October Book Review

October Book Review

Happy Halloween!

I. am. so. excited.

Halloween night is ALWAYS a favorite for me, so today, I’m pumped!  I hope you have a frightfully fun night friends!

Okay, today is book day over here.  I’m reviewing the five books I read in October.  Some of you non-readers are all like…

img_9022

…ugh, another book review?  While others of you who love to read are all like…

img_9024

…yay!  Another book review!

If you’re a non-reader, might I suggest one of the romantic comedies I’ve been watching lately?  You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally or The Mirror Has Two Faces.  They’re all winners :).  For those of you excited about my books this month, let’s get to it…

diary-of-mad-mom-to-be

Last month, I read Diary of a Mad Bride and so I kicked off this month with the sequel, Diary of a Mad Mom to Be and it was equally as funny!  These little fictional tales are about the same woman as she navigates being engaged in the first book and being pregnant in the second.  What’s funny about these books is that the things she feels/thinks/does/cries over are the same things that we probably do too.  It’s her first pregnancy, so you know…she thinks she has it all figured out before she’s pregnant but then once she’s pregnant, she realizes it’s a whole new ball game.  These books are very light, funny, super easy to read and perfect if you need a little mindless humor in your life.  I enjoyed both books!

a-man-called-ove

Thanks to you ladies, I finally read A Man Called Ove.  When I’ve asked for book suggestions lately, I would say that this one was probably the most suggested. Okay, here are my thoughts about this fictional tale of a slightly cranky older gentleman and the relationship he has with a family on his street: I’m glad I read it, it was interesting, I loved the ending but I don’t think I would ever need to read it again.  It took me a minute to get the hang of the writing.  It’s written in a very quirky kind of off-beat way (it reminded me a lot of Where’d You Go Bernadette) and that rhythm always catches me off guard.  I really loved the neighbors in this book (Ove was my least favorite character) and thought the whole thing wrapped up nicely at the end (you know how much I hate endings that leave me hanging!), so I enjoyed it…but I don’t see myself picking it back up again to re-read.  Thoughts?  I know people are passionate about this one!

the-island-house

Woohoo!  Another suggestion by you girls and it was PERFECT!  Okay, you know how much I adore Elin Hilderbrand books (I feel like I should be president of her fan club…), well so many of you suggested I read a book by Nancy Thayer, so I picked up The Island House and LOVED it!  It reads exactly like a Hilderbrand book: fictional story set in Nantucket.  The book totally felt the same to me and when it was over, I wanted more.  Get ready…I’m about to read a lot of Nancy Thayer books.

killing-the-rising-sun

Whoa.  This one was intense.  It’s also my favorite from the month.  I love all of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing books (Jesus, Kennedy, Lincoln, Reagan, Patton), but this one was hands down the most intense.  There was one day when I consciously had to tell myself to breathe because I was holding my breath as I went through the pages.  Killing the Rising Sun is about the United States ending WWII by dropping the bombs on Japan.  It is just so detailed, graphic, horrifying, sad, depressing, fascinating, awful, and patriotic all at the same time.  These books are just so interesting to me.  The info is delivered in such great detail and everything is so thought out and explained well.  I loved this one.

seinfeldia

And last but not least…my most random book this month, Seinfeldia.  So, in my family, you almost never have a conversation about anything without a Seinfeld quote inserted.  I mean…even the most serious of conversations between my parents and me will almost always include a Seinfeld line (and if my mom can, and she almost always can, a Modern Family line too).  We are those fools that talk too much Seinfeld in mainstream conversation…and thus, my brother read this book this month and immediately told me to read it too.  #birdsofafeather  This is just a behind the scenes look at how Seinfeld happened, what happened while it was happening and how a show about nothing can still mean so much so many years later.  If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you will find this book utterly fascinating.  If you’ve never watched Seinfeld, skip this book because it will make no sense to you.  I had a whole new appreciation for the show when I finished the book.

