It’s a quick and easy list this time, friends – please note that I highly recommend the books below. I had a great March Break selection, and other than the first book it’s all fiction.


Where the Light Gets In – Kimberly Williams-Paisley (received free review copy)

If you know anyone suffering from a form of dementia, you have to read this. Even if you don’t, you should still read it. You know I love a celeb book, and this one couldn’t be more personal as actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley (also wife of country star Brad Paisley) shares her mother’s journey with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). I laughed, I cried and I learned so much.

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah (France, WWII, a compelling story of sisters doing what they have to do to survive)

The Widow – Fiona Barton (Was her dead husband guilty?)

She’s Not There – Joy Fielding (Inspired by the story of little Madeleine McCann who disappeared from her hotel room in Portugal)

Pretty Baby – Mary Kubica (A psychological thriller about a good deed…possibly gone awry. Just a warning that the last three books all involve losing children. I couldn’t read them before bed.)

Brooklyn – Colm Toibin (I chose this for our next book club selection, and plan to show the movie at our “meeting” – for me, it’s worth seeing twice. I have to say I like how the movie went one step farther than the book to wrap things up nicely, but that’s just the kind of reader/viewer I am.)

Shopaholic to the Rescue – Sophie Kinsella (Light and fun, par for the Kinsella course.)


Creed (Sad that Stallone didn’t get his Oscar)

Eddie the Eagle (even for older kids – our 7 and 10 year old girls loved it; only a couple of inappropriate parts)

Miracles From Heaven (I posted my deep and sappy thoughts about this movie on Facebook here)

What have you been reading and watching lately?

2 comments on “Kate’s Favourite Things – April 2016”

  1. I really enjoyed "The Nightingale".

    The book "Brooklyn" was a bit slow for me. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm interested to.

    I want to see "Room" too after having read the book years ago.

    Have you read "End of the Line" by Sharon E. McKay. It's a quick read aimed at pre-teens, but has a great story. I just had my husband read it and my kids will be next in line. Your girls and/or students might really enjoy it. PS: and it's Canadian.

  2. I haven't read "End of the Line", but I just looked it up and now it's added to my list! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

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