It is now late February and it is time for another post about my Reading Challenge 2015! The second type of book on the list I chose to read is “a book published this year.” I have to be honest and say that as a book review blogger I read a lot of new books. Already this year I have read and reviewed three books that were released this year. They include Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida, Counter Culture by David Platt, and Romans 8-16 For You by Timothy Keller.
In keeping with the spirit of the reading challenge, I decided not to “count” those as part of the challenge because that would be too easy. As an employee of Books-A-Million we receive tons of preview books from various publishers. The book I chose to read for this month came as a preview book to our store. The book is What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross, on sale everywhere March 10, 2015. The book chronicles the events and aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak, specifically in Alabama where the damage was the worst seen in decades. Written like a thrilling novel, Kim Cross tells the story of what happened that terrible day from the perspective of college students at the University of Alabama, fire and rescue workers in places like Cordova and Tuscaloosa, and even the famous weather forecaster in Birmingham, James Spann. What Stands in a Storm is a reminder not simply of the devastation that can be brought by a tornado outbreak, but also how families, communities and a state can rally together in an effort to heal and rebuild. Even though the reader knows what is coming on a grand scale, they may not know what happens in lives of each character chronicled in the book. What Stands in a Storm is a page turner!
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 2015