April Reads

It’s time for some book reviews! I always enjoy sharing what I’m reading, in the hopes that you’ll discover something new or simply be encouraged to pick up an old favorite. This month marks an exciting milestone, as I have finally reached the point of having more books on my “read” shelf than my “to read” shelf on Goodreads. (For now anyway!) Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for this month’s Quick Lit.

Organic Gardening For Dummies by Ann Whiteman and Suzanne DeJohn

My one complaint about this book is that they seemed to cover all of the “what-if” scenarios first, before even explaining HOW to plant a garden. But overall I learned a lot and would definitely recommend this as an introductory book for fellow gardening novices. #Gardening #greenthumb


Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

This might be my new favorite book. I think I read something aloud to my husband from every single page because I found it so interesting. By far the most down-to-earth book of it’s kind, which was surprising, especially since it’s written by a doctor. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had any sort of health problem (aka EVERY one should read this book.), not just those listed in the title. #dontjudgeabookbyitscover #eatrealfood #operationwildthings


The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage by Rob and Kristen Bell

I picked this Rob Bell book up off the New Releases shelf at our library. I always enjoy his books because they are (mostly) simple to understand, and encourage me to think about things in different ways. Having said that, I never agree with everything he has to say, but I find that’s when I learn the most. I wouldn’t say this one had anything life-changing or new to share, but a little refresher course never hurts, especially when it comes to healthy relationships. #marriage


Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting with Books by Lisa Occhipinti

I snatched this one up off the New Release shelf as well, but was rather disappointed when I got home. There were some cool craft ideas using old books, but the rest of the book seemed a little…unnecessary. For instance, I don’t really need to read a book to know how to collect books…I do that naturally. I do like that there is a whole book dedicated to the love of books, however! #bibliophile


A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers

I did not expect to like this book. But I may have to retract my dislike of fiction, because I got sucked into this one and ended up loving it. I seem to be drawn to historical fiction, which makes sense since my love for reading stems from a love of learning. Historical fiction allows me to learn about the time period by getting a glimpse into the lives of the characters. This book followed 5 women of the Bible (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary), and even though the dialogue and characterization was made up, it helped me to understand the greater stories better than ever before. #historicalfiction #neversaynever


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods by Wardeh Harmon

I’ve been reading more about the benefits of probiotics, and have decided it is finally time to take the next step into fermenting foods. I asked my nutritionist a question about the sugar in kombucha and she sent me home with this book. I gobbled it up before the end of the weekend, but didn’t bother sticky note-ing as usual, because I would’ve marked all 150 recipes to try! I’ve got some ginger garlic carrots going now, and once I get some cheesecloth I plan to take the fermenting world by storm! I loved that Wardeh started by explaining the big picture, including why foods should be fermented and what happens during the fermenting process, before jumping into the recipes. #fermentALLthethings #operationwildthings

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I’ve abandoned my usual one book at a time method, and have several books on my nightstand at the moment. There’s just too many good things to read! What are you guys reading? Any recommendations for me now that I’m branching out into the world of fiction?

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