April Book Review

April Book Review`

It’s my April Book Review!

Some of you are all like this today…

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…pure joy and happiness over a book review post while others of you are like this…

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…zzzzzzz…books are not my thing.

Now, for those of you who are not into books, you should binge watch The Crown

 There are only 10 episodes, so you’ll breeze right through it.  I found it incredibly fascinating!  It’s a Netflix original but you could most definitely watch it with your pre-teens and such (it’s not graphic at all!).  It’s really good and I hope, they’re coming out with a season two!

Okay, as you know, this is ALWAYS one of my very favorite posts of the month (it might actually be my favorite!).  This month, I read five books and honestly, I’m going to be SHOCKED if two of them aren’t in my top 3 for the YEAR.  That’s right…it’s only April and I’m already picking my horses.  I read five great books this month, but two of them were exceptional.  Ready?  Here we go…

I could not put One True Loves down.  Could. Not.  Remember how last year, I picked Cancel The Wedding as my favorite book of the year?  Well, I had the same vibe reading this one.  This fictional story is about a lady who realizes that her dead husband isn’t actually dead (after three years of him being missing)…so who does she pick? Him or her fiancé?  I got to tell you…I had a hard time trying to decide who she needed to end up with.  This book is so easy to read  and would make an excellent companion on your summer vacation.  It’s thought-provoking and very memorable.  I’m telling you…this one is a good one. (Maybe a top book for 2017?!)

I love, love, love, loved Crazy Rich Asians!  Loved it!  This novel is witty, clever, charming and downright entertaining.  I had zero expectations when I picked it up (Erika told me to read it), but it instantly grabbed my attention and held it until the end.  It’s a fictional tale about a woman who leaves NYC with her boyfriend to visit his family in Singapore for the summer.  Come to find out, his family is crazy rich and the story unfolds in a very hysterical way.  I told Andrew approximately 100 times while reading this one that we must visit Singapore soon.  It sounds amazing!  I think those of you who love chick lit will like it but so will those of you who like heavier literature.  It has something for everyone.  I give this one two big thumbs up (and maybe a spot in my 2017 top three?!).

Last month, I read Unstuffed and as soon as I was done, I bought another one of her books, 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life and read that one this month.  This book is broken into 31 days with one “to clean/declutter” activity a day.  Some days, I breezed right on through because whatever it was that we were supposed to clean out that day was either already cleaned out at my house or not a problem area…so some days, I was able to tackle multiple days at a time (therefore, I read it in less than 31 days).  I shared with you last week that I really liked Unstuffed a lot.  I have never really had a problem staying organized.  I’ve always been someone who enjoys organizing/purging/tossing/donating, but I think my methods are wrong…that’s what I like about this author.  Her methods are easy and meet me right where I am in life (busy mom with small kids).  Some people asked me if the book was going to change me and no, it won’t.  I’ve always been super organized and have enjoyed decluttering, but what this book has done is open my eyes to an easier and more practical way to organize.   I think I was making organizing too complicated.  Her ideas are just so simple…and that’s what I need right now.  So, I’ve always been/always will be an organizing fool, but thanks to Soukup’s two books, I’m doing it more efficiently!

Last month, several of you recommended The Zookeeper’s Wife and since the movie is currently in theaters, I thought it was an excellent time to read this book.  This book caught me off guard because I thought it would be written like a story, but it was almost written biographically.  The book is based on a true story from World War II when a zookeeper and his wife hid 300 Jewish people inside their zoo during the Holocaust in Poland.  The author writes this very factually, so it isn’t really a novel, it’s a book about the event.  Does that make sense?  Nonetheless, it was captivating.  I read this one on the flight to Nashville and finished up in my hotel room because I couldn’t put it down.  I don’t know if I’ll see the movie or not, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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And finally, I wrapped up my books for the month on Monday night when I finished Nancy Thayer’s Beachcombers.  I have read several of Thayer’s books and liked almost all of them, but I loved this one.  This one felt very Elin Hilderbrand (which of course, I LOVE!).  The story follows four main characters (three sisters and a woman staying in their guest house) one summer in Nantucket.  I thought each plot line was interesting, I thought the characters were well-developed and it wraps up nicely in the end.  This is a total beach read…add it to your Amazon cart if you’re heading somewhere and just need an easy, light read.  I think you’ll enjoy it!

That’s my April Book Review!

What did you read this month?  What should we all be reading in May?  Please comment and share!

To see a complete list of all of the books I’ve read so far this year plus links to their reviews, click HERE.

Don’t forget, you can catch my 2016 Book Review HERE.  It includes the names and reviews of all 62 books I read last year.

You can also see the complete list of books I read in 2015 (all 63 of them),  here.
And lastly, if you want to view my Goodreads Account, click here.
Have the BEST day!
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  • Megan April 27, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Gah! So much to say about this! I recently discovered Taylor Jenkins Reid as well. I also loved One True Loves but you must read Forever Interrupted next. I blogged about it for my April books today and it might just be my favorite book so far this year. I also read Crazy Rich Asians (and the sequel China Rich Girlfriend) and could not stop talking about it. A fun spin on traditional chic lit.

    http://www.lettinginthelightblog.com/

  • ELizabeth April 27, 2017 at 4:41 am

    We are leaving for vacation soon and I need a good book to read – what perfect timing! Will have to pick these up!
    Xo, Elizabeth
    http://stripesandsolitaires.com

  • Leslie Z. April 27, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Okay, I read two this month that I think you’ll LOVE! The first one is When Breath Becomes Air, which is about a neurosurgeon who suddenly finds out that he has stage IV lung cancer. It’s a true story about his life and how the doctor deals with becoming the patient. The story is beautifully written by himself until he passed away in 2015. The second book is Confess by Colleen Hoover. I was so worried that it wouldn’t live up to It Ends with Us, and it did! I couldn’t put this one down either. I know you didn’t love the others that you read, but you have to try this one! Trust me! You can find my entire book review here

    http://www.withlovefromgablog.blogspot.com

    • kathy April 27, 2017 at 7:24 am

      I also read When Breath Becomes Air. It was very moving.
      I also just finished Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The movie Lion was based on this true story. (If you haven’t seen the movie Lion, by the way, it is wonderful.)

