September Book Review

September Book Review

It’s my September Book Review!

Right now, some of you are all like…

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…yay!!!  Books!!!  While others of you (who are not readers) are all like…

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…zzzzzzzzz.

For those of you who are not readers, may I suggest you binge watch one (or all) of the following shows:

Breaking Bad
Gilmore Girls
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife

You’re welcome.

Okay, so readers…sit down, relax and get comfy.  I have a FANTASTIC month of books to review.  If you remember, last month, I read a big old boring pile of books.  Boo.  The books I read in August just left me sad and slightly annoyed.  So, I shared this sadness with you and you guys suggested so many books!  I sat down, went through your recommendations and wrote down the ones that got the most mentions.  I bought six of them and read them all in September…and…there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch!  Woohoo!  You ladies suggested some excellent books!  I am super pumped to share my books with you today.  Okay, here we go…

uninvited

Book #1 was Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited.  This faith-based book on the author’s own life and experiences was really inspiring, motivating, uplifting and encouraging.  I have read several of her books before and they never disappoint.  Lysa’s own personal testimony about redemption is woven throughout this book as she tries to really encourage women who feel at times (or maybe all the time) left out.  Maybe you’re left out of friendships, your marriage, or maybe you’re just walking through life kind of in a fog…this book will speak to you.  I really loved every page and think it would work for women in all stages of life from teens to more mature adult women.  It’s a very relatable book.

eligible

Okay, why did it take me so long to read Eligible???  I was mad at myself at the end because I should have read it the day it came out.  It was so good!  Friends, this will be one of my top books for the year.  I loved it!  This is a modern take on Pride & Prejudice and bonus, there is a little Bachelor-like twist too (which made me laugh because the author obviously did her research because what she said about behind the scenes of a reality show like Bachelor sounded very familiar to me…).  This novel is charming, witty, clever and everything Jane Austen but modern day.  I cannot say enough good things about this one!

the-hating-game

The Hating Game was another winner!  Okay, this book would be rated a little R (just throwing that out there), but I loved it.  This chick-lit novel is about two people that work together (and hate each other) and you know…somehow, sparks begin to fly.  I couldn’t put this one down, so I read it pretty quickly.  It’s just light, easy to read and highly entertaining.

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Diary of a Mad Bride was really cute!  This novel is about a girl getting married and it’s written like diary entries.  It was really light and fun to read (plus, hysterical!).   Right now, I’m reading the sequel, Diary of a Mad Mom to Be and am enjoying it too.  I would say that this book had the least amount of substance to it compared to the other books this month…but it was just really enjoyable and entertaining.

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Wow!  If It Ends With Us isn’t perhaps my favorite book of the year, then I don’t know what will be.  This novel will stick with you long after you’ve read the last page.  I really don’t want to give anything away…but it’s about a complicated relationship between a man and a woman with a very important message woven in and then really brought home at the end.  I could not put this book down and did not want it to be over.  I was so invested in the characters that I didn’t know how it could even end because it was just so complex and I was in so deep that I didn’t want to see things wrapped up.  This one is a little rated R as well, so just a heads up…but it’s riveting.  I want to read more Colleen Hoover books now.

the-hopefuls

I wrapped up my month with The Hopefuls.  I’m so glad you guys told me to read this one too!  This book was not only charming, but fascinating too.  It’s a fictional tale about a young married couple that takes place in Washington DC during the eight years of the Obama administration.  It’s about working in DC, DC politics, and loosely based on the young up and comers who climb the political ladder in Washington D.C.  I liked this book because honestly, by the halfway point, I still didn’t really know what it was about or where it was going.  The book kept me guessing the entire time…which made it hard to put down and very entertaining.

So, those six books should be in your Amazon cart right now :).  I had a great month reading your recommendations, so please share more!  You ladies know your books!!

Speaking of which…

Shay Shull, Eats

my new cookbook came out on Saturday, so you should probably add that to your cart too :).

