March 2019 Book Review

, March 2019 Book Review
It’s BOOK DAY!!!
Otherwise known as my favorite day of the month!!
Today, I’m sharing my MARCH BOOK REVIEW!
This month, I read something suspenseful, two things cute and upbeat, one thing encouraging and one thing inspiring.  Not too shabby, right?  A little bit of something for everyone. Except for Sheaffer.  Sweet friend, I have nothing for you. You should just skip on over to this instead…
, March 2019 Book Review
…I feel like my Tex-Mex Sausage & Potato Breakfast Casserole will be more your jam 🙂 .  (For those that don’t pay attention, every.single.month Sheaffer leaves a funny comment about how she doesn’t read and doesn’t have anything to contribute to these posts.  They’re hysterical comments!)
Okay, here we go!  I kicked off the month with a psychological thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat the whole time…
, March 2019 Book Review
An Anonymous Girl had me uncomfortable from start to finish.  If you love books that twist and turn, keep you on your toes, and surprise you from start to finish, then this is for you.  This fictional story is about a woman in her late twenties that signs up for a college study…so to speak.  She is participating in the study to earn money, but boy, does she get more than she bargained for.  I was emotionally exhausted when this book was over.  I was actually physically tired.  Ha!  I found this one really entertaining and highly unpredictable.  A great read for those of you who like suspense.
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Ah!  So many of you recommend The Accidental Beauty Queen to me, and I loved it!  This novel is about twin sisters…one is the beauty queen and one is not.  I mean, is it a little cheesy?  Yes.  Is it a little predictable?  Totally.  Did I love every happy page?  You bet I did!  These sisters are from Dallas too, so that gave me all the #hometown feels as I read.  If you like the movie Miss Congeniality, then you’ll for sure love this book.  This book has #beachread written all over it!  Grab it for your next flight, pool day or beach time!
, March 2019 Book Review
So…I have #allthethoughts about Girl, Stop Apologizing.  I hope I somewhat make sense as I rattle them off.  Last year, I read Rachel Hollis’ book Girl, Go Wash Your Face, and honestly loved it.  In fact, in the back of my mind, I thought it would be in my Top Three for 2018 (it almost made the cut!).  After the book came out, there was some controversy over it, and I read some reviews that were very negative about it, but I really enjoyed it and thought it spoke straight to my mama heart.  It was a memoir about a busy working wife and mama that really made me stop and ponder some things, really confirm some thoughts I already had and honest to goodness made me laugh out loud.  I loved it.  So…I was reallllly pumped when this new book came out.
Um, I read it and was left feeling a wee bit conflicted.
I honestly, one hundred percent think her intention in writing this memoir/self-help book is to motivate and encourage women.  Period.  And that is a very noble and commendable thing to do.  Period.  My cousin has become a HUGE fan of hers and honestly, I think by her reading Hollis’ books and listening to her podcasts, her life is changing.  I’ve never seen her more focused, driven and motivated…that is phenomenal right there.  But (you knew there was a “but” coming) some things in this book made me cringe a little.  I think she’s a remarkable businesswoman, author, wife and mom, but maybe, some of her priorities don’t match up with mine, so that made me kind of wince from time to time.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with her priorities not matching up with mine (mine aren’t perfect, they’re just, you know…mine), but because of that, I didn’t just love this book quite as much.  When it was over, I really sat there a minute and tried to reflect and even though I don’t know her personally, I do really think she wanted the book to inspire everyone who reads it to live their life to the fullest, and that really should be my only takeaway.
So…did any of you read it?  Do you even understand my ramblings?  Do you have thoughts?  I don’t want to be too negative because I honestly think she was trying to be encouraging, it just wasn’t perhaps my type of encouragement.
, March 2019 Book Review
So, this book was such a random surprise!  Andrew said to me one day that he read about/heard about a Christian book on marriage called Vertical Marriage and that “it sounded like something I would like”.  So, I looked it up, read the synopsis and bought it.  And then, on page TWO, I realized, HEY, WE KNOW THESE PEOPLE!  How fun is that?!  On page two, the authors (who have been married for over 30 years) say that for decades, he was the chaplain for the Detroit Lions.  Oh my gosh!  Yes!  I remember them!  I was in her Tuesday morning Bible study up in Michigan back in the day when we lived there.  Isn’t that funny?  I remembered that her name was Ann, and actually, quote her quite often to this day (she was one of the best Bible study leaders I’ve ever had), but I didn’t know they wrote this book.  So, that was a complete surprise and fun one at that!  I read this book so quickly!  I thought it was a really raw and honest look at marriage and how it takes work…every day.  They start the book by saying that on their 10th wedding anniversary, she told him she no longer had feelings for him.  Whoa.  I’m telling you, it’s real.  So, if you’re looking for a book about strengthening your marriage through Biblical application, this one is for you!
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And last but not least, I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.  Sophie, YOU REDEEMED YOURSELF!  Ha!  Last year, I read her newest (at the time) book Surprise Me and did not like it at all (and I typically love her books), so I was a little leery when this new one came out, but friends, it was too cute!  In typical Kinsella style, it’s a novel about a quirky, fun, lovable British girl that you won’t want to put down.  This tale takes place around a family’s long running kitchenwares store and how, through some unexpected changes, the adult kids are now going to have to run it…and it’s a mess.  If you love the other Kinsella books or any sort of Bridget Jones’ like story, you’ll love this one.  It’s British, it’s happy, it’s sweet and it’s easy to read.
Annnnnd that’s a wrap for March!
Okay, what did you read this month???  I would love, love, love to know!  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.
Have the best day, friends!!!
, March 2019 Book Review
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog March 26, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Gosh, I need to get my hands on a copy of An Anonymous Girl! Sounds like just my type of book. 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Taylor March 26, 2019 at 4:59 am

    I’m so glad you read Girl, Stop Apologizing because I did too and I have a lot of thoughts.
    1. I thought it was very repetitive. I felt like I was reading the same chapter over & over.
    2. I wanted so badly to like this book but I didn’t. I had to force myself to finish it. I will say some chapters had great tips and I even wrote a few down but only 2-3 chapters did it for me.
    I’ll stop there but overall it got 2 starts from me on Goodreads. I still really enjoy following Rachel on Instagram and listening to her podcast but this book just didn’t do it for me:/

    • Emily Firko March 31, 2019 at 6:03 am

      You must read “Point of View” by Elisabeth Hasselbeck! I’m reading it now and can’t put it down. She is such a Godly, amazing woman. It tells her life story and intertwines scripture as well.

  • Beth B March 26, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Just what I’m looking for – a couple of beach-read type novels. I’m in a season where I don’t want to delve into a heavy novel, so two of your March reads will be perfect. Thanks for your suggestions!

