It’s my favorite day of the month!!
BOOK REVIEW DAY!!!!!
And it’s long overdue. I’m so glad that we’re finally getting around to talking about last month’s books!
If you’re a reader like me then you’re all like this today…
But unfortunately, if you’re not a reader like me, then you’re all like this today…
For those of you non-readers, might I suggest one of the television series I binged watched last year? I loved every single one of them:
The Good Wife
One Tree Hill
(I watched them in that order and in my opinion, you should too! Somehow I watched them in the order I would rank them. They were all excellent, but that’s my order.)
Okay, now…on to books!
Last month, I read four books and LOVED THEM ALL! How often does that happen? I have a little bit of everything in this month’s lineup…two fictional books (one heavier literature and the other a lighter chick lit), one devotional and one book that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
Well, Beatriz Williams redeemed herself to me. Last fall, I read my first Williams book (A Hundred Summers) and LOVED it so much that I named it one of the top three books that I read in all of 2016. But then…I followed that novel up with another Williams novel (A Certain Age) and was bored out of my mind. So, this month, I tackled another Williams novel, Along the Infinite Sea and could not put it down. It was THRILLING. Now, I tend to read a lot of chick lit…but I really and truly think that those of you who prefer heavier literature will love this as much as those of you who like lighter beach reads. This book is set in two different time periods and based on two different characters and how their lives intertwine over a span of time. Both lead characters are women and I loved each of them. (Side note, one of them is named Pepper and now I totally feel the need to have another daughter and name her Pepper. Isn’t that cute?!). I will say that I thought there was more substance with the Annabelle character and her story line…but I enjoyed Pepper too. Once you start reading this book, you will NOT be able to put it down. I had no clue how it would end…and I loved every second of the journey. Read this one!
I followed up that book with this one…
…The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and friends, it will change your whole world! Now, my mom saw this book in my car and laughed because I AM SO FREAKING TIDY THAT IT’S ANNOYING. Yes, I am. My name is Shay and I’m a very tidy person. Married to an even tidier person. We’re so weird like that. But I’ve been hearing about this book from everyone and so I finally bought it for myself and you know what? I have been tidying wrong this whole time. This author is a professional organizer and her methods are so simple, so obvious and yet, I wasn’t doing any of them. For example, I would clean out one room at a time and she swears that is all wrong. We should clean out one “thing” at a time. Like instead of me cleaning out the play room one day, I should tackle just “books” that day and clean them out all over my house (my room, the kids’ rooms, the play room, etc). So, I tried that and I think it made things easier. This little book is filled with very practical tips to tidying up your space. I really thought I knew how to tidy but after reading it, I felt like such a beginner :). She’s hardcore…but I think her methods are insanely brilliant.
Ahhh! I loved My (not so) Perfect Life! Sophie Kinsella writes great girly novels that are typically a lot of fluff and fun to read (perfect beach reads!) and this one did not disappoint. It has everything you expect from a Kinsella story: a great female heroine that you pity and love at the same time, an English setting, humor, romance, and a lot of quirkiness. I thought this book was very similar to a Bridget Jones’ Diary (my very favorite movie!). If you like Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, I think you’ll like this one even a bit more. Very cute and easy to read!
And the last book I read this month was actually a devotional…so, I read a little bit every day all month long. Remember in September 2015 when I read Bringing Lucy Home? Well the same author (an American adoptive mama living in Australia) just came out with this devotional for parents who are in the process to adopt/have adopted and I loved it! Honestly, I think the devotional would be great for any parent. Every day in 30 Days of Hope, she writes a little personal testimony/shares a story and then follows it up with scripture and some application. If you know anyone who is in the process of adopting, then you should get both of Phillips’ books: Bringing Lucy Home (their amazing story about their adoption journey) and this one too.
So, that’s my February Book Review!
What are you ladies reading right now??? Comment and share! I love, love, love your ideas about what to read :).
And don’t forget, if you missed my January Book Review…
…you can catch it HERE.
Plus, if you missed this…
…you can catch it HERE. It includes the names and reviews of all 62 books I read last year.