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.

Happy book day friends!  I can’t wait to read through your comments and get more recommendations!

xo

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  • Kelly October 3, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Thanks for the book review and also thank you for the warning on the R rated ones. I like knowing what to avoid especially with a house full of curious kids 🙂
    Congratulations on your new cookbook! What a pretty picture of you! !

  • Allison October 3, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Great suggestions, thank you!! I suggest From Depths We Rise by Sarah Rodriguez. It too came out 10/01 and I finished it by about 3 o’clock this past Saturday. I have followed her blog for years and KNEW what happened but still couldn’t put it down and still cried at points.

  • Lindsay October 3, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I went online to my library account and placed a few holds on books you recommended!! I always look forward to you reviews. Just curious… do you purchase the books you read or do you check them out from the library as well? If you purchase– I can only imagine what your home library is starting to look like!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 3, 2016 at 5:37 am

      I share with friends and family books that I buy (sometimes, I can get them for as little as $1 on Amazon. I buy their used books all the time! Swapping with friends and family helps a lot!

  • Erika Slaughter October 3, 2016 at 5:34 am

    I can’t wait to read these!!! I have a book to pass on to you. I need a week with no responsibilities to get a bunch of reading done!!

  • Narci October 3, 2016 at 5:38 am

    So many good books to add to my Amazon cart! Fun! I love your recommendations! Also, that picture of you is one of my favorites!! Xo

  • Sally October 3, 2016 at 5:41 am

    If you’re interested in more Colleen Hoover books, Ugly Love was fantastic. Like, made me ugly cry for a good half hour after it ended. 🙂 Thanks for the reviews – I’ll definitely be looking into a few of these!

  • Sheaffer October 3, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Well, I was all zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…UNTIL I GOT TO YOUR BOOK! So excited for you and proud of you! I’ll be giving several as gifts for Christmas!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt October 3, 2016 at 5:53 am

    You’ve got to read The Kitchen House next–it’s a bit more of a heavy read but definitely should be a book that should be required reading in life!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

    • Mix and Match Mama October 3, 2016 at 6:11 am

      I’ve read that one! It’s so good!!!

    • KAren October 3, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Have you read the sequel?

  • Angela Ellingson October 3, 2016 at 6:08 am

    These all sound good. Uninvited is on my list to read! Hey I wrote a review on Eats on my blog on Saturday. Here’s the link in case you’d like to read it. 🙂

    http://angelaellingson.blogspot.com/2016/10/eats.html?m=1

  • Sarah October 3, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Fantastic review!! It Ends with Us looks like a book I would LOVE! Thank you for all the recommendations 🙂 My third baby is due in just a few weeks and I’m stocking up on books as we speak 🙂

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Kristin October 3, 2016 at 6:20 am

    You should read The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert! Also, A Man Called Ove is fantastic!

  • Aubrey October 3, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I’m reading It Ends with Us this month! Chick lit FTW!

  • Darcy October 3, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Colleen Hoover is fantastic!! Each and every book!

  • JoAnn Campbell October 3, 2016 at 6:26 am

    When do you sneak in time to read? Managing 4 kids, cleaning the house, keeping up with your blog, etc.! I would love to hear a blog on how you manage your time with house cleaning and everything! I barely have time to sit down and watch one show a week let alone read anything and I have 2 kids! 😉

    • Mix and Match Mama October 3, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Well, last month, I had two very long flights that gave me ample time to read :).

      • Jamie October 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        You always manage to read so many great books though, even when you don’t have international flights to knock ’em out! I am married — no kids — and I work a regular 9-5 job with hardly any other obligations. My New Year’s resolution was to read 50 books by the end of the year (originally said 4 per month, but 50 was a nicer number!). I think I’ll make my goal, but man, it’s tough even for me to get through that many books per month AND keep up with TV shows (very important stuff there), make dinner each night, maintain my house/laundry, and visit with friends every so often, etc. etc.. Do you specifically set aside time to read during which no one else can bother you (considering asking my husband for this!), or perhaps always read while taking a lunch break?

