…is how I feel right now.
I am so excited to talk about this month’s books!!!
Who would have thought that a bunch of books would have me screaming like Buddy the Elf??? Yet here I am…absolutely giddy to share.
This month, I read my best batch of books yet…annnnnnnd, even though it’s only June 29…I have my strongest contender for my favorite book of 2015 in this group (my favorite book of 2014 was Carole Radziwill’s What Remains).
Even if you’re not really a reader, I promise you…one of these seven books should be on your bedside table this month. There’s something for everyone.
So, you know how I like to read every little book about French women…well, I found another one and read it first this month. Ooh La La! was a really cute book with tips about how the French women make themselves feel beautiful (inside and out!) every day. I love these little books and can sit down and read them quickly. They’re always light, happy and informative (I always get great tips on skincare, makeup, grocery shopping, folding laundry…you name it!). Looking back over the last year, I think this is my 6th or 7th one to read. If I had to name a favorite, I would say Forever Chic. They’re really all good…and Ooh La La! was no exception!
Well, I think I’ve done it. I think in the last year, I’ve read every single Liane Moriarty book. Please let me know if I’ve missed one…but I’ve scoured Amazon and don’t see a title that I haven’t already read. The Last Anniversary was my last book…and it was a delightful summer read. As always, her characters are lovable, the mood is humorous and the plots always twist just a bit. I have enjoyed each and every Moriarty book and especially The Last Anniversary. I went to Amazon to see every title and rank them for you in order of my faves…but I just couldn’t. I pretty much love them all the same. Moriarty’s books do not go in any particular order, so you can grab any one of them and go.
Y’all…I read Chris Harrison’s new book The Perfect Letter this month pretty much because everyone else was…and girls, it was so good! I don’t know what I was expecting…but it was excellent. The plot, the characters, the suspense, the writing…dare I say, it was very a la Nicholas Sparks (and he ain’t too shabby, right?!). I really couldn’t put this book down. This is the kind of book that turns into a movie…read it!
And just for grins…
Everyone…stop right now and read Ever After by Vicki Courtney. This faith based book on marriage and parenting really hit home. There were so many pages that I turned back and noted, Erika and I discussed this book constantly (she read it too) and I kept it with my Bible, because it was something light yet, something I wanted to reflect on during my quiet time each morning. I think Erika said it best when she told me that this book should be given to every bride before she’s married. Agreed. Courtney has a way of celebrating the beautiful while at the same time, being honest about the hard stuff too. I was uplifted and encouraged while reading this book…loved it.
My plan…to read every one of Elin Hilderbrand’s books by the end of the year. Beautiful Day was my second one and as soon as I finished it, I ordered four more. I’m in love with these books. Last month, I talked about The Matchmaker (which I loved) and I’m happy to say that I think I loved Beautiful Day even more. These books are the ultimate beach read or vacation pick. The stories are happy and light while being rich and captivating at the same time. I love the characters and I really, really love the setting. This is one of those books that you’ll read quickly and then immediately pass off to your girlfriends. I’m reading The Blue Bistro now…and I can already tell you that it’s good :).
And just for grins (again)…
…here I am in Nantucket (the setting of all of Hilderbrand’s books) back when I was 20 :). Before I got married, my family spent a lot of time on Nantucket while I was growing up. I love that the books mention real restaurants, stores, streets and beaches that I remember from my childhood.
I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed so hard when reading a book that I was crying. Happily Ali Ever by Ali Wentworth (a.k.a. Mrs. George Stephanopoulos) is hysterical! I read the entire thing cover to cover on our flight to Mexico. It’s a memoir of sorts…just little antics about this comedian/actress/mother/wife/funny lady’s life…and I was literally crying in my seat on board my flight as I read this one particular part about a guest using her powder bath in her New York apartment. Funny, witty, charming, delightful…I want to be her best friend.
And I know it’s only June 29…and I have six more months of reading to do…but as of today, Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist is my very favorite book of the year.
It’s just spectacular. It’s worth buying the book just for the prologue at the beginning. I don’t even really know how to adequately describe this book…it’s a memoir wrapped up in food. You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy it though…it’s more about the author’s relationship with people…her desire to connect with people in her home that really spoke to me. She talks about marriage, her struggle to get pregnant (she miscarried three babies)…she’s raw and honest and real and at the same time, she breaks bread and pours wine and you want to sit at her table and just listen to her. I know…it sounds kind of bizarre, but if I’m basing my very favorite book of the year off of writing, meaning, depth, and how it just sticks with me for months after putting it down (like Radziwill’s book did), then this is it for me.
My friend Katie recommended this book to me because her book club was reading it…and I can totally see why. In the back, there is even a book club discussion section. If you have a book club or a group of ladies that you enjoy reading with…you should all pick up Bread & Wine. I don’t know…it’s hard to explain…I tried telling Erika about it but I think she was under the impression that it’s about the food…when it’s really about life (and food is just a nice theme woven in). This book is going to be hard to beat when I name my favorite at the end of the year.
So, there you have it! A great group of books that I hope you enjoy too!
As always, I covet your suggestions (listen, if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have these love affairs with both Liane Moriarty or Elin Hildebrand!). Please comment below and share any new books that should be on my radar and if you’ve read any of these (especially Bread & Wine), I’d love your feedback too. Happy reading!
As always, you can see a complete list of the books I’ve read in 2015 here.
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