Thanks for stopping by the blog on this last Friday in March! I always enjoy talking books and reading so that’s what we’re doing today.
My reading goal for 2022 is to average one book a week. So far I’ve finished 19 books which means I’m ahead of schedule. Only six of them were non-fiction, so I’d like to up the count on those next month.
Listed below, in no particular order, are the five best books I read this winter. Let me know if you’ve read any of these!
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1. Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children by Jodie Berndt. I’ve mentioned this book on the blog before. It includes chapters on specific topics related to our adult children. At the end of each chapter, the author shares brief prayers based on specific Bible verses. Not only did I find those prayers helpful, but I was also inspired to look at my own daily Bible reading through the lens of prayers I can pray for our daughters.
2. A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist. This story is set in colonial times, which is not a time period I read about very often. Due to circumstances beyond her control, a fine lady from England finds herself the unwilling wife of an American farmer. This sounds like a familiar and overused plot, but I really liked how this story developed.
3. Doing Life with Your Adult Children by Jim Burns. I think you see a theme here for the type of non-fiction books I’ve read! The subtitle for this book is great – “Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out.” There is lots of practical advice for parents to use when dealing with situations that may arise as our children step out on their own.
4. Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin. This one takes place in Germany in World War 2. The main female character owns a bookstore – and any story that has a bookstore for a setting is pretty much a winner for me! I liked how there was a bit of suspense at the end as well.
5. Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore. I used to read a lot of this type of book – it involves law enforcement and/or lawyers or politicians and unsolved crimes. This is the first book in a series of three. [Just a note: I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the third one due to some of the subject matter related to the crimes.]
Honorable Mention: I really enjoy memoirs. Danielle Walker’s Food Saved Me is a good read. She talks about her struggle with an autoimmune disease, how doctors were unable to help her, and the part that a healthy diet has played in restoring her physical wellbeing.
Have you read any good books lately? If so, please share in the comments below. I’m always looking for recommendations!