Whew! I read A LOT this month! I was on a roll (and technically I finished Fast 5k on 3/31 but it missed the last post). So enjoy quick summaries and thoughts so I don’t overwhelm you!

Fast 5k by Pete Magil

Summary:

A guide to help you PR your next 5k

My Thoughts:

4 Stars

I liked how the book was broken into keys. Each key built on the ones before. The author also included several levels for training plans.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking to improve their 5k performance. I haven’t put it into action, yet, but the info was good and the plans looked solid.

The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

Summary:

Feeling overwhelmed? Learn what you really want and leave the rest behind you.

My Thoughts:

3 Stars

A typical sel-help book. Nothing new. Easy read. It got a little redundant at points. Would I recommend? Sure. The author does a good job of walking through her system. It may work from someone else, just wasn’t really for me.

One Last Child by Anni Taylor

Summary:

Five children go missing from a daycare picnic in Australia. Three years later all but one are returned.

My Thoughts:

5 Stars

I really liked this book. It kept me interested and I wanted to keep reading. Some people thought the plot was a little too convoluted (how do give kids go missing at once??) but that didn’t bother me.

If you can suspend disbelief for five kids going missing at once, I promise it’s a fun read. It’s quick and easy.

Oh, this was also the first in the series and they do kind of introduce book two at the end but it also works as a standalone. 

A Bittersweet Surprise by Cynthia Ellingsen

Summary:

Emma’s life is turned upside down when her stepmother decides to sell her father’s chocolate shop. Emma and everyone around her have secrets. 

Book 3 in a series

My Thoughts:

4 Stars

Even though this is a series, I started with book 3. Actually, I didn’t know it was a series until after I finished. It definitely works as a standalone book.

I believe this is what people call a cozy mystery. There were several twists and turns. All of the characters were keeping secrets but there wasn’t any gore or violence (or however they describe cozy vs non cozy mysteries).

It was another easy, fast read. My only disappointment is one plot point seemed to be left hanging at the end. The author easily wrapped up everything else but this one point, in my opinion. I wanted Emma to take action on it. Maybe she does in a later book but I would guess each book in the series is about different townspeople.

I would recommend and will most likely read the other two in the series. 

The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent

Summary:

Three sisters are raised in the woods without exposure to the outside world or electricity by their mother. When the youngest falls ill, the mother heads to town for care and the older two are left to fend for themselves. As supplies dwindle, a man shows up at their cabin. Fearful, the two sisters set out in the middle of the night to find their mother and sister. 

My Thoughts:

4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. I wanted to keep reading because I wanted to know how everything was connected and how the author would wrap it up. I started piecing things together but my guesses were not quite right. 

I didn’t give it 5 stars because some parts dragged and I felt the author went on a bit more than needed. Overall it’s an enjoyable book and I would most likely pick up another book by the same author. 

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.