Okay friends, get comfy…I have six really good books to review today :). Thanks to two long plane rides, three short plane rides and four hours total on the Eurostar, I had plenty of time to read this month…and two of the books came directly from your recommendations last month, so thank YOU!!
But…before we get to the books, I have a PSA for all of you sweet people who have been contacting me about my 2016 travel schedule. At this time, I am opening up my calendar for specific dates and specific destinations. As always, I only accept a limited number of trips each month so that I have enough time to focus on my clients PLUS have plenty of time for my family as well. This is first come, first serve based on your travel dates. So, if my month gets full, I will close it out.
Right now, I am accepting vacations to Walt Disney World and for Disney Cruise Line for the months of November 2015 through the end of April 2016.
After I get these trips set, I will open up my calendar for May through August of 2016 (but I’ll post it here so you know when it’s time to reach out!).
If you’d like to book a trip to either Walt Disney World or if you would like to book a Disney Cruise, please contact me at email@example.com. It’s first come, first serve, so I apologize in advance if I can’t get to everyone’s trips! I love helping people make these memories with their families and I’m always honored when you allow me to work with you.
So…that’s that :).
Now, on to books!
Well, you know how I’m on an Elin Hilderbrand kick? I read two this month. The first book I read was Summerland…and if I’m being honest, it was my least favorite of her books that I’ve read so far (and I’ve read five). I personally felt like there were too many characters and none of them were completely developed…plus, I felt like she glamorized topics that shouldn’t probably be glamorized. That being said, my mom actually liked it…so, who knows? Maybe you will too??? If you’ve read this one, please comment and let me know what you think!
Since I felt like I didn’t fully get my Hilderband fix this month, I immediately read The Island next to try and correct that. And I loved The Island! I thought this novel was easy to read, interesting, unexpected and charming. Loved it.
The Royal We was FABULOUS!! I mean…you know that I love all things Brit, so when several of you ladies recommended this to me last month, I bought it and read it on the way to Switzerland. It was so good that instead of sleeping like I should have, I stayed up and finished it. This is one of those novels that I’ll read again. It’s a fiction book loosely based on characters who are very similar to Prince William and Princess Kate. This book was just very entertaining and kept me turning page after page. If you’ve ever kind of thought about Prince William’s courtship with Kate, this book is for you. So cute, so witty and so fun to read!
Fractured Not Broken by Kelly Schaefer was the book I talked about the most this month. I’m pretty sure Andrew feels like he read it too because I basically read it aloud. This is a memoir by Kelly Schaefer who became a quadriplegic after a drunk driver hit the vehicle she was in when she was 19 (she’s now in her mid-30s).
I talked about it so much because the entire book was so thought provoking…so real…so honest…so tragic and yet so full of hope and joy. After I finished it, I not only admired Kelly and her drive to succeed (y’all, she graduated college and teaches elementary school!), but I admired all of the people in her life that stepped in to help her after her accident. It really makes you think. If one of my friends or family members had a life changing accident like this…what would I do to help? It was just really good. This book will make you appreciate so much in life.
We were in the train station when I finished up my last book and needed a new one, so I went in the little store and just grabbed Always the Bridesmaid. I had never heard of this book or the author before but let me tell you, I was a HUGE fan! It’s very much a cross between Bridget Jones and a Sophie Kinsella book. It was easy to read, funny, cute, and highly entertaining. I went online and noticed this author has over a dozen books, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more reviews from her. I really thought this was a fun little read!
And then the other recommendation I received from you ladies was Jojo Moyes Me Before You. I mean…such a heart-wrenching, emotional, lovely, desperate, fabulous, wonderful book. I already went online and pre-ordered the sequel After You that comes out in September. Now, I see why you guys have been telling me to read it. You should go ahead and order the sequel too :).
Whew! Those are my books for the month! Right now, I’m in the middle of reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, so that will be my first book to review next month!
Don’t forget, you can find all of the books I’ve read so far in 2015 here and keep up with me on Goodreads here.
As always, I love your book suggestions!! Comment below :).
And don’t forget, if you’re interested in a Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise Line vacation, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And guess what today is? My 100th Meal Planning Monday! What, what? That means I have 100 weekly menus on my blog to make your life easy. 100 weeks of simple suppers, easy recipes, family friendly, mom approved meals for your busy weeks.
To see this week’s menu…plus, the other 99, click here.