March Book Review

It’s my March Book Review!

If you’re a reader out there like me, then today, you’re all like…

…woohoo!!!  Time to talk books!  Unfortunately, if you’re not a reader, you’re all like…

…zzzzz…someone wake me up when she posts something else. 😉

Each month, I always look forward to this post so much because I love talking about books with you!!!  It’s like we have our own little book club and I LOVE it!

This month, I read seven books…and they were all a little bit different.

I read two chick lit books, one book that was super suspenseful and kept me nervous the whole time, a book written by a Brit about living in France, a book on cozy, one faith-based book on making moments in your family and another book about “unstuffing” your life.

  Here we go…

Per several of your recommendations, I read November 9 this month by Colleen Hoover.  Okay, here’s the problem: I think I accidentally read her best book first, so it’s very hard to love the others as much.  Last year, I read It Ends With Us and loved it so much that I named it the second best book of 2016 (out of 63 books!).  I LOVED that book.  The following month, I wanted to read another Hoover book and read Maybe Someday and didn’t enjoy that one…so, I would say November 9 fell some place in the middle.  The plot was okay (it’s a fictional tale about two people who meet up every year on November 9 and only then don’t see each other the rest of the year).  It was really easy to read and kept my attention…and the story was decent…just not nearly as gripping as It Ends With Us.  I would probably have enjoyed it more if I didn’t hold it against It Ends With Us.  Her books do tend to be a little rated R, so note that if that bothers you.  I don’t know???  It’s hard!  I hate to say I don’t enjoy a book…but this one was just okay.  It was easy to read, it did keep me entertained, but if I were recommending books to you, I would say skip this one and read It Ends With Us instead.

You know how much I love a good book about French stuff.  Well, this one was a really good one because the author is British.  In the past, I’ve read books from Americans who live in France, from French women who live there (or live in the US and they’re comparing it to life in France), but it was fun to read about a Brit’s experiences living in France and how it differs from English life.  All You Need to Be Impossibly French made me happy with every page.  I thought it was entertaining and informational.  Reading her tales about raising young kids in France was very interesting to me (especially as it compares to raising them in England).  If you are a Francophile like me and love a good book on the subject, get this one too.

I’m having a moment with Nancy Thayer books right now.  They’re light little fictional reads that would make perfect beach, pool or airplane companions.  This one, Summer Breeze, was very entertaining.  I loved all three main characters and had no idea how it was going to end.  And actually…at the end, after the final chapter, Thayer writes a chapter about how the ending could have gone another direction.  I was happy she included that because I needed to kind of sort it out myself. Ha!

 I read this one quickly just so I could see how it was all going to work out.  I think you’ll fall in love with the setting, the characters and the theme.

Another Thayer book for the win!

Grip-ping.

I mean…this one was a page turner (and often, you’re covering your eyes and wincing as you turn).  If you like novels like Gone Girl, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Girl on the Train then you will love I Let You Go too.  This piece of fiction is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way until the end.  I’m still recovering from it :).  I haven’t read any other Mackintosh books, so please let me know if she has others like this one.  Eeeks!  You’re going to love this!

Erika read this book and loved it so much that she bought me my very own copy.  Moment Maker is written by Carlos Whittaker who is a Christian music artist, and it’s about his life, his marriage and raising his kids…all with humor.  He is very funny as he writes and it was a breeze to read.  The message is about making sure you are purposeful about carving out intentional moments plus, you need to seize moments as they appear (even if you don’t have them planned).  I found it very inspiring and encouraging.  I don’t think you need to be a parent to read this one either.  I think people of all ages/walks of life would like it.

Well, I have a new obsession.  #becauseidontalreadyhaveenough #yeahright

Do you know what “hygge” is?  (It’s pronounced: hoo-gah.)  I read about it in a magazine and then discovered that if you type it into Pinterest, a whole world of it will appear.  It’s the Danish concept of being cozy.  I know?!  Cozy is like my favorite word EVER, so to think there is a whole concept about that makes my heart so happy!  I’ve been pinning different ways to practice hygge at home, so I thought I’d read a book (or two) about it too.  I read The Cozy Life this month and thought it was good!  This book is written by a Danish author and she explains how her parents created a very cozy atmosphere growing up and she does it herself today.  Listen, if you’re a fan of the quaint little French books (cough, cough, like the one above), then you’ll like this too.  I found it very inspirational.  Why can’t my house be more cozy?  It totally can!  And seriously, you’re going to start seeing this word, hygge, everywhere now.  Once I heard it, I can’t stop finding it in print, on TV or on the web.

