18. The Close: A Young Woman's First Year at Seminary by Chloe Breyer
As it says in the title, this is a book about the author's first year at an Episcopal Seminary in New York. I looooved this book. I thought it was so honest, and interesting to read about this woman's struggles with her beliefs and what the church taught, along with how to be the best minister she could. The book also made me interested in the Episcopalian religion, which seems to have many of the things I like about Catholicism, plus woman priests! And gay people! yay! Anyway, this is a great book.
19. Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
The story of a fictional long lost Vermeer painting. It was ok, but didn't really grab me. My favorite parts were at the very end, when the actual creation of the painting was described.
20. The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope
Seeing this book around the house, R became concerned about all the reading about religion I have been doing. I didn't really mean to read two religiously themed books so close together, it just happened. I found this book for cheap at a used bookstore, and it looked interesting so I picked it up.
This book is the story of an English vicar's wife who kind of comes to a crossroads in her life, regarding her purpose and independence or lack thereof. I thought it was a very interesting look at how women can be made to be simply appendages of their husbands, and are often assumed to have the same interests and goals as their husbands, whether or not this is actually the case. I really enjoyed this book as well, especially because the main character was so engaging and sympathetic.