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!
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.