Who else is excited?! I don’t know why…but I just get giddy every single time I do these posts!
Okay, before we begin, if you don’t mind, in the comment section, I would love to know what romantic chick-lit books or biographies I should read next. I feel like my Kindle is full of “scary/who done it/thriller” reads, and I need some other stuff to buffer in-between. So, please comment and let me know!
This month, I read four books and Kensington read two, so we’re sharing them all. I felt like I had quite the variety, so no matter what you like to read, there is probably something for YOU.
I’m starting the month with the book that I think EVERY SINLGE PERSON should read…
I cannot imagine how this book won’t be in my top three at the end of the year. I will never forget it. Ever. The author actually spent time with the tattooist who was there at Auschwitz (a Slovakian Jewish prisoner himself), and then wrote his story. It’s dark, it’s graphic, it’s the saddest most gut-wrenching book I’ve ever read and everyone should read it, so that we do not forget what happened to the millions of people that died and/or suffered in concentration camps during the Holocaust. I loved that even in the darkest moments, this man showed faith, perseverance and the will to live…and that was so inspiring. I finished the book and was spent. I was emotionally drained and just tired…but it was fantastic. Really, read it. You will be sucked in quickly and want to see how this journey ends. This book was probably the most powerful book I’ve read in a long time (if not ever). I really can’t recommend it enough. Read it.
In fact, Narci was laughing at me, because my feelings are so mixed and I wouldn’t stop talking to her about it. At one point, I think she told me I was making the book too much about my feelings and you know what, SHE WAS RIGHT! Hahaha!
Here’s the thing…I have been reading TerKeurst books, following her on social media and reading her blog posts for YEARS, so, when she posted that her husband of like 25 years was having an affair and had left her, I was so mad on her behalf! Yes, I have never met her and don’t know her, but I felt sad/angry/furious on her behalf. I would assume that if Andrew left me for someone else, many of you might feel the same way. You don’t know me, but you would be mad on my behalf. Well, they have reconciled and it truly seems like a beautiful, wonderful, the most amazing thing ever…but I’m still a little ticked off. Does that make sense? She’s forgiven him, she seems so happy (from all of her social media posts), but I’m still a little irked.
Let me sum it up…I need to let it go. Hahahaha!
So……back to her book. She wrote this book DURING that time, so it doesn’t include the reconciliation part, but it really is a faith-based book about when life doesn’t work out like you thought it would (which is such an amazing topic to write about and can be applied to so many things…marriage, children, jobs, money, etc), but the whole time, I was mad at her husband. You know that monkey emoji covering its eyes? That’s me. Great book, great message, a great God that was able to wash their marriage clean after such heartache and a dumb blogger still holding on to a little anger.
This month, I don’t know why, but I wanted to read Sally Field’s new memoir, In Pieces.
I like Sally Field, but I wouldn’t consider her like my favorite actress of all time or anything like that, but for some inexplicable reason, I saw her memoir and was immediately drawn to it. Want to know what was wrong with it? IT WASN’T LONG ENOUGH! Sally, I needed more!!! Who knew that I would love it so much that I felt like it could have been twice as long?! This book starts with her childhood and then goes to present day. It covers everything from The Flying Nun to Burt Reynolds and all the way to Mary Todd Lincoln…but I wanted more. I wanted a whole chapter on Steel Magnolias. I wanted a whole chapter on Forrest Gump. I even wanted a whole chapter on Mrs. Doubtfire. Hahaha! She is a brilliant writer with a really complicated and amazing life, and I could have kept reading more and more. If you’re into biographies (or into Sally Field!), pick this one up. I blew through this one. So fascinating. Anyone want to watch Norma Rae with me later today? 😉
I wrapped up this month with the sequel of sorts to The Wedding Date (remember how I read that one last year), The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory. Just like The Wedding Date, please note that this fictional tale is rated R, so buyer beware. In this second novel, the author focuses on the main character’s best friend from the first book. This juicy read is total chick-lit. It’s funny, it’s sweet, there is love, there is conflict, there is resolution…the perfect recipe for a book in my opinion. If you read the first novel, read this one! If you didn’t read the first one, you don’t have to in order to read this one and follow along, but you probably should just because I liked both of them. I’m so happy that I ended my month with something light! The first three books of the month were heavy to me, so this was the perfect way to end.
Last month, I told you that Kensington wanted to start contributing to my book reviews. I asked Smith if he wanted to contribute this month and his exact response was “nah”. So, my sweet KK read two books and here they are…
Deenieby Judy Blume was in the “Judy Blume Collection” that Kensington got for Christmas and well, she read the whole thing, but we had to stop and talk about some very “grownup” things along the way. This book, in my opinion, probably shouldn’t have been sold in a grouping of books that included Blubber because it had adult content. It was definitely a book that brought about some good mom/daughter conversations, but I would read it first before letting your kiddo read it.
Wish Upon A Sleepover by Suzanne Selfors was the perfect read for Kensington this month! The story was geared towards girls her age, there was a little conflict, a little resolution and the subject matter was all light. Kensington loved this one and has already asked me to look up other books by this author. This little fictional story was just CUTE! K really enjoyed it!
Okay, that wraps up my February Book Review! WHAT DID YOU READ THIS MONTH??? Don’t forget, I’m looking for light chick-lit reads and/or biography recommendations this month!! Please comment and share!
Don’t forget!! To see a running list of the books I’m reading this year, click HERE.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2015 (all 63 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2016 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2017 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2018 (all 61 of them), click here.