      • Chrissy April 27, 2017 at 9:47 am

        I’ve been meaning to leave a comment that Shay should see the movie Lion, so I love that you brought it up!

        Shay, I know you’d mentioned in your adoptions posts that you were initially looking to adopt a boy from India. Lion totally made me think of you–it is such a beautiful and heart-breaking story about a boy in India, who is eventually adopted by an Australian family. You must watch it!

        Also, I was taken aback by The Zookeeper’s Wife, too. I was not expecting it to be written as it was. That being said, the movie was incredible, and really made me take in the book in a new way. I highly recommend you watch it!

        Love you book reviews, thanks!

      • Stephanie Jones April 30, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        Kathy, I’ve read both those books. If you liked them, I think you will like my sister’s book, Heart of Miracles by Karen Henson Jones. Britney Spears is her fan! Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv69e3KCM1E

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 27, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Omg I really want to read Crazy Rich Asians. I find the stereotype SO true. I mean, I see it on a day to day basis here in Hong Kong.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt April 27, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I’ve read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and they are all so good! I was the same as you–couldn’t decide who she should choose but I understood her decision in the end (even though I was saddened by it!). Maybe in Another Life is a really good one, too!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

    • Aimee April 27, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      So glad you finally read a Taylor Jenkins Reid book! I have read them all and loved them all. My favorite was After I Do 😉

  • Alexis April 27, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Ahhh!! I knew you’d love One True Loves. One of my very favorites. After I Do was my next favorite of hers and I also loved Forever, Interrupted. Such great books!
    Night Road by Kristin Hannah and Small Great a Things by Jodi Picoult are two of the best books I’ve read.
    I’ve read a couple Nancy Thayer books (thanks to you!), and they have been cute reads, but I am so ready for June and Elin Hilderbrand’s new book! Her books are just on another level to me. Nancys have been good but don’t seem to have nearly as much depth to them. They are fun reads though!
    I read I Let You Go last month and WOW! You were right! SO GOOD!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 5:03 am

      I absolutely agree! I’ve already pre-ordered Elin’s next one and cannot wait for it to arrive!!

  • Erika Slaughter April 27, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I could not put One True Loves down!! I had a very strong opinion on who she should choose (I texted you at a random time saying “Pick —-! Pick —–!) and could not wait to finish. Ladies-read this one!!

  • Sarah April 27, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I recommend Random Acts of Kindness by Lisa Verge Higgins! It’s about three women who go on a road trip across the country, each trying to overcome something difficult in her life.

  • Beth April 27, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Cannot wait to read 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life! I love all things organizations and can’t wait to get some new tips!

  • Sheaffer Sims April 27, 2017 at 5:21 am

    What did I read this month? Hmmmmm. Well, I read like 1/2 of a people.com article.

    • Kara April 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Love it!

    • Debbie K. April 27, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Sheaffer, You make me laugh Every. Single. Month!!

    • Cheryl April 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Lol

  • Eileen April 27, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I can’t wait check out these books. I always get the best book recs from your monthly book posts. They’re my favorite. I just finished The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle. It was so good. I could not put it down! Also Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult was fantastic.

  • Leila April 27, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Hello from Singapore! I’m American and moved to Singapore temporarily for my husband’s job and I love reading your blog daily! I have to admit I’m not a big book reader but I need to get Crazy Rich Asians since sounds so interesting!

  • Narci Dreffs April 27, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Oh, I’m adding a few of these to my Amazon cart right now! They looks so good. I always love your recommendations!!

  • Julie April 27, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Shay, please read Forever Interrupted next! If you loved One True Loves, I predict it could be your favorite book of 2017!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 5:58 am

      It’s in my Amazon cart right now!!

  • Teresa April 27, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Love Unending by Becky Thompson. Such a great quick read. It geared torwards married mama’s with little kids. Love it! Off to check some of these books out…thank you for the ideas!

  • Bec April 27, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Last night I went through your book reviews and made a huuuuuge list of books I need to read!!!!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED It Ends With Us and think we definitely have the same taste! My absolute favorite book is The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simon, if you haven’t read it, you absolutely have to, it is INCREDIBLE!!!!

  • Andrea Breece April 27, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I absolutely love reading your monthly book reviews and as I’m reading your post check to see which ones are available at our local library!! Small great things by Jodi picoult is a recent read of mine that I really enjoyed as well as “and still she laughs” by Kate Merrick.
    I ❤ your reviews. Keep them coming!!!

  • Tanya April 27, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for all the recommendations! I read Unstuffed and thought it was so helpful. She definitely gives a new way of thinking about “stuff.” My latest read was Small Great Things by Picoult, and I really enjoyed it. Also if you have not read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, put it on your TBR list soon! It’s the true story of a Dutch woman who helped hide many Jews during WWII. An amazing Christian testimony.

    I will have my latest reviews out on Monday for my Media Monday blog post. Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

  • Meagan Ruse April 27, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Your book reviews are my fav! All of these sound so good!!!!

  • Tiffany April 27, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I’ve always been a reader, but after getting caught up in motherhood for a few years I wasn’t making the time to read. In March I decided I needed to make time to read and since then I have read nine books! It feels so good to escape into books again. I look forward to these posts each month now and am enjoying going back and reading some books you suggest from months ago. Always have and always will love Elin’s books the most!!

  • Brittany Hensley April 27, 2017 at 5:49 am

    I love The Crown, and more episodes are being made! #allthepraisehands

  • Julie April 27, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I just finished the promise girls, it was great. I agree with Night Road by Kristian Hannah that another reader mentioned. I love your recommendations!!

  • Stacy April 27, 2017 at 5:52 am

    One true loves was sooooo good! I found myself getting up way early to read it before my baby woke up or before work on the days I work!!!! I always reccomend it— and I was so torn at times by what she should do !!! The night the lights went out by Karen White is so good– southern charm and just an over allgood book about friendship!!

  • Kristen April 27, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Loved crazy rich Asians and the sequel!

  • Kari B George April 27, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Yes, you should definitely visit Singapore! It is magical and truly a feast for the eyes. And bonus, we added a visit to Bali while we were there as it’s only a two hour flight away! We visited family who were expats in Singapore at the time. They have three kids so all of our kids had a blast. It was amazing!

