Today is one of my favorite posts of the month…my book review! Why does it feel like forever since we’ve had one? #julyislong #hotandlong
If you’re not a reader, then today you’re all like..
The picture I sent to a friend after we were sick on the flight to Nantucket.
But if you are a reader like me, then today you’re all like…
…the picture I sent to a friend after we bought our ferry tickets back to the mainland because there was no way in the world we were getting on that plane again.
So, if you’re a reader, welcome. If you’re not a reader, then you should binge watch The Good Wife because it is oh so GOOD!
Speaking of The Good Wife, when I have a good show to binge watch I seem to read fewer books per month. So this month, I read five books (had I not binge watched Downton Abbey and the first part of The Good Wife, I probably would have read 15 😉 ).
Here we go…
Last month, I told you that my first book of this month would be my friend Sophie’s book Giddy Up, Eunice. READ THIS BOOK. If you’ve read her other two books, then I’m sure you’ve already grabbed up this one too…but if you haven’t, get it. This book is about female friendships but not the typical kinds. It’s about those special and unique friendships that come out of nowhere but bond us with other women in the most life-changing ways. Sophie draws from certain female friendships in the Bible and then correlates it with her own friendships. This book is so encouraging, uplifting and even convicting. I was blessed. Very blessed.
I know what you’re thinking…another French book? But no! Ironically, Longing for Paris is not another one of my French books but instead a memoir about a mom talking about having hopes and dreams in her life that she needed to pursue while also raising young kids (like going to Paris). This faith-based book was really sweet and encouraging. I know that a lot of the times, I feel like because I’m a mom and have young kids, all of my hopes and dreams need to be placed on hold, but she encourages every mom to seize every day and do both: be a mom but a dreamer too. If you feel discouraged in this area, this is your book!
Okay…please don’t get mad, but I did not really enjoy The Nest. (I’m so sorry, I know so many of you recommended it to me!) The funny thing is that halfway through the book, I was telling Narci that I was reading it and she said, “I heard it wasn’t that great” and I was all like “No, I love it! I’m halfway through.”. And then I went home and kept reading and it started going downhill for me. This novel is about a family who is put into a financial situation after one of the brothers makes a big mistake. At first, I thought it was going to be similar to the movie The Family Stone (big family, a little drama, lots of dynamic) but after awhile it just became too much work for me to read. There are a lot of characters (and in my opinion, none of them fully get developed enough), and just when you start to get into one plot line, the story shifts to another character and then like 7 plot lines later, you go back to that character you were starting to care about…but it’s hard to care that many pages away. I don’t know…the first half was delightful, the last half was kind of a drag. It wasn’t my fave.
When in Nantucket, one must read an Elin Hilderbrand book, right? I read her latest book Here’s to Us and I loved it! Now granted, it came at the heels of a book I didn’t enjoy (which always helps), but I do think it was one of her best. This Hilderbrand books is about three ex-wives that come together on Nantucket for their ex-husband’s memorial after his death. This book has a lot of characters (which in the past, the Hilderbrand books I enjoyed the least had a lot of characters), but this time, I felt like each character made sense to the plot and was developed enough for my interest. Always a good read these Hilderbrand books are!
And all the ladies cheered.
Emily Giffin has a new book out.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying for Giffin’s newest book, First Comes Love, to arrive on my porch. I just always love her books. Now, I must say Something Borrowed and Something Blue are my forever favorites, but I do always enjoy any book she writes. This novel here is about two sisters who are trying to make their relationship work after the death of their brother. I liked it (and it was really easy and quick to read!), but I thought it needed one more chapter at the end. Maybe a “One Year Later” chapter to wrap everything up. That being said, even without my chapter, I found it oh so Giffin and oh so enjoyable!
That’s my book review for July!
What are you reading right now? What do you love? What should I be reading in August? Please share, share, share!
See you tomorrow!