Those are my October books!  Okay, what should I read in November?  I’m starting off with a book by Beatriz Williams because my friend Melanie told me to…and I listen well :).  What else should I read?  You guys are hot with suggestions right now!

Don’t forget, to see all of my books for the year, just click HERE.  There you will find a complete listing plus my reviews.

And if you want to be my friend on Goodreads, click HERE.

Birthday Giveaway

Today is the last day to enter to win my Birthday Giveaway!!  The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.  Click HERE if you haven’t entered yet.

Happy Halloween!!  So much love from me to YOU!

Print Friendly
  • Leslie Z. October 31, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Last night I started reading Paris for One by Jojo Moyes! It was a short, easy and very romantic read! After the short story, are a few more even shorter ones. I would recommend it if you want a very easy, romantic French themed book! I had a question for you since you seem to be the expert on Elin Hilderbrand. I’ve surprisingly never read any of her books or any Nicholas Sparks books. I was always worried they would be too cheesy. If I were to pick up one book from either author, which one would I start with?

    Happy Halloween, Shulls! Enjoy tonight!

    http://Www.withlovefromgablog.blogspot.com

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2016 at 5:07 am

      Okay…I enjoy a Sparks book…but not nearly as much as I do a Hildebrand book. I would start with Barefoot or The Rumor.

      • Leslie Z. October 31, 2016 at 5:20 am

        Thanks, Shay!

      • Francie October 31, 2016 at 5:46 am

        Happy Halloween, Shay! I completely agree with you, both authors are great,but Hildebrand books are my absolute favorite. I’m going to order Diary of a Mad mom to be next… http://www.supersimpleways.com

    • Heather S October 31, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      I’m a Nicholas Sparks fan and have read all of his books. The thing about his books is this… someone always dies. Sometimes it’s a main character, sometimes it’s a supporting character, but you need to be prepared for that. That said, The Longest Ride is my favorite of his, followed by Safe Haven and The Lucky One (of course The Notebook is a classic… but those are my top 3).

  • Carrie October 31, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I LOVED “A Man Called Ove” However, it is written differently and since it’s a Swedish author/novel I think that changes the style. I listened to it through Audible and I really think that made a huge difference because hearing as opposed to reading that style helped with the flow of the book.
    I am going to have to try Nancy Thyer now!
    Love Love Love Book Review posts!

  • Sally Hepworth October 31, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Are you reading A Hundred Summers? That’s my favourite Beatriz Williams novel. I also just finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult–a wonderful, important book.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2016 at 5:05 am

      Yes!! That’s the one!!

    • Samantha October 31, 2016 at 5:13 am

      A hundred summers is my favorite too!

    • Heather November 14, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Is A Hundred Summers a stand-alone? Or do I need to read another one first? Can’t wait to read it.

      • Mix and Match Mama November 15, 2016 at 4:32 am

        It’s a stand alone!

  • Jenny October 31, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I just started “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett this weekend and had a hard time putting it down. It’s so good! I’m tempted to take it along with me to read while trick or treating tonight with the kids. 🙂
    Happy Halloween!
    ~Jenny
    http://www.introvertsguidetosobriety.com/shopping/what-i-did-this-weekend/

    • Jennifer October 31, 2016 at 7:17 am

      The ending….I am dying to hear what you think. I couldn’t put it down either. Please come back and comment on the ending when younger there.

  • Lindsay F. October 31, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Say whhhhaaa? Sally Hepworth just commented??!! Her books are so good, I’ll read anything she recommends! I can’t remember if you’ve read it but Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino was great. I would highly recommend it.

  • Sheaffer October 31, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Sleepless in Seattle! YES!
    😉

  • Erika Slaughter October 31, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I think you should put all the books down and binge watch One Tree Hill! Or at least that’s what I’ve been doing lately! I’m gonna be a reading fool when I’m finished. 🙂

    • Kelly October 31, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Yes! What Erika said, lol. I’m on season 7… I’m reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Simply not enough hours in the day to choose between OTH and reading. 🙂

      • Abby October 31, 2016 at 8:10 pm

        Sharp Objects is so creepy good!! I think I like it better than Gone Girl.

