April was such a good book month. I was able to squeeze in a lot of reading time, which was good because I had some catching up to do from March. All of this extra time was a combination of choosing to prioritize reading and a work trip that meant a lot of time on a plane + waiting in the airport. I’m not mad about it.
I was actually supposed to finish Sheet Music by Dr. Kevin Leman in March, but I gave myself a little bit of grace and finished it in April instead. I still touched on it briefly during last month’s post, but wow…what an amazing piece of literature. I purchased the book (along with every other christian marriage book under the sun) while we were engaged, but I never got around to reading it. Now that I’ve read it, I so wish I had made this book a priority because it is just full of quality, applicable information. Sheet Music is all about healthy sex inside of marriage, so it’s not for everyone BUT if you fall into that category and you haven’t read it click right here and dive in the minute it arrives on your doorstep.
When I was in high school Karen Kingsbury novels were pretty much the only books that I read. She is a Christian novelist that pens stories that will just rip your heart out. At least that’s the effect they had on me. I was hoping to start her series on the Baxter family over again, but our library didn’t have that series available for digital download. Just a few years ago she wrote a spin-off series featuring one of the characters from the Baxter series so I decided to start there. Leaving was just as good as I remember all of her other books being. A very easy read that was nearly impossible to put down. I don’t like reading books off of my iPad, but they are just so much easier to fly with and since I don’t take notes or highlight novels it works. I’ll be reading the next book in May on another trip to the East Coast.
Talking As Loud As I Can
I also read this book on my iPad — what’s with me? Truth is, I finished Leaving in the middle of my trip so digital was my only option. If you are niether a Gilmore Girls or Parenthood fan, this memoir by Lauren Graham may not interest you. But if you are a fan of Gilmore Girls and / or Parenthood you’ll love it just as much as I did. Lauren Graham is a loveable person as is, but it doesn’t hurt that she plays two incredible roles on two different T.V. shows. I’m not even a die-hard fan of either show, but having her behind-the-scenes perspective was so fascinating. Talk As Fast As I Can was also an easy to read, hard to put down book. Lauren is also the author of a novel, but I don’t have plans to read it. She’s just too good at being herself.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
Denmark wasn’t super high on my travel wish-list, but that all changed a couple chapters into this book. The Today Show had a segment on Hygge (hoo-guh) that I happened to watch, and it caught my interest. A few weeks later one of my favorite bloggers shared a Hygge book in her monthly book review so I did a bit more digging. Hygge is basically the art of coziness. The Danes are the happiest people in the world, partly because Hygge is a significant element in their culture. I loved this book…it fascinated and inspired me. Not only do I have a burning desire to visit Denmark, I’m looking forward to incorporate Hygge into our lives. As a Christ follower, I will be conscious of how consumed I become with these coziness practices, but otherwise I love everything about it. My favorite Hygge concept is that the longer a dish takes to prepare, the more Hygge it is. Being in the kitchen is one of my favorite things. My next mission is to find a luscious recipe that will require a week of my attention. There are a million books on Hygge that I haven’t read, but I’d highly recommend this one!
There is a whole host of books on my list right now, and aside from the next Karen Kingsbury novel I haven’t decided what I’ll be reading. Things are a bit crazy in our home this month so I don’t expect to get through four books – but maybe three!