? Or annoying? Do tell. (I'd like to know what I'm in for.)
Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox — I was so thrilled when this one finally arrived for me at the library! Obviously, I'm a bit taken with any sort of memoir, but this one really fascinated me. I could hardly put it down, and definitely went back and forth on my opinions of the case. Truth be told, I didn't know that much about her trial (aside from the main headlines), and getting her inside view of the whole experience was very captivating. Definitely worth a read. (Did you read it? Do you think she's guilty or innocent? I totally thought guilty until I started the second half of the book.)
What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?