  • Holly April 27, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Couldn’t agree more with you on Crazy Rich Asians. It’s FASCINATING! If there’s any truth in it, Andy Cohen needs to hop over there and make a Real Housewives of Singapore.

  • Denise April 27, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Do you buy your books or do you download them to a device and read them that way? I wanted to buy my mom a device to download her books too but she’s too old school and says that she likes the feel of a book in hands. I personally do both. When you are finished with your books do you keep them or donate them? Great summer reads! We will be headed to our cottage on Lake St. Clair (Michigan) soon for our summer weekends and I usually finish a book in that weekend! Excited about all of them!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 6:06 am

      I like to hold a real book, so I buy/borrow them.

  • cori April 27, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Love Love Love your book reviews! I have been listening to the podcast “YoungHouseLove,” and she recommended the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne…It talks about the role stuff plays in our lives and how to simplify that stuff for our kids. I loved hearing Sherry tell what she did with the information from the book! If I blogged, the Younghouselove podcast would totally make my Friday Favorites or What’s Up Wednesday! 🙂 She reviewed the book on their #45 Podcast. Why We Got Rid of Half The Toys In Our House. http://www.younghouselove.com/2017/04/podcast-45-half-the-toys/

  • Kerri April 27, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Please read Molokai! It’s my favorite book ever. I just re-read it (which I never do ) and I loved it just as much. First few chapters are slow but it’s so good.

    • Tracie April 27, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Great book!

  • Sharon April 27, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Loved “lilac girls” this month. ” what she knew” was just ok… I was really disappointed in the ending. Right now I am reading ” The hate U give’ and I know that it will be one of my favourites this year. Very heavy but beautifully written and so timely

    • Cathy April 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

      I also loved Lilac Girls and felt the same about What She Knew. Have you read The Perfume Collector?

    • natashajk May 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      I read Lilac Girls this month and loved it too. What a hard, but good, book.

  • Brooke April 27, 2017 at 6:44 am

    When do you read the most during the day? And what do you do with your books after you read them? Or are they ebooks? Local Library?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 6:46 am

      I read some during the day but mostly at night (and if I’m out of town, I read a ton!). I switch books with friends! Just yesterday, my friend Megan and I swapped four books and this morning, Narci and I swapped one!

    • Teresa April 27, 2017 at 7:23 am

      My local library almost always has the books she lists on their shelf. Or on hoopla (audio books). I never buy any!

  • Erin Amend April 27, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Read “My Sister’s Secret” by Tracy Buchanan. I don’t know how I stumbled upon it, but seriously one of the best books I’ve ever read.

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life April 27, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Beachbomers is going on my list for my next read!!

  • Brooke Richardson April 27, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Shay, I might need to borrow one true loves!!? I’m intrigued.

  • Kelly Sites April 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

    You absolutely MUST MUST see The Zookeeper’s Wife- I read the book AND saw the movie and LOVED the movie so much more than the book (which NEVER HAPPENS). The acting is beautiful and it’s so good. Highly suggest you see it. And you MUST read THE ONE MAN. It’s on my top 5 for the year for sure. No one has heard of it, but it’s amazing. Go check it out on Amazon. Great stuff.

  • Jillian April 27, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I Loved The Crown! I know there is a season 2 in the works. I heard Netflix plan was that each season would cover a ten year span in their lives, following the whole family, bringing us to present day. They’ve already announced some cast changes for Season 2. (You might recognize one of your favorite Downton Abbey & Good Wife characters!)

    • Jillian April 27, 2017 at 7:05 am

      I’ve heard there are 6 seasons planned in total! 🙂

      • Emily April 27, 2017 at 8:10 am

        That’s what I’ve heard too- it could even be extended longer. Each season is a decade in Queen Elizabeth’s life. The interesting part is that they’ve implied that the actors playing the lead roles will change every two seasons- to reflect the actual age of the characters. It’s such a great show!

      • Amber April 27, 2017 at 8:11 am

        That’s awesome! We LOVED The Crown!

  • Eryn April 27, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I think I “watched” more than I read this month. Have you watched Big Little Lies on HBO? I just finished it- thought it was pretty good. The book was much better!
    Also, I know you have been disappointed with Colleen Hoover’s other books but they recently made Confess into a show. It was 7 short episodes on go90 app. I have to say, Confess was one of my least favorite books by her, but I loved the show! I highly suggest it!

  • Marisa April 27, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I am reading Never Unfriended by Lisa Joe Baker, which is filled with wisdom on how to be a better friend like Jesus. I also loved because I laughed continually at I Feel Bad about my Neck by Nora Ephron.

  • Kendall April 27, 2017 at 7:14 am

    You should read “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake”! It’s a quick and sweet story of a chef and a food critic with a little bit of a “You’ve Got Mail” twist!

  • Kelly April 27, 2017 at 7:16 am

    My husband and I binged watched The Crown, loved it! I would put a caution in there for some language and a few “adult” themes for parents of pre-teens. I always enjoy reading your book review posts;).

    • Emily April 27, 2017 at 8:12 am

      I agree! I would definitely wait until late middle school-high school. While it’s not terribly graphic, there are definitely adult themes (and scenes) surrounding death.

  • Abby April 27, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Favorite day of the month! I load up my kindle on book review day and usually make it almost to the next review lol. Thankfully, I have some Elin Hilderbrand to fill in the gaps.

  • Vanessa April 27, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Have you read The Shack? I would love to hear your thoughts on that.

  • Aoife Knoth April 27, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I highly recommend seeing the movie “The Zookeeper’s wife”. I just saw it and it’s amazing! Very well done.

    • Aoife Knoth April 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      They’re also making Crazy Rich Asians into a movie!!!

  • Brittney April 27, 2017 at 7:37 am

    This month I’m working on Liane Moriary’s lesser known (to me) books. I was having a hard time choosing and I love her!! I read the Hypnotists wife and am working my way through Three Wishes!

  • Melissa April 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I just read the other day The Crown is coming back for Season 2 in November (woohoo).