        • Mix and Match Mama October 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

          I mean, I guess I just make time. For instance, today, I read about 15 minutes this morning, 30 this afternoon and then will sit in the car waiting for kids after school for 30 and then another 45 during speech therapy. I’ll read during all of those times (and that’s just today). I don’t always have time to read during the day, but I try.

  • Lindsey October 3, 2016 at 6:27 am

    So glad you recommended Eligible. I have been wanting to read it but wasn’t sure. I also recently started Colleen Hoover books and they all have great messages and are some of the best books I’ve read in a while. (Although sometimes they are rated R…her older ones aren’t as bad)

  • Carly October 3, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I think Eligible needs a rated R warning too. I really, really disliked it, as did most of my book club. I just can’t see Lizzy being that vulgar– even in modern times. I had to palate-cleanse with the real Pride and Prejudice when I was done!

    Just started The Hating Game yesterday! I’m liking it so far!

    • Tracy October 31, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      I agree that this should get an R rating. I stopped reading after the second F word and multiple sexual encounters described…not what I expected on a take if Pride and Prejudice! Wish I would have known before I started reading it! (Thank goodness I had only borrowed it from the library and not bought it).

  • Lindsey October 3, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I finished Eligible and The Hopefuls last week while traveling. I liked them both, but loved Eligible! Added the rest of your list to my Amazon book list.

  • Jess Deisher October 3, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I’ve been wanting to read Uninvited for a while now, because exactly how you described I just feel like I’m walking through life in a fog. I’ll let you know what I think!

  • Beth Miller October 3, 2016 at 6:42 am

    If you liked Eligible, then you’ll want to read American Wife. It’s by the same author and loosely based on Laura Bush. I loved it!!! I’ve also been telling everyone about The Lake House and Secrets of a Charmed Life. All three of these books I couldn’t put down!

  • Regine Karpel October 3, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Love.
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

  • Jen G October 3, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I loved It Ends With Us and actually got it from your post last month from someone’s recommendation – such a great thought provoking read!

  • Kelly Sites October 3, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I am currently reading The Girl You Left Behind (Jo Jo Moyes) so so so good. I highly suggest it.

  • Megan October 3, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I have Eligible up next in my pile to read. And Uninvited is after that. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Jenny L. October 3, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Thanks for the recommendations, I’m trying to keep up with all these great books. I’m reading Giddy Up Eunice, right now. 🙂

  • Karen October 3, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Have you read A Man Called Ove yet? It’s a really good read. You look stunning on the cover and October pictures from your cookbook! Your hair and makeup are perfect!

  • Kendra October 3, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Have you read “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” ? It’s a different read, and so, so entertaining!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 3, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Yes! I have read that one!!

  • Natalie Clark October 3, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I love your book reviews and am always in awe of the fact that you read 6 books a month! I will be adding these all to my list. I’m currently reading Summerland by Elin Hildebrand and just finished Silver Girl, so I think I’ll be hooked on her for a while now!

  • Elizabeth October 3, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Love the book review – will have to read them soon!

  • Marcie October 3, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Colleen Hoover is my absolute favorite author! Every single one of her books is amazing. I have had horrible book hangovers after each one because I never want them to end! Happy reading!

  • Kerri October 3, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I’m reading Uninvited right now and loving it. So relatable and poignant!

  • Stephanie October 3, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I adore Colleen Hoover! My favorite would have to be Ugly Love. It’s totally R rated, but so SO good! Will need to add a couple of these to my ever-growing reading list.

  • Nicole October 3, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for sharing, Shay! Just curious, what do you do with all of your books when you are done? Do you keep them all, give them away, sell them?? I couldn’t imagine what your home library looked like if you keep them all! It is huge I bet!! So awesome!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 3, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Share them with friends and family :).

