February 2019 Book Review

February Book Review
It’s my FAVORITE post of the month!!
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…
 The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Read it.
All of you.
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.
I have all the mixed feelings about Lisa TerKeurst new book It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way.
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.
Narci is laughing at me right now.
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…

Deenie by 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.
Happy book day!!
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  • Erika Slaughter February 28, 2019 at 4:53 am

    How is February over?? I feel like I JUST read your January book review yesterday! And how sad is it the only thing I read about all month was potty training?? Hahahahaha!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog February 28, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Yay, I’m always looking forward to your book reviews! I haven’t gone through a chick-lit in ages – might try The Proposal out! 🙂 I love that you included a review for Kensington as well. 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Monica February 28, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Please add where the crawdad’s sing. You will love it. I agree with all your book choices.
    Angry housewives eating bon bons ” by lorna landvik was a fun read for me.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 5:02 am

      Read it in December! I even named it one of the best books of 2018!!

  • Sheaffer Sims February 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

    It’s going to be so cold today.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 5:04 am


    • Susanne February 28, 2019 at 9:29 am

      This comment truly made me laugh out loud! 😂 (that you have so many good friends that are readers and you hate it is hysterical to me & I look forward to your funny comment every month!)
      Book review day is my absolute favorite post all month🎉

    • Kara February 28, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Love Sheaffer’s comment. My daughter does not like to read at this point and all I can think is neither does Sheaffer and she seems to do just fine. Hahaha

      • Kelly March 4, 2019 at 8:51 pm

        My younger daughter never liked to read much but I bought her a Kindle paperwhite for Christmas and now it is hard to get her to come out of her room!

  • Lisa February 28, 2019 at 5:15 am

    LOVE that you are including Kensington’s books as well!! Thank you!!

  • Jenna Resnick February 28, 2019 at 5:16 am

    “The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne was a fabulous chick-lit read!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 5:35 am

      Yes!!!!! I really liked that one too! It reminds me of The Wedding Date and The Proposal!

      • Allena Gurley February 28, 2019 at 8:40 am

        Sally Thorne’s second book is out – 99% Mine or something like that. I’m WAY DOWN on the waiting list at the library, so I might have to give in and buy it, it looks so cute!

        • Regina February 28, 2019 at 10:36 am

          The Hating Game is my favorite chick lit book of all time, and I can’t get through 99% mine. It’s not good which is devastating me!!! I waited FOREVER for it and it’s just not good. 🙁

          • Shannon Leyerle February 28, 2019 at 8:37 pm

            I totally agree about 99% Mine! I didn’t like the main characters at all, and nothing much happened in the book. It was boring. So different from THG and so disappointing!

          • Allena Gurley March 1, 2019 at 1:53 pm

            That’s disappointing! I have been so looking forward to it!

    • Lindsay March 1, 2019 at 10:03 am

      I looooooved The Hating Game. That author has a new book that just came out this year… it’s called 99 percent mine. It’s on my TBR list for sure!

  • Tanya February 28, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Have you read Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain? It was my favorite last month. I just finished Where the Crawdad’s Sing, and it lives up to the hype. Here’s a link to my February book reviews–> Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

    • Kelly March 1, 2019 at 6:27 am

      I love her books! Haven’t read one in a long time! Will add this to my list!

    • Lauren March 1, 2019 at 7:41 am

      Tanya- I read that this month and I loved it!!! It was so so good!

  • Sarah February 28, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Have you read, “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom? A wonderful biography of life before, during and after the Holocaust, faith in God amidst trials, & suffering. An unforgettable read that I’m sure I’ll revisit over the years

  • Eileen February 28, 2019 at 5:31 am

    I felt the same way about the Tattooist of Auschwitz. What an incredible story that will stick with me for a long, long time. I just read More Than Words by Jill Santopolo (she wrote The Light We Lost). I loved it! In fact, I read it in one day – it was a quick read and a good story.

    • Brooke March 1, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      I loved the Light we Lost so I went to look at the other book and found that Jill Santopolo writes a series for girls ages 7-10 called Sparkle Spa! Since Kensington is part of the book posts I thought I’d pass that along. I’m going to add a couple titles to my girls’ Easter baskets

  • Allyson McGuire February 28, 2019 at 5:34 am

    It’s Not Supposed to be This Way is definitely in my list. I’m about to finish The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. I wouldn’t call it chick-lit…it’s more of a multi-generational sweeping family saga (my favorite), but it’s soooo good.

  • Emily February 28, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Chick lit books. I recently read Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren and I really liked it. Their other books are totally R+ rated but this one was not. I read Sophie Kinsella’s new book, I owe you one, and it was not my favorite. I was annoyed by the characters but when I was done I thought maybe that was the point but still didn’t like being annoyed while I read it. I love most every book by Jane Green. I don’t feel like I’ve seen you review her books, but maybe you have. Currently reading Sally Thorne’s new book, 99 percent mine, but her first book, the hating game, was pretty good. Will try to come up with more but I feel like you’ve probably read all the ones I have. We usually have similar book tastes.

    • Allison February 28, 2019 at 5:59 am

      I just finished I owe you one and felt the same way! I could not stand the characters! The characters made me so annoyed. I don’t know why I kept reading the book but I did and wish that I hadn’t as it was a waste of time.

      • Emily March 1, 2019 at 8:46 am

        So glad I’m not the only one that felt that way about I owe you one!!!

  • Cassie February 28, 2019 at 5:35 am

    For chick lit, I recommend The Lido, Dumplin’ and Party Girl (by Rachel Hollis—3 book series).

  • Ashlee February 28, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I really enjoyed Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee. It is a series. Light hearted and super cute chick-lit.

  • Jessica February 28, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I just finished Educated. It was fascinating. I would definitely recommend it!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 5:54 am

      Yes!!! That one is so good!!!

  • Kim February 28, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Love that Kensington included some books. I always look at your reviews when I need a new book but always struggle finding books for my 10yr old daughter. Was so excited as just a few days earlier I ordered the sleepover one on a whim and I am so excited after reading your review that my little girl will love it. Can’t wait for next months reviews.

  • Jessie Hurst February 28, 2019 at 5:51 am

    The Hating Game and The Kiss Quotient were both good! I lovedThe Tattooist of Auschwitz. Auschwitz Lullaby was so powerful too and stayed with me.

  • Sara Alexander February 28, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Read The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson. It was such a perfect little romance book.
    I also really enjoyed Roomies by Christina Lauren. I liked the plot a lot!
    I just finished Fight or Flight and while I really enjoyed it, cute plot, back and forth love story. It was rated capital R for me (lots of sex), FYI.
    I am sort of reading The Proposal but I feel like after reading the wedding date and now the proposal I enjoy books that the dialogue seems very real (conversations people would actually have), and her books kinda come off as cheesy in that way.
    On the faith based side if you haven’t read anything by Jen Wilkin please do!! So far I’ve read None Like Him and In His Image and they were so so great!
    I’ve got a stack of books beside my bed, I will report next month if any are worth the Read!

  • Eryn McNearney February 28, 2019 at 5:58 am

    How to Keep a Secret was great. Reminds me of Elin Hildebrand, but set in Martha’s Vineyard.

  • Sara February 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Thanks! I love your book posts. I just read Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino and it was a good romance book. If you love to read about books, check out the blog novelvisits.com. Not my site and I don’t know the blogger or anything, but I get lots of ideas from her book reviews!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 6:48 am


    • Lizzie February 28, 2019 at 7:44 am

      I just came here to suggest Swear on This Life! It’s a different version of a romance novel-definitely kept me intrigued!

  • Rachel Darnell February 28, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Please read Where the Crawdads Sing! I didn’t think I would like it, but I ended up loving it. Also, anything by Marie Benedict is amazing! She takes little known women from history and tells their story (with some creative license). I’ve read The Other Einstein and The Only Woman in the Room and both are fantastic ☺️

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 6:48 am

      I read it in December! I loved it so much that I named it one of my favorite books of 2018!!

  • Beth Swindig February 28, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Christina Lauren’s books are all good. Yes they are rated R. Drew and Jonathan Scott wrote a biography called It Takes Two that was really good.

  • Kristine February 28, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Love that Kensington is joining the book reviews! My favorite chick-lit book is The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert. I loved it!!!

    • Melissa February 28, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      I loved The Coincidence of Coconut Cake too!

    • Ginger February 28, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      Yes to The Coincidence of Coconut Cake! I’ve passed that along to my mom, aunts and cousins and they all loved it! So cute

  • Rachel February 28, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Tell Kensington I got Wish at my school book fair on her recommendation. A couple of my fourth grade girls are reading it right now and love it! Thanks, Kensington!

  • Angela February 28, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Agree with Tattooist … so powerful. If you or anybody loved it like I did, consider reading From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon! So good. Love and survival story set in Italy during WWII.

  • Taylor February 28, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Haha of course the book I was going to recommend today was An Anonymous Girl which is a thriller!
    Last month I read Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin & I was surprised at how much I liked it. The book gave me major Greys Anatomy vibes. There were some darker scenes so it wasn’t necessarily chick-lit but it wasn’t a thriller either.