  • Narci October 31, 2016 at 5:38 am

    My favorite post as always! Can’t wait to add some of these to my Amazon list! Xo

  • Linda Z October 31, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Currently reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. It’s a fascinating read set in Russia just after the Bolshoviks gain power. The Count, this story’s main character is placed under house arrest at a Grand Hotel. History meets fairytale as the Count navigates his new world. Both the Count and the book are charming.

  • Andrea October 31, 2016 at 5:55 am

    I’m reading Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton right now….very raw, but realistic truth for so many women

  • Kristin October 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Where We Belong by Emily Giffin!

  • Kelly Goldscheitter October 31, 2016 at 6:02 am

    “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Philipp Sendker and “Secrets of a Charmed Life” by Susan Meissner.
    And, so cool that Sally Hepworth replied!:) Love reading your posts Shay!

  • Johanna October 31, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Shay, here is some book inspiration from Germany :-). If you liked books like “Gone Girl” and “Girl On The Train”, you will love “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica. It has so much suspense and keeps you guessing until the last page so that I HAD to read it within one day (like stay-up-until-4am-to-read kind of way).

  • Erica Shaffer October 31, 2016 at 6:22 am

    My sister in law has her first book releasing tomorrow. It’s called “Children of the Country” by Abigail Shaffer. It is a thriller. Have you read 800 Grapes? It’s very good. So is Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. It is a series and I think this is the last book in it.

  • Court October 31, 2016 at 6:23 am

    It’s over 700 pages but Alexander Hamilton by Chernow was beyond fantastic. I know you said your family liked the Hamilton Broadway cast album so if you have any interest in the book that inspired it I highly recommend it. I learned so much about how our country started and it was all fascinating. I also shared the story with my elementary aged kids who know the music and they loved hearing about it as well.

  • Holly Hopkins October 31, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Have you read any Francine Rivers Books??? I loved Redeeming Love and atonement child. I have reread both several times.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2016 at 6:33 am

      Yes! I’ve read both and they’re phenomenal!

  • Amy October 31, 2016 at 6:30 am

    The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton is wonderful!

    • Susanne Nieman October 31, 2016 at 8:24 am

      My favorite Kate Morton book! (And I’ve read them all)

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life October 31, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I’m adding Nancy Thayer to my list of must read authors!

  • Brittany October 31, 2016 at 6:46 am

    The Five Stages of Falling in Love is one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. It’s by Rachel Higginson.

  • Jen October 31, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Check out the new book Believe in the Brightside series by Katie Delahanty!

  • Leigh October 31, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I know you read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover last month. I really liked another one of hers called November 9. One of my favorites by another book is The Storied Life of AJ Fickly-fantastic read! Your book reviews are some of my favorite posts. 🙂

  • Rita October 31, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

  • Kelly S October 31, 2016 at 7:00 am

    I’ve read constantly this month. A winner was The Girl You Left Behind (Jo Jo Moyes) super good.

  • Kelly Townsend October 31, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Shay, I LOVE your book reviews! You inspired me to read again, I made a goal to read one book a month this year and so far I’ve read 18! On a totally random note, I was looking through the Sur La Table catalog yesterday and saw they have pumpkin spice maple syrup and I thought of you. 🙂 I’m not really sure how that combo would taste but I know you love some PS!

  • Sharon October 31, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I read the ‘Couple Next Door” recently and really enjoyed it. So many good books, so little time! I love theses posts, I always end up adding to my Goodreads list 🙂

  • Jillian October 31, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for the review! Do I need to read Diary if a Mad Bride to Be before the sequel or are they sort of independent?!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2016 at 7:38 am

      yes! read it first!

  • Beth C October 31, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Falling Free by Shannan Martin. I can’t recommend this book enough!

  • Jessica Mitchell October 31, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Went to the library last week and was so excited to see the final book in the Winter series by Elin Hilderbrand! I read “Winter Storms” in one sitting just like I did the two before.

