I had another great month for reading. I know I say this every month, and by every month I mean the first two months of this year, and now this one, but I really can't believe I'm still on track to read 50 books this year. I had a lot of reading time this month while I was by myself in North Carolina for a couple days for Time Out For Women. Since I flew by myself, and was in the car by myself whenever I was driving places, it gave me a lot of opportunity to listen to audio books, and read to my hearts content. My husband called this antisocial, I called it a vacation.
I read a total of five books this last month, so one more than the other two months. I read two historical fictions. one of them being a middle grade book. I then read one non-fiction, a short story, and one fiction piece, and thankfully it was a really good reading month, and I loved all of these books.
The Help: Four and a half years ago when Derek and I were first married, one of my visting teachers (hey Hillary if you're reading this!) was reading this book and she was going on and on about how good it was. I finally picked it up this month and loved it. It takes place in the south, post slavery. There are a handful of African-American women who are now maids for rich white women and they write a book about these ladies they work for... I don't want to give more away, but I loved it.
Better Than Before: I remember Janssen saying how much she loved this book a while back, and when I was able to get a free copy to review, I jumped at the chance and picked it up. I really loved it, and wrote a full review on it here, but it's life changing stuff, and I haven't eaten a chocolate chip in 21 days thanks to it!
The Wednesday Wars: I just realized that three of the books I read this month were Janssen recommendations. She recently mentioned though that if she was going to write a book, this would be the book she would want to write, and with that kind of rave review, how could I not read it? It's a middle grade book set in the time of the Vietnam War and Holling Hoodhood (protagonist) has to stay at school by himself for an hour after school each Wednesday with a teacher who he believes hates him, while the rest of his class goes to religious classes in the afternoon. But this book is about so much more than that. It's so delightful. Please just go read it.
Free Four: I'm still in a bit of a coma after finishing the Divergent trilogy last month. I'm on hold for Four at the library right now, but I read this short story telling one of the Divergent scenes from Fours perspective. It's fun to reread a a scene from a different narrator, but now I just want to read Four even more now.
What Alice Forgot: This was my last Janssen recommendation for the month. It's about a women who falls off her bike in a spin class and forgets the last 10 years of her life. As she is relearning her life she finds that she's filthy rich, has a mansion, three kids, and is in the middle of a divorce and she has to put back the pieces of how all these things happened and try to repair her marriage before it's too late. I just loved this book so much and it made me think a lot about my marriage and how I hope Derek and I never become too caught up in our own careers and visions that we forget the things that are really important.
As always, let me know what you're reading in the comments below, and what needs to get put on my reading list!