Best Book of April

I felt that I didn’t read many books during April, but I actually finished five books! I think because several of them were shorter and rather lighter reads it didn’t seem to be as many as I had been reading.

The best book by far was Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. It’s another WWII novel, but so well written I couldn’t put it down. The story is a love story, but with complex and rich characters. The writing is what knocked it out of the park though–so witty and deep. I loved it! 4.5 stars.

Here’s a little bit about the other books I read this month:

  • No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury. 3 stars. This is a fabulous parenting book! I love her practical tips and all of the philosophies that make up gentle parenting. I would have given this more stars, but her writing is a little patronizing sometimes, but this will definitely go on my parenting bookshelf for re-reading.
  • Hands Free Life by Rachel Stafford. 2.5 stars. This one was okay; I obviously loved her premise: building habits for overcoming distraction, but the writing wasn’t amazing and she could have used more specific examples to illustrate her points.
  • You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt. 4 stars. Amazing! I definitely recommend this book; her thoughtful and intentional practices and her sensible writing style were so helpful! I loved her ideas and getting a tiny peek into her life. The latter chapters were more specific to living a political life, which isn’t my life, but she still managed to be very relevant and encouraging.
  • Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman. 3 stars. Again, this book was interesting, but the writing wasn’t great. I appreciate her ideas for growing community and connection, and would like to invite these practices into my life more.

A little heavy on the non-fiction/practical living, but I’m glad I’m pushing myself to get out of my fiction bubble. Any great books you’ve been reading, fiction or otherwise?

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