    • Jenny March 26, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Ah I’ll have to read the Accidental Beauty Queen for Dallas memories!!! Love your reviews. I have similar feelings about the Rachel Hollis books, and a good book for me that helped put it in perspective was “You Who” by Rachel Jankovic. I felt like it helped balance me out about those thoughts!

  • Alexis deZayas March 26, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Can’t wait to read some of these! I have Girl Stop Apologizing on my nightstand so I’m interested to see what it’s all about now after reading your review! I look forward to this post every month 🙂

  • Ashley Praytor March 26, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I love love book review time! One of my favorite times of the month. All of these look like fantastic reads and I’ve been a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella for a long time. Rachel Hollis has me feeling the same way you described. I’ve been following her for a while and she’s definitely changed her voice quite a bit since her blog started and her first book came out. I guess I just try to take what I like about her and leave what doesn’t work for me.

    • Callie March 26, 2019 at 7:28 am

      Ashley- I had to say something, I totally agree with your last statement. Before this new book came out, I read many articles that were very against Rachel Hollis and what she stood for, and I felt so convicted because I really loved her first book and think she’s an overall great person. I had to work through my internal conflicts and just say I’ll take what I like, but I’m strong enough in who I am and who created me and what he wants for me, to just take what’s “for me” and leave what I don’t fully agree with.

  • Lina March 26, 2019 at 5:28 am

    We’re on the same page regarding Rachel Hollis. I really wanted to love her. I feel like we could be girlfriends! I get that she is really all about inspiring women and I do think that she means well. But…. there are parts of what she’s saying that doesn’t sit well with me. I know what you mean about “wince”-ing. It’s hard to put into words but I think that the Spirit gives us discernment even when we can’t articulate it. (I’m actually relieved that you felt the same way!)

    • Laura E Fredlund March 26, 2019 at 6:22 am

      I agree and feel the same way! It is hard to put into words but for some reason doesnt sit entirely well with me either.

    • Nicole March 26, 2019 at 6:29 am

      Totally agree!!!

    • Julie March 26, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Exactly what i think! I truly feel the spirit of discernment on this one. The first one bothered me in multiple places not “lining up right.” So glad to see others feeling the same.

    • Amy March 26, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      I haven’t read her newest book. I read about half of the first one and I just completely lost interest. I think I just don’t relate to her go go go achieve achieve achieve lifestyle and honestly after awhile I was turned off. I’m also about 10 years older than she is and it kinda felt like my little sister trying to tell me how to live my life and at times I just wanted to sit her down and say – girl, slow down! And don’t miss your kids childhoods…the years fly.

      • Bethany kimsey March 26, 2019 at 9:17 pm

        Shea I love your book reviews! I have expanded my book selection because of a lot of your recommendations, and I have loved many you love! I agree about Rachel Hollis – I liked her initially in her ig stories and podcasts but as I began to really listen and watch and then read her books – I began to pull back with concern. There is a lot of self in her books – self focus, elevation of self, etc. so thank you for your honesty about this last book – sometimes it’s hard to feel like you’re the only one with concerns/dislikes and make a stance when all the hype is different.

      • Kiley March 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

        I felt like I was the only one who didn’t finish her last book! She had a few good points, but nothing someone hasn’t said before. Each time I made it to the end of a chapter, there wasn’t anything that made me want to read the next.

      • Jill Marquez March 29, 2019 at 12:35 pm

        I haven’t read this book yet, but I love your comment here. After the first book I wanted to say the same thing (but I did my say it as articulately as you… ‘girl, slow down’ is amazing!). 😁

  • Dottie March 26, 2019 at 5:45 am

    I love Dave and Ann Wilson. She led our women’s retreat at my old church. They have done marriage workshops for a long time and it is nice to see they wrote a book. I will definitely check it out. I haven’t read Girl Stop Apologizing, and do not think I will. I wasn’t crazy about her first book either.

  • Sally Hepworth March 26, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I love book review day! I just finished The Silent Patient – promise me you’ll read it? I know you will love it. Such a page turner. I just loved it. I’m currently listening to Daisy Jones and The Six on Audible and really enjoying it. The audible version has different narrators for each character which is really cool. And I loved An Anonymous Girl. (The authors have the same editor had me, but I’m not biased! They’re book The Wife Between Us was also excellent) xx

    • Sally Hepworth March 26, 2019 at 5:48 am

      Their! Their book. Not they’re. Wasn’t concentrating. This is such a bad mistake for an author to make 🤦‍♀️

      • Ashley March 26, 2019 at 6:22 am

        I read Rachel Hollis until one of the last chapters and felt so convicted that I didn’t even finish it. I am totally with you that her stance doesn’t really line up with mine, which is completely ok. I just didn’t feel great about the book.

        • Kelli March 27, 2019 at 6:03 am

          Have you read The Silent Patient? That’s a great one! Also The Idea of You and Daisy Jones and The Six are mist reads!

      • Maureen Werner March 26, 2019 at 11:21 am

        Sally, No worries!! That is why great authors have great editors and proofreaders!!😁

      • Bryanna March 26, 2019 at 5:21 pm

        Sally!! I just picked up The Family Next Door and am loving it so far!

    • Paige M Wright March 26, 2019 at 6:12 am

      I just finished The Silent Patient too…loved it. I think it was recommended on Goodreads for me and after I read that he recently finished his MA (my son is getting his MA right now), I was intrigued. Such a great first book!!

    • Dianna March 26, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Eek I can’t wait for another Sally Hepworth book!! LOVE! I recently read the Family Next Door

    • Ashley March 26, 2019 at 11:03 am

      Daisy Jones and the Six is excellent for Audible! I loved it and wished I could hear this music and see their album cover!

    • Sharon March 26, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Sally— have read all of your books and just love then!! So looking forward to your newest one soon.

    • jennifer March 26, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      I just started Daisy Jones on Audible and am LOVING the separate narrators. I wonder why that doesn’t happen more often? That said, I can NOT tell you how many times I’ve recommended The Family Next Door as an audio book!

  • Sheaffer Sims March 26, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Tex-Mex sausage is cool.

    • Miranda Bodenhamer March 26, 2019 at 6:19 am

      🤣🤣🤣

    • Suzy March 26, 2019 at 7:24 am

      Schaeffer – you need to do audio books. Read while driving, cooking, cleaning, Trying on clothes. It’s amazing how much you can read when you use these little bits of time! Shay gives great suggestions. And the Tex-Mex sausage is cool! And you are too.