So, at one point, Smith told me to stop reading this book. Bahahahahahahaha!  The reason why is because as I read it, I started revolutionizing our little world (organizing, purging, clearing off our calendar, making them chip in and help more, blah, blah, blah)…and I kept saying “well, in my book___” and finally Smith was like “stop reading that book”.  This was my favorite book of the month.  I loved it so much that I might even do a whole post just about how I’m applying it to our life.  Unstuffed is a book about just that…unstuffing your house, your calendar and your relationships.  What I loved most about it was how darn practical it is!  Her ideas are not complicated…they’re simple.  I already bought another one of her books (watch out Smith!) because I really think this is the kind of author who gets me.  I need real life, simple techniques to make this crazy life I live a little less bumpy.  Read it and prepare to go to work on your life :).

That wraps up my March Book Review!  Okay, what did you read this month?  What should I be reading next????  Please comment and share!

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.
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  • Erika Slaughter April 3, 2017 at 4:44 am

    EEEEK!!!!! I’m so torn after reading this post! Torn because I’m in the middle of Unstuffed -busy decluttering my entire house and now I’m fighting the urge to order some of these books you recommended!! Ruth (author of Unstuffed) is on one shoulder telling me I have plenty of books waiting to be read and YOU are on the other shoulder!

    • Kelly April 3, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Library, Erika, library!;) Then you can have all the books!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily April 3, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Lots of good books this month! I have been seeing the word hygge all over the place – seems like a good idea to finally read about it! Unstuffed sounds super good, too. I’d love to hear how you are applying it to your everyday!

  • Leslie Ann April 3, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Love your book reviews! I read November 9 and loved it! I’ve loved all CH books except Maybe Someday. I did like It Ends With Us, but it was heavy! I also read I Let You Go and loved it! It was hard to get into for the first 100 pages or so, but then it picked up and I could not put it down. If you like thrillers like that, have you read The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson? It’s one of my favorite thrillers of all time!
    I posted about what books I read in March on my blog if you want to check it out! 🙂
    http://www.lalalifeblog.com/2017/04/march-reading-recap.html

    • Beth April 3, 2017 at 6:33 am

      I’m going to have to give I Let You Go another try. I rarely abandon books but that books started out so slowly for me and I just couldn’t get in to it so I returned it to the library. It has really good reviews on Goodreads so I was surprised I didn’t love it and the plot sounded really interesting. I think I will try again since you said it picks up!

  • Courtney April 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Unstuffed sounds like the perfect book for me. I’m putting it in my library cart right now! And you aren’t the first person i’ve heard hygge from – it’s popping up everywhere – and I LOVE it! I can’t wait to see how you are ‘hygge-ing’ (Is that even a word?)! 🙂
    XO
    Courtney
    http://www.greywoodmama.com

  • Jennie April 3, 2017 at 5:13 am

    I’ve read many of you recommendations and my Amazon cart is full once again 🙂 Thanks-I love book day too!!

  • Amy Heinl April 3, 2017 at 5:17 am

    I just finished breading Cancel the Wedding based on one of your reviews and loved it. Also finished Better Than New by Nicole Curtis (of HGTV Rehab Addict) and really enjoyed it. Now starting Family Tree by Susan Wiggs. She is one of my favorite authors..always has rich characters, wonderful story lines that our page turners and hard t9 put down. I haven’t tried any of Nancy Thayer’s books. Think I will add those to my list

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 3, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Oh man, I got to try I Let You Go. I have such a thing for thrillers and am always on the lookout for one that doesn’t disappoint me.

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

  • Megan April 3, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I’mcurrently reading The Year of Living Danishly. I had also been hearing about hyyge everywhere so I decided to pick it up. It’s the memoir of a British couple that lives in Denmark for a year. It is SO interesting. Definitely recommend it.

    http://www.lettinginthelightblog.com

    • Susan April 3, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      That’s on my list but I’ll have to get it through interlibrary loan. Always a slow process!

