March was a 5 stars month! I was hoping to include 1 more book in this writeup, but I still have 60 pages left, so it’ll be my first book of April! Lots of good ones this month.
1. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. 5 stars. Seems like everyone is on the Dave Ramsey train these days, and I can see why! I’ve known of Dave Ramsey for quite some time, and I’ve read of his principles on his website. I’ve never listened to the radio show but Jeremiah is familiar with it. So, this is the first book of his that I’ve picked up! I started reading this book while waiting for G at swim practice and had it done 2 days later. I found the book to be kind of a ‘kick in the pants’ type of read that put things into perspective. It’s all about getting your ducks in a row with your money, making it go where you want it to go, and getting out of debt! I honestly wish I would have read this in high school, but that’s ancient history! 😉 It’s great advice and I would recommend it to anyone!
2. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. 5 stars. This was the sequel to the highly popular ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ from a few years back. I liked this book, but I liked the prequel even more!! This book was all about achieving your dreams, personal growth, being real with yourself, productivity….another kick in the pants type of book. There was a lot in here about how she runs her business, being real about how she handles 4 kids and a hugely successful business (spoiler: she has a LOT of help!) and her life in general. Between the 2 books by Hollis, I would highly recommend ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ and moderately recommend ‘Girl, Stop Apologizing’. Women who own their own business may find this even more captivating.
3. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad. 5 stars. This book was a nonfiction story of a Western woman who lives with a family in Afghanistan for several months. She chronicles their life during and after the Taliban rule. Absolutely FASCINATING. The main character owns a book shop, has 2 wives that are over 30 years apart, several children and extended family that all live under one very small roof. Afghanistan is a scary place, and not just due to the Taliban. The women must wear burkas and be completely covered in public, are rarely allowed to have any business outside of the home, let alone a job or career, and have little to no say in whom they are married to. Besides being terribly interesting, this book was educational and gave what I presume to be an accurate account of modern day Afghanistan.
4. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. 5 stars. A book that caught my eye in the library, this one was great as well! A fictitious story of twins born to a mother who was expecting a singleton. The son is born ‘normal’ and the daughter has Down’s syndrome. The story takes place in the 1960’s so the mother is unconscious when the babies are born. The father ships the daughter off before the mother sees her and tells her that they had twins, but the daughter has passed away, when actually she grows up living a full and very fruitful life across the country with a loving family. The book tells of their parallel lives, all the way into adulthood when…… You’ll have to read the book 🙂 I loved the pro-life message with the Down’s syndrome child and watching the story unfold of their lives. This book is also educational about changes in modern times of the rights of people with disabilities and how people with Down’s can be very productive members of society. I loved it.
Up next month, some Catholic reads about Saint Kateri, some fiction that I can get lost in, and possibly finishing one of the 3 current books that I have going!
Happy reading in April!