Over the last year or so I have finally gotten back into reading on a regular basis and this year my goal is to read at least 24 books plus the Bible in its entirety. In theory, I want to read one fiction and one personal development or non-fiction book each month and stay on top of my daily Bible reading by following the She Reads Truth Bible in A Year plan.
I’m using my blog as a sort of journal for both holding myself accountable as well as helping me to remember what I’ve already read and what my thoughts were about it.
March Book List
Behind the Count: My Journey from Juvenile Delinquent to Baseball Agent Kurt M. Varricchio (5*)
I can’t really say anything about this book without first explaining why it was even on my radar to read. Last fall, I completed training and was sworn in as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). If you aren’t familiar with the CASA program, basically it is a non-profit that matches volunteers (“CASA’s”) with high at-risk foster youth. One of your requirements as a CASA volunteer, is to complete a certain number of continuing education hours each year and so our Orange County division of CASA has set up a monthly book club. Behind the Count was the book club selection for March. This memoir is written in such a way as to bring hope to those who have been told they are hopeless. Mr. Varricchio’s story is one of heartbreak, of a warrior, of a survivor and of love. It may not be the most well written book but it wins my five star rating purely on the nature of being an incredible story and one that I won’t ever forget.
Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens (4*)
This was a slow starter for me and it took quite a while for me to feel connected to this novel. But ultimately I loved the story and how it unfolded. I especially loved how it kept me guessing right up through the end and didn’t feel in any way “predictable.”
Firefly Lane Kristin Hannah (4*)
Kristin Hannah has cemented herself as my current favorite contemporary author. Last year I read both The Nightingale and The Great Alone and years ago I read and loved Winter’s Garden. I had put a library hold on Firefly Lane and it finally became available for me to read in March. Throughout the story I found myself relating to the character Kate and all I am going to say about it is that a box of tissues is a must.
Girl Stop Apologizing Rachel Hollis (3*)
I LOVED Girl Wash Your Face and if I hadn’t read that or started following Rachel Hollis online and through her Rise Podcast I probably would have loved this book too. I didn’t “not-like” Girl, Stop Apologizing, I just felt that I had already heard so much of it before.
During the month of March, I finished Exodus, Matthew, Leviticus, 1 Thessalonians, and 2 Thessalonians. I began Numbers, Mark and read a handful of Psalms. I have completed reading 25% of the Bible so far this year.
On the reading agenda for April…..
Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark T. Sullivan
Outer Order, Inner Calm – Gretchen Rubin
Becoming – Michelle Obama