What I Read: March 2017
As often as my schedule and the weather would allow, I spent March on the back porch, novel in hand. When we traveled, I devoured books on the plane, pulling out a few more pages before busy season hits. Here is what I read:
The Flower Workshop
A beautiful book on arranging seasonal flowers. If you are a florist, this book is full of inspiration and a few good tricks to assist your designs. If you love flowers, put this on your coffee table and flip through it when you need some happy. If you don't care for coffee table books and you aren't a florist, just go grab a bunch of flowers from the grocery store and call it a day.
Verdict: up to you- choose your own adventure
Play with Fire
Bianca Olthoff's first book was filled with personal stories of overcoming obstacles and encountering God. It was an interesting and short read, however, it was fairly light on application and learning more about the Holy Spirit, which it promised. While I enjoyed learning about her history, I most likely wouldn't pick this book up again or buy another one by her.
Dead in their Vaulted Arches
Alan Bradley, you incredible genius. This was by far my FAVORITE book in his Falvia De Luce series. It made reading the five previous books absolutely worth it. While I can't say anything about the plot because it will ruin the story for new readers, I will tell you that this series has become a family favorite. My sister and mom are both currently reading them and I have the next two waiting on my nightstand. Go grab a copy of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie at Half Price Books and start the series ASAP.
verdict: buy or borrow them all from me
The Better Life
This was a short compilation of ideas on how to live a more simple and present life by Clair Diaz Ortiz. It was an easy and fast read but felt very repetitive from her other work. Skip this one and grab Design You Day by her instead.
Logan Wolfram's first book was wonderful. While her writing style is a bit watered down at times, overall the words she penned pointed me back to the greatness of God and the breathtaking adventure of following Jesus. After almost every chapter, I sat down and journaled page after page. Wolfram was encouraging and challenging, gently nudging readers to take the lid off boxed-in faith and step out in obedience. This was a winner.
Series of Unfortunate Events 5-11
I'm still cranking through this series. There are only two books left and they are currently waiting for me at the library. If you want to know more about these, head over to any of the other "What I Read" posts for more info.
the Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Rarely, do I find a fiction book that strikes all the right chords in my heart. Poignant yet hopeful, full of relationships and growth, bits of humor thrown in and memorable characters. This book hit them all. It is by far one of the best novels I have read in a while. The story begins with Arthur Pepper learning how to live life as a widow. As he cleans out his wife's closet, he finds a charm bracelet he has never seen before. The bracelet leads him on an adventure to discover what he truly knew and didn't know about his family. Want to know how much I adored this book? When we got off a plane I had five pages left, so I snuck off to a bathroom to finish the last bit as soon as possible. Brilliant and heart-warming.
Verdict: AMAZON PRIME RIGHT NOW
Here is the homework you need to finish before the end of April: order The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and get a library card if you don't have one. Get to reading.