      • Jes March 26, 2019 at 7:56 am

        I thought Rachel Hollis focuses a TON on literally writing this book. I don’t think the reader needs to know the ins/outs for getting a book written or word count per day, it just seemed really odd to me and not relatable as an analogy.

      • TBoedie March 26, 2019 at 10:08 am

        Yes!! Agreed! I had not read a book for “fun” in almost 10 years (I KNOW!) And once I started using Audible, I now “read” 2-3 monthly. You need to try it! 👍🏻

      • Darcy March 26, 2019 at 11:07 pm

        I haven’t read since college, but have started using Audible during my commute and love it! (I do go thru periods though when I don’t use it, usually because I need quiet vs intentional listening.) My favorites on Audible are Shoedog (Phil Knight’s autobiography) and Boys in the Boar (although the first half is slow the end makes up for it!).

        And I’m sure Rachel Hollis is a lovely person but I wish our generation would learn that contentment and drive can co-exist together and even compliment one another!)

    • Julee Plummer March 26, 2019 at 10:00 am

      If you like memoirs about hitting absolute bottom and making your way to the top, MAID by Stephanie Land is a must read.

      • Stephanie March 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm

        I completely agree! “Maid” helped me understand her plights well. I listened to the audio version and the author reads it. Amazing book!

      • Amanda April 18, 2019 at 2:49 am

        I love book review day and always scroll through the comments to read about potential books to read and to see what Sheaffer has say! Loved daisy jones and the six. just finished “when we left Cuba” which I think you will enjoy

  • Molly March 26, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I love your monthly book reviews! I have read so many of your suggestions. Have you read Where the Crawdads sing? I highly recommend it!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 5:53 am

      Yes! It was one of my favorite books from last year!!

      • Jenny Smith March 26, 2019 at 11:05 am

        I actually did not even like Girl Wash Your Face, I read it in January thinking it would be a great book to start a new year off with. I had heard nothing but good reviews on it and for weeks wondered what was wrong with me that instead of motivating me it instead made me feel worse about my quiet little life. I have no intentions of reading her new one because the first did nothing for me. However a part of me feels really bad for saying that because as a person she seems really wonderful and a great friend to have in your corner. I like how you said maybe it was hard for me to read because our lives and priorities are just different and that’s okay!

  • Ashley March 26, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I have an instagram where I keep my book recommendations for adults and kids if you want to check it out- @ashfamilybooks. 🙂 I just finished Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup and it was insane. Elizabeth Holmes and her company has apparently been all over the news-but I had never heard of her before reading this book. I will be following along closely to her trial after reading this one. You should pick it up if you like real world scandal/drama!

  • Elspeth Mizner March 26, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Your book reviews are some of my favorite posts. I’m currently working on a book by Matthew Kelly, I would definitely recommend the biggest lie in the history of Christianity and perfectly yourself, great books on life. So inspirational.
    http://www.elspethsdaybyday.com

  • Eileen March 26, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I just finished Girl, Stop Apologizing. I loved Girl, Wash Your Face, and I really liked this one too. I agree with you – I was wincing at some parts and disagree with some parts because they don’t align with my priorities, but I appreciate her honesty about it. I listened to the book with her reading it, so for me, it felt like chatting with a girlfriend at a table in a coffeeshop. I’d actually like to reread Girl, Wash Your Face by listening to it. I think it gives her books a whole different feel.

  • Julie March 26, 2019 at 5:59 am

    I also liked An Anonymous Girl. Thrillers are my favorite! I recently read Castle of Water on your recommendation and I loved it! Other books I’ve really liked lately are: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena, The Silent Patient, America for Beginners, and A Spark of Light. Happy Reading!

  • Lindsay March 26, 2019 at 6:03 am

    I too read “Girl, Stop Apologizing” this month and am conflicted as well. I thought I was the only one!! ha! I felt like it was the ultimate goal getter, cheerleading book. She definitely will sike you up to chase your dream, goal– whatever it may be, but it was repetitive. Another strange thing that drove me crazy was how many times she mentioned that “the book was due” and here she was still writing it. I just don’t get why it was mentioned so much, but clearly– it irked me! 😀 I LOVED “Girl, Wash Your Face,” and had really high-hopes for this one but it just didn’t resonate as much with me as I wished it would’ve.

  • Tanya March 26, 2019 at 6:03 am

    My favorite day – your book reviews! I also loved Anonymous Girl. I listened on audio, and the two narrators really did a great job of bringing the story to life. I had similar feelings after I read the first Rachel Hollis book…it just didn’t mesh with some of my approaches to life. I wrote a post with my book reviews for the month on Monday. –> Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

  • Allison March 26, 2019 at 6:04 am

    I’m glad to hear someone else is on the same page as me with Rachel Hollis. I couldn’t get through her first book so I know I won’t be trying the second one. Excited to hear that Sophie Kinsella’s new book is a winner, that’s going on my list! Love your book review posts, I always end up adding something to my “to read” list.

  • Narci March 26, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Oh my goodness! I just love your book reviews, because you always have the best recommendations! Can’t wait to read many of these too!

  • Laura E Fredlund March 26, 2019 at 6:20 am

    This month I read, thanks to you, the Tatooist of Auschwitz, and Where the Crawdads Sing.” Loved them both. I got halfway through Girl Waah Your Face, and honestly am not feeling like I want to pick it back up. Im a little annoyed with it. But I do want to recommend “Circe” by Madeline Miller. It is really really good! Id love to hear what you think about it.

  • Nora segrest March 26, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Just read Daisy Jones and The Six and loved it!! Highly recommend! Love your book reviews!!

    • Beth Miller March 26, 2019 at 6:53 am

      Yes, LOVED Daisy Jones and couldn’t put it down!!!

  • Kasie Miller March 26, 2019 at 6:32 am

    I always love your book review posts and I’ve been needing some recommendations for a couple long flights coming up, so thank you! I’m adding a couple to my list now:)

  • Lesley McFarland March 26, 2019 at 6:33 am

    My favorite blog day of the month!!! Love love your book reviews!!
    I am feeling the same way about Rach. Girl, Stop apologizing is just really not my Jam. I love her and all of her books. Btw if you have not read her party girl series😍😍😍. I could them over and. Over. But the new one…I really cannot get into it. There are many parts of the book I want my teenage daughter to read because I think they would be fabulous for her…but I agree with one of your commenters….very repetitive.

  • Emily March 26, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Hi Shay! Lara Casey has written two books, one called “Make it Happen” and another called “Cultivate.” She a business woman, mother, and Christian. I think you’d enjoy both!

  • Stefanie March 26, 2019 at 6:52 am

    My jaw hit the floor when you listed Vertical Marriage. I’m in the Detroit area right by their church and have heard all about it! Couldn’t believe you were reviewing it!