    • Beth Miller February 28, 2019 at 6:51 am

      Yes, I LOVED Queen of Hearts! I’m a nurse, so it was fun to read!

  • Andrea February 28, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I always love love love your book reviews!! I get giddy just like you on the days they come out!!! Currently I am reading The Peachtree Bluff Series by Kristy Woodson Harvey!! I accidentally read the second one first and then set a reminder on my phone for when they third comes out in May!! Then read the first anyway because it’s that good. It totally reminds me of a Elin Hilderbrand book. In fact she write a promo thingy on the front!! “A major new voice in Southern fiction” … she says!!! I think you would really love it!! Happy reading!!!

    • Sarah Parsons February 28, 2019 at 10:29 am

      I read an ARC of the third one and it is soooo good! You should read Kristy’s other books too!! Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love. They are fabulous!!

      • Andrea February 28, 2019 at 3:19 pm

        How blessed are you!!!! You could totally send it my way if you wanted too!!! 😉😉😉😍😍😍 I would send it back when I’m done 😁😁

        I can not wait to read the others!!!

    • sara m February 28, 2019 at 10:56 am

      I so second this!!! I love the Peachtree Bluff series!!

      • Andre February 28, 2019 at 3:22 pm

        I just want to hug it and squeeze it and love it 💞💞 I love it so much when you find a clean … good for the soul … beachy … family … chic-y … book let alone series to just eat up!! ❤️

  • Suzie February 28, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Have you read The Girl with Seven Names? Great auto/biography. I think she had a co-author so I am not sure what category. It was SO intriguing and good.

  • Mary Ann February 28, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Love your book reviews! I recommend the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. It is so so good. Surrounds the lives and loves of the people in the small mountain town of Virgin River (set in the present day). It has R rated scenes (as do her other books that I am pretty sure you have read). However, all the characters are so quality and the book really emphasizes morals/doing the right thing/ and good conquering over evil. It is super wholesome, despite the R rating, which is funny to say. The stories suck you in and are so redemptive. They are also really quick reads-I got through all 20 in a matter of a few weeks. Bonus, they are making it into a Netflix series so read the books now and you can compare it to the series when it comes out. Thanks for all you do-you make the internet brighter every day!

    • Kristen March 4, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Interesting about the Netflix series!! I have only read the first two in the series but the entire time i kept thinking it would make a great movie series!

  • Narci February 28, 2019 at 6:22 am

    What a great book review!!! And, I am laughing soooo hard! SO HARD! Haha!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 6:47 am

      Girlllll…I knew you would be!

  • Crystal February 28, 2019 at 6:22 am

    The young adult fiction series, The Selection by Kiera Cass, is some of my favorite chick lit (as a grown woman). It is like Bachelor meets the Hunger Games.

  • Molly February 28, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Do you read the books along with Kensington, or do you just rely on her to tell you about them?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 6:47 am

      I rely on her to tell me about them. I always think it’s cute to hear her describe them 🙂 .

  • Julie February 28, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Our bookclub is reading “This is how it always is” by Laurie Frankel. Wow. Just go read the summary in Goodreads. Has been the best open discussion book we’ve read in a long time.

  • Beth Miller February 28, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I’m always looking for good books for my 4th grade girl! Has Kensington read The Land of Stories series? My daughter FLEW through all six books and said they were amazing. I wish there were more! Wish I had some chick lit suggestions, but I’ve been reading some thrillers lately!

  • Tamara R. February 28, 2019 at 6:28 am

    For chick-lit, The Kiss Quotient (warning, rated R!), I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella and for Kensington, Rain Reign by Ann Martin (Hannah loved it). Happy Thursday!

    • Alyssa February 28, 2019 at 6:59 pm

      I agree with the Kiss Quotient!

  • Ani Martinez February 28, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Just finished the Tattooist of Auschwitz earlier this month – completely agree with your review. Such a powerful story and so skillfully written. Thanks for all the other great suggestions!

  • Abby February 28, 2019 at 6:36 am

    I haven’t read It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, yet… but I will say Jamie Ivey’s Podcast recent podcast with her is EXCELLENT! If you haven’t listened to it, it’s definitely worth your time… She makes it so much about her and God it may help resolve your anger issues with the whole thing! 🤣 Just don’t listen to it in public and be a blubbering mess at the gym like I was! 😂🤦🏼‍♀️

  • Julianne Leffler February 28, 2019 at 6:39 am

    A good one I just finished was One Day in December. 🙂 Easy read, and nothing too heavy in that one!

  • Charly February 28, 2019 at 6:42 am

    I love that you included reviews from Kensington! My daughter is the same age and loves to read as well! I jot down your recommended books every month. We’ll definitely start taking note of Kensington’s reviews as well!

  • Nikki February 28, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Have you read The Hate You Give?

  • Kristen Thompson February 28, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I write about her every month but Sarah Jio is the perfect chick lit author! Her books are somewhat on the lighter side but have a really good story, usually a past and present situation that come together really cool! I’d recommend Always, The Bungalow, BlackBerry Winter, and Goodnight June! I really think you’d like her books!

    • Susanne February 28, 2019 at 9:36 am

      Sarah Jim is my favorite too! The Bungalow was one of my very favorite books. Also love Morning Glory!

    • Laure February 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      YES!!!! I love Sarah Jio!!!

  • Mary Mathis February 28, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Have you read From The Corner of the Oval?! It is so good!

  • Nicole Aunspach February 28, 2019 at 6:55 am

    The Wishes Series by GJ Walker Smith! They are the best!!

  • Kathleen Drummond February 28, 2019 at 6:55 am

    My absolute favorite book as a child was Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards (yes the famous actress!). A beautiful story about an orphan girl who finds her place in the world. Not many people know about her books, but Kensington should read it! I still have my copy as an adult.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 6:57 am

      Yes!!!!!!! I remember reading that!!! Yes, yes, yes!! I need to suggest that to K!!

    • Jessica February 28, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Oh my goodness, I forgot about that book! That was my favorite book. Thanks for the reminder I need to pick it up for my niece.

    • chrissy February 28, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Oh my gosh I read this book a hundred times growing up! Perfect for Kensington’s age. My other favorites for 4th/5th grade are Number the Stars (by Lois Lowry), The Ocean Within (by V.M. Caldwell), and Nothing Hurts but my Heart (by Linda Barr)

  • JL February 28, 2019 at 6:55 am

    You have to read One Day in December!! I just finished it and it might be one of my favorite books of all time, the perfect light chick lit/romance, so so good!!!! And it takes place in England 😉

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 6:56 am

      Read it last month!! It was so good!!

  • Julie February 28, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Hi shay , I live in the UK and live yo follow you’re lovely family. I read the tattooist also this month. I was a bit wary of reading it in case it was too upsetting but I really enjoyed it and found the resilience inspiring . I would recommend the beekeepers promise another really good read . Keep doing what you’re doing- you do it so well xx

  • Sara Alexander February 28, 2019 at 6:57 am

    The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson was my favorite read this month. Perfect little romance. Reminded me of Miss Congeniality.
    I also enjoyed Roomies by Christina Lauren. The plot was cute, I would recommend it.
    I just finished Fight or Flight and while I really enjoyed the plot (it takes place in Boston) and the back and forth between the characters it was definitely rated capital R. If she would have lightened it on the sex talk I would have give it an A+.
    I am partially through The Proposal bit I just feel like the author writes in a cheesy way….like the characters have conversations that sound cheesy. I felt this way about The Wedding Date too.
    On a faith note if you haven’t read anything by Jen Wilkin please do! She is fantastic! I’ve read None Like Him and In His Image and they were excellent!
    I have a stack of books by my bed, I will report next month if any are worth the Read!:)

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams February 28, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I would want a whole chapter on Mrs Doubtfire too lol! I like biographies so I’ll have to put that one on my list! I’m reading Laura Bush’s memoir Spoken from the Heart and it’s fasinating to me. You might like it Shay since she talks a lot about growing up in Texas and all the things she has been able to see in her lifetime! It’s also long so it’s taking me awhile to get through it! Yay for book day!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Diane Wilhite February 28, 2019 at 7:01 am

    These are all on my list! For a light read, try The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel. It’s a Kindle Unlimited and was a fun,easy read for me.

  • Lauren McCrarey February 28, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Have you read Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon? They have a documentary out about the book as well. As a mother who has a child with special needs, I found his work to be so profound on how our children persevere. I highly recommend the book and the documentary. It’s amazing!

  • Casey February 28, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Love that Kensington contributed!! I’m always looking for books for my kiddos!!!

  • Kristen Walters February 28, 2019 at 7:05 am

    YES I too highly recommend The Tattooist at Auschwitz, very moving book, and one I will not forget.
    Love that Kensington is contributing to the monthly book reviews! I have a book that my girls love (okay maybe not my 13yr old- lol but definitely my 7.5 yr old and my 5.5yr old). The book is a collection of short stories about extraordinary woman. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 10 tales of Extraordinary Women, my girls look forward to reading these before bedtime.

