This was not a typical week at our house. We had a little snowstorm move through the area on Monday, so the kids have been outside playing in the snow for hours on end…which means the house has been extra quiet and I’ve able to read without distractions. Ahhhhhhhh.
Also, our internet has been acting wacky. It’s been crazy slow, which means not much internet browsing and definitely no streaming. It’s amazing how much reading time I found in my day when I’m not distracted by the internet.
As a result, I was able to read four books this week, which will probably never happen again in my entire life. Thank you, winter storm and crummy internet.
This Week’s Book Reviews
A Fatal Grace and The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (Inspector Gamache series, books 2 and 3)
These books have been my guilty pleasures this snowy week. I enjoy mysteries. I LOVE Inspector Gamache. I don’t love all the swearing and some of the story lines in these books, and a few of the characters in this series are totally annoying to me. But my love for Inspector Gamache is driving this train, so I’ll probably keep going in the series for the time being.
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Oh, this book. Be still my heart. I had zero expectations for this book when I started it; I was completely hooked by the second chapter. The characters won my heart. This book won the Golden Sower award, which is a children’s choice award from the Nebraska Library Association (we live in Nebraska), and I totally get why. It made me feel ALL the feels. Loved the ending. After I finished this book, I raved about it to a friend and she gifted me a copy for my birthday, which I was beyond thrilled and grateful for. Love love love.
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s one of the books that make me a better mom. I first read it a couple of years ago. I don’t consider this a super easy read…it has a lot of research in it. It always takes me a while to get through this book, but it’s so good. Helps me get back on track and remember that slow, simple parenting is a good thing. I underlined lots of new tidbits this second time through. I think I need to re-read this every year or two. As the kids get older and move into different phases, there are new tidbits to be gleaned. A keeper for sure.