Top Three Books: April 2019

With spring break came beautiful weather, a day at the beach, and several wonderful books. Here are some of this month’s favorites:

Atomic Habits, by James Clear

Almost a year ago, I began doing a stretching routine every afternoon. It was difficult, but I enjoyed it, and after about five months I could do the splits. It never ceased to amaze me how a short fifteen minutes each day got me so far—was there something behind this? In Atomic Habits, James Clear delves deep into habits—making good ones, breaking bad ones, and how they can change our world.

Jane of Lantern Hill, by L.M. Montgomery

I first read Jane of Lantern Hill in 2013, but over the years I’ve returned time and time again to this book. It tells the story of Jane, a quiet nine-year-old living with her cold grandmother and her divorced mother in Toronto. When her father, whom she has never met, suddenly invites her over to spend the summer with him on Prince Edward Island, Jane is swept off on a journey of self-discovery. This heartwarming book for younger readers is one of the best Lucy Maud Montgomery ever wrote.

The Lost Painting, by Jonathan Harr

This book by Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action, tells the story of a lost painting—The Taking of Christ, by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The painting was thought to have been lost almost two hundred years ago, and only a few copies remained. Then, Francesca Cappelletti stumbled upon a clue in an old document. What follows is a race that will pull together people from across the world.