Wild, Crazy Love, and Silent Tears

april book list

I can’t tell you how excited I am for warm weather. I love love warm weather. They are getting our pool ready to open soon (yes that’s pretty early, but it’s heated) and I cannot wait! I will literally be waiting for them to open the gate on the first day. Pool time is my reading time. I read constantly in the summer and I always get through my magazines. I currently have a stack of magazines so high, it’s at least to my belly button if not higher, seriously. I’m just able to really relax at the pool (or beach) and read, and think, and I’m so excited for that relaxation, clarity and inspiration. My brain needs it.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed — I recently finished this book and loved it. Anytime someone decides to do something crazy and goes for it, it usually makes a great story, and this is no exception. After I finished this book I was ready to book a hiking trip — not as intense as Cheryl’s hike — but it definitely gave me the adventure bug. I love how Cheryl made a decision, had no idea how it was going to work out, but it did, and she really learned and changed because of it. Having experiences like that are so rare and special.

Crazy Love, by Leslie Morgan Steiner — Wow, this book was hard to read at times. You just want to jump in and shake Leslie! But it does give you good insight into an abusive relationship, and definitely made me more empathetic toward abused women who have a hard time leaving their abuser.

Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage, by Kay Bratt — Wow. I mean, wow. Another book that was hard to read at times (but those are usually good books). I’m not really a “baby” person and I just wanted to run to China and hold the babies in this book. Kay and the women who volunteer in these orphanages are just on another level. Extra karma will definitely come to them. A great eye-opener and makes me trust how resilient little babies and kids can be.

With The Great Gatsby movie coming out, I think I’m going to have to reread the book soon, and watch the old movie before I go see the new one. I cannot wait to see it. I mean, Leo. Of course Leo. It couldn’t have been anyone else, right?

What books are you reading/have you read lately/on your list?