Although it was a short month – and included a long weekend ski trip, I still managed to read a decent amount of books! You can see everything I’ve read so far this year on my Amazon page (it is an affiliate link, but I’d recommend checking your local library before buying!). The following books were my favorites from the month:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio – I really loved this book. It is the amazing story of a young boy who was born with a face that is extremely different. The story is told from his point of view, the point of view of his older sister and the point of view of a few of his classmates. It was touching, empowering and thought-provoking. I enjoyed it so much as soon as I had finished it, I turned around and gave it to my daughter to read. It is perfectly suited to middle school or late elementary aged kids (or adults like me who like children’s literature!). My rating 5 out of 5.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Another terrific fiction choice for the month. I kept seeing this one mentioned as a must read so I put it on hold at the library and it finally popped up (there was quite a waiting list!). I love the premise of the story – what if you found a letter written to you by your husband to be opened at the time of his death? What would you do, and what would the consequences of opening the letter be? As the story unfolds, the reader discovers that one secret or one action can change everything. Highly recommend this one! My rating 4.5 out of 5.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Very interesting subject. Charles Duhigg explains how habits are created, what they consist of, why they are so important to our lives and how to change them (including what can happen when we do). As I was reading this book, I found myself looking for paper to take notes on – so many good nuggets of wisdom! My rating 4 out of 5.
The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary D Chapman. This was my favorite book of the month. I enjoyed it so much I went out and purchased a copy so I can refer to it again and again – and it prompted a blog post for me earlier this month about how to show love without food. I really believe anyone with children can benefit from the ideas and information presented in the book. Everyone has a different love language, and so although it’s important to love our children in all the languages, it’s very beneficial to them if you can show them love in the language that means the most to them – it keeps them feeling loved and appreciated. My rating 5 out of 5!!!
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine. Crystal is the wonder woman behind the wildly successful blog Money Saving Mom. She certainly appears to be able to do it all, and her book does a terrific job of explaining how although it appears that way, in reality she is concentrating on what is most important in her life, and doing her best not to worry about the rest. Crystal also offers practical solutions and exercises to help the reader decide what she should focus on, and what she should let pass by. My rating 4.5 out of 5.
So what were your favorite books this month? I have a few in my reading stack that I am super excited about for March. Looking forward to some more terrific books!
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