    Also, I’m almost done with Alex and Eliza which is a fictional account of the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. If you have any love for Hamilton in you I think you would love it! I’m adding a few of these to my current list-your reading posts are always a fav (second only to the adoption ones)

  • Anna April 27, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I love your book reviews because that’s where I find most of my books from! So glad you loved Crazy Rich Asians! The second book by the same author is also great! I can’t remember the name of it at the moment.

  • Gabby Roberts April 27, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Your reviews are always spot on. I just finished I Let You Go and it was so good. I read it in 3 day! And I already bought One True Love and Crazy Rich Asians as soon as I finished reading your post ha! By the way, it says that they are in the middle of casting to make Crazy Rich Asians into a movie!

  • Jessica April 27, 2017 at 7:54 am

    The Crown is a great show and I agree it is not graphic at all. However, there is one episode ( I think it is the second one) where they do show Prince Philip’s bum.

  • Jordan April 27, 2017 at 7:55 am

    My oldest is 10 and I definitely don’t think I would have let him watch the crown with me. Prince Philip is seen naked from the back several times, there are several f-bombs and crude sexual jokes / references and language. It was definitely mild compared to a lot that’s on ABC or something but still some pretty inappropriate content for youth. I watched it pretty recently so it’s still fresh on my mind!

  • Mary April 27, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I am obsessed with the Crown!! I have spent a lot of time researching the story line and have found majority of it to be very factual. Good news is I heard there will be a season 2 🙂

  • Kate Rhoad April 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I just read “The One that Got Away” by Bethany Chase and thought it was a really cute, easy read. I believe there is a sequel coming out about one of the characters in the book that I am anxious to read! Thanks for your awesome book reviews! With summer coming, I plan to plant myself at the pool with a good book any spare minute I get!

  • Lindsey April 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Crazy Rich Asians has a sequel book and you must read it! (China Rich Girlfriend) I just finished Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina and it was captivating. The story of an adopted child from Sierra Leone who becomes the youngest professional ballerina in the world. Her story is heartbreaking and uplifting.

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams April 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I really liked Lilac Girls! It’s partly historical with three women’s points of views during WWII (an upper class American woman, a german doctor and a young polish girl). The stories were interesting and intersected a little. Always love your recommendations!
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Kimberly April 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Currently reading:
    Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

    On my to read list:
    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

    Do you have an account on Goodreads? It’s a fantastic site for the book community and to keep tabs on what your friends are currently reading, what they’ve read, and what they want to ready. You can rate your book and write a review! It would be great to follow you on there!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Yes! My Goodreads info is on my site today!

  • Jaclyn April 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

    You have to read China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians! SO SO good!! Easy reading, I enjoyed them both on the beach. 🙂

  • JH April 27, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I highly recommend watching the Zookeepers Wife! I just went to the movie (haven’t read the book yet) and I loved it so much!! It was wonderful.

  • Taylor April 27, 2017 at 8:07 am

    You should do Singapore!! I absolutely love it and it’s fantastic spot with kids too.

  • Amber April 27, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Hi Shay! I look forward to your Book review every month!!! This list makes me so happy! Also, LOVED The Crown and yes they are making a Part 2 that should come out fall of 2018-super excited about that! I just finished a great book by Debbie Macomber-her newest called If Not You. It was such a great book and I fell in love with the characters. I think you’d love it! Blessings to you and all your family !

  • Julie April 27, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Please read A Fine Romance by Susan Branch! It’s about the author’s trip to England on the Queen Mary 2 and her excursions through the English countryside (think tea rooms, castles, cottages, romantic gardens, Beatrix Potter’s house , etc.). She is a watercolorist and the book is filled with her beautiful illustrations. You would love this book!

  • SC April 27, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I loved Crazy Rich Asians as well – really well written and sucked me in completely. My dh travels to Asia for business, so it was interesting to hear more about the places he goes to regularly. Regarding vacationing in Singapore, my dh says that the climate is like Hawaii, but it is a big city. Lots of fun interesting things to see and very clean & safe.

  • Lisa D April 27, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Just started Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, and I’m also re-reading The Shack. I also recently read a Jojo Moyes book from a few years ago called The Horse Dancer which was pretty good.

  • lauren April 27, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I can’t seem to get the ball rolling on Crazy Rich Asians. I love what I have read, but alas. Maybe I should order the physical book.

    Also, it has a sequel and the first is being made into a movie!

  • Debbie April 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

    You must visit Singapore if you ever get the chance! The food is AH-MAZE-ING!!!! I lived over there for about 3 years due to my husbands job at the time. Our middle child was born there and she actually got married on April Fool’s day of this year! Anyway, they are planning a trip for their one year anniversary to Singapore! I am thinking of getting One True Loves now, I’ve never been a big reader, but you have opened my eyes to that a bit. Thank you!

  • Taylor April 27, 2017 at 8:41 am

    You must see The Zookeepers Wife. It was one of the best movies I’ve seen lately!! I also read One True Loves this month and loved it! Right now I’m reading Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews and I’m loving it!! I actually wasn’t expecting much from this book but the story line is great and something I think you’d really enjoy. Lastly, I saw other people recommending When Breath Becomes Air and I agree, it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s so touching.

  • Keisha M Dawson April 27, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Added these all to my Amazon cart! Can’t wait to dig in. I’m in the middle of The Secrets of Midwives now, and I’m loving it. The Crown is a wonderful show! I loved it!

  • Kristen April 27, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I just finished First Comes Love by Emily Griffin. Couldn’t put it down! It was the first book I’ve read of hers and I can’t wait to read another one. I read The Zookeeper’s Wife recently and I was caught off guard by the format as well. I wanted to like it and I made myself read the whole thing but I really didn’t enjoy it. I am currently reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and I’m only a few chapters in but it’s already got me hooked!

  • Summer April 27, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Have you read “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio? It is a must read for adults and older children!

  • Briana N. Lee April 27, 2017 at 8:46 am

    So glad you loved Crazy Rich Asians! I just got the second book in the series to take on vacation next week and then the third one comes out this month too. Kevin Kwan is hilarious. Can’t wait to see the movie adaptation.