    • Kristen Walters February 28, 2019 at 8:30 am

      That suppose to 100 tales not 10🤦🏼‍♀️

  • Renee February 28, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Loved the Tattooist as well and just started The Bronze Horseman. I’m only half way through but can’t put it down! It is based in the same era and has a love story mixed in…right now, I would say it is more love story than war.

  • Amanda February 28, 2019 at 7:15 am

    The book I’m currently recommending is called Missing Molly. It is a thriller. I don’t normally read thrillers, but I couldn’t put it down!

  • Abigail Carter February 28, 2019 at 7:16 am

    The Accidental Beauty Queen- darling!!! I can’t wait for this author to write more!

  • Lorraine February 28, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen-Mah. It’s a memoir. It is my favorite book at all time. I couldn’t put it down! I sacrificed hours of sleep and read it in 3 days! The author wrote a young adult version of it as well called Chinese Cinderella.

  • Amlakar February 28, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I just finished, How to Walk Away, by Katherine Center. Great book and a good departure from depressing novels hahaha! I’ve been reading and listening to too many true crime books and podcasts and needed a break!

  • Lyndsey February 28, 2019 at 7:18 am

    For chick lit, Katherine Center, who wrote How to Walk Away, has some brilliant other books. I devoured the Lost Husband, about a young widow who goes to live on her aunt’s goat farm and reading the bright side of disaster now. I love the stories. Sweet but not sickly seet . Characters are layered and just overall fantastic books!

  • Bri February 28, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Currently reading Hillbilly Elegy which is fascinating! I also would recommend The Penderwicks for Kensington-it’s a great series!!

  • DeNae February 28, 2019 at 7:23 am

    If you loved the Tattooist of Auschwitz, which I read in January, you simply must read We Were the Lucky Ones. I connected with every person in the book and cried my weary eyes out at what people can endure and the lengths they will go to in order to live another day. I have been recommending it to almost every single person who accidentally makes eye contact with me. ha!

  • amanda February 28, 2019 at 7:26 am

    99% Mine by Sally Thorne and Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren:)

  • susan February 28, 2019 at 7:28 am

    any chance you can post some titles your son is reading, even if he doesn’t want to write up a review himself? i’m constantly trying to find good books for my 3rd and 1st grade boys! would love some ideas!

  • Carly February 28, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Of these, I have only read The Proposal, and while I enjoy her books, I wish they had more meat and less sex 😉. Such fun premises but she doesn’t flesh it out enough for me.

    My Feb favorites ❤️:
    heavy: The One, The Lost Man
    fun: The Absolutely Remarkable Thing; Big, Sexy Love (you’ll LOVE this one!); Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town

    And if you like Anne of Green Gables (and who doesn’t?!), I recommend Marilla of Green Gables. I think it stays true to LMM’s voice and the character of Marilla.

  • Abby February 28, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Highly recommend anything by Lauren Willig. She reminds me a lot of Beatriz Williams, and I have LOVED literally every book she has written. I would also recommend To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. You may have seen the Netflix movie, but the book is really enjoyable. I’d say it’s definitely YA, but still love it.

    • Susanne February 28, 2019 at 9:43 am

      The Forgotten Room is one of the best best ok songs I’ve read in a while. It’s written by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White. It’s like 3 stories in one but it is written seamlessly and just so so good! Love story, mystery, historical fiction…I just loved it!

    • Sarah Parsons February 28, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Have you read The Glass Ocean by Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams, and Karen White? They also wrote The Forgotten Room together! Both are great!

  • Megan S February 28, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Have you read Becoming by Michelle Obama yet? That’s a great one!

    • Kim M. March 1, 2019 at 10:51 am

      It’s fabulous!

  • Katy Gouge February 28, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Have you ever read the Shopaholic series? I loved them all! Very light and funny and you will want to read them all! Thank you for all your fabulous book reviews!!

  • Mallory February 28, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Have you read The Bachelorette Party by Karen Mccullah Lutz? It was the first chick-lit book that got me back into reading. I have never laughed out loud during a book like I did with that one.

  • Robin February 28, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Shay! You need to get in on the enneagram conversation- I think you will love The Road Back to You by Stabile and Cron. It was my favorite read of 2018. Such a fun book that you’ll love discussing with your friends and family.

    Ok so not a light read but I’m reading Just Mercy at Jamie Ivey’s recommendation and it is SO good. What an important book for our generation to read! I’m making my supper club read it for March.

  • Melissa Terry February 28, 2019 at 7:41 am

    You are the second person to recommend The Tattooist so I’m adding that to my list but need a break from the Holocaust for a while since I just finished reading Night with our 14 year old. The Wedding Date is waiting on me at the library so I can’t wait to read that and then find the sequel…thanks for another great list!

  • Emily February 28, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Hi Shay! Have you tried Mindy Kalings books? They are memoirs but so funny!

  • Vicki Leuck February 28, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Thanks for the book review! So many good books so little time.
    I hope you’ll read THE DATE by Louise Jensen. So good. Better than THE Girl on the Train etc. You won’t want to put it down!!!! Promise!!!

  • Alicia February 28, 2019 at 7:47 am

    These are my favorite post! Thank you! I feel like I’m in a slump. I need new books and nothing is beating Where the Crawdads Sing or Swear on this Life. Awesome recommendations! I’m off to download the Tattooist of Aushowitz. Thanks again for your recommendations.

  • Jennifer Robertson February 28, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I think you would like The Almost Sisters. It’s a little heavier than chick lit but not by much. Also, I’ve read 2 of your books in this month’s review which never happens and now I’m lost on what to read next because I rely on these so much! ❤️

  • Luann February 28, 2019 at 7:52 am

    If you want great light hearted chick lit read either Sugar or Heartland by Kimberly Stuart. They are both awesome and you will close them and there will be a smile on your face! Trust me. All of her books are very good chick lit reads, but the two I mentioned are her latest and the best she has written in my opinion.

    • Erin February 28, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Yes! She’s from Des Moines – where I’m from. And absolutely the sweetest In real life. Recommend!!

      • Jes March 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm

        How awesome! I’m a Des Moines reader too and haven’t heard of Kimberly Stuart. Checking those out at the library ASAP, thanks Erin and Luann!

  • Joan February 28, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Love your book reviews. In fact started following your blog because of them! Has Kensington read Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper? Such an eye opening good book! Have you read any books by Charles Martin? I enjoy his writing a lot.

  • Colleen February 28, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Oooh I have been wanting to read Tattooist of Auschwitz so it sounds like I need to bump that up on my list! I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of The Proposal but I think I am just not as into romance. I am a thriller lover by nature, and also love historical fiction. I actually have a book blog in case anyone wants to check it out.

    I have my top 10 books of 2018 here: https://bmoregirlreads.com/2018/12/top-ten-books-2018.html

    Anyway, love your blog and always love your book reviews!! Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

    • Susanne February 28, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Thanks for leaving the link to your blog. I read some of your reviews, got some good ideas for my ever growing list of books to read & realized we like the same kinds of books…thriller/mystery and ww2 historical fiction all the way!

  • Sara February 28, 2019 at 7:59 am

    The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

  • Andrea February 28, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I felt the same way about It’s Not Supposed to Be this Way”. And yes, I’d feel the same way if Andrew did that to you 😊.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Hahahaha! Thank you, Andrea! xo

  • Jen February 28, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Have you read any of the Christina Lauren books yet? Good easy chick lit there! Roomies is good, Love and Other Words is good, Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is Good, My Favorite Half-Night Stand is good. I’m on the waitlist at my library for Autoboyography and Dating You Hating You, and The Un-Honeymooners is coming out soon! Also, some of the Susan Mallery books are pretty good for easy chick lit.

  • Rebecca Jo February 28, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I simply adore Kensington wanted to add to the book reviews…. & good ole Judy Blume. She’s basically how I learned anything about growing up.

  • Christine February 28, 2019 at 8:03 am

    This is my favorite post each month too! It’s makes me a little sad though 🙁 I’ve been a dedicated reader for years, BUT the type of books I read have dramatically shifted. Ever since I had my daughter 2.5 years ago, I just can’t get into the thrillers, gut wrenching, sad, scary, etc. books. I feel like a crazy person because I can’t disconnect the book from my daughter. I always think about how I would feel if that happened to me or my daughter. WHY do I do that?! 2.5 years ago, I would have loved to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Now I need to avoid it like the flu and be envious of those who are reading it. I started reading Where The Crawdads Sing (based on your recommendation) and only got through the first few pages and had to jump ship. Did that ever happen to you? Will I grow out of this crazy person phase?! Until then, I’m sticking with Sally Fields and Elin Hilderbrand!

    • Jennifer March 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      I’m the same way! I’ve gotten a little better (my oldest is 7). But usually for tv and books I’m all about the happy! Have you read any from Katherine Center? She’s my new favorite.