  • Melissa October 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

    As busy as you have been, I am surprised that you even shared a list this month! wow.
    These books sound great. Right now, I am reading Pride and Prejudice, so Eligible seems like the logical next choice for me 🙂

  • Jessica Cornman October 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Love the book reviews! I also read “The Hopefuls” last month and enjoyed it. Just put a hold on “Eligible” at my library and will get going on that soon!

  • Jessica October 3, 2016 at 8:57 am

    You should read The Royal We. It’s loosely based on William and Kate’s story and the royal family in general. I really liked it! I’m actually reading Eligible right now!!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 3, 2016 at 11:30 am

      It was one of my very favorite reads last year! I loved it!!

  • Sue Campbell October 3, 2016 at 8:59 am

    You should start watching the new NBC show “This Is Us”. The first two episodes have me hooked!

  • JANA HAMPTON October 3, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I feel every bit of the way you felt about “It Ends With Us.” I was so gutted and confused! I’ve always considered myself very black/white on this particular topic (again, I don’t want to give too much away either!); this book does a fantastic job of showing the gray area. In the book club I am in, there are some Colleen Hoover fanatics in there and they’ve talked me into reading several. I’ve read the Slammed series, November 9, and Maybe, Someday. Try “Maybe, Someday” next of hers. You won’t be disappointed! It’s not without it’s sad parts, but you won’t feel so conflicted with this one!

  • Maria D. October 3, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I’ve read great things about The Hating Game – thanks for letting me know about it’s rating – I’ll probably still read it but it’s always nice to be forewarned. I also want to read It Ends With Us – I have never read a book by Colleen Hoover but have heard great things about her books – great reviews

  • emily @ a little bit of emily October 3, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Adding all these to my to read list! Definitely a great month after an especially disappointing one! Also, I just got your cookbook in the mail last week and can’t wait to start on some of the recipes!

  • Alexa October 3, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I also read The Hopefuls this month and felt the same way. I would reflect back on it as I was reading and think, what has even happened in this book? But at the exact same time, I couldn’t wait to read it some more!
    I don’t remember seeing that you have binge watched “Call the Midwife”. If you haven’t seen it yet, it takes place in the 50s in East London. I had two friends recommend it to me and finally started watching. It’s so good! But don’t ever try to eat while you are watching. I have learned that the hard way on numerous accounts!

  • Gayle October 3, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Thank you for reviewing these books. Thank you most of all for stating if they are rated R. I personally can not read those books so that is extremely helpful.

  • Caroline Z. October 3, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Love your book reviews! Colleen Hoover has long been one of my favorite authors, so I’m so glad you enjoyed her book. If you are looking for more of hers, I loved “Hopeless” and “Maybe Someday.”

  • Kelly Chen October 3, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I just read It Ends With Us and am now reading The Hating Game. 🙂 This batch of books look so good. Can’t wait to read the other four. And congratulations on your book!!

  • Melanie Y October 3, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I am seriously happy you finally read a Coleen Hoover book! I am reluctant to suggest…not sure why. But do yourself a favor and read her other books! They are all great! Slammed…Hopeless…Confess…aahhh…love them all! Thanks for sharing your other finds. I’ve become fond of your Elin Hilderbrand books:)

  • Kate S October 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Hi! I just finished Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, and FIrst Comes Love by Emily Giffin and loved them all! Finally getting back into ready more and loving the book reviews!

  • Kelly October 3, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I just finished Home Front by Kristen Hannah. I was reading it while on a road trip last week, crying in the back seat of the car, surrounded by my husband and sons. It’s a good one; )

  • Sara October 3, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Colleen Hoover is the best – I hate when I finish her books because it seems like forever until the next one comes out!! My faves are Hopeless, Finding Cinderella and Ugly Love (very R rated) – her writing is always incredible.

  • Gentry October 3, 2016 at 10:26 am

    The only one of these I’ve read is Diary of a Mad Bride (and the sequel!) and I love them both!! I’m adding the rest of these to my list! Thanks!!

