It’s my April Book Review!
…pure joy and happiness over a book review post while others of you are like this…
…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.
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.