  • Lindsay April 3, 2017 at 5:31 am

    I look forward to your book reviews each month! I literally sit here with my library account open on one tab (to reserve what you recommend). I started CH’s Maybe Someday but never got through it. It was sooooo boring to me. I will give November 9 a chance. I have read several others by her, that I loved, but this one turned me off on her writing for a while. I feel like “hygge” is 2017’s “Kon Marie!” haha it’s EVERYWHERE!! Thanks Shay!

  • Diana Austin April 3, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Keep the “house” books coming, Shay! We are moving to a new home in July and I am looking forward to implementing a new regime 😉 (Currently reading the Marie Kondo book)

  • Bailey Bryant April 3, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Have you ever read anything from Kristin Hannah? Firefly Lane is probably her most popular book & it’s one of my very favorites, ever. Between Sisters and Magic Hour are also very good. There’s usually a little love in her stories, but most of those focus on familial relationships. I think you would really like them!

    http://www.myboymom.blogspot.com

    • Chelsa Knepp April 3, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Yes! I love Kristen Hannah books!

    • Tracy Kistler April 3, 2017 at 9:00 am

      The Nightengale & Night Road are my favorites by her! ?

    • Meg April 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Firefly Lane is one of my favorite reads of all time. I rarely cry while reading and the ending of that book had me in tears. I have enjoyed all of her books, but that one holds a special place on my book shelf.

    • Susanne April 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

      My absolute favorite Kristin Hannah book, and one of my favorite books in general, is Winter Garden. I love it so much that I buy extra copies when I see them on sale to have to loan out! It’s a little different than her other books but it is SO good.

  • Emma @ from my little pink couch April 3, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I am aaallllll about hygge!!!!! & Ruth Soukop’s “Living Well, Spending Less” is transformational, too!!!!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams April 3, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I’m reading a Nancy Thayer right now (The Island) and loving it so can’t wait to add summer breeze to the list! Unstuffed sounds interesting and Smith is too funny! When Breathe Becomes Air was a favorite of mine last month, it was heavy but inspiring!
    Xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Sheaffer Sims April 3, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Smith is hysterical. Step away from the book. 😉

  • Tanya April 3, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Thank you so much for giving so many great recommendations each month. I loved I Let You Go, and now I’m reading her newest “I See You.” So far, it’s really good. I’m putting Unstuffed on my reading list now…sounds wonderful!

    You can see all the books I read this month here: https://txtanya.blogspot.com/2017/04/media-monday-april-2017.html

  • Sonia April 3, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Highly recommend The Paris Architect!

  • Eileen April 3, 2017 at 5:55 am

    LOVE book review day!!!! Have you read An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff? It’s a beautiful story about how a Manhattan exec befriended a homeless boy and the difference you can make in someone’s life. Also, I recently finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. It was really, really good. Have you read her books? My favorites are My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes.

    • Tracy Kistler April 3, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Small Great Things was my favorite of 2016 & my favorite Jodi Picoult book so far! I’ve read almost all of hers. I still find myself thinking about it months later.

  • Kellee April 3, 2017 at 6:06 am

    I listened to you on Jamie Ivey’s Podcast The Happy Half Hour! What book were you talking about that the woman thought her husband was dead and remarried but come to find out that he is not dead? Thank you for a great book reviews!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 3, 2017 at 6:51 am

      One True Loves!! I’m almost finished with it. It’s really good!!

      • Alexis April 3, 2017 at 4:04 pm

        YESSSSS!!!! I have wanted you to read this author’s books for forever!!! I’ve loved all of them. One True Loves was amazing and I also loved After I Do. Forever, Interrupted was so good, too! All of hers are good!!

    • Keisha M Dawson April 3, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Thank you so much for asking this! I was wondering too!

  • Brooke Richardson April 3, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Please do a whole post dedicated to Unstuffed! I’m intrigued!!

  • Sarah April 3, 2017 at 6:08 am

    I Let You Go is right up my alley! I love a good thriller. We’re currently binge watching Criminal Minds every night!! And I’ve recently been reading on “hygge” and definitely fit right in with the Danish culture!! Life is short, you absolutely should make time for the little things and splurge a bit more 🙂

    Thanks for the review!! Love these!