  • L. Silva February 28, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Anything by Joshilyn Jackson! I’ve read The Almost Sisters and Gods in Alabama and really enjoyed them. Can’t wait to get through all her books.

  • Amy February 28, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Tempting Fate by Jane Green is a good one! After reading, I want to try other books byvthat author

  • Laura T February 28, 2019 at 8:05 am

    I loved The Proposal!! Tell Kensington to read “The Land of Stories” series! I bet she will love it! 🙂

  • Sara February 28, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I feel the same way about her husband. I haven’t picked this book up yet because I am still annoyed at him/the situation. Apparently….I need to get a life! LOL! A good chick lit is: The Garden of Small Beginnings.

  • Kathy February 28, 2019 at 8:09 am

    I get so many great recommendations from your book reviews. I love your honesty when you don’t like a book. I read 8 books in February and my favorites were The Family Next Door and The Things We Keep, both by Hepworth. The Dream Daughter by chamberlain. The Double Bind by Bohjalian. I found You by Jewel. Enjoy

  • Hanna February 28, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella is an oldie but such a goodie!!!! Read it years ago and I always suggest it to anyone who is needing a light read! I laughed out loud through the whole thing!

  • Maria Martinez February 28, 2019 at 8:10 am

    I haven’t seen your reviews in a while and I missed them! Sorry if you have already read this one but “My Oxford Year” was a good chick-lit kinds book I recently read that I liked more than I thought I would. The summary in the back cover does not do this book justice.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Oh Maria!! I named that THE BEST BOOK OF 2018!!!! Yessssssss!!

  • Megan Beaver February 28, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I’ve recently started reading more nonfiction. I’ve enjoyed, Into Thin Air (about the Mount Everest tragedy) and The Boys in the Boat (about an Olympic rowing team). Also you may have read it, but a book similar to Educated is Glass Castle.

  • Maurie February 28, 2019 at 8:15 am

    What are some books that Smith is into? I have an eight year old son and I’m always thinking of book ideas for him that will capture him as a reader and turn him into a kid that loves to read. Any suggestions for a boy that loves sports, the outdoors, and all things “boy”?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 9:07 am

      He’s currently reading Where the Red Fern Grows for the second time!

      • Tina February 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm

        WHAT??? I have banned Where the Redfern Grows from our house….it’s too sad!! I had it read to me in 2nd and 6th grade (by the same teacher) and I sobbed both times. I cannot read about animals dying. I simply CAN.NOT. I’m surprised that kids read that book by choice and not force. Although to be fair I can’t even handle Charlottes Web…ya’ll the spider dies! 😭

  • Shea Kitzman February 28, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I know you aren’t looking for more “heavy” books but if you loved The Tattooist (I also did!) you must read Lilac Girls. Another one you will never, ever forget. I feel like these are stories we need to be reading about for that exact reason, so we never forget them! I always look forward to your book reviews!

  • Sarah Smith February 28, 2019 at 8:17 am

    The Secret Wife by Gill Paul… my favorite book of all-time. It has a little bit of everything, and I promise that you will not be able to put it down. Xx

  • Kim February 28, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I just started my second book by Charles Martin, after loving “Long Way Gone” (a loosely written prodigal story). The one I am reading now is “When Crickets Cry” and so far I am digging it as well.

  • Kim February 28, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Always look forward you your book reviews, Shay. Thanks to you and Ashley Spivey I’ve gotten back into reading. I know you have a love/hate relationship with Beatriz Williams but I thought Glass Ocean was really good. Daisy Jones and the Six by TJ Reid comes out next week and has gotten great reviews. One of my all time favorites which I didn’t see in any of your review lists is Bright Side by Kim Holden. Not a light beach read (have tissues ready) but so good!

  • Lindsey February 28, 2019 at 8:29 am

    I can’t wait to read The Tattooist! I agree with the above comment. I have read the The Bronze Horseman (3 book series) and it is one I will never forget. The characters have stayed with me and they are probably some of my favorite books of all time. The story is so powerful!

    • Kathy February 28, 2019 at 9:47 am

      I read this series years ago and loved it.

  • Becky Cowen February 28, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I love that Kensington is now contributing! I have daughters about the same age so this is perfect! Thanks K!

  • Courtney February 28, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Christina Lauren has written some amazing books. Love and other words and Josh and Hazels guide to not dating are personal favourites of mine! As for biographies, the Billy Graham one is fantastic. I read it slowly as it is a huge book, but well worth the read. @whatcourtneyreads

  • Emily February 28, 2019 at 8:32 am

    My first thought was to recommend Beartown – it’s by the same author as A Man Called Ove – but it’s not chick-lit nor a biography. Still a good read, though!! As someone awaiting opening day of baseball season, I enjoyed Moneyball!

    • Amy Broughton March 1, 2019 at 6:54 am

      Yes to
      Moneyball for baseball lovers 🙂

  • Jenna Lathrop February 28, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I have wanted to read the Tattooist but knew it was going to be heavy so I haven’t picked it up yet. I also now want to read Sally Fields memoir. I loved It’s Not Supposed to be this Way. I cannot even imagine how hard that book was to write and literally put all of your mess out there to read, yet there is so much forgiveness, redemption and restoration and healing. I loved that book!

  • Laci February 28, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I liked Lysa’s podcast with Jamie Ivey better than I liked the book!

  • Mary Jane McNeill February 28, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I know you love Taylor Jenkins Reid…have you got plans to read her new one coming out soon, “Daisy Jones and The Six”? Reese Witherspoon raved about it!

  • Leslie February 28, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz this month too. One of my favorite books ever. Add Where the Crawdads Sing to to your book list. SOOOO GOOD.


  • B.Y.S. February 28, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I don’t read a lot of chick lit books. I just got a new Kindle but I only buy books that are free though and that are Prime plus I have the app on my computer and I also put the app on my parents computers as well. I don’t read thrillers or mysteries, I tend to read Historicals, Christian, Amish, and once in awhile Chick Lit.



  • Amy J February 28, 2019 at 8:41 am

    You need to read Mirror Image by Sandra Brown.

    • Heidi February 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      OMG…. an oldie but goodie! I second that! It is sooooooooooooooooooooooo good!

  • Emily Patton February 28, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Anything by Sarah Morgan! Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins is also really great!

  • Angie Pitman February 28, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I always hesitate to comment recommendations because I feel responsible if you don’t like them. Lol! But, one of my favorite Chick Lit writers is Denise Hunter. She has romance and always a good inspirational story, but PG rated for sure. One of my favorites of hers is Sweetwater Gap.

  • Suzy February 28, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Have you read Next Year in Havana yet? I read it this month and just loved it!

    • Jayne March 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      I totally agree, Suzy! It was my favorite book of 2018.

  • Kayla A Bruce February 28, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I’m currently reading Annie Downs newest book Remember God and loving it!

  • Sandi February 28, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Read We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter about a Jewish family and what happened to them during the war. Couldn’t put it down.

  • Jennifer Goodwin February 28, 2019 at 8:55 am

    For lighthearted chick lit, but the Christian variety and in a non-cheesy way, I highly recommend the Sisterchicks series by Robin Jones Gunn. I’ve read any and everything I could get my hands on for over thirty five years, and in alllllll the books I have read, this series and author are my absolute favorite. I love them so much that I read them again every two or three years, because sometimes I just need to be inspired in my faith and I need to be challenged to be a godly girlfriend. The books are so good, I can’t recommend them highly enough. They’re a series, and all of them are great, but you don’t have to read them in order. If you do want to do that, though, just go to her website or Google. There are either six or seven, and in them, all the girls travel all over the place. Robin has traveled extensively, so she speaks from experience. Hope that helps you out some!

  • Lacy Healey February 28, 2019 at 8:59 am

    I’m finishing One Day in December and I’m loving it…romantic, great characters and I was so surprised to see you hadn’t read it! It’s so good! And it’s right up your alley!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Read it in January!! Loved it so much!

  • Ronee February 28, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Just finished The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen! It’s during the war era as well. Highly recommended!!!

  • Kristi February 28, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Would you say the Tattooist of Auschwitz would be ok for my 16 year old daughters to read? Thank you for your reviews!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

      I don’t know. I would like to think that my kiddos will be ready to read it when they’re 16, but it’s extremely graphic. You should read it first!!

  • Ashley Royer February 28, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I am with you regarding Lysa Terkeurst!! 😉 I heard her speak at a women’s conference a few years ago (before they separated) and she was amazing. So when I found out about his cheating, I was so hurt for her! I, too, need to move on. Ha!

  • Addison February 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I just finished the Tattooist of Auschwitz last week and it will definitely stick with me. I’m all about the Jodi Picoult books too but I wouldn’t consider those light-hearted or chick-lit. I did read Chip Gaines’ autobiography Capital Gaines and loved that! I think you’d love it since he’s based in Texas!