  • Kristin S October 31, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Have you read the last in the Winter Street Trilogy yet? I so did not want it to end but Elin tied the most perfect bow. Sigh, I’ll miss that family.

  • Elizabeth October 31, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Love the book review each month! You have inspired me to read more books. Barely got one read for book club each month now I am reading 2 and 3! So many of them are your recommendations…thank your so much for sharing your life with us. You are truly an inspiration.

  • Karen October 31, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I really enjoyed One-in-a-Million Boy this month, by Monica Wood. Also try The Storied Life of AJ Fikry Gabrielle Zevin.

  • Sarah October 31, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I just finished Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines and LOVED it. I thought it was going to be more about their show but it’s actually about the 10 years before they were “famous.” It really made me appreciate how hard they’ve worked and how much they love each other. I think you’d enjoy it, being a business woman/entrepreneur, just seeing the struggles they had and how they trusted in the Lord and each other. It’s a quick read and I love them even more now!

  • Sarah October 31, 2016 at 8:15 am

    LOVE the “Killing” books-I’ve read them all, and can’t wait to get my hands on “Killing the Rising Sun”! I’ll have to check out Nancy Thayer, too! Your book review is my absolute favorite post each month 🙂

  • Sharon C October 31, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I just finished The Aviator’s Wife and it’s the best thing I’ve read in a while. It is a fictional book based on actual events in the life of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Beautifully written and I learned so much that I somehow missed in history class forever ago!

  • Mallory Fritz October 31, 2016 at 8:21 am

    “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. Promise you will love it! One of the best books I have ever read in my entire life!

  • Paige October 31, 2016 at 8:27 am

    The Orphan Keeper by Cameron Wright is about a little Indian boy who was adopted by a family in America. I couldn’t put it down!

  • Julie October 31, 2016 at 8:29 am

    You must must must read “The Light Between Oceans.” The first few pages are a little hard to get into as it’s told in Australian-English. But once you get used to it, it’s an amazing and un-put-downable book. It’s a love story, and that draws you in. But it’s also so suspenseful. It’s about a couple who want a child more than anything in the world. And when a baby arrives at their front door, they must make one tough decision after another. Bonus-it’s also a movie 🙂

  • Lauren October 31, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I just finished Winter Storms, the last of Elin Hildebrand’s Winter Street trilogy. It was very touching and gave good closure to all the character’s story lines. I think you’ll really enjoy this as I know you’re a huge fan.

  • Emily October 31, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I see you have read Francine rivers books…..I suggest “Mark of the Lion” 3 book series of hers. I am not a big reader but these were my first large novels that I attempted a long time ago and I was hooked. Took them every where with me and could not put them down. Read the series twice and can’t wait to read it again.

  • Kary October 31, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Have you read Beth Moore’s first Fiction book – The Undoing of Saint Silvanus?! So good!! I’m finishing it up this morning before I go to work. 🙂

  • Kimberly October 31, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I just finished Station Eleven. Very creative story premise and writing style. I think it was the writer’s first novel. Either way I was really impressed.

  • heidi October 31, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Ok.. I just finished’ the nightingale’ and think it was one of my most favorite books I’ve read in a long time.
    Also I know you love England and romance with a mystery then go for a kate morton book. . I’ve loved all of hers!
    I’m just starting ‘ necessary lies’ by Diane chamberlin for book club. .it looks good!

  • AMlakar October 31, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I have just recently finished reading, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena and Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. Both were psychological thrillers that I couldn’t put down. I was able to read each in 1-2 days so if you are looking for a good, interesting read for a long flight or have some extra time these books are for you!

  • Angela Ellingson October 31, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Adding The Island House to my list! Love your book reviews!

  • Melanie October 31, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I just finished my first Elin Hilderbrand book, The Rumor, and I loved it. Such a light, easy read! I’ll definitely have to try your similar author sometime soon!

