Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Report | March & April



Just reporting on my reading over the last couple of months.  I have so enjoyed these books that I have read/listened to.  I would love to hear from you, if you have read or are planning to read any of the titles below.

The Secret Keeper
Loved this book!  A sophisticated mystery.  I loved the back and forth between modern day England and World War II England.  The story was enthralling and I adored the characters.  This was my first book by Kate Morton.  When I finished, I wanted more, and dove right into The House at Riverton.

The House of Riverton
I was so excited to read this book.  I was told, if I liked Downton Abbey, I would like The House of Riverton.  Another mystery set in modern day England and 1920's England, with the upstairs/downstairs of Downton Abbey.  I didn't like it as well as I liked The Secret Keeper, but I enjoyed the read.  

The Lovely Bones
Wow, compelling story, enthralling read.  The story begins with the horrific murder of a 14 year old girl.  It focused on this girl while in heaven watching over her family, her friends, and her murderer as they tried to cope with her disappearance and death.  Because of the subject matter of this story, I was surprised at the hope that was laced throughout the pages of this novel.
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Motherhood Realized
Such a great read.  A collection of essays on motherhood that celebrate the authentic, imperfect, joyful, and messy mothering moments.  I was on the book team to promote the book and posted about it here.  It is inspirational.  A great Mother's Day gift.

Insurgent
The sequel to Divergent.  This sequel began where Divergent ended and followed the character's as they try to live in a futuristic faction society.  I didn't like it as well as the first but am hopeful for the third.  

A Million Little Ways
I'll finish this one soon.  A book that celebrates our deepest desires, what do we want most, and how can we celebrate God in the way He intended us to.  I thought this would be such a quick read, but there is much to think about on each page.  

Ballet Shoes
This was such a fun read.  If any have little dancers, this book is a must have.  Three sisters, very different, attend a dance/acting school together.  They struggle through different experiences, learning valuable life lessons along the way.  My daughter has enjoyed it and I even caught my 10 year old son at times listening as I read.

The Well-Educated Mind:  A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had
This is a study guide for those that would like to achieve a classical education.  It takes you step by step through a series of activities that directs you on how to read and study the classics.  I loved it and am hoping to incorporate a way to use it in the books I'll read (and study) in 2015.

Shadow of the Hegemon
I'm reading this right now.  I have read a lot of Orson Scott Card and thoroughly enjoy his novels.  This is the sequel to Ender's Shadow.  It follows the character Bean.  I'm really enjoying it, no surprise there.

You can find my January & February Book Report here.

I also did a great post on Spring Picture Books here.

Also, you can find my 2014 Book List here.

Joining Modern Mrs. Darcy's Twitterature and the Simple Woman's Book Club this month.


17 comments:

  1. I loved the Secret Keeper! Your description of it is perfect. I hope to read Ballet Shoes with my daughter this summer.

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    1. I just loved that one too. I'm excited to read The Forgotten Garden as well, I've had a few friends tell me it was their favorite. Enjoy Ballet Shoes! It is so much fun!

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  2. "The Shadow of the Hegemon" is my favourite book of the whole Ender world. It plays out like a giant game of risk. I'm very intrigue by the Classical Education book. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Your favorite! That makes me that much more excited to read it. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. A lot of great books! I'll definitely have to look into The Secret Keeper and The Well-Educated Mind.

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  4. I really enjoy YA but can't bring myself to finish the Divergent trilogy based on such strong, mixed reviews regarding Allegiant. Have you read the Lunar Chronicles? I just finished Cress, book 3 and have really liked those. I talk about Why We Broke Up, one of most recent favorites on my link-up today - http://www.lifesimplifiedforyou.com

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    1. The Lunar Chronicles sound great, I'll add them to my list. I have a hard time not finishing a series and am curious what happens in Allegiant. We will see how it goes.

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  6. I loved the Secret Keeper, so that's good to know that The House at Riverton is almost as good! I've always heard great things about Lovely Bones but haven't read it for fear that it'd be depressing. You're making me reconsider and giving it a shot... (BeEmbraced.com is my new site :) )

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    1. The House of Riverton is good. It was her first book and it was told at a slower pace then The Secret Keeper. I think you'll like The Lovely Bones.

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    1. Thanks for the opportunity and for visiting.

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  8. Those Kate Morton books sound good, adding them to my list! I also enjoyed the Lovely Bones, it's one of my favorites. And Ballet Shoes? Oh, I adored those books when I was a kid!

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  9. I read The Lovely Bones a while back, it is a sad story but you are right it is full of hope. I have been meaning to read the Well Educated Mind I love to learn. Thanks for sharing

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    1. I'm glad you agree. The Well Educated Mind is such a great read, amazingly educational.

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