This week did not go as planned. If you follow my food blog, you might know that already. I thought that being sick would help me accomplish a lot of reading, but the reality ended up being that I was too sick to focus much on reading. When you find yourself reading the same paragraph three or four times, you know it is time to set the book aside and just give in and watch t.v.
That is pretty much how the first part of the week went. By Friday I was feeling a little better and managed to finish up two books in the last two days.
Yesterday it was 80 degrees in Oklahoma. It was more like spring then February. I was feeling a bit housebound from being sick, so my husband brought out our hammock and it was the perfect place to start the next book in my new favorite mystery series. The hammock is one of my favorite places to read.
I think I am on the mend finally and hopefully life will get back to normal soon. Here is what I read this week.
What I Read
The Spy Mistress by Jennifer Chiaverini- This is the second book by this author that I have read. I was not a huge fan of the other book I read, which was Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. I should have known that this book would be similar, but it has been in my to read pile for awhile and I decided it would be an easy read for the week. It was an easy read, but I didn’t enjoy it all that much. It was not a waste of time, but it was not really one I loved either. I think this is another case where I would prefer to just read the real life version of the Women Spies during the Civil War. Women helped both sides in many ways, including things like spying. This book got me interested on the subject, which I am glad because I don’t know a lot about it. I plan to find some non-fiction books to read about it. If you like historical fiction books like this, you will probably enjoy it. For me I think I will skip this author in the future and just read a non-fiction book on the same subject.
Choose Joy Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver- This book was just the book I needed to read this week. I spent most of my week on couch unable to breathe and much of the week I was discouraged and had a bad attitude. This book put things in perspective. My week was not all that bad. It reminded me to find the good. To be thankful for what I had and choose joy in every situation. This book read more like blog posts than a book, but I didn’t mind that. It was a short read which was perfect for me this week.