  • Brooke entrekin October 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I LOVE love love your book reviews! I immediately got to Amazon and order your reviews :). I’ve read all Colleen Hoover books and they ALL are a little R rated ????but somehow are all heart wrenching! Loved the Hating game too 😉 will go order all the orders now!
    Ps- we are totally digging your cookbook ????????

  • Olivia October 3, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I read two books this weekend…they were THAT good!

    Kitchens of the Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal – A great culinary novel. The main character has a heartbreaking childhood, but each chapter tells the story about how a certain meal or recipe came into her life and changed it.

    The Heiresses by Sara Shepard – A little murder, a lot of mystery, surrounding one of the wealthiest [fictional] families of New York. With some romance and diamonds in there too. I usually am able to figure out endings, but this one had me guessing until the very last chapter.

  • Layci Shannon October 3, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I haven’t stopped thinking about It Ends With Us since I finished reading it! Read Confess and November 9 – so good!!! Colleen Hoover may be my new favorite!

  • Sara Wilder Bryant October 3, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton and her newest book, Love Warrior!! You HAVE to read Carry on Warrior first though. Love Warrior was ousted added to Oprah’s Book Club. MUST READ. (and follow her blog too, momastery.com)

  • Beth October 3, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I picked up Eligible this summer at my public library knowing nothing about. And O.M.Gee! I couldn’t put it down! So good. I may have to go back and read it again. I miss those characters!

  • Courtney October 3, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I loved It Ends with Us! Such a good read. I actually bought it twice (after an unfortunate grocery incident where my book was packed in the same bag as a leaking ground beef package… lets say the book was unsalvagable). I got a replacement and was so glad that it was an amazing read! I’m hoping to read ‘Ugly Love’ by Colleen Hoover next. I also really love ‘Beautiful Disaster’ and ‘Walking Disaster’ by Jamie McGuire.

  • Kristi Vitale October 3, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Love Warrior! You must read Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. Oprah has recommended at as well. Thanks for your wonderful reviews. Some are going on my to-read now 🙂

  • Kristen October 3, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I also really enjoyed It Ends with Us. I never really knew how I wanted the story to end but I thought the author did a wonderful job. I added a few more of your recommendations to my Goodreads list. 🙂

  • Rachel October 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    All Colleen Hoover books are so good!! Read the slammed series by her next!

  • Libby October 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I am going to keep recommending these books until you get annoyed with me and read them just to shut me up 😉 The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and The Geurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society……….two of my favorites of all time!!!!! Pretty please 😉

    • Mix and Match Mama October 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Please keep doing it! I love it :).

    • Kelly October 4, 2016 at 7:39 am

      I agree – Kate Morton is probably my favorite author, and I love all of her books! But The Secret Keeper is her best one! I also highly recommend Secrets of A Charmed Life by Susan Meissner. So good!!

    • Lauren October 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

      I second the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Really good book! And set in England so great for a British lover. Years ago I saw a paparazzi pic of Kate Middelton with this book in her hand so I read it and loved it.

  • Regina October 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I love your book recommendations!! I read Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson and looooved it! It is a proper romance (very clean) but the love story is so beautiful. It’s a quick, easy, sweet read. I also read Tough Luck Hero by Maidy Yates (I just grabbed it on a whim at Sam’s) and I loved that one too. Kinda naughty, but the story was also really cute.

  • Laci October 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I am reading All The Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth!

  • Whitney Flint October 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    You should read Kane and Abel. It’s an old book but so good!! One of my all time favorites. Also, The Gold Coast by Nelson Demille- another old one but couldn’t put it down. Neither are chick lit but super interesting.

  • Keri October 3, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Love all of Colleen Hoover’s books!

  • Buffy Frazier October 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I got hooked on Colleen Hoover and have read everything she has written. All of her books are that way. You are thinking about them days later. If you like the Bachelor Reality type read The Selection a Series, it’s young adult but a great read.

