Now without further ado, the books I read last month:
- You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan - I love everything I've read by Francis Chan, and this is another book by him I would highly recommend. It's about marriage, but different than any other marriage book I've read. Skip the Dobson and Rainey books on marriage and read this one instead. The Chans are complementarians rather than egalitarians In their marriage but I knew this before reading it. My marriage wouldn't look exactly like theirs because of that fact, but there was still so much to gain from this book.
- Yes, Please by Amy Poehler - I had high hopes for this book. I think Amy is hilarious on tv. Everyone I know who has read this book loved it. It was just okay to me. It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. (And maybe I shouldn't compare, but I loved Tina Fey's book when I read it a few years ago.) I got about 70-75% through Yes, Please before I had to return it to the library. Maybe it wasn't the right time in my life to read it, but I found it just so-so at best.
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell - Such a fun novel. I loved her book Eleanor and Park, and I liked Landline almost as much. The characters were enjoyable and relatable. Plus there was a time-travel aspect to the story ... and I love time travel stories.
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson - There's a reason this book won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Beautiful, beautiful writing. I went through this book as slowly as I could. (I'm a speed reader AND I had a three week limit on it from the library.) An elderly man writing to his very young son about several things, but mostly it is him wrestling with some of questions most of us wrestle with. There is a scene near the end of the book that is still staying with me, days after reading it because it was so powerful and beautiful yet simple. My blogger friend, Brandee, told me about this book, and I'm very glad she did.
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney - This is a children's picture book. (We read a lot of those. I should start reviewing that genre as well!) Lovely read. Even if you don't have kids in the house, read this simple book. You will be inspired.
I'm already a good portion of the way through three books I hope to review/recommend at the end of this month. What are you reading? What should I read this spring?