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life April 3, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Ooo adding Summer Breeze and I Let You Go to my list!!

  • Sharon April 3, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I just finished “Lilac Girls” and absolutely loved it. It was up there with “nightingale” for me.
    I have read ” I see you’ by Claire Macintosh…. it was good but not as good as some of the other books in that genre. I do have “I let you go” on my list to read.
    I too have been reading about simplifying and I have to say that over declutteting what you already have, one of the best ways to help is to stop bringing so much into the house.

    • Ashley Gregory April 3, 2017 at 9:43 am

      I just read Lilac Girls too. Very good.

  • Emily April 3, 2017 at 6:18 am

    You should read ‘The Secret Life of Violet Grant’ by Beatriz Williams. She uses characters from her other books in it (A Hundred Summers and the book you read with Pepper in it!)

  • Jenn April 3, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I read It Ends With Us after reading your year end book review and LOVED it. This month I read Hopless and Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover, the books tell the same story from different perspectives. I liked Losing Hope better but I would recommend reading them in order (Hopless first).

    I would also love to know if you have read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and how it compares to Unstuffed.

    Jenn

  • Tiffany April 3, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I recently read Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult & really liked it.

  • Stacy April 3, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I just downloaded the cozy life! I also pintrested hygge and that is something I can get behind !!! Loved these reviews add The House on Tradd street to your list beach read mystery romance all good things in a book !

  • Traci April 3, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Hopeless was just as good as It Ends With Us! I didn’t see it coming! Read it next!

  • Maria Wright April 3, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Read …The life intended!! 🙂 ( by Kristin harmel)

  • Jennifer April 3, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I listen to Jamie Ivey’s Happy Hour – you talked about a book on it about a husband that goes missing, kind of like Castaway but you couldn’t remember the name off the top. What was it? I was hoping to see it in this post. Thanks

    • Mix and Match Mama April 3, 2017 at 6:50 am

      One True Loves! It will be the first book I mention in my April review!

      • Jennifer April 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Thank you!!! I was so intrigued 🙂

  • Anna April 3, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I just finished reading A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain and absolutely loved it! I highly recommend!

  • Kelly S April 3, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Yes, please please do a post about unstuffing our lives. I LOVE books. I read so many good books this month, after several months of duds. I highly suggest: The Orphan’s Tale (not to be confused with The Orphan Train, which is also good). Loved it. And I loved I Let you Go, too.

  • Narci Dreffs April 3, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Oh, gosh! I want to read every single one of these this month!!! They all look so good! Heading off to Amazon now!! XO

  • Amy in PA April 3, 2017 at 6:49 am

    You would enjoy the novel The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan. IIt’s a British novel with the premise of a baking competition but the stories of the various characters are interesting.

  • Ilena Varner April 3, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I read “It Ends With Us” thanks to your recommendation and agree it was so so good! I just finished her book “Confess”
    and I think you would love it! It was just as much of a page turner and it’s set in Dallas!

  • Alexandra M April 3, 2017 at 7:00 am

    You have to read The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer! It’s far and away my favorite of her books. Do you mostly do physical copies of books or iBooks?

    http://www.typebplusblog.blogspot.com

  • Meagan Ruse April 3, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I could talk books with you all day!!!! I’m so excited about this new list! I’ve never read any French books, but I think you’ve convinced me!

  • Kristen April 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Shay – what is your favorite French book? What would you recommend for someone just starting out on that genre?? Love your recommendations! I reference your book reviews often when I’m planning books for vacation!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 3, 2017 at 10:50 am

      I love them all! Eeeeks! Okay, I would probably say Forever Chic and Bonjour Happiness…but I haven’t read one I do not like. They’re fun :).

  • Jordan Kuban April 3, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I look so forward to these posts so I can make a list and head to the library 🙂 I, too, am a lover of all things French. Do you have a compilation list anywhere of your favorite French books?! Or are they more scattered throughout all of your book review posts?

  • Goodbye Bread and Cheese April 3, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I just finishes In A Dark, Dark Wood and liked it even more than Woman In Cabin 10. So good!

