Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Update: April 2014

March was a "reset" month for me. My pile of library books was huge, and I found myself dreading reading time--it had become a chore! So I gave myself permission to return anything I didn't feel like reading and took a few weeks off from "pleasure" reading.

At the end of the month, I finished only six books, but I'm feeling more energized and ready to read again! Here's what I read in March (not counting curriculum and picture books):
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1. The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Soule--three stars

2. The Great American Slow Cooker Book by Bruce Weintstein and Mark Scarbrough--two stars

3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg--four stars
I really enjoyed this book! While the author and I are clearly on two different life tracks, I still appreciated her point of view and personal stories.

4. Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith by Jen Hatmaker--three stars

5. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes--four stars
Addie is picking up more and more chapter books, so I'm trying to stay ahead of her. (She's still SO young--not even six!--I want to be careful what she is exposed to for now.) This book was clean and entertaining, as all Kevin Henkes books are.

6. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright--four stars
Goodreads recommended this one to me, and I was ready for another light fiction read! Due to the updated cover, I assumed this was a "current" series, but it's set in the 1940s. I think Addie and I will enjoy these together when she's a bit older, but I still prefer the All-of-a-Kind Family books from my own childhood.

Here is my to-read pile for April 2014. I'm hoping I'll pick up a few more along the way! :)
What are YOU reading this month?


  1. I have fallen completely off the reading wagon--I want back on!

  2. I've felt the same way - I have a bunch of books for my Kindle and a few I had on hold at the library come available all at the same time - and I had to take a break from reading. It was feeling overwhelming. I decided to reread Anne of Green Gables which I'm absolutely loving :)

    1. Oh, I love Anne. Have you read the Emily of New Moon series by the same author? A little darker, but very good.

  3. I LOVE this Melissa! I'm such a book worm too!!! I need to check some of these out!

  4. I love your book updates! I read some good ones in March too, The Spark, The Resilient Parent, and Henry Ehrlich's about Dr. Li's Chinese Medicine research for food allergies, plus Susanna Kearsley's 2 newest. Working my way through Birthing From Within now (just in time since baby is due next month lol) and loving it. Can't wait to hear how the April books turn out!

  5. Absolutely love your book posts! I am so behind on reading.


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