  • Marina February 28, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I always look forward to your book review posts Shay and to reading all the comments!!!! I just finished reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid because I wanted a little bit of a lighter read. I would definitely recommend it! It was a light read but still felt like it had substance. It was about love, loss, and ambition. There is some R rated content but I really enjoyed the book. I’m about to start another one by Taylor Jenkins Reid called Maybe in Another Life.

  • Susan Zieman February 28, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Not chic lit but absolutely loved The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell. I would put it on my list of favorites. I love your Book Reviews each month and have read many of your recommendations. Thank you!!!

  • Christy Badaracco February 28, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Karen Kingsbury’s To The Moon and Back

  • Eileen February 28, 2019 at 9:18 am

    In February, I read Foundryside (I like fantasy), Where the Crawdads Sing, and Mr Lemoncello’s Great Library Race (my 9yo daughter loves this series). No chick lit recommendedations, but I wanted to say I look forward to your book reviews and am glad Kensington is including hers. I am always looking for new books for my little voracious bookworm.

  • Kary February 28, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Ugh. I feel the same way about Lysa’s book. I’m trying to read it now and am having a hard time knowing that she has reconciled with him.

    On another note, I’m also reading The Residence about the staff of the White House. It’s so good and fascinating!

  • Laura February 28, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Have you read the Royal We yet? It’s my favorite and I reread it often. They just announced a sequel to it as well! Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Yessssss!!! I loved that one!! I cannot wait until the sequel!!!

  • Meaghan February 28, 2019 at 9:30 am

    My new favorite romance/chick-lit author is Christina Lauren. I’ve read Love and Other Words, Roomies and My Favorite Half-Night Stand. There’s a little bit of everything….humor, romance, conflict. So so good!!!

  • Denise Ebersbach February 28, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Your book reviews are always a favorite. I loved Smith’s reply. That is my 19 year old’s typical response. He does cauadd Nah, I’m Good. I found a t-shirt with that on it and of course had to get it for him. And by the way, that same 19 year old and I both read Red Notice last year because of your recommendation.

  • K February 28, 2019 at 9:36 am

    To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! All three books in that series were so good.
    The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella was light and fun.
    Friends Like These by Hannah Ellis – also the first of a series, all the books were good!

    • DeAnn March 5, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      I was going to suggest those! Just finished the Summer I Turned pretty trilogy as well. Young Adult books.

  • Ella February 28, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Have Kensington read ‘The Friendship Dolls’ by Kirby Larson.
    I read it a few years ago, as an adult, and then read all Kirby Larson books. They are so good.

  • Jenny February 28, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I think you would like The Girl They Left Behind. I read it this month and couldn’t put it down! It’s historical fiction based on true events from when the author’s mother’s parents were forced to leave her behind in Bucharest 1941 and the couple that adopted her. It’s told from different perspectives which is really interesting. Despite the terrible events going on in the world; it’s ultimately a story of love and how much both families loved their daughter and would do anything for her. You need to read this one!

  • Sara F February 28, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Shay, in the next year or so, I think KK might be ready to read,”Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” by Judy Blume. I honestly can’t remember for sure what age I was when I read it, but I think Kenzington is close, if she hasn’t already read it. Margaret, the main character, is on a search for religion, because her parents are of different faiths, so she’s been raised without a set religious affiliation. She talks about wanting a bra (but not needing one), having her first period, etc., but at the viewpoint of a young girl. Its a good one!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Yes!!! She read that one last month!! She loved it!!

  • Annie Walker February 28, 2019 at 9:48 am

    From The Corner of the Oval was so good!!

  • Gentry February 28, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I just started a GREAT faith-based book called “Mercy Like Morning” about waiting periods and how God uses them to strengthen us. It’s amazing so far and I keep crying while reading it!

  • Janie February 28, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. Not chick lit at all but so riveting; I couldn’t put it down! And usually I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction!

  • Allena Gurley February 28, 2019 at 9:52 am

    This is going to be a long comment, sorry in advance. 🙂 Here are some chick-lit suggestions:
    1 – I agree with The Kiss Quotient that has been mentioned above. Read the Acknowledgements at the back first – the main character is on the Autism spectrum and the author recently got diagnosed as well – it’s fascinating to get her perspective about a woman with Autism (apparently a lot of the descriptions out there that we ‘know’ as Autism are largely related to boys/men) and then read the story knowing the challenges faced by the main character were somewhat the author’s real struggles too. BUT it’s not a heavy read – it’s definitely a romance, chick-lit story (R rated) but knowing this about the author added a level to it. It’s kind of like The Rosie Project.
    2 – The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza – about the editor of a fashion magazine who returns after having breast cancer to almost being replaced by a former intern – such a great read about women power, staying classy, etc. Loved it! Not romance but definitely chick lit.
    3 – Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce – it’s a WW2 book but not hard on the heart like The Nightingale, had some difficult moments of course, but I loved it.
    4 – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald – a woman comes to a small town in the US to meet her penpal in person but the penpal dies while she is on her way and the little town takes her in, it was SO sweet.
    5 – The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas – a guy in the 50s is struggling with his identity after getting injured in a mine cave-in that killed his brother, I don’t really many books with a male lead but this one was great! Had a sweet love story and about finding who you are after tragedy
    6 – Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen – It’s the stories of 9 women who all ‘interact’ with the season’s It dress. Fashion, love, friendship, it was great!

    I could go on and on but will stop here haha.

  • Erin Chavez February 28, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I will have to add Tattoist of Auschwitz! I read Then She was Gone (so good), An American Marriage and finally finished Crazy Rich Asians.

  • Pam February 28, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I highly recommend Harry Tree’s or The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell.

  • Mackenzie February 28, 2019 at 9:53 am

    For chick lit, the rest of the Blue Heron series by Kristan Higgins, if you haven’t already read them. I started with The Best Man on your recommendation and all 5 books are a perfect vacation read 🙂

  • Chelsey Fernandez February 28, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I’m currently reading The Tattooist right now, I cannot put it down. That time in history is so fascinating to me and I cannot imagine experiencing that first hand. Last night as I was reading I could not pick my jaw up off the floor. Definitely will be one of my top 3 of the year for sure.

    For chick lit – I have read 2 of Christina Lauren’s books this year, they are rated R but really good, easy, fun reads IMO. Roomies and Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating are the two I’ve read. And I have Love and Other Words on my nightstand to pick up next, as well as Accidental Beauty Queen. I can’t remember if you reviewed this last year or not so I’ll recommend it just in case- The Kiss Quotient is also a really cute, easy chick-lit read (Rated R).

  • Sharon Entriken February 28, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I just read In Order to Live : a North Korean girl’s journey to freedom. It was fascinating. I couldn’t
    put it down. The Girl with Seven Names is also about a girl’s escape from North Korea and is just as good.

  • Michele February 28, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Upstairs at the White house. It was written by the head usher of the white house while he served the Presidents and First lady. I’m obsessed with it. I love the inner workings of the White House. It’s not chic-lit, but it’s a change of pace. It’s great if you are nosy like me. 🙂

  • Julie Painter February 28, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Chick Lit Recs:
    ANYTHING by Sophie Kinsella
    Campaign Widows // Aimee Agresti
    Eligible // Curtis Sittenfeld
    Dear Mr. Knightly // Katherine Reay
    Amanda Wakes Up // Alisyn Camerota
    The Ivy Chronicles // Karen Quinn
    Holly Would Dream // Karen Quinn
    Momzillas // Jill Kargman
    How to be a Grown-Up // Nicola Kraus + Emma McLaughlin
    Arranged // Catherine McKenzie

    MUST read for Kensington – The Phantom Tollbooth // Norton Juster – I first read it in the 4th grade and it’s still my favorite book (I reread it once a year) to this day. I own a tattered copy with scribbles and highlights all throughout as well as the 50th-anniversary copy.

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick February 28, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I love book review days!!! I’m almost finished with the one you gave me the other day. You know it takes me forever to read a book as opposed to listening to one. haha I’ve got the Lysa Terkeurst book up next. That sleepover book looks like something I would have loved to read as a kid!!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Katie Landreth February 28, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I will never stop recommending Before We Were Yours! I borrowed from the library and turned around and bought it because it. was. that. good.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Yes!!! I loved that one!!!

  • Julie February 28, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I’m still mad at Art too! hahahaha! I mean yay for God’s grace and reconciling but i kind of want a statement or something from HIM. I mean i deserve an apology too. lol! I would feel the same way if it was you and Andrew too. That made me laugh but its true. Andrew, please do not lose your mind! haha!

  • Celeste Clark February 28, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I read the The Tattooist of Auschwitz as well this month and I loved it!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Parsons February 28, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I had no idea The Proposal was a sequel!! I have The Wedding Date and her upcoming book The Wedding Party on my kindle. I am going to read them next! And that Sally Field book looks fabulous! I just finished Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One and it was great. I think you’d love it. It is originally a French novel and has been translated to English. It is right up your alley! Enjoy!
    Have a super day!