    As and follower for years and a Michigander myself, I’ve always wondered about your time in a Michigan. You mentioned the donuts in the fall and such, but I’ve always wondered where you lived and what else you thought. Come back for a visit! Detroit is better than ever!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 7:34 am

      We lived in Dearborn! I loved every minute of it :). Michigan is BEAUTIFUL!

  • Melinda Donley March 26, 2019 at 6:52 am

    If you want a creepy, suspenseful book again- check out The Perfect Child. It was crazy and was NOT what I expected! I stayed up til 2 am to finish it- it was that good- and I start my day at 5:30 am, but the sacrifice was worth it, lol!

  • Beth Miller March 26, 2019 at 6:53 am

    I loved An Anonymous Girl too! So suspenseful! I’m not planning to read Rachel Hollis’s new book. She has some great thoughts about making things happen for yourself, but she’s strayed from being a Christian motivator and pointing all things back to God. I think it’s ok to listen to her as a motivator, but she’s definitely not who I’m going to look to for Christian advice.

  • Jill March 26, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I’m so with you on the Rachel Hollis book! I wanted to LOVE that book like I did her first book, but after a few pages, I just couldn’t keep reading. I couldn’t relate to her version of success. Like you said “her priorities don’t match up with mine” so maybe that is the problem. Thanks for being brave enough to be honest about the book- I thought that I was the only one that felt this way!!

  • Anonymous March 26, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Endurance by Alfred Lansing – true story about an early explorer to Antarctica. It reads like a novel which is even more insane when you realize it’s true!

    • Rebecca March 28, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren is great! A fast read.

      And, Salt to the Sea is probably my new favorite piece of historical fiction!

  • Raven March 26, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Here is a really great article about Girl, Stop Apologizing that really helped me think thru some of the way that Rachel is going… it may help put to words what some of y’all are commenting on…
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/girl-stop-apologizing/%3famp

    • Beth Miller March 26, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Thank you for this!

  • Callie March 26, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I read this for your review on Girl, Stop Apologizing (I’m not a huge reader). I think I agree with you. I absolutely LOVED Girl, Wash Your Face. It changed my life in such a positive way! Now, I haven’t finished this new one yet… but I’m definitely slowing down. I wanted to love it as much as the last, but I think I agree that parts I definitely didn’t agree with 100%, and it’s just not the same type of book. I still like her as a person and totally commend her for challenging woman to be who God made them to be… I just don’t think this book is 100% for me as her last one.

  • Kelly Sites March 26, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I LOVED The Anonymous Girl. Such a fun read. I’m currently reading A Curve in the Road and it’s a thriller too. Regarding R Hollis- I’m not into the hype of “Christian Celebs” at least ones similar to her. I liked Girl Wash Your Face- but a lot of it left Jesus right out of it, and I feel it’s easy for women to be led astray by well meaning people who become “famous” and like the bright lights too much. That’s all I’ll say about it.

    • Leiah F March 26, 2019 at 8:26 am

      I just finished A Curve in the Road and loved it!

  • Lizzie March 26, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I love your book reviews! Have you read The sound of gravel? Similar to Educated and that it’s shocking that this could really be a true story of someone’s life. I juts finished The Language of Flowers and it was so good!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Yes!!!! The Sound of Gravel was AMAZING!!!

  • Emily March 26, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I’m so surprised you liked I Owe You One!! It is the first book of SKs that I almost didn’t finish reading. I just really didn’t like the characters – those siblings drove me crazy. 🤷‍♀️

  • Julia March 26, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I loved the Silent Patient! Such a good thriller and while I can usually guess the twist in books, I did not see this one coming!

  • Hannah March 26, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I love these book reviews! I was interested in what you would think about Rachel Hollis’s new book. I haven’t read any of her books, but from reviews I have read I am not a fan. It seems like she is all about putting yourself first when the Bible teaches us to put God first and then others, and we are to be last.

  • Abby March 26, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I am in the middle of listening to Girl Stop Apologizing and I am not enthralled lol. For girl wash your face, I listened/read it very quickly and really enjoyed it. This one —– not holding my attention. I listen to a TON Of books in the car and at work and I am just not motivated to turn this on. It feels super repetitive and I don’t feel like I’m getting much new content.

    Also —– I don’t dislike her voice, but I sometimes feel like she’s yelling at me on the audio book.

    ALSO —- book recommendation for Kensington that I feel like does line up with your values 🙂 Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. I owned all the books as a kid (i probably read them when I was 12-13?) and the series just popped up in my head the other day, so I re-read them lol. They’re very Christian, very appropriate for a pre-teen, and overall teach good values. They’re chapter books, but not overwhelming chapter books. They’re a bit dated now lol, so she would get a glimpse of a world without cell phones 🙂 🙂 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Christy_Miller_series

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 7:35 am

      Oh my gosh!! Abby, I completely left off K’s books this month! I didn’t think about it until JUST NOW when I read your comment. DANNNNG! I’m going to have to go back and edit!

    • Kaitlin Davidson March 26, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Yes to this series! It was my absolute favorite growing up. I actually made pen pals from all over the US through the series of books. I would wait until she is older though.

    • Alli Paige Hancock March 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      OH my goodness, the Christy Miller Series was my FAVORITE!!!

  • Melissa Sexton March 26, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I am SO glad other people feel the same way about Rachel Holis! I started reading “Girl, Wash Your Face” and was completely put off by the early chapter about how her relationship with her husband started. I was so frustrated she was (IMO) basically “giving him a pass” and taking the blame by implying other people will automatically treat you badly if you allow them. What the heck!?!? Maybe don’t use other people even though you can because it’s wrong?? I feel like I’m being a “bad modern woman” by not enjoying her, but her and my priories in life simply not the same. Oh well.

  • Becky B March 26, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Read Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle book, Whisky in a Teacup. Fun little read about all things Southern. Plus some yummy recipes to try!

    • Melissa March 26, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Yes! I loved this one! I checked it out at the library, and then decided to buy a copy for all the recipes! Cute and fast read.

    • WhittyWife March 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      Yes!! I recommeded Whiskey in a Teacup last month. It’s such a fun read!

  • Krystle Friesen March 26, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Dave and Ann Wilson are great teachers, my husband and I listen to family life today often each week and discuss topics based on interviews. We have been doing this for 10 years and it quickly adds to our book pile;) Wilsons are the new hosts, tune in on their app or local Christian radio!

  • Carly March 26, 2019 at 7:46 am

    I read Rachel’s first book, saw her movie AND listened to her podcast, but I’ve recently unfollowed her 😕. I guess my spirit is troubled because I can’t get behind her as both a Christian and a motivator?? Her brand just seems to not align with mine on the Faith front, and that’s my most important part of someone who I’m following for life advice (if that makes sense??)

