It’s mid-April, Easter Eve, and time for some updates on what I’ve been reading so far this month. I’ve got some good ones to recommend today!
What I’ve Read Already:
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Okay, I already mentioned this in my last What I’m Into post, but this one deserves another mention. It was a super fun read! A twisty “Gone Girl”-esque thriller with a twist and then another twistier twist at the end. It’s seriously twisted and I loved it! If twisty psychological thrillers are your kind of book, don’t miss this one! (Did I mention the twist? Ha!) 5/5 stars
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Wow, this was good. A heartbreaking but also uplifting about a family and the secret they keep. The parents (and the kids) in this novel inspired me, and I was moved to tears (and to laughter) multiple times. At the heart of this novel is a child who is different, and although the issue is not the same as what my family deals with, I could absolutely relate to the struggle. This is a gorgeous, timely book — I highly recommend it. 5/5 stars
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
This book is mesmerizing. I couldn’t stop, because there is a tragic event around which the plot centers, and I constantly needed more answers. Unfortunately, nothing gets tied up with a pretty bow at the end, but it almost doesn’t matter. The exploration of the characters and how the tragedy affects each of them makes the journey worthwhile. Ruskovich’s writing is exquisite, and I was spellbound up to the very end. 4/5 stars
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
A blend of fact and fiction, this novel tells the story of an unmarried disabled woman and her unlikely friendship with the painter, Andrew Wyeth. There are lots of great themes in the book, including the bonds of family and land. Most meaningful to me was the tenderness which with Kline addressed the heartache and triumph of those living with disability. A lovely story. 4/5 stars
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Oh my gosh, this was good! Lighthearted, adorable, and laugh-out-loud funny in places, this book is different than just about everything else out there. I adore Smith’s writing and will definitely be reading more of his work. In some ways, this book reminds me of L.M. Montgomery’s books: just enough plot to keep you reading, but mostly an exploration of delightful and thoroughly lovable characters. So. Much. Fun! 5/5 stars
40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole
I just finished this Lent devotional book and it was really good. Instead of focusing on giving up one thing for the 40 days of Lent, each day’s reading challenges you to a specific fast for that day. It was thought-provoking, insightful, and different than other devotionals. 4/5 stars
What I’m Reading Right Now
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
This one’s 500 pages long so I’m listening to the Audible version. I actually tried to read this a few months ago and couldn’t get into it, but this time I’m enthralled. It has so many 5-star ratings that I had to give it another chance. So far I’m glad I did. It’s another WWII novel, focusing on three different women from different backgrounds and different parts of the world. I can’t wait to see how their stories intersect!
The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
I’m intrigued by the Rule of St. Benedict, and I used to read Dreher’s columns back when he wrote for the Dallas Morning News. So I grabbed this at the library and am about halfway through. Dreher is quite conservative both in politics and religion, so this book is a departure from my usual non-fiction reading, but he writes with grace and reason (although I have to admit that some of his jabs at liberals make me bristle). Still, I think the message in this book is important for Christians on the right and the left, especially after our recent presidential election. How do we live as true Christ-followers in a world that is increasingly hostile toward true Christianity? I’ll let you know my final thoughts once I’m finished!
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
I just started this one yesterday, so nothing to report yet, but it looks promising! Reviews say it’s for fans of Gone Girl. . . but doesn’t every review for every new thriller say that? We’ll see. . .
That’s it so far for April! What are you reading right now? Any recommendations?
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