Books I Read in April

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It’s time for us to Book it, folks! Share what books you read this month and let’s compare notes!

Books I Read in April | Book reviews from Life as Mom

I’m not sure how it happened, but April is almost over?! That flew by. And weirdly enough, unlike past months, I didn’t do as much reading. I started several books, but I didn’t really finish many.

The irony of this is that several books I’ve had on hold for months were finally available to check out from the library, and I’m just not finding the time to read. Sigh…. #bookwormproblems Regardless, here’s what I read, what I started, and what’s waiting on my Kindle app for me.

Books I Read in April

Books I Read in April | Book reviews from Life as Mom

Guilty as Cinnamon

by Leslie Budewitz

Guilty as Cinnamon is the second in the Spice Shop Mystery series. I read Assault and Pepper last month. I enjoyed both of them a lot. I now want to go to Seattle for a little vacation. And the books always make me hungry. They’ve also got me thinking about splurging on some nice spices. Good clean mystery.

Highly recommend if you’re into “series” books.

Books I’ve Started

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin – So far I’m liking it. I loved her first book. Thought her second was meh. This one is a lot more sterile, but it’s interesting.

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald – I’ve read and enjoyed this before. I’m rereading with my girls.

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay – Honestly, since everyone warned me that Reay’s books after Dear Mr. Knightley aren’t as good, I was a little hesitant to dive in. I also hate it that she’s doing something dishonest from the get-go. Makes me nervous FOR her.

The Sacrament of Evangelism by Jerry Root – We used to go to church with Jerry years and years ago. Loved when he would guest preach. I randomly looked him up a few weeks ago and saw that he had a new book. I like the sounds of it.

Books to Be Read

No spoilers! These are checked out or purchased for my kindle and I just need a couple days to devote to reading.

Undone by Michele Cushatt – highly recommended by my friend Crystal

His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia Macneal – I read the first two in the series when they first came out. Now there are two four more to catch up on.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – I’m probably the last person in the world to read this book.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – I loved And Then There Were None. Hoping this is as good.

Read any good books lately?

Tell us in the comments!

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  1. I haven’t read that Agatha Christie–it looks great. Poirot is my favorite road trip companion!
    I’ve logged more reading hours these last 2.5 weeks since my daughter’s (! after 3 boys!!!) birth than I probably have in the last couple of years. Nursing does give you a lot of down time, and reading is definitely a better way to occupy that time than worrying about my baby. I’ve picked up other titles from the same authors I was reading last month…Alexander McCall Smith’s The Finer Points of Sausauge Dogs, Calvin Trillin’s Tepper Isn’t Going Out and Let’s Eat Alice, as well as Kitchen Gypsy by Joanne Weir (I love reading cookbooks, and this one has more story than most, which is always more fun in a cookbook as it gives context to the recipes). I picked up Money Making Mom too, though I imagine that’s one I’ll have to reread at a time when I can really put some brain cells towards figuring that sort of thing out.

  2. My month has been all about my 2nd graders books…we’ve been reading some Beverly Cleary. (Ramona the pest, Henry Huggins, Henry and. Beezus, and Henry and the Clubhouse). I am discovering that we prefer the Henry books over the Ramona ones (and I have a girl). They both get into scrapes, but Ramona’s seem to be because of her own bad choices, and Henry’s seem to be more because of situations life throws at him. His books also seem to be a little less whiny – just my two cents.
    We also just finished Mountain Born (Elizabeth Yates) and A Cricket in Times Square (George Selden). We enjoyed both, although the cricket is definitely lighter fare. Mountain Born may have you both in tears at different points. 🙂
    Here’s to a new month, and the possibility of reading a book for me.

  3. I loved, loved All the Light We Cannot See. I read The Bronte Plot a couple of weeks ago. It’s a quick read and enjoyable. This month I’ve also read What Alice Forgot, When Breath Becomes Air, North of Beautiful, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Wednesday Wars, and The World’s Strongest Librarian. It was a good reads month!

  4. I just read Dr. Mr Knightley and I’ll See You in Paris. I loved them both! Next on my list is A Paris Apartment and I can’t wait to start it. April has been a really crazy month!

  5. Right now I’m reading “Man, Myth, Messiah,” by the author of “God’s Not Dead.” What an amazing resource for apologetics!

  6. I just finished Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. I appreciated that she was honest about her love for the French culture yet wrote about her struggles, as well. I just started The Last Mile by David Baldacci today. I really enjoyed his first book in the series, Memory Man, so I think this one will be good, too. I love hearing about what other people are reading! 🙂

  7. After you swooned about Dear Mr. Knightly last month, I checked it out and really enjoyed it.

  8. Finishing today “Miracle in a Dry Season” it was recommended by my mom and I find it extremely judge mental but I am going to finish it. Reading “The Good and Beautiful God” for bible study and I highly recommend it. And lots of reading with my 3rd grader to complete a 30 book challenge for the year. I love to read but pushing him to read and complete books is not my idea of fun. Hopefully more reading for me in May!!!

  9. I love Dear Mr. Knightley and Lizzy & Jane maybe even more – but The Bronte Plot didn’t do it for me. She’s still a great writer, the plot just seemed convoluted.

    1. I didn’t want to keep reading The Bronte Plot, so I abandoned it. I did buy L&J on sale recently so I’m hopeful I’ll like that one.

  10. Hope Heals by Katherine and Jay Wolf. Best and most inspiring book I have read in a long time. Keep some Kleenex handy.

  11. I am currently reading Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry, before that I read Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield, Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine, The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson, and The Eyes of the World by Harold Bell Wright. I can’t actually remember which ones I finished in April and which in March. I also have listened on audio to Notes From a Blue Bike, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, started but couldn’t finish The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and just started Jane Eyre which I read as a teenager. With the children I have read Treasures of the Snow, The Trumpet of the Swan, and The Cricket in Times Square. I really haven’t done much reading in recent years but just recently decided to make it a priority again. It has been so much to rekindle my love for books!

    1. LOVED Hannah Coulter! I was amazed at how in tune with a woman’s emotions Wendell berry could be! You’ve done a lot of reading, Celeste!

  12. I read One Amazing Thing. It was such a fast and interesting read. The author also came to a library event and she was so nice and fun. I highly recommend this book.

  13. You aren’t the last person to read All the Light We Cannot See. I bought that book last year and still haven’t read it. I started it, and I have the audiobook but just haven’t gotten any traction yet!

    I’ve only read a handful of books this month, but my favorite was Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver. Second in her murder mystery series. I just love them 🙂

  14. This weekend was my first college visit with one of my kids. Bittersweet Joy. Anyway, during the 3 days of driving we listened to one audiobook and finished another! So I updated my reading in April post that was planned for this week and hit “publish” 🙂 It is so exciting to reflect on all that i read this past month…it was a good one!

    During that college visit trip we stopped in at a “local” bookstore and I purchased a few books, including Still Life. The bookseller said Louise Penny will be in their store in August….