  • Lexie October 31, 2016 at 9:11 am

    You HAVE TO READ The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer. It’s probably my favorite of all Hilderbrand/Thayer books.

  • Page Adams October 31, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Adding these to my list! Both mine and my husband’s family are OBSESSED with Seinfeld as well. We are constantly inserting lines into regular conversations so when you said you all did the same thing, I died! The best show. Have you read Pretty Girls? I couldn’t put it down! I stayed up until 2am reading it two nights in a row. A must read!!

  • Megan Butler October 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I want to read The Killing books. They sound so interesting!! And probably ones my history teacher brother would love. Happy Halloween shull family.

  • Anna October 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Being a busy PhD student, I choose not to read for fun and watch movies instead, but I still love your book reviews and toss a few into my Amazon cart for when I’m no longer a student. That being said – your romantic comedy suggestions are always on point! You need to watch Mystic Pizza if you haven’t yet, it’s another Julia Roberts classic that I have watched over and over again! (And I, too, have been on a When Harry Met Sally kick!)

  • Cherie October 31, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I just finished The Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner and loved it. Additionally, you must read Delicious by Ruth Reichl. Everyone who loves to cook – or even just loves good food – should read it.

  • Christina October 31, 2016 at 9:46 am

    can you recommend some holiday themed books. I know you love the holidays and I keep waiting for a few ones to read that you recommend. Love a good holiday book to get me in the spirit. thanks

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Elin Hilderband has a Winter series with three books!

  • Christina October 31, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Splendid Isolation is a wonderful and easy read. I’ve read it twice.

  • Karen October 31, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Just started The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth. Loved The Island House by Nancy Thayer!

  • Betsy Butler October 31, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Thank you, Shay!! This is my favorite post of yours every month. And love that Sally Hepworth commented- she is so talented! Happy Halloween 🙂

  • Emily October 31, 2016 at 10:06 am

    You should read eight hundred grapes by Laura Dave. A book about family and wine 🙂

  • Stacy G October 31, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Loved it!!!!

  • Ashley October 31, 2016 at 10:29 am

    If you aren’t already reading A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams this is a must after you read her other book this month – one of my favorite summer reads to date, and equally as good in the Fall I am sure. 🙂 I would also recommend Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult which just came out; it’s a mature read and so relevant during this time in our country.

  • Jessica Smedley October 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Please, please, please read “And Only to Deceive ” by Tasha Alexander. With your recent love of Downtown Abbey, I think you would love it. It is definitely one of my all time favorites.

  • Mary October 31, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Have you read any of Mary Kubica’s books? Pretty Baby, The Good Girl, Don’t You Cry…they’re all good. Suspense, but not gory. I highly recommend them!

  • Kellyn Cox October 31, 2016 at 10:48 am

    One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury is so good! It tells the stories of two different families the morning of the 9/11 attacks and how it affects their lives after. Thanks for sharing your book reviews!

  • Jennifer October 31, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I’d highly recommend any books by Sarah Jio! I started with her first book The Bungalow but all are good! Violets of March, BlackBerry Winter, The Look of Love, Morning Glory, The Last Camilla .
    All amazing reads and page turners!

  • Myra October 31, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Have you read Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson? Its a great quick read for moms! She’s coming out with another Love Unending a guide for marriages, can’t wait!

  • Keisha Dawson October 31, 2016 at 11:12 am

    One of my favorite posts each month! I’m reading Silver Girl right now, and I can’t put it down. I do have to agree with Erika though… You must continue binging on One Tree Hill. My reading came to a halt while I was watching it!

  • Kate Silvis October 31, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, First Comes Love by Emily Giffin, Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll- All were great, quick reads!

  • Marta October 31, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Suggestion for you: A Gentleman in Mascow. Love it.

  • Olivia B. October 31, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I’m currently reading the Outlander series after starting the TV show on STARZ. I just can’t get enough of this story! They’re pretty long books, but I’m constantly amazed at the incorporation of historical events with the twist of time travel!