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

  • Linda E April 27, 2017 at 8:49 am

    This month, I read It Ends with Us, Tell Me Three Things and When Breath Becomes Air. Loved them all for different reasons. I am currently –or should I say finally– reading Lilac Girls. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Stc611 April 27, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Love love love your book review post. Look forward to it all month. Can’t wait to read ALL of these. I read a Taylor Jenkins Reid book for the first time this month – Maybe in Another Life – and it was good! Read it in one sitting! Now I know which of hers I’ll be reading next. This month, I read several great books in fact. I loved Along an Infinite Sea and My not so perfect life (thank you for those recommendations)! Also read The Life Intended and thought that was great. I think you’ll enjoy that one!

  • Kayla B April 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

    LOVE book review day 🙂 Going along with timely texts, several friends have recommended The Hate U Give as being poignant, timely, and well written. I have been debating downloading Crazy, Rich Asians in Audible, and I think I just might have to do it now!

  • Cathy April 27, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I also loved Crazy Rich Asians. You have to read the follow-up, China Rich Girlfriend. I’m so excited Kevin Kwan’s next book, Rich People Problems comes out this May. I also enjoyed The Zookeeper’s Wife. Currently reading Doree Shafrir’s Startup. You should consider joining the Book of the Month Club.

  • Meaghan Weldon April 27, 2017 at 8:57 am

    They are making Crazy Rich Asians into a movie!! Soooo good!

  • Angela Ellingson April 27, 2017 at 9:08 am

    What a great book month for you! These all sound so good! Have you read Jim Gaffigan’s Dad is Fat? I just listened to it on Audible and it is so hilarious and relatable!

  • MEghan April 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Just placed my Amazon order for these books! Can’t wait to get my summer reading going! Pre-ordered The Identical’s, Elin Hildebrand’s newest book coming out in June! Can’t wait to read that one.

  • Alexis deZayas April 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I literally found myself doing a happy dance when I was clicking this post this morning. I think you’ve already read it but I’m loving Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin right now!

  • Melissa April 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

    You should read The Circle by Dave Eggers. I am in the middle of it and cannot put it down!

    • natashajk May 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      That was such a good, thought provoking book, although I didn’t like the ending 🙁

  • Madi April 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I said it last month and I’m going to say it again because I truly believe every single American should read this book. You’ve got to read Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. It’s so thought provoking and beautifully written. By far my favorite book of 2017 up to this point!

    • Mary May 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Totally agreed. I just finished it as well. In my opinion, you can’t really go wrong with most of her books, but that was easily one of her best.

    • natashajk May 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      That really was a good book. And it just stays with you, doesn’t it?

  • Kelly April 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I’m currently about halfway through Unstuffed. And slowly making my way through all of Elin Hilderbrand’s books as well. 🙂

  • Amanda Yap-Choong April 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

    If you haven’t read it already, “The last lecture” by Randy Paush is one of my all time favourites (ie a book one can re-read every 3 to 5 years and pick something new up). Memoir style, simple to read and very moving. Tears are guaranteed. Highly highly recommend it!

  • KM April 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for the review! I just wanted to touch on the Crown really quick to let you know that it is renewed for season 2 and they are working on multiple seasons beyond that. I’ve read that the main actors (Queen Elizabeth and Phillip) will be replaced for season 3 as they will go with older actors. Apparently the series is set to showcase different decades in her life/reign. I for one would be interested to see how they portray the Diana/Fergie years if the show continues that long!

  • Courtney Blair April 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I just finished reading Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers and it was so touching!

  • Kristen April 27, 2017 at 9:36 am

    They are making a movie for Crazy Rich Asians! It’s in pre-production right now. The third in the (I believe) trilogy comes out next month! The second one, China Rich Girlfriend, was just as good. Maybe One Day by Taylor Jenkins Reid is also a good one! I also heard After I Do is good but I haven’t gotten to that one yet.

  • Lynne April 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Just read Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris. It’s a thriller with lots of twists. I could not put it down. Had to finish it in one day just to see what would happen!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Reading it right now!!!

      • Lynne April 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm

        Can’t wait to read your review next month and see if you liked it as much as I did!!!!

  • mindy April 27, 2017 at 9:51 am

    like others, i look forward to your book reviews each month. i’m so glad you loved crazy, rich asians! i thought it was so wild and neat to hear about a completely different lifestyle in another part of the world. i definitely recommend china rich girlfriend, also by kevin kwan. it was just as good as his first! i’ve heard great things about a gentleman in moscow. i’ve got that book on my list to read this month. thanks for the recommendations!!

  • Kelly Franks April 27, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I LOVED Crazy Rich Asians. You should read China Rich Girlfriend next. It’s the sequel. I ordered Unstuffed and need to start that. I’m currently reading Along the Infinite Sea. Thanks for all the great recs each month!

  • Kimberly April 27, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I’ve read Crazy Rich Asians too and it’s such a fun read! My friends from Singapore admit that the culture is very luxury shopping obsessed so the book captures that. You should definitely visit Singapore! It’s so pretty and easy to navigate and a perfect stopover when you’re heading to Thailand.

  • Abbie April 27, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I have read The Zookeepers Wife and I saw the movie. And I really think you should see it also! They were both so good!! And the movie is worth seeing, I thought! Also, you should try Confess by Colleen Hoover, loved it just as much as It Ends With Us! I think you will really enjoy it! Can’t wait to read One True Loves, sounds so good.

  • Jenny April 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I love book reviews! I’m going to download One True Loves, today. We fly out for Jamaica tomorrow, and I was needing another book recommendation. Perfect timing! Thanks! 🙂

  • MICHELLE O April 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I am currently reading Unstuffed on your recommendation. So far it has given me a lot to think about so I can clean out this house!!!! LOL I will get 31 Days to a Clutterfree Life next. Thank you.

  • Lynn Frey April 27, 2017 at 10:42 am

    The book is called, Everything Everything. It is also being made into a movie right now. A girl who is allergic to the world and the mom keeps her in a “bubble” until she spots a boy next door. Very fast read and kind of fun to see the graphics/illustrations that she throws in the mix.

    • natashajk May 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Oh, this was such a good book.