  • Lauren October 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Love these posts! Reading is like exercise, if it’s a priority in your life then you will make time 🙂

  • Maria Thomas October 3, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I was SO happy to see your reviews this month! Thank heavens you read It Ends With Us…I was dying for you to read it. I wrote two pages of titles down from the comments of your last book post and have been making my way through them like you. Next month, PLEASE add Charles Martin to your list. I’d start with A Life Intercepted. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Allena October 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I’ve read a bunch of other WW2 books set in Europe after LOVING The Nightingale, and these were all amazing: Lilac Girls, War Brides, and The Paris Architect. Knowing that you enjoyed The Nightingale, I think you’d like any of these. I have also loved the 3 books I’ve read by Taylor Jenkins Reid (After I Do, Forever Interrupted, and Maybe in Another Life) – waiting on my library to get her newest book. I can’t remember if you’ve blogged about her before, but I read Maybe in Another Life after reading All the Difference that you recommended sometime last year- Maybe in Another Life was even better! Love your book reviews and I do one too monthly!

    • aimee October 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      I love Taylor Jenkins Reid, too. My favorite was After I Do. You might also read Results May Vary by Bethany Chase. So, so good!

  • Jamie October 3, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Just started It Ends With Us!! Already dying!!! Thanks for the great suggestions!

  • Whitney Pegram October 3, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Aren’t Lysa TerKeurst’s books just amazing!?!

  • Elizabeth October 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    OK, I sincerely want to know when you find time to read? Is it part of your daily routine? With kids, plus your blog, cookbooks, travel agency, adopting… I want to know how you make this time. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Lauren October 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      You can always make time for things you’re passionate about. I have three kids (3, 4 and 5), I work and I’m studying for my MBA but I still find time. I read instead of watching TV in the evenings, or when I’m eating lunch, waiting in the car at school pick-up, etc. It’s wonderful for kids to see their parents reading regularly, I think it’s so important and Shay is doing a great job of encouraging that.

  • Sydney Fritch October 3, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    “A Man Called Ove” is fantastic! If you are looking for an eye-opening read, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is a fabulous read about India. Nonfiction book, but reads like a novel.

  • Sydney October 3, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    “A Man Called Ove” is a must-read! If you are looking for an eye-opening nonfiction book that reads like a novel Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is amazing!

  • Melody October 3, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I just finished Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. It’s historical fiction based on real people / events in WW II. Follows three women, a NY socialite, a Polish teenager and a German Doctor. Each chapter is told from a different woman’s perspective until they all tie together. Was a great book and even though I’ve read a lot of WW II stories I feel like I learned about some new things. It takes a lot for me to rate a book 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads (most books for me are about a 3) and I gave this a 4 or even 4.5 🙂

  • Libby October 3, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    You are too sweet ????

  • Erin October 3, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    The Royal We was one of my favorites last year! I remember you said it was one of your favorites of last year too so I am going to have to try Eligible and continue the trend!

  • RPR October 4, 2016 at 6:43 am

    How do you manage to read? With 1 kid I feel I hardly have time. How do you do with 4?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 4, 2016 at 7:02 am

      At odd times. At night before bed, sometimes, I’ll read during the day for 20 minutes or so, while I’m waiting for my kids to finish dance/tennis/school/doctor appointments…I just find the time.

  • Beth October 4, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I just finished No One Knows by J.T.Ellison. So so good!

  • Kate @ Mom's Radius October 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I agree! Eligible is going to be one of my top reads for the year as well. I loved it! I was constantly surprised at how Curtis Sittenfeld was able to modernize the story while staying true to the characters and the little plot details. It was so wonderful, and I couldn’t put it down even though I knew the story so well already. It was just amazing!

  • Kate Williams October 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    A Man Called Ove was a sweet and easy read. Really enjoyed it!

  • Stacie Fillman October 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Do you have any good books suggestion on nurturing your marriage after having a baby? 🙂 or any must read books for expectant new mom is in general?