    I read I Owe You One and The Accidental Beauty Queen and both are so easy and cute! I recommend 9 Women, One Dress and The Life Lucy Knew if you’re looking for easy and cute this month!

  • Becca March 26, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Thank you for such a great review! I have Girl Stop Apologizing on my dresser but haven’t been excited to read it. I was looking at it more like a chore.
    I was looking for K’s book review:) E is reading Front Desk by Kelly Yang and she is loving it!

  • Alli C March 26, 2019 at 7:58 am

    We live in a world that promotes self. Go get it no matter the cost…. I feel Hollis goes against so much of what the gospel says to align our life with. To give up your life for the sake of Him. To die to self. What is it to gain the world but lose your soul? I’m fearful for women to read this who aren’t grounded in scripture. The Bible tells us how to be who He created us to be.

    Team up with Jesus, die to yourself, & get ready for the most satisfying life He has to offer. Better than any dream we can imagine.

    Thank you for having original thoughts and being brave enough to say ‘this didn’t set well with me…’

    • Kelly Sites March 26, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      You said what I am trying to say, but can’t find the words….thanks. Great points. Amen.

  • Susan March 26, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Loved An Anonymous Girl and just finished Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. I was literally up from 2am – 5 am this morning finishing, very suspenseful! I love your book reviews and have read many great books because of you. Thank you!

  • Meredith M. March 26, 2019 at 8:04 am

    If you haven’t read Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours, I highly suggest you add it to your list! As a Mom of a 22 month old, I have recently been trying to read/listen to more books. I read The Last Mrs. Parrish after reading your review on it and loved the book (could not put it down at night!). I listened to Before We Were Yours and never wanted to stop listening it was so good! It is based on a real-life scandal about an adoption organization in Tennessee. I had a difficult time picking my next book because this one was so good. Love your reviews each month, Shay!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Yes!! I loved that one too!!!

  • Kaysey March 26, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Have you read A Fall of Marigolds or Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner? They are some of my favorites. I also read a Dear Mrs Bird recently and absolutely loved it!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick March 26, 2019 at 8:07 am

    I liked the Anonymous Girl. Not as much as The Wife Between Us but it was solid. I thought I Owe You One was super duper boring though. I could barely finish it. The characters were just so awful (except for Seb and Fixie). And I’m halfway through the Vertical Marriage and it’s just so good!! Skipping Girl, Stop Apologizing after all the bad reviews.
    That Inspired Chick

  • Kristen Hardison March 26, 2019 at 8:10 am

    I completely agree about Rachel Hollis! This week if my Spring Break and I am doing my best to read a ton! First up is “Glory Road” by Lauren K. Denton. She’s a local author in the Birmingham area and this book takes place in Alabama which is fun for me. It’s a sweet southern story and Lauren reminds me of a female Nicholas Sparks. This is her third book and I think you would really like her Shay! Next up is “The Last Romantics” by Tara Conklin which is the first book in the Today Show Book Club that Jenna Bush picked!

    • Tina March 27, 2019 at 7:39 am

      It’s funny that so many of readers loved Holli’s first book but thought the second was too repetitive…that’s how I felt about the first!! LOL! I couldn’t understand the hype for that book and because it just didn’t resonate with me, I have zero desire to try this new book. Typically I avoid the books that EVERYONE seems to be talking about, you know the ones with like a million 5 star reviews. For some reason…more often than not…I have a totally different reaction than the main stream. But I gave into the masses and read her first book. I didn’t get it and I certainly couldn’t understand when people said it changed their life. I figured something must be wrong with me, I just wasn’t getting out of it what others were.

  • Amanda March 26, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Where the Forrest Meets the Stars is really good and may be my favorite book for 2019. It’s similar in a way to Where the Crawdads Sing, but I loved this one more.

  • stephanie March 26, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Is it possible Smith would do a book review? Momma to 3 boys here (3rd, 1st, K) and need to get off the Captain Underpants and Dog Man train STAT. I can’t take it anymore. #anyonewithme?!

    • Carly March 26, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      Hey! I have a 3rd grade boy, and while I am in ALL IN on Dav Pilkey (Seriously, whatever gets boys reading has my heart!!), I have other suggestions too! My boy is a higher level reader so you might check ARBookfinder.com to see what level they all are and which ones work for each of your boys. But here is some of his current and past favorites 👍🏻.
      I Survived…, Who Was…, Mysterious Benedict Society, Nick and Tesla, Charlie Bone, Harry Potter, Brixton Brothers, The Terrible Two, Fly Guy, Spy Force, Big Nate, Percy Jackson, 39 Clues…

      I know there are more and I am blanking but here’s a starting list!

      • Ina March 27, 2019 at 7:26 am

        Thank you for the review. I also have 3rd grade boy and looking for books for him. He loves the I survived, magic tree house, and who was but now he needs bigger books to read. I don’t let him read the Diary of a wimpy kid or anything like Harry Potter.

    • Kristina Kleckner March 27, 2019 at 10:10 am

      Yes! I’d love some boy book suggestions.

  • Heidi March 26, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Everyone should read When We Meet Again by Kristin Harmel! One of the BEST books I’ve ever read!!!

  • HollyG March 26, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Just finished Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks, it’s a quick read, even for all of us busy peeps. (Sheaffer- this needs to be the book you start with). I can’t help but think about/pray for the real people involved. This book will stay with you. Please stop what you’re doing and read it. You will not be disappointed.

  • Donna March 26, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Love your book reviews! Some of my favorites- Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series- Harlan Coben s -Tell No One.
    Nancy Turners- These Is My Words. Lincee Ray- Why I Hate Green Beans
    For Smith. The A-Z mystery series. Henry Winklers – Hank The Zipper series
    Netflix series – Heartland. A good family show
    Surscribe to readers Digest & Guideposts, when our family is finished with them we leave them in waiting rooms.

  • Kayla A Bruce March 26, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Love, love book review day!! Thanks also for your review of Rachel Hollis’ new book. Something about her hasn’t been sitting very well with me for awhile, so I am wary to start the new book (even though it’s cued in my Audible line). We’ll see!

  • Julie Jones March 26, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Shay I LOVE your book reviews and all your reader’s comments! They are the best! Thank you for doing this!

  • Megan March 26, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Perfect timing for your book review as I’m shopping amazon and the library for some beach reads for spring break! I’m with you on Rachel Hollis. I cringed often while reading the first book thinking “what am I missing? why does everyone love this and i just can’t get into it?” and realized we just have very different approaches and priorities – not that either is wrong, just different.