  • Laci October 31, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I just picked up my first Hilderbrand book this weekend at Target. Hoping to get started on it this week!

  • Lucie S October 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Mesu Andrews brings the story of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible to life in her book, Love in a Broken Vessel. I love it when authors creatively fill in the gaps while also relying on the truths and facts of the Word. I think you’ll love it!

  • Marika Scotton October 31, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Great suggestions! But oh my gosh, please tell me you have finished the Winter series, with Winter Storms by Elin ?! I had to download it the day it came out, and already finished reading. I am also sad there are no more books 🙁 Would love to know your thoughts on the end!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Reading it this month!!

  • Sarah October 31, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Okay, I don’t have any book suggestions, but I do have an amazing Netflix binge-watch suggestion! Have you ever heard of Heartland? It’s a Canadian show (the accents are the best!) about a family that lives on a horse ranch. The daughter is an incredible horsewoman and she rehabs horses, which is kind of the main premise (but then there are always tons of other story lines!). It’s actually still filming – I think they’re in their 10th season. They only have 7 seasons on Netflix at the moment, which is a total bummer because it’s so addicting! It’s also a really clean in terms of language and plot, so safe to watch with your kids, too!

  • Kristen October 31, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis. It’s her first novel but it’s a good one!

  • Abby October 31, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Just finished Lilac Girls and can’t stop thinking about it – the best WWII book I’ve read in a while, told from the voices of three different women who lived through it.

  • Lisa Reed October 31, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Lee Woodruff (her husband Bob was a reporter injured while reporting from the middle-east) wrote a fictional book titled Those We Love Most. It’s a story about a tragedy that strikes a family and you follow along and see the ways they were already broken and the way they heal. It is a really good read!
    I also count The Light Between Oceans as one of my top 10 favorites, but you do have to get past those first few chapters to adjust to the writing style.

  • Kristen October 31, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Have you read Wonder by RJ Palacio? It’s an incredible story about a boy with a facial deformity. It’s a perfect read for kids and adults alike! Everyone should read this book. Beautiful message about being kind to those who look different.

  • chelsea jacobs October 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    The first book sounds like one I need to read!

  • Erica Marchelle October 31, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I can’t wait to pick up The Island House. I also love Elin Hilderbrand books. They are so good but also easy to read and follow. After thinking at work all day sometimes I just want to sit down with a good book and a hot tea and just not think.

  • Lauren October 31, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Random non-book-related question: I want to make your pumpkin bread but I don’t have a mixer. Do you think it’s doable without one? If not I can try to borrow one from someone. Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 1, 2016 at 4:44 am

      You can just stir it. It will take a bit longer, but a wooden spoon will do the trick too!

  • Christie Hardin October 31, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    You should check out Mary Alice Monroe (great Low Country series) and Susan Elizabeth Phillips (start with the Chicago Stars series).

  • Melissa October 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Shay, Thanks for your monthly book posts. I’ve gotten a lot of good ideas from you over the past several months. I just finished reading Eligible after you shared. 🙂
    One of my favorite books, read and re-read many times, is Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter. She has several booka that I’ve enjoyed though – The Frog Prince, Mrs Perfect, Odd Mom Out, Easy on the Eyes, and she has a series about a family/sisters, beginning with The Good Woman.
    Happy Halloween!

  • Bethany October 31, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    We are stationed in Japan now so I might totally have to read Killing the Rising Sun!

  • Alexis October 31, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    You HAVE to read something by Taylor Jenkins Reid. One True Loves and After I Do were my faves. Read them each in a day.
    I also read November 9 by Colleen Hoover and was addicted. Stayed up half the night reading it. You’ve GOT to read it!!

  • Kirstyn October 31, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Spilled Milk by K.L Randis
    A quick and easy read yet emotional. Based on the authors true story of prosecuting her own father in court after years of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse against her.

    A great read!

  • Allie L October 31, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    On Folly Beach by Karen White was SO good! It goes between present day and WWII and has the beach, a bookstore, a major mystery and of course, love. Couldn’t put it down!

