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Reading Life: April 2018

Four months into 2018, it feels like my reading has slowed to a crawl. I’m still reading every day, but often it’s only for a couple moments between bites during breakfast, the last few moments of naptime, or for the the three minutes I can stay awake in bed at the end of the day. Oh well, that’s life sometimes… and silver lining: only reading 2 books made this post really quick to put together!

Read in April

And if you can believe it, I’m still taking daily photos of what I’m reading, even if they rarely make it to social media. But if you want to see time-lapse videos of what I read each month, check out my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery!


April 2018 Thoughts


The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids, by Sarah Mackenzie

Start date: 3/27/2018
Finish date: 4/10/2018
Source: Everyday Reading blog
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Paperback
4 stars

I already know that reading is crucial, but this book goes a step further to explain how important it is to continue reading aloud to children well past the point that they can read for themselves. I will definitely keep this book on hand as a resource for years to come. The first section, all about the “why,” felt a bit repetitive, but the “how” and “what” to read will be the parts I return to for ideas on creating a book club culture at home and reading lists for all ages groups. I do feel the need to mention that the author writes from a Christian perspective, which could be a plus for some people, but personally I feel like it holds the book back from a larger audience and excludes it from being used as an academic resource outside homeschooling circles. I’m always taken aback when an author’s religious views aren’t mentioned in the flap copy or online reviews, so I wanted to point that out.

My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Start date: 4/14/2018
Finish date: 4/29/2018
Source: Everyday Reading blog
Genre: YA Fiction
Format: Library book
4 stars

Rewriting the historical tale of Jane Grey’s nine day rule over England is risky business, but this turned out to be such a surprising, fun romp. The irreverent tone was spot on and remained funny the entire time, no easy feat! Normally I don’t like historical fiction that strays too far from the truth, so the idea of rewriting history bothers me, but I gave it a chance and completely loved it. For what it’s worth, the audiobook was recommended but the narrator felt too glib for my taste, and I worried that it was too young for me, but when I switched to the physical library book, I got sucked in immediately. I will definitely check out the next book written by this trio, rewriting Jane Eyre as a paranormal investigator!

Still Reading:

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Start date: 3/18/2018
Source: Barnes & Noble
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback

I got stuck in the middle of this one but every time I pick it up I still enjoy it, so I need to bring it on a road trip to finish it up in one long stretch.

Sing, Unburied Sing, by Jesmyn Ward

Start date: 4/30/2018

Source: Uncle Brad
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback

I keep hearing award buzz about this tough but worthy read, but honestly I’ve been intimidated by the tragic story of a family oppressed by poverty and addiction. But even though I’ve passed it by at the bookstore, when my uncle gave it to me a couple weekends ago, I decided to give it a go.

Books read in April: 2
Books read in 2018: 16
Still reading: 2

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the fourth month of 2018!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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