Good Books to Read


My April reading list includes some of my favorite books to read on a long flight or at a cozy cafe with a cup of joe. I love to read and hope you find some new books to add to your reading list.

1.    Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline: Orphan Train is a powerful true story of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship. Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains regularly ran from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

2.    Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: If you are a fan of John Green’s books, add this one to your reading list.

3.    At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen: As World World II rages, Maddie’s abusive husband drags her from Philadelphia to Scotland to hunt the Loch Ness monster. She slowly breaks free and falls in love. It’s a captivating tale from the Water for Elephant’s author.

4.    The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah: The Nightengale is a heart-pounding tale of sisters in World War II. It is a beautiful story and a great book club choice.

5.    The Royal We by Heather Cocks: It is a fantastic romance novel that you will not want to put down. Read this one if you are a fan of Kate Middleton.

6.    Resilience : Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens: Best-selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that will change your life. We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt. But with resilience, we can lead vital, flourishing lives.

7.    China Dolls by Lisa See: Three young women, Grace, Helen, and Ruby meet and form an unlikely but strong bond in San Francisco in 1938. The depth of the characters and the author’s writing makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss.

8.    How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas: The authors share all their French secrets plus some recipes and favorite hot spots in France.

9.    Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik: A stunning debut about murder and glamor set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school. This one will keep you up all night.

10.  Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: It’s about an amazingly brave group of women who served in the special ops unit during the war in Afghanistan. Their strength and courage are an inspiration. Reese Witherspoon will direct the movie version.

11.  The Right One: How to Successfully Date and Marry the Right Person by Jimmy Evans: A great book for singles.

12.  The Road to Character by David Brooks: David Brooks challenges readers to reconsider their priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.

13.  The Whole 30 : The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig: A fantastic cookbook to get you on your way to a healthy lifestyle. The recipes are easy to prepare and delicious.

14.  How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk  by Adele Faber: The author’s practical, down-to-earth methods give adults the know-how they need to create relationships with children of all ages that are less stressful and far more rewarding.

Learn how to:

  • Engage your child’s willing cooperation
  • Deal with your child’s negative feelings – frustration, disappointment, anger
  • Express your anger without being hurtful
  • Set firm limits and still maintain goodwill
  • Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
  • Encourage positive relationships between your children
  • Resolve family conflicts peacefully

15.  Tacolicious by Sara Deseran: The author of Tacolicious is from Louisiana and owns several restaurants in California with her husband. The recipes are easy to prepare and delicious.

16.  Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed: If you want a book that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and scowl, this one’s for you. Tiny Beautiful Things is an incredibly moving collection of advice columns from “Sugar,” the author’s alias when she was working as a columnist before writing her memoir, Wild. Reese Witherspoon played Cheryl Strayed in the academy award nominated film version of the memoir.

Let me know if you’ve been reading anything good lately. I always love new recommendations.

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6 thoughts on “Good Books to Read

  1. Jordan bought me the Parisian book for Christmas but I haven’t quite dived into it yet. I don’t know what it is but I haven’t been motivated much to read much of anything besides cookbooks. haha

    1. I love cookbooks too! I just checked out a few from the library including “Milk Bar Life.” The cookie recipes are so creative.

  2. We have a lot of the same reading tastes so I’ll be adding these to my to-read list. 🙂 I’m currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

  3. I finished Orphan Train last month and loved it immensely! I’m currently reading “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert; it’s incredible so far and I highly suggest it!

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