  • Kerri April 27, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Love these, have a bunch of your last years books already in my suitcase! Headed to Bora Bora next week and excited to bring unstuffed and a few others from you 2016 list I ordered!

  • Beth A Abler April 27, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Love book review day. Crazy Rich Asians is a favorite for sure. So was the second book, China Rich Girlfriend and he has a 3rd and final book coming out at the end of May, Rich People Problems. Looking forward to that.
    You might already know about this book, but I wanted to put it on your radar: At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe By Tsh Oxenreider. It just came out. She and her husband chronical taking their three young kids on a 9 month trip around the world. Haven’t read it yet, but thought that would be of interest to you.

  • Karah Stracener April 27, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I always love your book reviews. You have the best recommendations. I am currently reading The Woman in Cabin 10 and adding a few of these to my lists. I am really trying to read more, because I do love it. Sometimes I just feel like its hard for me to find the time.

  • Courtney Torres April 27, 2017 at 11:20 am

    A friend of mine lives in London, and she ventured around a property that was covered in cameras and said that they were currently filming Season Two of The Crown – YES! Also, I saw The Zookeeper’s Wife in the theater, wonderful movie, and very well done, however, if you are an animal lover like myself it was quite upsetting to see them liquidize the zoo during the war. So sad. I have not read this book though, but I am so tempted after seeing the movie! The zoo that this story is based off of is still open to this day. So fascinating!

  • Susie Harrold April 27, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Try Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. My mom and I are avid readers (sound familiar?) 🙂 and she gave this an “11” out of 1-10, which caught my attention. It is about a plane crash and the survivors, but let me tell you, this man can write. I usually shy away from books about multiple people because I enjoy a main character, and while there is a main character in this book, many other characters get quite a bit of time. Seriously – try it – I think you will love it. With all of that said, I am only halfway through it, but it is the kind of book I find myself thinking about at random moments. The storyline is unique and endearing.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      I read that one last year and LOVED it!!!!

  • Amber April 27, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase ( if you like the princess diaries you will love this)

    A man called Overview by Fredrik Backman…just so good.

  • sara alexander April 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I recently finished A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It wasn’t the typical genre I read from but I really grew to understand and like Ove. It was a good read.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      I read that one last year!!

  • Brittany Sciba April 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I’m about halfway through Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand! Really good so far!

  • Allison April 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    You think about reading Nine Women, One Dress. Quick read about a LBD!!

  • Carrie April 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    You know what would be fun to read sometime? A book review post about the books that your kids are reading and loving the most!

  • Ramona Greenspan April 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I tell ya. I so look forward to these posts. I start going through withdrawals the day after you post your reviews. Lol. I kind of wish this was a weekly thing. 😉 Anyhoo, thanks for giving me lots of summer reading ideas. I’m a teacher so summer is when I get to devour all the books. 🙂

  • Sara April 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Your book reviews have inspired me because you review so many books that sound right up my alley. I LOVE to read but finding time and energy to read hasn’t been a priority since my 15 month old was born. I’ve started reading 15-30 minutes each night before I go to sleep. I won’t be able to finish more than about 2 books each month but it’s better than nothing! Thanks for the reviews!

  • Emily April 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I think I commented after you trip to D.C. but I really recommend The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower. It’s non-fiction and a really cool read about the staff of the White House and their experiences with the Presidential families.

  • Emily April 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Oh I also just read and loved Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley. It’s a quick read that would be a great vacation/beach book. It also has a little Singapore life involved!

  • Whitney April 27, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    You have to read “Always” by Sarah Jio. I know you will love it so much! We read a ton of the same books 🙂

  • tamara thomason April 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I watched the movie “Lion” last night and I thought of you. It is a beautiful true story about adoption. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=lion+movie&&view=detail&mid=133FEF3FF1465161A9CC133FEF3FF1465161A9CC&rvsmid=8634232493D30A5388F38634232493D30A5388F3&fsscr=0&FORM=VDQVAP

  • Siena April 27, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    If you haven’t already, read Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. She has an advice column called “Dear Sugar” and the book is a compilation of her column. I hate advice columns and thought I would hate this book but it is now my all time favorite book and I recommend it to anyone/everyone. I tried to read one column everyday and could never read just one. Some won’t apply to you, but others will speak to you so much that you can’t stop thinking about it. I ear marked certain columns and refer back to them when I need a little pick me up or advice.

  • Holly April 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Per your 2016 Top Books, I read “Cancel the Wedding” and I absolutely LOVED it! So I am sure I will love the One True Loves and Crazy Rich Asians! I put them in my “to read” list already! LOVE book review day, thanks for posting them!!!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily April 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Both Lilac Girls and Small Great Things have been already mentioned, but I would definitely reiterate the recommendations! I am in the middle of American Wife right now – it’s definitely interesting!

  • Heather April 27, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Just after reading your March book review I listened to the audiobook Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. It is a WWII story set in Paris, France. I thought of you because the person reading was able to pronounce all the French words, mostly locations, in a perfect accent. I would have skipped over them if I had been reading, lol. The story was great, a journalist discovers an event in Parisian history she didn’t know about and it turns out to affect her and her family directly. Check it out to get your Paris/French fix 🙂

  • Jennifer April 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I actually lived in Singapore as a kid. I must read! And you must go! 😊

  • Vicki Watt April 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Shay! Your book review posts are my favorite! You have introduced me to Elin Hildebrand, Nancy Thayer, Cancel the Wedding, It Ends with Us, and so many more – thank you! I think you would enjoy Sarah Jio’s books. She is a Seattle based author. Her latest, “Always” is a great read. My other favorites are “The Violets of March” and “The Bungalow”. I’m going to try Crazy Rich Asians now! Happy reading 🙂

  • Hena Tayeb April 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Great recommendations. Thanks for sharing

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

  • Ashley April 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    One True Loves is on my list!! Try Kristin Hannah The Nightingale and Winter Garden. Also any of Kate Mortons books-The Lake House and The Forgotten Garden are my favs so far! 🙂

  • Lori April 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    LOVE your reviews! My Mrs. Brown is such a great book!! I think you would thoroughly enjoy it.

