One last thing, every single month, I have people tell me to read this…
It’s my January Book Review!
And I am so.so.so.so.so. excited!
Every month, when I do my review, I get excited because I LOVE SHARING BOOKS WITH YOU! You guys have become like a little book club to me, and I’m always so happy to tell you what I’ve been reading and get new suggestions from you.
So, if you’re new to this…each month, I read a random assortment of books (many of them recommendations from your comments right here!) and share a few thoughts about the book (not too many details because I would never want to spoil anything for you). I love reading and I love sharing books with you guys.
If you missed my 2015 book review (where I recapped all of the books I read last year), you can see them all right here.
And you can keep track all year long by clicking 2016 Books at the top of my blog. I will keep a running list of books right there for you.
Okay, time for my January books and oh man, I read three really good, couldn’t put down, told my kids to stop bothering me, didn’t want to do anything but read books this month and then one that was eh.
Wow! I started January off strong! Last year, I named Sally Hepworth’s novel The Secrets of Midwives the novel that surprised me the most for the year. I had zero expectations and fell in love immediately (and perhaps woke up one morning at 4:00 AM just to read). Well, I kicked off 2016 by reading her latest novel The Things We Keep and was sucked in right away. Hepworth’s writing is incredible, her characters are so likable, the plot is rich…it was such a good book. If you like a good love story, a story about endurance, if you are a caregiver to someone, if you need a little hope…if you just want to read a really good novel, then pick this one up. The two main characters are in their 30s and suffer from dementia…it’s an unexpected little tale.
Okay, I know some of you will be disagreeing with me about this book…but I saw on Amazon that Everything I Never Told You by Celest Ng was one of Amazon’s top books for 2015, so I bought it. One night after the kids went to sleep, Andrew went to see a late movie (a guy movie that I wasn’t interested in), so I stayed up and read this book cover to cover and just felt blah after.
It was an easy read that kept me entertained…but the overall feeling I had when it was over was eh. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, I didn’t really have any strong feelings about it. All I knew is that I needed a little happy back in my life, so I watched an episode of The King of Queens to recover from my book experience ;). I mean…obviously, a lot of people loved it (or else it wouldn’t have done so well on Amazon)…but I was just kind of like neutral after it was over. The writing is great, the characters are strong but the plot was a little too dark for me.
Since, apparently my life’s mission is to read every Elin Hilderbrand novel…I thought I should include one in January too ;). This month, I read The Beach Club which I believe is her first novel (last month, I read The Rumor, which is her latest novel). Altogether, this is my 9th Hilderbrand book to read in less than 12 months, so I’m on a roll! I really enjoyed The Beach Club! This book was similar to her other books (they’re all set on Nantucket), but it had a few more plot twists and really kept me on my toes until the end. I find Hilderbrand’s books all easy to read vacation books. If you’re heading on a trip, to the beach, on a long plane ride…grab this one. You’ll instantly be sucked in and probably finish it that day. This one was hard to put down.
Speaking of hard to put down…I completely put my life on hold when I read this book…
Oh Nicholas Sparks…how do you do it? You completely suck me in, make me fall in love, make me cry and pull straight at my heartstrings. Nicholas Sparks, I love you.
I haven’t read a Sparks book in years. I used to read them as soon as they came out but for some reason…I kind of just stopped. Well, my mom handed me The Choice on a Wednesday and then on Friday, she called and asked me if I had read it yet. I said no, and she said, “Call me right after you read it.”. Well…that made me curious. I started this book the following Wednesday and could.not.stop.reading. Like, I rearranged my life around this book. I finished the book on Thursday afternoon and immediately called my mama…we needed to talk.
This book will hit theaters as a movie in February and you better believe I’ll be there to see it. Loved this book. If you love Nicholas Sparks…you will love this one. Read the book before you see the movie, I’m telling you…Sparks fans…this one is a great one!
So, that was January. Typically, I don’t read four novels…but that’s the way the cookie crumbled. What did you guys read this month? What should I read in February? Comment and let me know!
…Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I just wanted to go on record and say that I have read that book (years ago) and it is amazing. If you need one more suggestion for the month, then this is it! Rarely do you read a book 10 or 15 years ago and still remember it so well. This one will stick with you!
On Meal Planning Monday today…
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The winner of my Stella & Dot Giveaway from Friday is…
Congratulations Shari! I emailed you this morning. You have 48 hours to email me back and claim your prize! Don’t forget, I always have a Stella & Dot Trunk Show up and running. You can click here to see it.
Don’t forget to link up with us for What’s Up Wednesday this week! Our bonus question for the month is… What is your favorite Valentine’s Day Treat?
Come back tomorrow because Meagan is answering your foster/foster to adopt questions!