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Hey, friend! Happy March! I walked outside one day last week and heard birds singing. Spring is so close and we're ready for it.

I honestly didn't read much in February (at least compared to what I usually read), but I blame that on RELEASING MY SECOND BOOK! I think it's a fair trade. 😁

I do have a few books to share with you today, though! I had such a great response to my LAST BOOK REVIEW POST in the fact that you all seemed to love the short reviews! As much as I love to read, I relate to you all in the book review world: I read a few sentences of a book review and decide right then and there if I want to read the book. So, except for books that I've been gifted specifically to review, I think I might stick to these shorter reviews!

Now that I've talked your ear off about not talking your ear off (ha!), let's get going! Scroll down to see my thoughts on what I read in February.

physical reads

"Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others" by Pat Ennis: I'm marking this as one of my favorite devotionals. My enneagram 2 personality leads me to love serving others, and this book was wonderful at aiding me to connect earthly hospitality and biblical hospitality. It is a bit outdated, but the values are relatable even today.

Stars: 5/5

"Home Schooling: The Right Choice" by Christopher J. Klicka: LONG REVIEW AHEAD. I've been diving into various homeschooling books, as we've decided to homeschool Lilli in the fall. This was one I grabbed on a whim at the library, and I have conflicting views. While it was incredibly well-researched and it has ever statistic you could possibly want about public schools and homeschooling, it was also incredibly one-sided. I don't believe any parent is "bad" if they send their child to public school (we're still considering it depending on how next year goes!), and I felt this book very strongly suggested that if you're a Christian parent, it's your "duty" to homeschool your child, and if you don't, welllll, good luck when you go to Heaven! I'm giving it two stars for the research and statistics, but no more than that because I'm not a fan of making others feel bad to make them believe what I believe.

Stars: 2/5

"American Fire: Love Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land" by Monica Hesse: Kyle and I have been on a true crime kick on Netflix lately, so I thought I'd take it into my reading, as well. Hesse does very well in covering the events and making you feel as if you were there with her, and overall, it was an interesting read that had me thinking, "I can't believe that really happened.

Stars: 4/5

e-book reads

"I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh: This one has been on my Goodreads "Want to Read" list for quite a while, and I finally got to it. The first half of the book...let me just say, I almost quit it. It was so slow, and honestly, boring. BUT - I'm so glad I didn't quit! About midway, there was a twist that I did not see coming, and after that I was hooked. The second half of the book was much faster paced and I devoured it until the end.

Stars: 3.5/5

currently reading

"Silver Bay" by Jojo Moyes
"The Bondage Breaker" by Neil T. Anderson (our small group devotional)
"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens (finally reading this!!)

Let me know if you've read any of these in the comments!

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