  • Leiah F March 26, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I think your monthly book reviews might just be my favorite thing you post. We’re in the 12th week of the year and I started book number 22 last night. I’ll be 55 in October and wanted to read 55 books this year. If things keep going at this pace, I’m going to have to re-evaluate my goal. Especially since I just added The Silent Patient and Anonymous Girl to the list!

  • Rebecca Jo March 26, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I NEVER have cared for Rachel Hollis… I think she comes across as very “know it all” & I think my review of her book was “Come see me in 20 years” – she comes off very childish, playing a grown up. & I never got how a Christian company endorsed her book when her ideas are basically a “You control your life & YOU earn all you’ve got” -a very ME based theory of life. What really irked me was the talk on weight with “basically control your calories” – I cant wait for perimenopause to hit her.#sorrynotsorry

  • Taylor March 26, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I appreciate your take on Girl, Stop Apologizing. After following her for some time, Rachel has ended up rubbing me the wrong way from what I have seen by following her on her social media channels, specifically because of the messages she preaches vs the messages of Jesus. It’s just hard to hear from a proclaimed Christian author/speaker. I like how you said “I do really think she wanted the book to inspire everyone who reads it to live their life to the fullest, and that really should be my only takeaway.” Thank you for your thoughts!

  • Jamey March 26, 2019 at 8:40 am

    A little off subject… I think you have mentioned this before, but do you have a recommendation for devotionals for kids? My daughter is 8, and my son is 10. Thank you:)

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 8:56 am

      I love the Jesus Calling Kids edition. It’s my favorite!!

  • Staci Patyrak March 26, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I live for these book reviews. I can’t fit in quite as many books as you do. All of my reads are on audible during my commute to and from work. So, my March books have been…Rising Strong by Brene Brown ( just LOVE her). Her authentic writing style speaks to me. After your February review, I immediately purchased Tattooist of Auschwitz and it DID NOT disappoint. Heartbreaking and inspiring and the love story was everything. I’m almost done with Creativity, Inc (which was recommended by Brene Brown in Rising Strong). It is written by Ed Catmull, who recently retired as the President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is so fun to hear about leadership and team building amidst all of the fun details regarding all of the fun movies!

  • amlakar March 26, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Perennials by Julie Cantrell is a great summer read! Loved An Accidental Beauty as well 🙂

  • Kim March 26, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Shay, I need to tell you that I finished My Oxford Year last night and I loved it! Now I’m sitting here with my coffee missing the characters and the love and the feels lol. It kind of reminded me of Me Before You but not the same I know. Just the vibe at the end. Ugggh it was so good, thank you for the recommendation! Now, I would love more detail about Girl, Stop Apologizing and why people are saying her priorities don’t line up. I read Girl, Wash Your Face and thought it was just OK not great. No plans to read her new one. My next read is The Proposal. Have a great day!!

  • Tracy Robinson March 26, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Such perfect timing – I just finished with The Summer that I Met Jack so looking for a new one to start. Always love your recommendations. Thanks so much!

  • Tara Hall March 26, 2019 at 8:50 am

    I just finished The German Midwife – it was really good and I know you will like it! Also have you read any Jodi Picoult books? I have read Small Great Things and just finished The Storyteller. Both very good and tackle some tough things!

  • April Bryan March 26, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Love your book reviews!
    This month I read
    Daisy Jones & The Six – loved the vibe (Amazon series coming out)
    Something in the Water – intense
    The Proposal – good chic book
    Where the Crawdads Sing – super loved
    The Library Book – cool library information – more historical book
    Swear on This LIfe – loved loved

  • Alicia March 26, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I’m getting ready to fly international on a super long flight so this was the best timed post of all time for me! I always look forward to your book reviews thank you for doing this!

  • Angela Banae March 26, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I just love this group!!! Shay, you’ve built an amazing community here and I’m so encouraged to see so many women truly wanting to read solid, biblically based reads. I read most of Rachel’s first book…was really enjoying it and then. Red flags popped up as I read. I’m so thankful God gives us discernment to see when “things just aren’t right” for us. My prayer as a writer is to point people to Jesus and encourage them to see how God is so full of goodness and grace.
    Your book reviews are always so good! Thanks for sharing the Tex Mex recipe, too!

  • TIFFANY DIIORIO March 26, 2019 at 9:30 am

    PLLLLEEEEASE do a review of how you obtain books on the kindle ~ do you buy? rent-how? swap-how? I’m so illiterate when it comes to this and need help!!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 10:31 am

      I buy them! Last night, I bought one for only $2.99!

    • Carly March 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Tiffany, I use the Overdrive app to borrow Kindle books from the library! It’s so easy. You do have to have a library card, but after you get set up, it’s super simple and FREE!

  • Megan Malm March 26, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Hello from Tennessee (but originally from Kansas and a grad of Kansas State– Go Cats! 😉

    I am an avid reader myself and always love reading your posts! I just finished “Tuesdays with Morrie” written by Mitch Albom. It’s based on a true story, and it is so incredibly powerful. I laughed, I cried, and most of all, I learned SO much. Morrie is one of Mitch’s old professors from college and is faced with an illness, and throughout the entirety of the book there are incredible insights and lessons to be learned. I walked away from it with a full heart and clear mind, being reminded of what’s truly important in life. It will definitely go down as one of my top favorite books EVER! It’s one of those books that I will highlight and underline and read every single year!!!

  • Aimee Marie March 26, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I saw someone else’s comment regarding Circe by Madeline Miller, and I *had* to leave a comment to second the recommendation! It’s very well-written, and is a fantastic spin on the mythology of Circe that is female-oriented and female-empowering. I’d also recommend Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer – a great read about female friendships and how it’s evolved over the years!

    If ever you’re stuck or need new book inspiration, check out Girls Night In on Instagram or subscribe to their weekly newsletter (Circe and TMWYGM were both featured books for their monthly book club)!

  • Morie Smith March 26, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I love how eloquently you put things, and really give authors the benefit of the doubt when you don’t love something. I made it barely through the first chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face because something just didn’t sit well as many others have mentioned. I’ve read a few Christian reviews since then about it being not really in line with the Gospel, and I think this may have been my issue but just couldn’t pinpoint at the time. I think you are right- she is very charismatic and has encouraged a lot of women, but her brand is just not for me. I was curious to see what you would say about Girl, Stop Apologizing, but that review confirmed that I’ll pass! You should check out The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy (co-host of the Popcast podcast) for a funny/fun/ Christian read!

  • Yvonne March 26, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Love book review day! I just finished The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford. It was a good, quick read and The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis. Both were recommended reads by Amazon Kindle.

