I am a bit late getting up this post, but here it is! These are the books I read in April:
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 3 Stars
This book was interesting, though a bit dry in places. I am not a horse lover or I think I would have liked it more.
Divergent, Veronica Roth
Rating: 4 Stars
This was a light, easy read, full of action and suspense. I can’t wait for the next one to come out!
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs
Rating: 5 Stars
I read this book because it is a classic. I didn’t expect to become so caught up in it. It is extremely interesting and horrifying to imagine.
The Everything Glycemic Index Cookbook, LeeAnn Weintraub Smith
Rating: 5 stars
I’ve made a few recipes from this and liked them all so far!
Green Angel, Alice Hoffman
Rating: 4 stars
This is the first book I ever read that falls into the category of “magical realism”. I noticed reading other reviews that many people didn’t like the story. It’s definitely a “feeling” book more than a book full of interesting plots; it’s a story of loss and healing and it is beautiful in that way. I really enjoyed it.
How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To, Janice Abrahms
Rating: 5 stars
We’ve all had a hurt in our lives that is extraordinarily hard to forgive. This is the best book on forgiveness I have ever read. It’s exactly what I needed to hear. She outlines several paths of forgiveness, each dependent on the hurt and the reaction of the offending party. There is no one size fits all approach, and Abrahms is the first to recognize that. She also recognizes that not everything is forgivable, and gives the reader a solid plan to reach emotional health when that happens. For those of us steeped in a culture of “forgive people or God won’t forgive you,” you can call this plan a different kind of forgiveness so you aren’t breaking your religious code; it entirely depends on your own definition of what forgiveness is. Either way, this is a freeing book I think should be on the shelves of everyone.
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
Rating: 2 stars
I am going to hell for not liking this book as much as everyone else, but I did not find it all that profound. Middle class white guy achieves all of his dreams before succumbing to cancer. That’s very sad and I do feel much empathy for his situation, but I don’t understand how the book has become as popular as it has. It’s rambly, repetitious, and not at all deep. Maybe because I read this after reading Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, it just sounded shallow and dull.
That’s it for April! Hopefully, I’ll get May’s post up before we are in the middle of June!