March Reading Update

by jessicaturner on April 2, 2014

February was such a busy month that it wasn’t worth me posting a reading update, but I am happy to share my February AND March reads today. Though it is just three books, it is three AWESOME books. I’ve had a streak of great luck in the fiction department, so if you are a fiction lover, you are in for a treat.

The Light Between Oceans: I can’t put into words how much I loved this book. The story has haunted me for weeks after reading it. It takes place in the early 1900s in Australia. It tells the story of a young husband and wife who live on a remote island and take care of a lighthouse. They lose three babies in their marriage, so when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a newborn in it, the wife thinks it is a gift from God. As the years go on, their choice to keep the baby wrecks havoc on their lives. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you read one book from this list, read this one. You will not be disappointed.

Loving Frank: My friend Laura recommended this book awhile ago and her words about the ending totally shocking her kept ringing in my head as I read it. This book felt a little slow in parts to me, but overall I loved it because THE ENDING!! What is especially incredible is that it is true, true, true which makes it all the harder to believe. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t read the book or don’t know the story (I didn’t), but if you like good historical fiction, this is a GREAT read.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter: I have heard great things about this book for years, but never read it. I stumbled on it at the used bookstore and when I finally picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. I read the first 100 pages in the bathtub in one night. The story flies and it is a really wonderful book. Now I need to watch the movie to see if it compares.

If you are looking for non-fiction, you might be interested in these new (and soon-to-be-new) releases:

Today I’m headed to New York City for a work-conference and then next week is our Disney trip, so if you have any must-reads while traveling, please share in the comments section.

What have you been ready lately?

2014 Reading List (each month I will add to this list)

  1. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (March)
  2. Loving Frank (March)
  3. The Light Between Oceans (February)
  4. Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures in Life and Faith (January)
  5. Chasing God (January)
  6. Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! (January)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine April 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Me before You by JoJo Moyes. Amazing book – and have
Lots of Kleenex on hand.


Amanda April 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Thanks for these suggestions. Lately, my husband has been hitting up rather heavy books on the Bible and biblical history/inspiration (two by Bart Ehrman and one by John Shelby Spong), and he’s asked me to join his studies. I told him that when I’m done with the Spong book I am currently reading, I need a break for good fiction. Now I have a place to start!

As far as travel books go, I recently read two that I can’t recommend enough (which I’m guessing you’ve already read…): _The Giver_ by Lois Lowry–this is y.a. lit, but it is ah-mazing. It is a quick read, but definitely a page-turner/husband-shusher (don’t ask how I know…). I think a movie based on it is coming out soon, so there’s that, too! The second is _Love Does_ by Bob Goff. Really impacted my life and how I see the world.

Happy reading!


jessicaturner April 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I’ll bet your husband will be interested in my husband’s new book (coming out in August) Our Great Big American God.

Check it out!


Amanda April 3, 2014 at 7:23 am

Ha! I told him the exact same thing a couple days ago. We are looking forward to it! (And I am looking forward to yours as well!)


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