My reading has slowed way down in March and April – partially due to a busy work schedule, partially due to moving mid-April (lots of packing and cleaning and garage saling), and partially due to rekindling my love for podcasts as my audio of choice while driving. But I still read some good books this month!
GREENLIGHTS BY MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY – 4 STARS
What a chaotic and wonderful journey. I loved this peek into the brain of Matthew McConaughey. In this book you will find stories on everything from Australian exchange programs to getting arrested while nakedly playing the bongo drums at 2 am. This man has some stories and some life experiences that are worth listening to.
A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE BY NALINI SINGH – 3 STARS
A Madness of Sunshine, set in a very small town in New Zealand, had a very slow start to me, but eventually sucked me in. A woman comes back after years away from her hometown, and almost immediately, someone goes missing. There’s rumors of a past serial killer – is it connected? Meet the cast of characters that make up this small town, and try to figure out who to blame.
HAMNET BY MAGGIE O’FARRELL – 5 STARS
Hamnet is lovely and haunting and beautiful. It is a fictional re-telling of the death of William Shakespeare’s son Hamnet and the lives of those that survive him. This is my first book by Maggie O’Farrell, but it will absolutely not be my last. The way she writes and describes her characters thoughts and emotions is so thoughtful and lyrical – I feel like I know them personally. This is one of my favorite historical fiction novels that I have read in a very long time.
GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD BY JENNIE ALLEN – 5 STARS
Everyone should read this book!! I love Jennie Allen and her boldness to just tell you like it is, while also backing things up with God’s Word and science. This book was such a wonderful look at what God says about fear and anxiety in the Bible and practical steps that we can take to change our thought patterns and focus on God rather than on the negative spiraling thoughts I sometimes (oftentimes) experience.
VERITY BY COLLEEN HOOVER – 4 STARS
Holy moly. This is the first book that my newly formed book club decided to read together and it was WILD. It definitely covers heavy subjects and takes some dark turns – it was hard to read at times, but it absolutely sucked me in until the very end.