  • Maria Diane Bishop March 26, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Circle Maker. I’m currently reading this and it changing my life as we speak. It is a biblical book on changing the way you pray. God is a BIG God and He can answer BIG prayers, but so often we ask for only small things or not specific things, then how can it glorify Him? Read this book!

  • Paige M. March 26, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Love book review time! I just recently finished Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie. Its a suspenseful drama about 2 sisters who are involved in a car accident on graduation night. One of the sisters boyfriends was also in the car & he was killed, the 2 sisters survive and the sister who was driving was arrested and goes to jail for a DUI. The story flashes back between prom/graduation night to present day which is 20 yrs later and tells of how the sister who went to jail has had a messy life since the accident and the other sister has lived a charmed life. But when the sister who caused the accident starts to remember details from that night, everyone’s lives start to unravel. It was really good!

  • Erin C March 26, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I have Anonymous Girl on my nightstand and read one bad review and haven’t been able to pick it up (well that and 90210 reruns). But your review and all these other ladies have given me that push I need. So I will put Dylan McKay away for a few nights to get this book read! I read One Day in December – it was ok. I still love The Light We Lost the most this year (so far).

  • Liz March 26, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I recommend Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Yes! That one is so cute!!

  • Julie March 26, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I’m on the fence with Rachel Hollis. I just dont know. I’m glad Anonymous Girl was good, it’s on my list.

  • Amy D. March 26, 2019 at 10:46 am

    This month, I read three books. One In A Million by Lindsey Kelk, Broken Things by Lauren Oliver, and Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah. I enjoyed all three books a lot.

  • Kelsee March 26, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I’m so glad you reviewed Girl, Stop Apologizing. I have been up in the air about reading this book which makes me sad because I started following Rachel in 2015 and loved her. Since then, her content and message has changed quite a bit. While I loved Girl, Wash Your Face…I just can’t decide if Girl, Stop Apologizing is gonna make me regret buying the book…

    This month I read: Playing with Matches (cute chick-lit read), Its Not Supposed to Be This Way (per your recommendation), My Daughter’s Secret, Life Detonated (currently reading and so far its an amazing memoir) and Things You Save In the Fire (highly recommend picking this one up when it releases in August!)

    Can’t wait to give some of the books in this review a try!

  • DeAnn March 26, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Finished The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (she wrote The Room, that the film was based on). Loved it. Also, Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney was good. I’ve started Where the Crawdads Sing, and the writing is beautiful!

  • Leslie March 26, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I absolutely agree with your review on the Rachel Hollis book and I am so glad that someone finally said this out loud. I really liked the first book, but some parts in that book also made me cringe. I think that Rachel Hollis is an amazing woman as well, but sometimes just a little bit outspoken. That is her though and that is also part of what makes her a boss I suppose. Love these monthly reviews and I have taken read so many amazing books because of them!

  • Kim M. March 26, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Hi Shay!
    First of all I LOVE book review day!

    Re: Girl, Stop Apologizing—- I don’t think it is possible to read this book and not have LOTS of thoughts! I think they are totally valid. I thought it was super motivational, and that was great, but I also thought there was one huge caveat for me- and that was that it was pretty easy to feel like I weren’t measuring up currently where I am right now. As a teacher of special needs children, a mama to my two boys that all have sorts of little boy needs, a busy coach and teacher’s wife, etc. I feel very overwhelmed as it is. I love Rachel!! My only worry is that this book MIGHT POSSIBLY UNINTENTIONALLY make other mamas feel that they are not quite cutting it. Does that even make sense? Sometimes the best I can do is get through the day, thank the Lord for seeing me through another day, and hit the sack. That, too, is a vicotry. Hope these ramblings make sense friend! (Do they??) Just wanted you to know you are definitely not alone with some mixed feelings there!!

    • Kim M. March 26, 2019 at 11:53 am

      *easy to feel like I wasn’t measuing up 🙂

  • Taylor R March 26, 2019 at 11:46 am

    This is my second comment, but I forgot to include with the first that I just finished reading “Winter Garden” by Kristen Hannah. It was very good (I rated it four stars) and would recommend!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      Yes! That one is fantastic!!

  • Kristin Cook March 26, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Love book review day! I read “What the Wiind Knows” by Amy Harmon recently. I’ve read more from her since and I love them all! She is a brilliant and beautiful writer.

  • Linda E March 26, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I can’t remember if ou have read The Wife Between Us. It was even better — and more twisty–than An Anonymous Girl. If you can imagine that!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      Yes!!!! That one was creepy good!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams March 26, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I’m definitely putting this Sophie book at the top of my reading list. I need a happy quick fiction book after so many non-fiction reads. Do you ever read memoirs? I just finished First Lady Laura Bush’s Spoken From The Heart and think you would like it. The first parts about growing up in Texas were interesting! So I really liked Girl Wash Your Face and I like following Rachel Hollis, and I think Girl Stop Apoloziging is worth reading (it’s super quick) if you fall into those categories. There are some useful things but I do agree it’s hard to put your finger on why this falls flatter than Girl Wash Your Face. I always appreciate her honesty and maybe that’s the takeaway? lol I appreciate yours on the topic too!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Heather March 26, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, after scrolling through some comments, it sounds like a lot of us “get” what you are saying about Girl Stop Apologizing. I started following Rachel shortly before Girl Wash Your Face came out. But even then, I had some reservations. When I read GWYF, though, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I’ve followed Rachel much more closely in the past year, but have to agree with you that her values (while not wrong), don’t line up with my own. I still occasionally listen to the marriage podcast she does with her husband and I watched her RISE documentary on Netflix, which was alright. But I’ve honestly not even considered putting her new book on my to-read list.

  • Gardner Story March 26, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I literally say this on every single one of your posts about books you’ve read, but please read Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber!! It’s incredible and sounds like something you’d love. 🙂

  • Carly March 26, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Is Andrew planning to read Vertical Marriage also? Just wondering if it would be good for both spouses to read or if you feel like it is helpful if only one partner is a reader!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 26, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      He did!! He listened to the audio book!

  • Mary March 26, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    A few months ago I discovered Denise Hunter. I love her books!! My favorites are her Nantucket series but honestly they are all really good. I haven’t found one that I dont like yet.

  • Emily March 26, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Last year I read Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel and I think you would like it based on The Accidental Beauty Queen. It’s funny and a little cringe-worthy at some points. I questioned the main character but also rooted for her. It’s a quick one I think you would like!

  • Abby March 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I have loved your book reviews even though I never actually read books, ha ha. But I decided my New Years resolution would to read one book this year, and I’m on book 4! I am just picking some of your favorites from past years, and I have loved them all! Thanks for helping me become a reader!