  • Kristen Cartledge February 28, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Have you read the Blue Herron Series by Kristan Higgins?? If not you should i’m on book 4 out of 5 and so far #3 has been my favorite but I think it’s because the main character is hilarious! Anyways, This series is based in upper New York in the wine country and it centers around this tiny town and the love lives of one of the founding families and their friends. They are all easy cute reads!

  • Marlo Robertson February 28, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I have been craving to read with this cold weather and have been stumped because I could not decide what to read. I ordered 2 of the 4. Thank you!

  • Caroline Klobas February 28, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Someone else already mentioned “We Were The Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter, and I couldn’t agree more! It is WWII historical fiction about a Polish couple and their five (adult) children being scattered during the Holocaust. I was ugly crying at a few parts. IT IS SO GOOD. I already had “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” on hold at the library, but I think I’m like #50. I may have to bite the bullet and just buy it!

  • Heather O February 28, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Book review is always my favorite day! Have you read The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers? 100% chick-lit haha. Forgive me if you have read it, I feel like half my recommendations come from you!

  • Stephanie February 28, 2019 at 11:10 am

    I am new to your blog, but have enjoyed everything you post. I recently read Everybody Always by Bob Goff. It is so good. This is the first book review that I have seen of yours so you may have already read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It is a memoir. It is not new or anything, but if you have never read it, it is must read for sure! Remember God by Annie Downs is another great read. I am a school librarian. I think your daughter would love Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. It is such a wonderful story about a girl with cerebral palsy who can’t communicate, but understands everything going on around her. My students love it. Anyways, thanks for the book reviews. I’ll be adding these to my list.

  • AliJ February 28, 2019 at 11:14 am

    For book club we read Ordinary Grace which we all enjoyed. I also read Becoming by Michelle Obama and Sisters First by Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager. I loved all three books! We are now going to read Driven by Melissa Stephenson. Probably my favorite book we’ve read is Beneath a Scarlet Sky or Where The Crawdads Sing.

    I remember reading Deenie when I was young! I love all the Judy Blume books. Honestly, I don’t know that Kensington is too young. Kids now days know so much about a lot of things. My daughter is 10 and we read It’s So Amazing! – she had classmates at age 8 starting periods and developing so I felt that she really needed to get educated so she wasn’t scared and was prepared.

  • Kelly February 28, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Do you think men would enjoy Tattooist of Auschwitz as well?

  • Susan February 28, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I actually met and spent time with Heather Morris. She is truly wonderful. That was such a wonderful book. Beautifully written and crushing at the same time. She is writing Cilka’s story coming out in Australia in oct 2019.

  • Brittany February 28, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I read How to Walk Away and loved it! I also read Courage to Soar By: Simone Biles with a group of 4th grade girls at my school. Would be a great book for Kensington, great message about hard work, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, and believing in yourself! You would also love it!

  • Jen Rawley February 28, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for your book reviews! Love reading the comments too! Some of my favorites:

    Can You Keep a Secret? is my favorite Sophie Kinsella book. They’re making a movie of it too!

    Kate Morton is another favorite author. I recommend The Forgotten Garden, The Lake House and The House at Riverton.

    Lauren Willig is a great author – she writes with Beatriz Williams sometimes. The English Wife was great! And That Summer.

    Finally I recently discovered Fiona Davis. She writes about famous buildings in NYC. I loved The Address and The Masterpiece.

  • Marlee February 28, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I love memoirs! I would highly recommend “A house in the sky” by Amanda Lindhout, about a news reporter who gets kidnapped in Somalia, “Not without my daughter” by Betty Mahmoody, about a mother and daughter who get trapped in Iran by her husband, and “the glass castle” by Jeanette Walls, easily one of the best books I have ever read about a womans life growing up in poverty.

  • Leslie February 28, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Ok def not chick lit but when you’re ready for a heavier read check out Hiding Place by Corrie TenBoem. It still sticks with me 10 years later. It’s a true story of a Christian Dutch woman who hid Jews in her house. Her faith is amazing and inspiring. Add it to your list!

  • Janice February 28, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I just discovered Lauren K Denton and read her book, The Hideaway. Great chick lit book. Currently reading Hurricane Season and she has a new one coming out called Glory Road

  • Elizabeth Stiles February 28, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Christina Lauren! And more Renee Carlino! SO GOOD! (both chick lit)

  • carol February 28, 2019 at 11:47 am

    *****I am jumping up and down in the back of the room raising my hand…please call on me***************

    Please read The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. It’s a love story set in 1939 Budapest…it too deals with Jews and the Holocaust. We have all heard about this in history class but the story gives you a totally different way ,deeper way, of thinking about this time period and what happened to millions of people. PLEASE READ IT!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Carol! This made me LOL!! Hahaha!

    • Bailey February 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      Your comment caught my attention! I’m a teacher and we are currently covering WWII & the Holocaust. I’ll be reading this! My kids are SUPER into this unit and I love finding any extra tidbits I can give them about this time in history. Thanks!

  • Rebecca February 28, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Christina Lauren books! I read Love and Other Words this month and LOVED it. Great chick lit, but be warned about some steamy scenes! Love, love, loved it though!

  • CC February 28, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Love you and Love your blog!
    1st time responder.:)
    Re: It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way book.
    So sad and heartbroken for what Lysa has endured, of course!!
    We are all broken and sinners and forgiven. Praise God that He restores broken things and makes them new. We can be hurt by Art’s actions and mad at devil for the stronghold he had and the destruction he caused, but what awesome glory goes to God for this amazing redemption story! Wow!! God is SO good! Art deserves to be loved as any sinner and he also needs to heal. I know it feels impossible to put yourself in Art’s shoes, but also he has to heal from this mess caused by him. I’m sure Art has wanted to take his own life too He’s God’s son and he made a huge mistake and is completely forgiven – Just like you and I when we sin.
    Completely understand y’alls anger- that’s normal! Just wanted to say a word for Art I guess, but NOT to discount Lysa’s hurt and pain. ❤

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Yes, yes, YES! I really hope they write a book together about how God has changed things. I think I would love to read that (and probably be super encouraged by it!!).

  • Brandye February 28, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I like a new young-ish author, Emma Renshaw. She has a series of “Vow” books. The first one “Vow of Retribution” is pretty R-rated, but the next ones aren’t as much. I’m not much of a romance novel fan, but I read a few of these on the recommendation of a friend. I found them a fun beach/river cabin read.

  • Susie M February 28, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    My son is the same age as Kensington and my husband and I have been trying to decide when it is the right time to have certain “talks” with him. We are Christians. I know what topics “Deenie” covers and that’s one topic I’m struggling to discuss! I’m curious if you would share any tips!

  • Kelly February 28, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Read We Were the Lucky Ones ASAP.

  • Cate L February 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I just finished Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood. It’s a memoir (and a quick read) … not dark or scary, centered on the author’s memories of food! I think you would like it and it contains recipes too! – Cate L @leftcoastcozy

  • WhittyWife February 28, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    If you want a light read, Reese Witherspoon’s new Whiskey in a Teacup is so good! It’s a great coffee table book that includes information about her childhood, family, home, Southern living and recipes, etc.

    I also loved the new Nicholas Sparks book.

    Also, I felt the SAME way reading Lysa’s book (and I would feel just as defensive if it was you and Andrew!!). ❤

    • Bethany February 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      I loved Reese’s book, too!

  • Tina February 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I recommend “Rabbit” by Patricia Williams. Rated R for many reasons but an amazing story all the same. Here’s my book review (including my review on Rabbit)

  • Kay February 28, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I love your book reviews! Tattoo has been on my list but I was nervous to read, so thanks for the write up. I will definitely try it. ‘One Day in December’ has totally ruined me, so I don’t know if I’ll ever love a romance book as much. But!, someone else recommended ‘The Garden of Small Beginnings’ by Abi Waxman and if you haven’t already read, that is great. As is her other novel ‘Other People’s Houses.’ Also I adore Amy Poeppel. Her book ‘Limelight’ was one of my favorites of last year. Just so fun! And her other book ‘Small Admissions’ is fun as well. Lastly, anything by Elizabeth Berg especially her earlier works (Durable Goods, Joy School). She is chick lit queen! Happy reading and happy almost Red Sox Season. (I’m a Boston based fan 🙂

  • Tracy February 28, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I’m doing a young adult reading challenge at our library so I read two young adult books this month – Riverdale: The Day Before (not a great book but I enjoyed it since I love the tv show) and Elsewhere (a story of a 15 year old who dies and what her life is like “Elsewhere”. Liked that one.). Now I’m reading Born Scared about a teen with anxiety/depression.

    Suggestions for you to read: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (or anything by Sophie Kinsella), The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin.

  • Lauren Alvarez February 28, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow! It’s an oldie, but goodie and I know you will love it 🙂 Thanks for all of your awesome recommendations!

    • Mary Johnson February 28, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Also Celia Garth also by Gwen Bristow. I have read and reread these many times since high school. I personally feel every mother should read Judy Blume’s books before allowing their daughters near them. I felt so strongly about Deenie, I had it removed from the school library.

  • Jenn February 28, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    I recently read Rush and really loved it! It’s set in Oxford, MS. So good!!!

