April was Spring Break for us, so that meant lots of fun novel reading by the pool!  There was also a lot of reading on my kindle in the car too, AND cuddled up on the couch at home since it was COLD when we returned.  In other words, lots of great opportunities to read!  HERE is the list of everything I read, and below are my favorites:

FICTION

What a lovely book!  This one had been on my radar for a while and when I saw a $1.99 sale to get it on my Kindle, I snapped it up.  The book is written mostly as a series of letters Sam writes to her anonymous benefactor who calls himself Mr. Knightley.  Sam’s letters are personal, thoughtful and very introspective – something most people would write in a private diary.  Although I was pretty sure I knew how the story would turn out, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey to get there!  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story: A Novel was the perfect book to enjoy while lying by the pool, drink at hand.  The day before we left for Spring Break I realized I had a $10 credit to Barnes & Nobles that was going to expire while we were away.  Since there was no way I was letting that go to waste, I ran over on my lunch hour to try to find something I’d like to buy.  While browsing the paperback display I saw this novel, recognized the author and that I had enjoyed several of her previous books and picked it up.  Turned out to be a terrific vacation book.  It wasn’t a total chick-lit, fluffy book, but still very fun and what I’d consider light reading.  As a successful hypnotherapist (interesting to learn about on it’s own), Ellen finally finds a man she’d like to continue to date, and perhaps move into a serious relationship with.  However, he has a stalker.  And, turns out, Ellen knows her.  My rating 4 out of 5.

Recommended by a good friend, What We Saw was a disturbing, but thought-provoking story based upon a real-life incident.  It’s written as young lit, so was a super quick book to read, but although the characters were teenagers, the topic was important for ALL parents to understand and discuss with their kids.  I wouldn’t give it to my young daughter as it was graphic and upsetting at times, but I will be having conversations with her about doing the right thing, being careful when hanging out with friends, and the importance of being aware of how social media can influence lives.  As soon as I finished it I had a conversation with the friend who recommended it and passed it on to another friend to read.  My rating 4 out of 5.

NON-FICTION

Even my non-fiction reading veered towards the fanciful this month!  Having recently read Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance, when At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life became available at my local library, I snatched it up.  I like the shorter chapters and topics – it became my carpool/ soccer/ swim practice book for the month as I could read a bit here and there and not feel like I had to finish it all at once.  For this type of book, that is honestly a better way to digest it – you can let the ideas germinate and begin implementing the ones you like bit by bit.  I love Jennifer’s philosophy that we can create the calm, orderly and happy lifestyle we desire – and that it’s worthwhile to do so.  That the joy in our lives comes as much from the everyday as the once in a while “big” events.  This book contained some interesting and accessible ways to create the daily routines that enable us to live a chic and fulfilling life.  Totally what I buy into!  My rating 4 out of 5.

I can’t believe another month has gone by – I feel like I just wrote March’s book review post!  I just picked up a new stack of books at the library and also plan to dig into Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person and The Fun Book for Girlfriends: 102 Ways for Girls to Have Fun to start getting ideas for creating a fun and memorable summer.

What books have you enjoyed lately?  I find that recommendations from friends usually lead to my favorites, so please, recommend away!

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