What I’m Reading
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
Mmm. . . this book made me hungry. There’s enough foodie deliciousness packed in this novel to make you drool for weeks, and probably gain weight just from reading it. There’s also a fun little “mistaken identity” romance, which will remind you of the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie “You’ve Got Mail.” Fans of Little Beach Street Bakery will enjoy this novel. It’s not earth-shattering literature, but it sure is fun! 4/5 stars
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam
This non-fiction read inspired me, enough that I wrote an entire post about it. The author tells what she learned from studying how a targeted group of women actually spent the hours in the day, and her findings are insightful. For those of us working moms who somehow manage to also “have a life,” Vanderkam’s conclusions won’t come as a surprise. But it’s validating to know that other women are juggling things, too, and making it work. 4/5 stars
I know. Another book about productivity. But I loved Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, so when the audio version of this book showed up at my library, I snagged it. I’m not sure I learned anything about how to personally increase my productivity, but I was fascinated with the author’s anecdotes and his research into how the brain works and what makes people productive. I especially enjoyed the stories about how Disney’s blockbuster Frozen became such an instant success. 4/5 stars
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
Usually I don’t post reviews for books I hate. But I felt like this one needed a big warning label slapped on it, so consider yourself warned.
For some reason, I thought this was going to be a thriller. Instead, I feel like the author tried to ram the idea of reincarnation down my throat and make me feel all warm and cozy about it. The characters are one-dimensional and irritating, the plot is disjointed and disorganized, and the writing is sophomoric. I cannot understand why this book has any good reviews. I kept reading because I thought the idea behind the book sounded interesting. Surely it was going to get better? Um, no. Unfortunately, the author mutilated it. Don’t waste your time. 1/5 stars
What Women Fear: Walking in Faith that Transforms by Angie Smith
I like Angie Smith’s writing, but I don’t love it. This book had some important truth in it, and I especially liked the chapter on doubt, but there was nothing particularly insightful for me personally that stuck out. 3/5 stars
The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry
This is a Christian book about positive thinking and it’s got lots of useful and practical advice for how to live a joyful life. I typically enjoy perky, motivational writing, but only in small doses.
There was so much information in this book (much of which I’ve read before) that it was overwhelming. It felt like having a big cold bucket of joy dumped over my head. The smiley face on the cover sums it up. If you are a gung-ho, go-getter, glass-half-full kind of person, you’ll probably love it and feel totally motivated after reading it.
On the other hand, if your personality leans toward the Eeyore side, you might be at risk for book-burning. Since I usually prefer a more middle-of-the-road approach, I’m giving it 3/5 stars.
And Again by Jessica Chiarella
Interesting novel about cloning technology and its consequences. I listened to this one on Audible and enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s a short, philosophical look at four people who should’ve died, but are instead given a “second chance.” This book had me pondering the ethics of cloning and fascinated by how our minds are so intimately connected to our physical bodies. A great read-alike choice for fans of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Neil Shusterman’sUnwind. 4/5 stars
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
I hesitate to even write a review for this one, because y’all will be thinking I’m crazy. Maybe you have to be half-crazy to enjoy Martel’s books, but I adore a novel that makes me think.
This book, like Martel’s Life of Pi, is one of those novels you’ll be mulling over in your head for weeks after reading it. There’s a ton of implausibility and surrealism in this story (which is actually three stories in one), and all kinds of symbolism and allegory. I haven’t even come close to figuring it all out.
Reading this book is like looking at a Picasso painting. You know it’s astoundingly good, but you can’t quite figure out where all the body parts are. I mean, y’all, this book is art, plain and simple. It’s weird art. But it’s superb. 5/5 stars
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What about you? What are you reading this month? Any new recommendations for me? It’s time to start thinking about summer reading lists, so let’s hear your suggestions in the comments!