  • Chelsa Knepp April 3, 2017 at 7:24 am

    In March I read White Oleander, In Twenty Years, Are you there God? it’s me Margaret, Falling Free, Secret Lives, All the Breaking Waves, and Escape.

  • Stephanie April 3, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I just finished Forever is the Worst Long time and it was sneaky good. It’s my new must read recommendation! Re: Colleen Hoover. I think It Ends With Us is her strongest book, but it’s also quite a bit different than her other books so I’m not surprised if you really, really loved that one that you’re not finding her other books to be as good. I think you’re right that you did read her best first and now you’re stuck comparing all the others! I think It Ends With Us can be enjoyed by a wider audience than her other books.

  • Debbie Lasko April 3, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Big little lies!! I just finished reading it last night and I absolutely loved it. I feel in love with the characters and it was a real page turner. Plus I think it’s an hbo show now too!

    • Kim April 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      I’m reading Big Little Lies too!!!! Oh my goodness. I love it!!! I was readying at a red light this week. -and every day in the bathtub!

  • Leslie Z. April 3, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I started my month of April with I Let You Go. Excited to get further into it!

  • Laura April 3, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Wow! So many great books! Moment maker, The Cozy Life, and Unstuffed are on my list now!

  • Tonya Gray April 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I’m almost finished with Cancel the Wedding. I have loved every minute of that book, thanks for all your recommendations!!

  • Jenn April 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I just read Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and highly recommend! I always enjoy the books you recommend so I think we have the same book taste :). Also Night Road is also by Hannah and made me cry and I finished in one night.

  • Carly April 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I can’t remember if you like Young Adult Fiction (although Hoover is mature teen so maybe??), but Sea of Tranquility, Tell Me Three Things and Holding Up The Universe are great! Other favorites this year include Small Admissions, Secrets of the Charmed Life, and Victoria. And I say it every time, but you MUST read Wonder! Having a child with a physical medical condition and reading about it from Augie’s perspective– whoa! All the tears!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick April 3, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I’ve already got Unstuffed ordered after you talked about it at the game this weekend! I can’t wait to start tossing STUFF!!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Staci April 3, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Summer Breeze was the first Nancy Thayer book I read and loved it but I loved Summer House even more. I’m currently reading The Lake House by Kate Morton. Usually all the books I read are from recommendation but I saw this one and it just looked good. I’m loving it. Wondering if anyone has read any of her other books?

    • Susanne April 7, 2017 at 7:46 am

      I have read every Kate Morton book and I love them! If you haven’t read The Secret Keeper, I think that is her best one…I’m listening to it again on audio right now.

  • Lindsey Peddicord April 3, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I must read ALL of these books!! I too, suffer from Francophilia (didn’t know there was a word for it until I read your post!!) I’m currently reading my first Liane Moriarty, What Alice Forgot, and I can’t put it down! Also just wrapped up the HBO Mini Series Big Little Lies so that just may be next on my book list. So good!!

  • Brianne April 3, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I have been decluttering our family calendar after reading the Best Yes. I found myself so overwhelmed with life that the book spoke to me! I am going to check out Unstuffed next! Anything to simplify life with my littles ☺️ Love the book reviews each month!

  • Madi April 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Have you read anything by Jodi Picoult? You and an like a lot of the same books and she’s one of my favorite authors. Very thought provoking, meaningful stories

  • Evan Luton April 3, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Read “My heart, every beat surrendered” by Julie Manning. It is life changing. She’s a sweet Austin mama living with heart failure and she talks about how we can live closer to Jesus in our suffering. Such an inspirational book, that has truly changed my outlook on life. Live for eternity! 🙂

  • Kelly April 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I as enamored with British lifestyle and you are with the French! Any good book recommendations for me?

    • Kelly April 3, 2017 at 8:34 am

      I mean “am as” , geez time to get off of here;)

  • Megan Butler April 3, 2017 at 8:42 am

    My favorite monthly posts!!! And I am loving Thayer too!! Her books are just so light and fun!!

  • Abbie April 3, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Excited to read I Let You Go! Sounds good! I read It Ends With Us several months ago which i absolutely loved!! and then I read Confess by Colleen Hoover too and I loved that also! So I would try reading Confess and I think you will love it just as much as It Ends With Us. Both very good!