  • Amber October 31, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I’m so glad you said it took you a while to get into A Man Called Ove. I’ve tried several times and can’t get past the first couple pages. I thought it was just because Ove reminds me so much of my dad and I found myself not liking him very much (and I do love my daddy)!

  • Kelly October 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    You should read the winter series by Elin Hilerbrand. I just finished the first one and there are 2 more!!!! It’s about a family in Nantucket during Christmas!!!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 1, 2016 at 4:44 am

      I am about to start the third one! They’re so good!

  • Edey October 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I saw you said you have read some Francine Rivers. If you haven’t gotten a chance to dig into her Mark of the Lion trilogy (start with A Voice in the Wind), I highly recommend them! Thanks again for all of these suggestions – these are my favorite posts of yours!

  • amanda October 31, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I liked My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. It’s a bit quirky but a sweet story. I loved The Couple Next Door. I am reading I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk, and so far really like it. I can’t wait to read the last book, Winter Storms, in the series by Elin Hilderbrand.

  • Kristin November 1, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Need tips on how to read more than one book a month 🙂

  • Caro November 1, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Since I am nearly always in agreement with your book and travel recommendations, I think you would like A House In The Sky by Amanda Lindhout 😉 As a child she always read National Geographic and imagined visiting exotic locales. Eventually, she began to travel and see the world, however she was abducted in Somalia and this is her memoir.

  • NancyS November 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I liked A Man Called Ove and might go see the movie, which is playing locally. My two favorite books last month were Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and The Nix by Nathan Hill. In between, I did take out Deep Run Roots from the library (Vivian Howard’s new cookbook) and loved it so much I ordered it right away. Next up on my list is The Mothers by Brit Bennett.

  • Kristina B November 1, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I haven’t yet read A Hundred Summers but I LOVED The Schuyler Sisters books (The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Tiny Little Thing, Along the Infinite Sea) by Beatriz Williams!

  • Amy in PA November 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Always enjoy your blog. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a great read. I heard Jen Hatmaker talk about it on Jamie Ivey’s podcast. Wonderful characters and story.

  • Chelsea B November 2, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Hi Shay! Do you have any Holiday/ Christmas book suggestions? I read The Mistletoe Promise last year, and it was such a good way to get into the holiday spirit! It was a quick, easy read with such a great storyline.

    • Mix and Match Mama November 2, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Elin Hilderband has a series with three books. I’ve read the first two and the third just came out (i have it with me now!). They’re so good!

  • Elizabeth November 2, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Quereshi. A very different read for you but so moving, informative and timely…a true blessing. He is a remarkable young man who sadly is now fighting for his life with stomach cancer…his faith unwavering.

  • Melody November 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I second the suggestion for Lilac Girls – WW II story from 3 different women’s perspectives. really well done!

  • Tanya November 3, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    You should check out – My Life with Eleanor! It was absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing your monthly reads

  • Maria D. November 4, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I really need to read the book by Bill O’Reilly – I haven’t had a chance to read any of his but I know they are highly rated. I also need to read something by Nancy Thayer – her book looks good!

  • Cheryl November 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I just finished – It ends with us. This was an amazing book. So good. The Couple next door is also really good.

  • Molly November 7, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Hi Shay – I love following your blog and especially your monthly reading list! Have you ever read Karen Kingsbury’s books? I think you would absolutely love her novels. She has quite a few series as well as stand alone books. God Bless!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Yes!! I love her books!!

  • Lisa November 8, 2016 at 2:07 am

    I just finished The Lake House by Kate Morton. So so so good! I also highly recommend The Light Between Oceans and anything by Diane Chamberlain.

  • Michelle November 14, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Hi Shay. Thank you for posting your book reviews. I am trying to read more and appreciate the feedback. Do you keep all of the books you finish reading? If so do you have organizational tips so that the books don’t take over the house?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 14, 2016 at 6:04 am

      I pass them off to friends and family when I’m done. I only keep a few.