  • Karen April 27, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for all the great book reviews. Today I went to library and was able to check out Cancel the Wedding, One True Loves, and Crazy Rich Asians. What order should I read them in? I felt so lucky to find all three!

  • Annie H. April 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Love, Love your book reviews!!
    I just read A LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George.
    It’s a book about books…. ~”Books are more than doctors, of course. Some novels are loving, lifelong companions; some give you clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you’ve got those autumn blues. And some….well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful void.”~
    And it will also fill your imagination with the true beauty of the picturesque countryside of France as you journey by barge to southern France on along the River Seine…. a journey to heal a wounded heart. So many insightful quotes that you might want to keep a highlighter handy!

  • Detroit Duchess April 27, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I’m glad you mentioned The Crown – I have been waiting to pull the trigger on that one, but when you have an English heritage and your name is Elizabeth its probably a no-brainer…I love anything to do with the monarchy.

  • Rebecca April 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I LOVED one true loves (& read a couple of her others right after)! Immediately after one true loves I read it ends with us, which I really liked, but I wish I’d read a few books in between. Does that make sense? Just finished behind closed doors, the couple next door, & the woman in cabin 10 & really enjoyed them all…..apparently I’m on a girl on the train style suspense book kick (I’ve read a few others in same genre), so if anyone has similar suggestions, thanks! Currently reading overseas by Beatriz Williams. It’s her only hook I hadn’t read & I love her style, she’s such a great story teller!

  • Mary Jane McNeill April 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    My BFF and I go on a girlfriend trip every year, and this year it’s NANTUCKET!! We are both BIG Elin Hilderbrand fans, and we heard her speak at Bunch of Grapes in Martha’s Vineyard a couple of years ago. We’re going to read an EH book together before we go, but I think we need to read Nancy Thayer’s book as well! (I’ve already made a list of where to eat from your post…and NO PUDDLE JUMPER PLANE RIDE FOR US!!) 🙂

  • Lauren Morris April 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I always love to read your book reviews Shay. So many good suggestions! I just finished Here’s to Us and it was excellent. I started reading Elin Hilderbrand after reading one of your book reviews last year and now I’m hooked. I just requested One True Loves from the library. I also just won 8 books from raisingboysandgirls.com and I’m so excited to receive them to dive in. I have heard great reviews on Are My Kids on Track and Intentional Parenting. Now if I could just get my act together and take the time to update my Goodreads account.

  • Aimee April 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Love your book review days :). I just discovered Renee Carlino and read Before We Were Strangers and Swear on This Life…both really good! And I still hope you read Results May Vary by Bethany Chase. That was surprisingly a favorite of mine!

  • Amanda April 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Shay!! I’ve been following your blog for a little while now and I just love what you write about!! You have the cutest little family!! I was wondering if you would be able to write an article or talk about how you got started in blogging? I just recently started and would love to know about how you got things started 🙂

  • Jen Ross April 27, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I love your monthly book reviews… I have found a lot of good books and authors from them! I happened to have just finished Beachcombers too. I really liked it!

  • Jocie April 27, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Knew you would love crazy rich asians!!! You must read the sequel now!

  • Cris April 27, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I don’t usually read fiction, but I just finished Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner. I loved it! It’s mostly set in WWII London, which seems like something you’d like. I hope you get to read it!

  • Lesley McFarland April 27, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    We are moving in 2 months so I ordered 31 days uncluttered. Hopefully this will help me purge all of our junk

  • M'Lisa April 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I have really been enjoying biographical/memoir type books about people from various Asian countries. It has helped me learn a lot more about issues that have happened to people in those countries and also more about their cultures. The Girl With Seven Names was so fascinating. It is written by a North Korean Defector. The Secret Piano is written by a famous pianist who lived in China during the cultural revolution. Also fascinating. I am currently reading Where the Wind Leads and it’s about refugees from Vietnam. So wonderful as well. Anyway, just passing those on if you are interested. They are all books I read this month. I also read The Secret Keeper. It was a good read and had a surprise ending I never would have guessed.

  • JennySuszka April 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I’d like to recommend “The Promise Girls” by Marie Bostwick.

  • Deanna Zehr April 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I blogged about “One True Loves” earlier this week and declared it my favorite book of the year! If you haven’t read “Maybe in Another Life” or “After I Do” they are very good as well. Taylor Jenkins Reid is my favorite new author. Have a great weekend!

    • natashajk May 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      I’ve read three of her books now and Forever, Interrupted is still my favourite. Have you read that one?

  • Bethany April 27, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I am super organized too, so I have never thought about reading an organization tip book. Maybe I should. Since I live in Asia the Crazy Rich Asian might be food too. Have you read the Just Breathe series?

  • Amanda April 28, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Love book review day!! This is going to seem a little out there (maybe) but have you read the Selection series by Kiera Cass? They are YA books but soooo addicting! It’s basically the Bacheor taking place in a royal family. They hold a bacheor style situation in order to marry off the prince and there’s nothing I can say to make it sound as amazing as it is (and since it’s YA it is clean!). We have very, very similar reading lives and I tore through these books last year and realized today that it’s right up your alley too!

  • Danielle Rigg April 28, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Have you read any of Jodi Picoult’s books? I love them. There are many that really make you think of some hard topics, she writes from both splints of views so just when you think you are on one “team” she gets you to think of the other one. I also LOVE audio books. I have. 40 minute commute both ways so it is a great way to fit ina book, not feel guilty and then have all time time for my girls.
    Going to look into The Zookeeper’s Wife sounds really good. Thanks

  • Molly Way April 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Crazy Rich Asians is so good! The sequel is awesome too! And the third book is about to come out plus a big studio just bought the movie rights! My husband and I are from Texas but live in Malaysia right now, Singapore’s neighbor, so it made some of the references even more funny! Always love your book lists (just finished 2 off your lists) and love that you loved that book! Yay!

  • Megan Butler April 28, 2017 at 7:37 am

    YAy!!! My favorite posf of the month!! Adding these books to my library wish list now!!

  • Natalie Clark April 28, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I have been saving The Crown for after I deliver in July! I know I’ll be in front of the tv quite a bit nursing, so I’m trying to save some good shows! This month, I read The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand and loved it!!