  • Melanie S April 3, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Ok, so I’ve added these to my TRL (to-read list)! How will I ever get through all of these?

  • heidi April 3, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Ooh I let you go made me gasp so many times. I loved it because it mentioned Leeds the city I was born& raised in lol.. #homesick
    It was a great book.

  • Danielle April 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I love your book reviews! I wanted to recommend that you read any book by author Sarah Jio. She’s amazing and I think you would love her! The Bungalow is a terrific one to start with, but all of hers are great. I wrote down some of your recommendations for this month and hopefully will enjoy them as much as you did.

  • Paige E April 3, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Oooo, I need that Unstuffed book. I have been feeling very stuffed lately in all aspects of life and I need some simplicity.

  • Angela Ellingson April 3, 2017 at 9:26 am

    So many good reviews and recommendations! I would LOVE if you did a whole post on Unstuffed! I am feeling such a strong desire for that in my life and have started implementing. I’ll have to read that book soon!

  • Jenny Curtis April 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

    At first light by Bill Rancic is really good!

  • Amanda April 3, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I love your book reviews so much! I always go and add a few to my Amazon wishlist! Also, I really appreciate the heads up about what you consider to be “R rated”. I find that I just can’t read books like that. No judgement but they are not for me. It saves me the time and money to know beforehand!
    Again, thanks for these suggestions!!

  • Alexis deZayas April 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

    One of my favorite days of the month!!

  • Linda Henderson April 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I am reading Joyce Maynard’s “After Her.” She nails it. Before that I read my first Liane Moriarty, “Truly, Madly, Guilty” because I was intrigued with the HBO series, “Big Little Lies.”

  • Jennifer April 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Mackintosh just released a new book. It is not as gripping as I Let You Go, but it is still good.

  • Karah Stracener April 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I always look forward to your book post every month. You always have the best recommendations. Yes, please do a post on unstuffed. I’m intrigued to hear about it.

  • Amy April 3, 2017 at 9:59 am

    You have GOT to read The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain! Fabulous book!!! Our book club read it and it has been my favorite book so far!!!!

  • Courtney April 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I only managed to get in two books in march. I read “what she knew” by gilly Macmillan. So good! I also read “one true loves” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Also really good! Just started “present over perfect” and don’t know if I want to finish. I want to support Christian authors, but I don’t know what it is about that book! Just not feeling it. I loved “November 9”. So far I haven’t been disappointed in Colleen Hoover books yet! Try reading “confess”, another great one!

  • Kerri April 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I read Along the Infinite Sea in three days over spring break last week and loved it! I was in the mood for another World War II-themed book, so at the airport yesterday I picked up A Bridge Acrossthe Ocean and was so hooked I read it on the plane, the car ride home, and finished it in the bathtub at 11:30 pm! It begins with a “ghost” element that I wasn’t sure about at first, but I just didn’t want to put it down! Highly recommend it!

  • Brittany April 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I love how you diversify your book genres in these! I recently posted a book review too! Hillbilly Elegy is where it’s at.

    http://www.basicbritt.com/march-book-review/

  • Caroline April 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Love Ruth’s books! I haven’t read Unstuffed yet, but I love her book Living Well Spending Less. I’ve followed many of her spending freezes; not really to save money but more of a reset on the WHY behind buying.

    Also The Year Without a Purchase is written differently, but so good to step outside the american idea of spending and challenge this thinking of buy buy buy. This family also didn’t do their year for the money savings, but more for the experiences instead.

  • Dee April 3, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for the book reviews Shay – they are always so helpful. I am going to have to read I Let You Go – I just finished Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – if you like a psychological fiction/thriller – it is a good one. A very easy read. Smith is a hoot!

  • Becky Dern April 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I love Book Review day!! I seriously have my request page open for my local library and add on ones that sounds interesting to me. Thank you! 🙂

  • Sara Hertel April 3, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Have you read The Blue Bistro?? So good!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Yes!!! Love that one!!

  • Margie L April 3, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Love your blog! Love how you’re encouraging a love of reading to all your readers. Edenbrooke and Outlander – both SO good!!

  • Laurel April 3, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Which did you like better, Unstuffed or Life Changing Magic of Tidying?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I thought Unstuffed met me more where I am in life.