  • Laure February 28, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Black dog bay series by Beth Kendrick!! Such easy to read books and I love how each of them focuses on a different person but all have common characters!!

  • Lauren February 28, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I loved The Gown by Jennifer Robson. It is about the ladies who made Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress.

    • Carly February 28, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Yes! Loved this one too!

    • Paula February 28, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      Yes!! I was just going suggest The Gown! And also The Kiss Quotient like others upthread

  • Jen February 28, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    I need to try out some of these Chick Lit recs. I tend to reach historical fiction or biographies/memoirs most. I loved Bossypants by Tina Fey, This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips (any other Freaks and Geeks fans?), Educated, Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, Wild, Reaching Lolita in Tehran, Steve Jobs, Sisters First.. just a few I have read.

    I love Kensington’s contribution!

  • Bethany February 28, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    You should read Hope Heals by Katherine and Jay Wolf. If you haven’t heard of them, first look Hope Heals up on YouTube and you can watch a video to give you some background. She suffered a major stroke that left her paralyzed and they have used her story as their testimony and it’s a very powerful book!! She’s such an inspiration to me and really reflects how God can use anything for His Glory!

  • Mel February 28, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Thirst: (the one about water)! Was a great autobiography and a good read.

    I also enjoyed “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine”

  • Kelsee February 28, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I received an ARC of the sequel to Class Mom. Its called You’ve Been Volunteered and it was super cute. Not as good as Class Mom but still highly entertaining. Highly recommend picking it up if you haven’t received an ARC. It is published in July! I also read Raising Faith by Claire Waters which was very interesting and The Promise by Teresa Driscoll this month which left me yelling at the book several times haha. I just bought Its Not Supposed to Be This Way! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

  • lori reggio February 28, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Shay! What e readers do you recommend for kids? I want to buy for my 9 and 7 year old granddaughters who are avid readers. I appreciate your redo! thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 1, 2019 at 5:11 am

      My kids love their kindle paperwhites!

  • Heather A. February 28, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I finally read Swear on This Life and omg – i couldn’t put it down! I read it in 24 hours – no joke! It was that good!!! I also read The Last Mrs Parrish which was super good too! Thank you for your book suggestions!!

  • Liz February 28, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I am reading all of the Reese Witherspoon bookclub books. Next Year in Havana was so good! I think you would enjoy it.

  • Nicole February 28, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I really enjoyed these two series by Sarah J. Maas:

    The Throne of Glass series
    A Court of Thorns and Roses series

    I’ve read both series twice, and so has my sister after I recommended them to her. 😊

  • Dana Jackson February 28, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    My Favorite post of the month!!! I felt the same exact way for Lysa on It’s Not Supposed to be this Way!! Ha! But such a GREAT book!! Have you read the George and Barbara Bush Love Story? I love the Bush family , thought you might enjoy this one!!

  • Marianne February 28, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Bloom by Kelle Hampton. After reading this book, I gave it to my mother to read and bought another copy for me to re-read. Loved, loved, loved this book!

  • Lauren February 28, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Not a “light ready by any means but curious if you ever read Sarah’s Key? It reminds me of the first book in your review. I couldn’t put it down and at one point my jaw was on the ground as I stared at a page.

  • Gina D February 28, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Check out anything by Penny Reid – I’m reading the “Beard” series right now. So cute!

  • Danielle Mcdermott February 28, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    For you- the curious case of the dog in the nighttime the protagonist has autism, such a fascinating read and for k because of anya was a favorite of mine as well as Lily’s crossing

  • Eryn February 28, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I liked The Proposal but I’d say The Wedding Date was better. Half way through, I was bored. Read 99% Mine by Sally Thorne. Loved The Hating Game and thought this new book was really good too. It’s quirky and I loved the characters! Just finished My Oxford Year and it wrecked me. First half was nothing like the back half. Wasn’t expecting it and I bawled like a baby. Tattooist is on my list. Just started The Royal We!

  • Angela February 28, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    OMG I was so excited when I saw that you read The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I read it a few months ago and LOVED every gut wrenching, heart breaking, loving detail! It broke my heart and mended it over and over. If you liked that you should also read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. Happy Reading!

  • Kaysey February 28, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Susan Meissner’s A Fall of Marigolds or Secrets of a Charmed Life are two of my favorites. Currently reading Sound of Gravel and I am loving it! Last check out Dear Mrs. Bird – I loved it!

  • Leigh February 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I am laughing so hard about the Terkeurst book, because I felt the same way. But what is really funny is how I did that about The Proposal. My friends are so sick of me talking about how I loved the first half and hated the 2nd half. It seemed like someone else wrote the 2nd half and then all of a sudden it just ended. I really liked The Wedding Date, but this was a C for me. Deenie! Yikes! I am shocked those were sold together. Here are some suggestions for K: The One and Only Ivan, Bridge to Terabithia, The Tale of Despereaux, The Princess Academy and Ella Enchanted. Another one for you that is R, but is really good is My Favorite Half-Night Stand.

  • Tiffany Stegall February 28, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Deenie!!! 😬😬😬 Oh my goodness! 🙈😩😮 But my girl is so excited Kensington is sharing, too! We added the sleepover book to her library list. So tell your sweet girl thanks for her input! And I know you said chick lit and this is definitely not, but have you ever read Safely Home by Randy Alcorn? Ohhhhh so good.

  • Megan February 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I loved, loved “Love and Other Words” By Christina Lauren!

  • Nicole February 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    You need to read Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen! It’s got romance, it’s British, and someone always dies but it’s still a light read. It’s a series but you read any of them and know what’s going on.

  • Maggie February 28, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Any Nicholas Sparks book 🙂
    I just read his newest and it was great.

  • Alexis Jalovick February 28, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Rush by Lisa Patton was amazing!!! It is reminiscent of The Help but at a college and with sororities. You would love it.
    Kristan Higgins’ latest couple books were so good!! Now That You Mention It, Good Luck With That, and My One and Only. I loved all of them!

  • Katie February 28, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks so much for your book review posts, Shay! They’re my favorite post of the month, too 😉. For something light, I just finished Fromage a Trois…it’s set in Paris and I loved all of the references to a city I love! It was a quick and easy read, enjoy!

  • Erian Shinn February 28, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    If you haven’t already you have to read Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino. Truly the sweetest story I’ve read!! I am attached to the characters. I would love to know what you think!!

  • Carmen February 28, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

  • Lisa D February 28, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Castle of Water, so good, read it!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 1, 2019 at 5:10 am


  • Amanda Davis February 28, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Chick lit – The Kissing Quotient by Helen Hoang (PG-13/R but a good story!) Biography – The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan – loved it so much I read Glitter and Glue.
    I recently read a review of a book that sounded dark but really good – can’t remember the name or where I saw it if anyone can help! A couple has been married 15 years and wants to spice up their marriage by committing murder.

  • Shannon Cook February 28, 2019 at 9:53 pm


    I look forward to this post every month. I received an advanced copy of The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garcia Graves and it was amazing!! It has a little bit of everything and I feel like it’s going to be one of my top books that I will read this year. It comes out April 2nd! I am in Ashley Spivey’s book club and she also recommended it. It’s a MUST read!

  • Becky Carl February 28, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    And Then You Loved Me by Inglath Cooper. It’s on the free Prime Reading list when shopping in Kindle store and such a great love story. I have read several of the free books and they have all been great!

  • Holly Allen March 1, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I wait all month long for this post! I loved One Day in December from last month! I just ordered three of these and can’t wait to read them!

  • Rachel Brown March 1, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Shay- Thanks as always for your book reviews!!
    You should read Little Princes by Conor Brennan
    It’s his memoir about his journeys to Nepal to the orphanages. It is heartwarming and also very witty. You will laugh and cry.

  • Jennifer Jones March 1, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Thank you for including Kensington’s book selection!! My daughter is 7 and we are always looking for cute good hearted “chapter” books for her. Would love to know what else she has read and liked. Oh and my son feels the same as Smith 😉.

  • Sam March 1, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Not chick lit but Night Tiger was great. I know your family is connected to Asia so the setting would be loved. All You Can Ever Know was worth reading. I’d love to hear perspective on this book from an adoptive mom.

  • Jayne March 1, 2019 at 10:11 am

    A couple of biographies/memoirs that I’ve read lately might fit the bill for you. Have you read Inheritance? It’s a memoir that starts off with surprising DNA test results. I found it really interesting. I also recently read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. I can’t believe that this book wasn’t required reading at any point in my education, because it certainly should have been. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it.

  • Kim M. March 1, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I am so glad to hear someone else had the EXACT same reaction to Lysa’s new book! I love her and am praising God for reconciling her marriage but I just couldn’t put the whole betrayal out of my mind while reading it!!

    I am currently though Rachel Hollis’ new book ‘Girl Stop Apologizing!’ and it is a great follow up to her first one- which I loved! Thanks for the great review!

