Favorite Reads from March & April

Let’s Talk Books!

Warm sweatpants, slippers, cups of coffee, and books got me through the long cold evenings and weekends of March and April here in the Midwest. A few books even followed me to the beaches and kept me company while I soaked up the Florida sun while on vacation.

I lost count of how many books I’ve read the last couple months, but I’m guessing it’s somewhere around 10 or 11. Yes, I “get things done” and am a productive person, but I always find time to snuggle up with a book and lose myself in a story quite frequently too.

Below are just a few of my favorites. I hope you’ll consider checking a few out at your local library, heading to a local bookstore, or hopping on HERE to purchase some for your own bookshelves.

Deep Freeze, Fatal Burn, and If She Only Knew by Lisa Jackson

Before I knew it, reading one Lisa Jackson book led into reading another and then another and then another. Her books pretty much consumed me in the month of March. If you’re in need of reading that doesn’t make you think, yet captivates you by its intrigue, mystery, and a little romance…her books are for you! Warning: just like many things in life, some are better than others. My 3 favorite titles out of the 5 books I read were: Deep Freeze, Fatal Burn, and If She Only Knew.


The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I’d heard about The Time Traveler’s Wife before, but the title seemed too “out there” for me, and it didn’t seem like anything I would enjoy. WOW, was I wrong! It took me a chapter or two to understand the plot, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a day and a half!

The Time Traveler’s Wife is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was 6 and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 23 and Henry 31.

A little confusing, yes, but trust me – you’ll catch on quickly and be as hooked as I was! This book was Audrey Niffenegger’s debut as an author. I look forward to reading what she writes next!

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret is another book that I couldn’t put down. Here’s a snippet of what’s on the back cover:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read.

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret –something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…

What I loved about this book is that it makes you ask yourself, “What would I do?”…and…”How much do I really know about those closest to me?” Both great questions to ponder…

Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart For Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning

I’m still reading Brennan Manning’s Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart For Intimate Belonging, and I plan on reading it again and again. This is a book that has many of my penned asterisks and yellow highlights strewn throughout. I bought extra copies and gifted my two college-aged sons with them. You can’t help but read it slowly to grasp the meanings behind Manning’s writing.

“All this time God is calling us to take the mask off and come openly to Him. He longs for us to know in the depth of our beings that He loves us and accepts us as we are. “

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene’ Brown

When I saw the title The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, I knew I would have to have it on my office bookshelf! What’s not to love about Brene’ Brown’s 10 guideposts on the power of WHOLEHEARTED living! For years, I’ve striven to learn how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace my imperfections and to recognize that I AM ENOUGH. This book is for you if you’re striving for those same things! I promise it won’t disappoint.

Happy Reading!

I’ll see you back on here in a couple months to let you know what new books I’ve added to my office bookshelf! Until then, happy reading!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”

― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut


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