  • Kathleen Dean April 3, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I just starting pinning your books on French culture as my 8-yr-old daughter has recently declared she’s into all things French and really wants to go to Paris. I’m not sure where it came from, but wouldn’t mind fostering the idea. Have you run across any fun French books geared to younger kids – or are there any books Kensington likes that deal with France you could recommend?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I do think I have some here! I will go upstairs and check!

      • Meg April 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm

        I would love ideas too ?

  • Kim April 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you Shay for the great suggestions! I too have been seeing the word hygge everywhere but I’ve been saying “higgie” lol!!! Thank you for the pronunciation info. Also, I cannot wait to read Jen Hatmaker’s new book Of Mess and Moxie when it comes out. She makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis!

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! April 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for the great ideas! I know have some new books on my To-Read list!

  • Michele Herr April 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I have read all of Colleen Hoovers books and didn’t like November 9th either. Confess and Hopeless were phenomenal! Better than It Ends With Us my opinion. Confess has been made into a short 7 part TV series that releases tomorrow. So so good.

  • Natalie Clark April 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I definitely getting on Amazon and ordering Unstuffed for myself and possibly my best friend too! She watched the Netflix movie, Minimalism, and raved and raved about to me. I have that on my list of things to watch as well!

  • Kathy April 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    The Perfect Girl, by Gilly Macmillan. So good!

  • Melissa April 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
    Essentialiam by Greg McKeown

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design April 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Unstuffed and that thriller are definitely being added to my next Amazon order! You always have the BEST book suggestions!

  • Jenna April 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    The Aviator’s Wife is a great little read if you haven’t read it already! I was curious…. do you purchase all of the books you read or use a library? Do you sell your books after you read them or donate? I love reading too but have been trying to find the best and most economical approach haha!

  • Alexis April 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Night Road by Kristin Hannah and Small Great a Things by Jodi Picoult are both phenomenal!
    And EVERYTHING by Taylor Jenkins Reid is good!!! One True Loves and After I Do are my faves but I’ve loved all of her books. They’re such easy reads and addicting stories!
    Love your book club posts!!

  • Jocie April 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Please do the post about unstuffed!!!!

  • Deanna Zehr April 3, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    We have very similar taste in books! I just listened to a podcast on Hygge from the Simple Sophisticate. I can’t wait to check out this book as well. We are purging and organizing as a part of our Lent this year and donating and letting go of things that have served us and would now serve others. It’s been such a great experince leading up to Easter!

  • carmen April 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I really want to read the Danish and French books as well as the book by Ruth Soukup. I am sure you have heard these words before but the dutch have the word: Gezellig and Germans have: gemütlich which they both say can’t be translated because they are more than just cozy. It’s so interesting that we don’t have an American word for it. We need one!

  • Riley Smith April 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    You have got to read Night Road, and Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, my 2 favs of all time!! Also Jodi Picoult is up there as my favorite author, Nineteen Minutes, Leaving Time, and The Pact are also ones to remember!

  • Kellie April 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    What She Knew and The Good Goodbye. If you liked I Let You Go you will like both of those!

  • Kathy April 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    “I Let You Go” was a fantastic, gripping read!!! One thing I have to say is that you need, need, need to just plod through Part One because then Part Two comes along and WOWZA!!! After that you will not be able to put it down. The twists are incredible, and the last five words…well they will stay with you a very.long.time. I have just started to read her second book entitled “I See You”.

  • Bethany April 4, 2017 at 1:28 am

    I am currently reading The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian after finishing her book The Power of a Praying Wife. Both amazing books! On a ‘fun’ note I just opened up Wired to Eat =) Okay so maybe not everyone’s fun.

  • hannah April 4, 2017 at 2:20 am

    You HAVE to read ‘The Year of Living Danishly’ by Helen Russell. Also a British person’s perspective of living in another country. It’s hilarious, adorable and very interesting.

  • Holly Hopkins April 4, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Okay there are 3 books here I am adding to my goodreads. Great review! I think you would like Susan Mallory’s The Girls at Mischief Bay. I bought it because it said if you Elin Hilderbrand you will like her. Her books are always based on 3 main characters. Great beach read!

