Happy Friday, friends!! I cannot even believe it is April already. Summer will be here before we know it 🙂
March was a slow reading month for me. The girls and I have been snuggled up binge-watching Heartland on Netflix, so that has taken up a lot of my time. There have been lots of house-tasks going on. And if I’m being honest, one of my March reads took up a lot of my time, but more on that later 🙂
I learned a little something new about myself this month–I am very decisive about my reading. I either LOVE it or I HATE it–there is no in-between. I give books about three chapters to draw me in and if it hasn’t happened by then, I’ll put it down. So don’t expect any 3 or 4 star reviews–apparently, I don’t give those out!
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What I Read:
Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. I’m calling it–this is the best book of 2017. Do you ever feel like a book was written just for you, in your current season of life? That’s how I felt about this book. My soul has been craving slow lately. This book delivered that and so much more. It is described on Amazon as “a rest stop for the soul.” Erin gives permission to stop trying for more and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me! This book took up a lot of my reading time in March because I just wanted to savor it. The Stars: 5/5
It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith. I have read “The Nester’s” blog for years now and just recently decided to purchase her book. Myquillyn is the expert at decorating with thrift store or repurposed items and making her home look like a million bucks. The cover of her book boasts a broken armchair propped up with books and it is stinking beautiful. With all the house stuff, I loved her suggestion of only decorating my home with items that I love–not just buying items to make it be full. The Stars: 5/5
The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp. You guys, I love Ann. She is sweet and precious and lovely, but I think she is a little “too” precious for me. I tried really hard to get into 1000 Gifts and I tried really hard to get into The Broken Way and I failed miserably both times. The Stars: 2/5
Welcome To The Farm by Shaye Elliott. I have been a fan of The Elliott Homestead blog for a while now. I love how Shaye shares the day to day of being a full-time homesteader. I knew as soon as I heard that she was publishing this book that I wanted to get my hands on it. If you are interested in the ins and outs of farming, you’ll love this book. It’s entertaining but also chock-full of practical advice for running a farm. The Stars: 5/5
Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. I adored Gods in Alabama by Jackson, but this book just wasn’t for me. About three chapters in, I decided it wasn’t worth my time to keep slogging through. The Stars: 2/5
As always, I would LOVE to hear your recommendations. What have you been reading? What should I read next?
2017 Reading Recap:
Total number of books completed in March: three
Total number of books abandoned in March: two
Number of fiction books completed in March: zero
Number of nonfiction books completed in March: three
Total number of books completed this year: thirteen
PS: If you’ve read January and February’s recap, you may notice that I edited my running totals a little to include the books that I abandon. I don’t think it’s fair to include those in my total number of books read this year!