Sunday, April 5, 2015

What I Read in March

March ended up being a good month for books for me - I found pockets of time once the boys were in bed and tried to make myself read more than get online (hence the lack of posts including picture posts). Most of the books I read I enjoyed, although there were a couple I didn't finish and one I technically finished in April.  Here's what I read:

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - I have not seen the movie, and I read most of this book in February but didn't finish it until March.  Amazing true story of survival and redemption and so much more.  It makes me even more thankful for our military. I had to take breaks from this book because some of it was so intense - and that was just me reading it. The fact that men lived through these events ... there just aren't words to describe it.
  • The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett - Her child has autism, but she also ends up discovering he is a genius. She pulled him out of public preschool and her methods were interesting and inspiring. The way she also gave to her community and other families with children with autism was encouraging. The writing on this book was just average in my opinion, but the story was very interesting to me.
  • Big Love: The Practice of Loving Beyond Your Limits by Kara Tippetts - A short ebook on being kind in parenting (and in marriage and in other relationships). The formatting of this book was a bit funky, but her insight and the discussion that came from this book was worth getting over the formatting issue. Because of this book, I am trying to keep in mind that love is kind and kindness matters. I wrote a bit about this book here.
  • The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant - I loved the main character of this book. It follows mostly the teenage and young adult years of a Jewish girl/woman in Boston in the 1910s/20s. I was sad when the book ended. It was a quick read, but one I have already recommended to a friend who likes books featuring strong women.
  • The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand - This is a young adult novel and so it's another quick read, but read with a box of tissues. I related very much to the main character in many ways - a girl whose father left their family for another woman and the issues that can present to a family. Another novel where the characters stay with you for awhile after reading it.
  • Prayer by Timothy Keller - The first half was good, but felt a little repetitive or something. It was hard for me to keep going. I'm glad I did. The second half was wonderful and helpful and I wrote a lot of quotes down. This is a book I'd like to eventually purchase to highlight and use as a reference.
Two books I started but didn't finish: 
Heaven by Randy Alcorn - This book felt very repetitive to me and I didn't get as far as I wanted before having to return it to the library. That being said it had a lot of information about heaven I had never really thought of before and some things I didn't even know. I will probably check it out again.
Why I am An Atheist Who Believes in God - by Frank Schaeffer - I like to read books by people who have different beliefs than I do. Some of this book spoke to me (even with our huge differences) and some of it frustrated me. Sometimes the author seemed arrogant to me; other times he was very likable. There were more compelling books in my pile this month, so I didn't finish this before it was due back to the library. I may or may not check it out again.

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