Happy, happy Tuesday!!
It’s my favorite post of the month…my May Book Review!!
(And all the readers said “amen”!)
If you’re a reader like me, you’re all like this today…
If you’re not really a reader, you’re all like this…
For those of you who aren’t into books, might I suggest a show to binge? The fifth season of…
…House of Cards drops this week and it is one of our faves!! Start from the beginning and go from there. Kevin Spacey is brilliant!
Okay…on to the books! I read five winners this month! One was super intense (and pretty darn frightening!), one was encouraging, one was historical fiction, and two were just good old-fashioned chick lit books that you need on your next beach trip. Ready, set, go…
Holy scary book.
So, you guys know that I prefer a happy, sweet, makes me feel good inside book…but on occasion, I’ll read one that’s a little dark. Well, Behind Closed Doors was just that! Whoa! If you like books like The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10 and Gone Girl, then you will like this one. This novel is about a newly married couple living outside of London and well, after they’re married…the hubby shows a different side. Let’s just say, I read this while Andrew was in Africa and that was a BIG mistake! Several of my girlfriends were reading this at the same time and I was texting them things like “make it stop”, “I want this to be over” and “eeeeeeeeeeeks” over and over again. This book is intense, twisty, scary, exciting, and crazy. If this is your kind of book, read it. Just maybe not at night 😉 .
I’m always trading books with friends and family and will just add it to my stack. So, this one was added to my stack a while back and after reading the scary book above, I thought it was time for a little happy and picked up this one. Every Little Thing is written by a blogger who uses the book to encourages readers to really not let things stand in the way between doing nothing and living life to the fullest. This book is written from a Christian perspective, so I found it very uplifting as well. Sometimes, I just need a little encouragement not to use excuses like “I am too busy raising kids to ____”. You know? It was very much a why put off tomorrow if you can make it happen today kind of book. For those of you who feel stuck in a rut or like you’re just too busy raising little ones to do something else (even though your heart yearns to do a little something else), this book is for you.
So, this book was a little more out of the box for me. Over the last year or so, several of you have recommend America’s First Daughter to me, so I decided to finally read it. This historical fiction novel is based on the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his oldest daughter (and their own personal relationships with other people). I thought it was very interesting! Before reading the book, I could have shared several quick facts about Jefferson, but now that I’ve read the book, I feel like I knew nothing about him before. This book really educated me on the life of Thomas Jefferson and follows their lives from living at Monticello to living in Paris to back to Monticello to finally the White House. The lives of both Jefferson and his daughter were very complex, their relationship was very solid, yet it was full of very sad, hard and complicated issues. This book was longer, and I feel like I could have read two of my normal books in the amount of time it took me to read this one, but I liked it nonetheless.
So, last month, I shared the book review for One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid and LOVED the book! I’m already thinking this will be one of my favorite books of the year. Well, after I gushed about that book, several of you recommended I read some of her other books, so this month, I read Forever, Interrupted and thought it was pretty good too. I didn’t love it nearly as much as I loved One True Loves, was I was indeed entertained. This novel is about a woman who after only 10 days of being married, suddenly becomes a widow. The story unfolds in both present day and looking back to when she was with her husband, and the major plot is how she and her new mother-in-law navigate their relationship now that the husband has passed. It was easy to read and would make a good beach companion this summer. If you haven’t read One True Loves, start with that one because I just thought it was better. After you read that, then read this one. It’s still a really good little read.
And I wrapped up May with the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians (which I read last month) called China Rich Girlfriend. Now, I love, love, loved Crazy Rich Asians (I totally gushed about that book too last month), so I was very anxious to read the sequel (and I’ve already bought the third installment too called Rich People Problems) and it did not disappoint!! I just love this whole series and was pumped when I heard they were turning it into a movie. You must start with Crazy Rich Asians and then go from there because it builds on the same characters. These novels are fresh, witty, clever, charming and perfect for those of you who love chick lit and those of you who like heavier literature. These books are about a very large family in Singapore and the dynamics between each of them, the problems they get themselves into, and the series of events that occur in their lives are comical and highly entertaining. These are just really GOOD books!
Okay, that wraps up my book review for May! What did you read this month??? Comment and share! Next month, I’m traveling quite a bit, so I know I’ll come back with a big list for June. Let me know if I must add something to my growing stack.
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.
Now, two more things: one, if you link up to What’s Up Wednesday every week, our bonus question for tomorrow’s post is: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT?
And…want to know who won my Erin Condren giveaway????
The winners are: RENEE SCALES, EMILY ROUSSEAU, ERIN ZEHR!
CONGRATULATIONS!! I emailed you this morning, please email me back to claim your prize.
Have a great day friends! I’m volunteering at the 1st grade Aloha Day all morning…so, I’m sure I’ll need to sit down and read to recover when I’m done 😉 .
See you guys tomorrow!