  • Lauren April 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I am reading “It’s What I Do” right now and have been anticipating it popping up on one of your book reviews – it’s a memoir and completely fascinating! Definitely recommend to add to your list!

  • Karla Seyb-Stockton April 4, 2017 at 10:01 am

    My most recent favorite books were all, in different ways, about making the most of the life that you have:
    The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahan Smith (an examination of what goes into a life of significance for all of us, not written for the “important” or “famous” person, but for regular people like me.)
    Thunder Dog by Michael Hingston and Susy Flory (about Michael and his life as a blind person centered around his and his service dog Roselle’s escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11)
    and
    The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile (about the enneagram)

  • Christie April 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Have you read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty? The novel AND show are absolutely fantastic!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Yes!! I haven’t started the show yet but I loved the book!

  • Eryn April 4, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I see where you’re coming from with Colleen Hoover. I definitely agree It Ends with Us is her best. I must like her because I’ve enjoyed all her books so far….some more than others. I read Confess but I think Losing Hope and Hopeless were better. I’ve read a bunch of Nancy Thayer books too. I just finished The Island House. I can’t seem to get away from Nantucket books!

  • Audrey April 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart was excellent! Suspenseful, quick, and beautifully written. I read it in one sitting, and I’m sure you would too.

  • Jessica April 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    The most thrilling/suspenseful/leave me with uncomfortable chills book I have ever read is Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. It’s a little bit out there in its ultimate concept, but the last twist was shocking and didn’t see it coming from a mile away. If you are at all into reading thrillers, I recommend this one. But fair warning: the end gave me nightmares and it was slightly disturbing.

  • Erin McGuire April 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I read Confess by Colleen Hoover last month. I liked it. You might as well read one more CH book, ha ha! 🙂

  • Heather April 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Awesome! Love, love, love your book reviews! Can’t wait to read the suspense one, and I will have to read November 9th also, since that’s my bday! ❤️❤️

  • Liz April 5, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Love your book posts! Have you read How to make a French family? It popped up on my computer the other day and the cookie cutter on the front made me think of you!

  • Kayla B April 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I think I might need to read that last book! My friends always say there’s nothing else I can possibly get rid of, but I always prove them wrong 🙂 A friend has been recommending the book Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley that sounds like it would be right up your alley!

  • Beth April 7, 2017 at 7:02 am

    You have to read A hundred summers! I thought nothing could top it ends with us and then read this one based off of comments on one of your book reviews. AMAZING

    • Mix and Match Mama April 7, 2017 at 7:16 am

      It was my third favorite book of 2016 :).

  • Shelly April 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I may be in the same boat…I loved It Ends with Us soooo much! Totally adding the Unstuffed book to my list. Smith is hilarious and I can imagine my youngest responding this way.

  • Emily April 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I just finished The Orphan’s Tale, it is such a beautifully written story that I absolutely recommend! Shay, you need to read this one you will love it!!!!!!

  • Kayla Bryant April 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Okay, I just finished It Ends with Us and I’m a mess. I’ve been wanting to read more lately so I purchased a few books that you have recommended. I started with this one and I’m jus floored by how good it was. Thank you for all your recommendations and just the sweet person you are!

  • Mary W. April 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I love French books too! I’m reading My Paris Dream by Kate Betts and it’s really good! I think I just like books about Europe in general, especially France and Italy.

  • Jodi Guntle April 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    You need to read “The Lucky Few” by Heather Avis. It’s a BEAUTIFUL story of adoption after infertility. It will bless your socks off!

  • Cori April 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I just finished listening to Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love… really really good! Reminded me of It Ends With Us in that it went back and forth between present and past. It definitely grabbed my attention right away!

  • Brittany LaFleur April 11, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Just finished reading A Summer Breeze and loved it!!! However I’m wondering how you read it because I bought it on iBooks and it did not come with the alternate ending. I’m always skeptical about reading books recommended to me because I’m a specific reader and this is the first I’ve read from your book reviews and absolutely loved it! Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 11, 2017 at 5:18 am

      I read the paperback version!!

  • Annaliza R April 13, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Read The Red Tent!!! It is a biblical/historical fiction about Dinah who is briefly mentioned in the book of Genesis.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      I have!! Such a good one!