    • Stacie Fillman October 4, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Whoops, dang iPhone autocorrect. A few too many typos in that! Haha 🙂

  • Kasey October 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Serious question: How do you find time to read so many books each month with small children? I loooove reading and I have a 20 month old and I have not been able to read a book since she was born and I miss it so so much. The only time I’m finding lately is before bed since we have my little one’s bedtime a little more under control now.

  • Kelly October 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    You have to read A Hundred Summers!!! I love your blog…Thanks for the book suggestions!

  • Sheena October 5, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I recommend The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux. It’s a modern Pride and Prejudice.

  • Jocie October 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Shay! Busy college kid from Minnesota here, your blog is my homework escape (ok, sometimes during boring lectures) especially your book reviews! “A Man Called Ove” is a must add to your list, as well as “Orphan Train”

  • Jocie October 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Hey Shay! A busy college student from Minnesota here! Your blog is my escape from homework (ok, and some boring lectures too) especially your book reviews! You must read “A Man Called Ove” and “Orphan Train” also “Crazy Rich Asians” was hilarious and a quick read.

  • Holly Hopkins October 7, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I joined a Ladies Bible Study this Fall and we are doing the book unglued. I wanted to say Thank you because without even meaning to you encouraged me to join. Ive read about how you met your galfriends and realized I needed to put myself out there. Now i go every Thursday morning they have childcare too and it is such an uplifting 2hrs. Ive met some great new friends in the same season of life. So thanks Shay!!

  • Rachel D October 7, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I just read Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale and could not put it down! I’m not a coffee drinker but I feel like you, as a lover of coffee, would get even more out of this than I did (the main character opens a coffee shop and there’s a lot of detail about the different coffee blends she makes). I’ve enjoyed many of the books you’ve recommended and I think you’d enjoy this novel too.

  • Amanda October 7, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Diary of a Mad Bride to be!! That has been one of my favorites for years! I remember reading it while I was engaged 🙂 the sequel is cute too. Glad you had a great bunch of Sept books after being disappointed last month, I know what that’s like :-/ 2 books I’ve read lately that were great (Elin Hildebrand gave recommendation blurbs on the back cover of each) are Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon & The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore. Both good reads!

  • Jaime October 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I came back to comment… I just finished It Ends With Us in 24 hours and I loved it. So many emotions. Thank you for your recommendation!

  • Julie October 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I read this really lovely heartwrenching New Yorker essay today (http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/my-friend-has-cancer) and in it the author talks about sharing the final draft of her novel “Eligible” with the friend she’s writing about. I was thinking “Where have I heard that book title recently?”… it was this blog post! I’ve put Eligible on my library list and definitely recommend reading that New Yorker essay if you liked the book. It adds a really sweet human element to the author’s story, and she is indeed a great writer!

  • Cassie October 26, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Thanks for the book reviews! One of my favorites this year is A Man Called Ove.

  • Samantha October 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    The Girl She Used to Be, and it’s sequel The Exceptions, by David Cristofano are great!

  • Stacy Tsoukatos November 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Just finished It Ends with Us last night. Probably never would have found out about this book if not for you. What an amazing story. Finished it in less than 48 hours cause I was so invested (even with crazy kids running around). Everyone should read this and your book review is one of my favorite monthly posts. Thank you. I am a Shay book addict and an Erin H. superfan because of u!!

  • Kristi Sauer November 22, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Thank you for the book recommendations! I’ve added most of them to my list!
    Have you read, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” Crazy story!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Yes! I have read that one!!

  • Darci November 23, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I recently finished The Hating Game and can’t wait for her next book to come out! Couldn’t put the book down!
    I might also be a major Colleen Hoover fan! I just finished November 9 and highly recommend it! I also read the ‘Hopeless’ and ‘Slammed’ series and I’d recommend them all! Can’t wait to read the one you mentioned above!