  • Erica Werner March 1, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

  • Stefany March 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    I love posts about books…I love to read, here are some suggestions…most are a few years old, and you may have already read them, but they stuck with me and they are some of my favorites!!!

    The Five stages of falling in love by
    Rachel Higginson
    Read this twice it is the best, if you pick one off this list this is it!!!

    Love, Chloe
    By Alessandra Torre

    The secret wife
    By gill Paul
    Historical fiction so good

    An Exhalation of Larks
    By Suanne Laqueur

    The man I love I love
    By Suanne Laqueur

    A thousand boy kisses
    By Tillie Cole ❤️

    Hollywood Dirt
    By Alessandra Torre
    Anything by Alessandra Torre is great this one is light, her books usually have a twist to them (Tight is amazing and Ghostwriter was great too)

    The paper Swan
    By Leylah Attar

    The Mason List
    By SD Henderson

    Withering Hope
    By Layla Hagen
    Sweetest epilogue

    The Birthday List
    By Devney Perry
    Anything by Devney Perry is amazing.

    On the island
    By Tracy Garvis Graves

    The edge of never
    J A Redermski

    Sweet Gum Tree
    Katherine Allred

    By Colleen Hoover

    By SC Stephens

    By Alice Clayton

    Mud Vein
    By Tarryn Fischer
    Not light chick lit but this one has stuck with me.

    By K Larson
    So good, not chick lit, Mind blowing 😀

    • Mix and Match Mama March 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      OH my goodness!!! This list is AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much!!

      • Stefany March 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

        I just saw that The Birthday List by Devney Perry, one of the books I recommended above is FREE on kindle right now. 😃

  • Dena March 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    LOVE the monthly book review and love reading the comments! I just made a list of a few more books to read!

  • Jennifer March 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I love book review day! Thank you for sharing. You’ve got me reading so much more than I was a year ago. And I got a Kindle for Christmas. Best travel device ever!
    The best chick lit I’ve read recently –
    Rush by Lisa Patton
    The Masterpiece by Francine RiversA
    A Hundred Summer by Beatriz Williams (you may have recommended this one already)
    Swear on this Life (I may have also read this one based on your book reviews)
    Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

  • Maureen March 1, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    You must read My Dear Hamilton!!!! Love story plus history! I was sad to see it end.

  • Sami Moss March 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    You HAVE TO read The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson. I literally scrolled back through all your reviews to make sure you hadn’t read it cause it’s one I know you’ll love. The author creates Hallmark movies so it reads like a fun rom-com in book form. Quick, light, easy, sweet characters.

  • Susy March 1, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Not in a Tuscan Villa. . . . because we are headed for a Tuscan villa.

  • Angie March 1, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Book review day is my favorite!!! I love Jenny Colgan for light chick-lit reads (Brit chick-lit at that 😉) , and The Bookshop on the Corner was one of my favorites of hers!

  • Liz Winter March 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Hey Shay!
    I scrolled through your 2018/2019 reads and I don’t think you’ve read “My Favorite Half-Night Stand” by Christina Lauren yet. I’m finishing it tonight and it’s been pretty unputdownable! A fairly light rom-com style book. Really loving all the family and friendship dynamics. Like “The Proposal” (which I haven’t read yet), it is a more “rated R so buyer beware” kinda book… but I really think you’d like it. ♥️

  • Brittney March 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    The Paris seamstress!!!

  • Linnea March 1, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Chick-lit recommendations: Anything by Susan Mallery, or Linda Lael Miller, but one of my favorite books of all time is Years by Lavyrle Spencer, it’s easily in the top 5 books i’ve ever read. (And like you I read a fair amount every month)

  • Cheryl March 2, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I’m a second grade teacher and would like to recommend the author Bill Wallace for Smith. He has written many funny animal character books and many adventure books with young boys as the main character! (I have been reading his books to my classes since 1986!) I am reading Danger in Quicksand Swamp to my class right now. We can’t read it fast enough! (A Dog Called Kitty and Beauty will make you cry, but they are very good books.)

  • Kate Way March 3, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I also loved Tatooist + we read it for my book club and we all liked / loved it but after we read information about the book and felt a smidge differently about it. The author presented the book as a true story and truly it was more of historical fiction. I would have loved it just the same has she been more up front. It’s like Titanci the movie. The historical event was real and in the case of the book- the man was real (although she even changed his name from Ludwig to Lale), but a LOT of the events and other people were not. The sex scenes for one. The Auschwitz Foundation has proved a lot of it factually un-true. Which none of us cared, the book was still moving, but even the beginning few pages was misleading. Unlike other books I have read like the Corrie ten Boom “The Hiding Place” which was as good / if not better that The Tattooist but truly a factually based book. And I’m sorry to rain on the parade. I was super disappointed when I read all the articles to. I didn’t want them to be true!!
    Suggestions for other book: 1. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. It’s not Rated R.
    2. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle.
    And I have to recommend to you 3. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (romantic read set back in the 1930’s Kentucky)
    + My favorite book of all time (now beat The Nightingale) 4. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson —> not a light read but truly soul changing.

  • Aimee March 3, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Hi Shay, I always look forward to your Book Reviews. I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned, but I wanted to share that I absolutely loved Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. No matter what your political views are, it really is an inspiring read. Her story is quite something and I loved learning more about her Mother, who is really an unsung hero (as so many mothers are) in her life. I loved the book so much, I plan to read it again.

  • Megan March 3, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Don’t you just love that your daughter is in the prime spot for fun middle grade books? I love chatting with my daughter about the books I also loved as a 10 year old.
    Also, did you see that Netflix has plans for a Babysitters Club reboot? I can’t wait!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 3, 2019 at 6:50 am

      No way?! We will love that!!!

  • Sara March 3, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Not necessarily chick-lit, but The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a fantastic read. She is the author who wrote One True Loves which you named your favourite book of the year a couple of years ago and I think you would enjoy this book as well!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 4, 2019 at 5:06 am

      Okay, I read that one last year and didn’t love it. I didn’t like Evelyn!

  • Aparna March 4, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Hi Shay, if you’re looking for a good funny romantic chic lit…try Rachel Gibson,,,she’s good! Recently reread Falling for Gracie and enjoyed it as much as the first time!

  • Kristen March 4, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I have read all of Hester Browne’s books and loved them all. (British chick-lit)
    I wish she would write a new one! Honeymoon Hotel is the most recent and I enjoyed it!

  • Jessica Bloodgood March 4, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I just finished Just Mercy today (a non-fiction book about the death penalty and our severely broken criminal justice system). I think EVERYONE should read it. It is such an important book.

  • Carley Myrick March 4, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I just read The Friends We Keep and enjoyed it. Very light, chick read!

  • Dianna March 5, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Have your kids read Island of the Blue Dolphins? I loved it as a child so my son and I listened to the audio version. He is 7.5 and loved it.
    I finally read summer wives, educated, and sound of gravel. All were really good. A curve in the road by Julianne Maclean was good!

  • Rebecca March 5, 2019 at 8:58 am

    I loved your reviews for the January books. I have read all of them as well. Have you read The Alice Network by Kate Quinn? It was excellent! It’s also about WWII. I am actually starring Kate Quinn’s newest book that was just released last week called The Huntress.

  • Barbara Parnell March 5, 2019 at 9:24 am

    The Tattoo Artist is my next read…if you enjoyed that, you should read Unbroken,which is the story of Louie Zamparini in WWII, it’s about faith,strength,courage and survival..one of my favorite reads ever. Also, I am currently reading We Were the Lucky Ones, another WWII story of a Jewish family’s experiences and survival..really,really good. Love WWII stories.

  • Dianna March 5, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Here is my review for January/February! Many were recommendations from you and Amanda but a few may not be on your radar http://kdcline.blogspot.com/2019/03/what-ive-been-reading.html

  • Kasey March 5, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    One of my favorite easy romantic clean cute books ever -Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. I love this book and everyone that I know that has read it has loved it as well !

  • JL March 6, 2019 at 11:36 am

    You should read “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating”!! It’s such a cute, funny chick lit book. A perfect feel good quick read 🙂

  • Kelly March 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    This is a random suggestion- actually more for your daughter! I was on a thriller kick for a while and just wanted something different and light- so I picked up The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer. I absolutely loved it! It’s geared towards the younger readers but I enjoyed it even as an adult!

  • Sara B March 9, 2019 at 6:46 am

    I just read two books by Thomas Christopher Greene. They were totally different and I loved them both! I read The Perfect Liar first and loved his writing so much that then I read If I Forget You. Both really good reads! He also wrote the Headmaster’s Wife from 2014.

  • Kate March 11, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Fun and lighthearted- which you need to break up those thrillers sometimes – Sophie Kinsella’s “I owe you one” I really enjoyed! I love these comments for new suggestions, just added two to my cart!

  • Becca March 13, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I just finished Dating Games by T.K. Leigh! Loved it! Reminded me of so many rom coms wrapped into one. Fun read!

  • Kelly March 20, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Have you read the Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts??? It’s 4 books each about a different sister. Great chick lit!!!!!!