What I Read: April ’17

Naturally Sweet Food in Jars: 100 Preserves Made with Coconut, Maple, Honey, and More by Marisa McClellan: This was a gift and I enjoyed reading it. We’ve got our first real garden in and I hope to preserve a lot more this summer.

Creating a Beautiful Mess: Ten Essential Play Experiences for a Joyous Childhood: Some of these are really easy (make a mess or have a tender relationship with a lovie) and some are pricey (blocks!) but I’m so glad I read this book. Play and engaging with Baby C are things I do every day and the reminder to engage joyously was well received.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald; I listened to this as an audiobook and I’m not sure it was a great fit for that. I found it difficult to connect to the characters and found the way the relationships shake out a bit trite.

*The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa: This is “the story of a twelve-year-old girl’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion…Decades later in New York City on her eleventh birthday, Anna Rosen receives a mysterious envelope from Hannah, a great-aunt she has never met but who raised her deceased father.” It was hard to read a book about WWII and the Holocaust during these political times but I selected these books and I was determined to sit with that feeling of dis-ease. Reading the heart-wrenching stories of refusing refugees caused harm and death is something every American should do, especially in these xenophobic times.

Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah: I also listened to this one as well but found this memoir about a year in Paris to be incredibly dull. The author finds herself alone in Paris for a year as her State Dept husband is unexpectedly (?) deployed to Iraq and she complains traveling alone for pages and pages. Many many people would love to have their expenses paid to be in Paris for a year – I found her lamentations tedious. Food descriptions were great.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo: I have nothing and novels to say ’bout this one.

How to Make Soap: A Step by Step Guide to a Variety of Beautiful Soaps and Other Bath Recipes by Sarah Harper: I really enjoyed this book but will have to alter any recipes I use as she relies heavily on palm oil and that is not a product I will purchase.

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