March reads and April book goals

I love reading. I am in two book clubs and subscribe to Book of the Month Club. I thought a fun new addition to the blog would be a monthly update to tell you what I read last month and what I hope to read this month.

I read five books last month. I’ll share my opinion on them from my favorite to least favorite.

The best book I read was Knit the Sky by Lea Redmond. As I have mentioned recently, I’m kind of in a knitting rut. This book was full of project ideas instead of patterns. There were a few projects ideas that I love, and will probably knit in the future. That includes the title project Knit the Sky. For that project you look up at the sky every day at the same time for a year. You knit a row on a scarf that matches the color of the sky at that time. I love that idea. It is such a good reminder to look up. The book was not full of projects that I would knit. Some of them made me roll my eyes a bit, but the book overall inspired me to look at knitting with a more creative lens. I rate this book four stars out of five.

I have Kindle Unlimited, and I tend to read a lot from that list. My second favorite book of the month is an unlimited book: Sweet Tea Tuesdays by Ashley Farley. This is a predictable but sweet book about the friendships of three women in the south. If you are looking for a brainless book that is emotional roller coaster free, this is your book. I give it three starts.

Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen by Hannah Howard was a memoir of eating disorders and bad decisions with men. If you can overlook a woman staying in bad relationships long after she should have left this is an enjoyable book. This would have made a wonderful personal essay, but it was a book. I give it two stars.

Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller is another book from the unlimited library. In this book she looks at the history of dieting in society (which was interesting) and her history of dieting (which was not). I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it wasn’t part memoir. She just isn’t that interesting. I give it two out of three stars.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant was one of my book club selections for March. I never would have finished it if I wasn’t planning on discussing it with others. I would describe this book as boring AF until the last 50 pages. The last 50 were interesting, but not enough to save the rest of the book. This novel is about the sister of Joseph (old testament Joseph – the one with the coat of many colors) who was raped in Genesis.  It turns out I don’t really care about her hypothetical life. I give this book one star. Other people in my book club liked it more.

I have ambitious goals for reading this month. In addition to any kindle reading I do, I would like to read at least three books from this stack. Not pictured is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, my book club book this month. It’s ordered but not due to arrive for a week. I hope I can finish it in time for our meeting.

20180402_220139820330023.jpgI’m currently reading Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser. I’m about a third of the way through it, and I love it so far. The inside of the jacket hooked me “Drinks in hand a group of neighborhood women gather around a fire pit to enjoy a Saturday night of laughter and shared secrets. The single newcomer. The imperfect mom. The newborn parents. The military wife. The almost divorcee. By Monday morning, one of them is gone. An innocent night of fun has shocking repercussions.”

What are you reading?

 

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