  • Caitlin April 28, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I thought Crazy Rich Asians was such an entertaining book! I read it for a book club and wasn’t expecting to like it but ended finding it so witty and to be such a fun story! I’ve been thinking about reading the Zoo Keepers Wife. That’s a good review you gave, I assumed it was written as a novel too. It sounds so good though, I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Caitlin
    wandererandwolf.com

  • Vicki April 28, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I just love your blog! You do such a great job with it and I especially love your reading posts. I just wanted to make you and your readers aware because you have spoken so highly of the book Unstuffed that it is on sale on Kindle right now for $1.99. Thanks for sharing your faith, family and so many other fun things with us!

  • Kate April 28, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for the great suggestions this month! I would have to agree with a few other commenters that “The Crown” definitely has some inappropriate content. I would not allow my 11 year old to watch it with me. I would strongly caution against it!

  • Christina April 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    So YOU must have been the one to mention Unstuffed which has been sitting here waiting for me to open it. I have not yet bc I was finishing up the audio for The Zookeepers Wife because I, too, wanted to see the movie. and I did go see it! HUGE for me bc it’s so hard for me to get to the theater while a movie is STILL in the theater. I think you would love the movie. It makes the story come to life in a way that the book didn’t. I loved the book, too, by the way. I was really curious how they would weave it all together to make it flow. There were only a few parts that were not “true to the story”, in my opinion. The undertones between Antonina and Heck were pushed a bit. Or maybe I missed the boat in the book, not sure. I felt they Hollywooded it up for the screen.
    I also read Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River. Really, really enjoyed that one. It was my choice for book club. I think you’d like it!

  • Whitney Pegram April 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I bought Unstuffed & I’m loving it!

  • sarah smith April 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Shay! I just finished “The Secret Wife” by Gill Paul and I highly recommend it! It’s chic lit meets historical fiction, and it’s soooo good! I couldn’t put it down, I told my mom to read it when I was almost finished, and she read it so fast she finished before I could!

  • Jenn April 29, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I love all your book recommendations!! If you haven’t read the selection series yet you should. Super easy read because it’s ya fiction(which I tend to like because it’s cleaner) but if you like the bachelor you will like it. It’s like a royal bachelor.

  • Jaren April 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Always love your book posts! Ordering One True Loves and Crazy Rich Asians right now! Only 4 more weeks of our school year left, and I’m ready for some summer reading!

  • Jaime April 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I look forward to these reviews every month so I know what to read!!! I just read a book called The Futures by Anna Pitoniak. It reminded me of the book The Hopefuls that you recommended last year. If you haven’t read When Breath Becomes Air it is pretty incredible. But have tissues handy! 🙂

  • Shelly April 29, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Behind closed doors and cancel the wedding were two faves for me this month!

  • Southern & Style April 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I’ve had the Zookeeper’s Wife on my Amazon wishlist for a while, I’m a history nerd so I need to read it! I finished up Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks this month & loved it-it was so unlike the rest of his books, I really enjoyed it!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  • Ashley April 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I just finished 3 young adult classics and loved them all! A Wrinkle in Time, The Little Prince, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. I highly suggest reading each of them!

  • Celina May 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Always look forward to your Book Review Day! We read very similar books every month before I even see your post and I get lots of recs from you too. My friend used to live in McKinney and would look for you around that cute town. Did you read The Orphan’s Tale? It is a combination of Water for Elephants and The Nightingale. So good!

  • Andrea May 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Shay, I also loved “Crazy, Rich Asians.” I am excited to read” One True Loves”, I just added it to my kindle based on your recommendation. I wanted to return the recommendation favor and tell you “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom is one of the BEST books I have read in a long time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 2, 2017 at 4:56 am

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

  • Jessica May 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    My book recommendations that I think you’ll like!
    1) I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (my top book of 2016… I literally had to re-read the BIG twist 3 times to believe it)
    2) The Dry by Jane Harper (Reese Witherspoon is making this a movie!)
    3) Murder at Honeychurch Hall (first in a cute little series that you will love if you watched Downton Abbey)

  • Erin May 1, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Shay- I was scrolling through your replies, writing down book titles and I realized no one had mentioned the cutest book I just finished. It’s called Delicious! by Ruth Reichl who is a food writer and chef. This book is her first novel and by far my favorite recent book. I think you would enjoy! Also, have you read an YA books? I highly recommend taking a gander. They are so much fun! Some of my recent favs are Fangirl and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

  • Melinda May 2, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    LOVE your book reviews!! Just got back from visiting a friend in Dallas and read It Ends With Us on the plane!! LOVED that book so much!! I didn’t want it to end!!

  • Ashley Clark May 3, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. My first book of hers – very good, and very thought provoking. Challenges you to look at your own life and examine the stereotypes you might not know you have.

  • Ruth May 4, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I thought you might like Lisa See’s books. She is Chinese American and her latest book is called The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Part of the story in this book is about Chinese babies being adopted by Americans.

  • Stacey Lagrone May 8, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I HIGHLY recommend reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. It’s intense, captivating and funny all in one. I couldn’t put it down!

  • Amy Miller May 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I love your book reviews! Have you read Big Little Lies? I just finished it and I loved it. Now I want to binge watch the show!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 10, 2017 at 4:48 am

      Yes! I loved that book!!

  • Jodi May 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    So my library did not have One True Loves available so I grabbed Forever Interrupted by the same author and I HATED it. It was so slow and drawn out and I kept waiting for it to climax and it never did. I hope One True Loves is better. I read Confess by Colleen Hoover (she wrote It Ends with Us) and it was amazing! I loved it even better than It Ends with Us! The next one on my nightstand from the library is Beachcombers. Love the book reviews!

  • Brittney May 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Wow!! Finished one true loves – its been a long time since I’ve been that emotionally invested in a book!! I’m reading crazy rich Asians now but I keep finding myself wanting soya sauce, noodle bowls, and rice!

  • Bev May 17, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I just finished Summer Breeze and thought I was prepared for an abrupt ending after reading your review that it needed another chapter. Still yet, I was like WHAAAATTTT??? It’s over??? Haha! I still enjoyed it though. Contemplating reading another by Nancy Thayer.