  • Shannon March 26, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I LOVE your book reviews! I open Goodreads and add the books that sound interesting to my “want to read” list. By the way, Rachel Hollis has also been accused of plagiarism in her new book, which is very troubling. :https://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2019/march/girl-stop-apologizing-rachel-hollis-get-some-footnotes.html

  • Tiffany Rabaduex March 26, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Your comment section has been such a bright spot in my day today! I was the only one of my girlfriends who read Girl Wash your Face and found it annoying. Hearing everyone gush about how “life changing” and “inspiring” they found it was so confusing to me! It was upsetting to me as I thought it reads as if women are just one big mess that needs to be cleaned up. Needless to say, I have zero desire to read Stop Apologizing.
    I am looking forward to I Owe You One – thanks to your recommendation! 🙂

  • Janice March 26, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I just finished Kate Quinn’s new book “The Huntress”. She wrote The Alice Network. Loved her new one!

  • Jayne March 26, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I always love book review day!!! I think you would really like Shannan Martin’s books — Falling Free and The Ministry of Ordinary Places. The books center on living out her faith in a real-life way. She’s also an adoptive mom – I think you’d find a lot to relate to on adoption and so much more. Very spiritually inspiring.

  • Sara Cordell March 26, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    I’m so glad to hear an honest review of RH’s new book and after reviewing the comments, glad to know I’m not alone!

  • Vikki Steinrauf March 26, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Love your list and reviews. But why are the books so expensive even on my kindle they are still expensive.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2019 at 5:10 am

      Sometimes, I find deals when I order them, but for the most part, they do seem to be full price.

  • Vickie March 26, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I love book review day! And yes, I always look forward to Shaefer’s comments!

  • Sarah Blom March 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    “You Who? Why You Matter & How to Deal with It” by Rachel Jankovic is a phenomenal book. Like lots of other people commenting, I read Rachel Hollis’ first book and just couldn’t finish the second one. Someone recommended this book to me instead and it was wonderful!

  • Dana March 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Have you read My Life Next Door? I just finished it, and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to checking out ther books written by the same author.

  • Amy March 26, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    One cute recommendation I have is Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. It’s an two friends who live in NY and one of them embarks on every crazy fitness trend (you can find to lose weight and get her job back at a wedding dress company. It’s a funny, lighthearted tale and perfect for a beach read! I agree with the person above who recommended An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena. It had Agatha Christie vibes for me and was a fun read! It’s set in a winter inn in Vermont (maybe?) and was the perfect read for a cold, winter wknd. So maybe save for next year? I also second both of Lara Casey’s book – Make it Happen and Cultivate! She such a positive, uplifting, encouraging writer. I also read Girl Wash Your Face and found it a little preachy, so I’ll be skipping the new one. Also reading Vereity now and am surprised that I like it after your review! I’m not that far in though, so I’ll see if that changes. I love book review day – thank you for sharing! It’s my favorite post of the month!

  • Janet March 26, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I love your honest reviews. I have a book to suggest. I may have mentioned it last month (I can’t remember, LOL), but had not read it. I have now read it and could not put it down. Lying Beneath The Oaks by Kristin Wright. She goes to church with my family in Virginia. (It is not a “Sunday School” book as my dad said.)

  • Becky Carl March 26, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I can’t remember if Swear On This Life was one of your previous books, but it was great. In fact, it is free to read on Kindle Prime Free Reading. I have read probably 6 books lately on there. And I just got Vertical Marriage so was glad to see on here! Thanks Shay!0

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2019 at 5:08 am

      Yes!!!!!! It was my “co-favorite” book of the year! I loved it!!

  • Tricia March 27, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Have you read “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly? It’s so good!!!

  • Shannon March 27, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I’ll give another vote for Daisy Jones and the Six! It was so good. Can’t wait for the show. I read it on Kindle, but now think I may need to “read” again on audio because all the different narrators sound awesome.

    I also read As Bright as Heaven this month and really enjoyed it. Historical fiction that really educated me on how devastating the Spanish flu was in 1918.

  • Jenna Miller March 27, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Has Kensington read The Penderwicks series be Jeanne Birdsall? Those are so fun!

  • Karen M March 27, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Ann and Dave Wilson are the new cohost of Familylife Today (along with Bob Lepine) after Dennis Rainey’s retirement the end of Feb. They did a few shows about their marriage and it was so good. They have also been on the speaker team for Weekend To Remember (FamilyLife) for many years. I highly recommend this weekend no matter what state your marriage. The speakers are amazing …like The Wilson’s. We will be doing the Love Like You Mean It Cruise next February and they will be on the speaker team then. Their talk begin on Feb 23. http://familylifetoday.com/program/the-benefits-of-resolving-conflict/ and continue thru Feb 27.

  • Lyssa March 27, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Adult wise, I really loved The Blue Bistro by Elin Hillderbrand [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003FZ59NA/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1] it was so different from her other books, but I found myself really getting into it, I loved getting an inside look at the resturant business and I highly recommend it

    I also have a book recommendation for Kensington. [https://www.amazon.com/Camp-Expert-Abbys-Days-ebook/dp/B004HZXSNU/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=abby%27s+adventure+at+camp&qid=1553723464&s=digital-text&sr=8-1-fkmr0] It’s a book about a 9 year old girl, who goes to Christian camp for the first time, and I really found myself liking it a lot, and it also portrays huge love for Jesus, it’s a 5 book series, and follows Abby from age 9 to about 13, the book is appropriate, it’s no more graphic than Are you there god, it’s me Margaret.

  • Gail March 27, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Just read “The Tatooist of Aushwitz” and could not put it down…thanks for recommending it.

    Have you read “ Before They Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate? It is a great book based on a true story also.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2019 at 5:10 am

      Yes! It was fantastic!!

  • Kate March 28, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Ok, wow! Just finished The Marriage Lie. Have you read that one? So good! Suspenseful and twists everywhere but fun and an easy read. I couldn’t put it down and now wish it wasn’t over!

  • Anna March 28, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for your reviews – I always look forward to them and always find at least one that we have on common. My book club just finished ‘A Place for Us’ by Fatima Mirza and we all thought it was so good! You learn a lot about a different culture but it’s mostly a story about family & just how complicated they can be – so good!

  • Elizabeth March 29, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Do you ever have a spell where you don’t want to read? I have periods of this and chastise myself for not reading during these times. :-0

    • Mix and Match Mama March 29, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      Not lately. I have spells when I don’t want to do other things I love, but I’ve really been on a reading kick these last few years. I say that if you’re not in the mood for it, then don’t. There are many seasons in life…who knows? I might hit a spell soon???

  • Julie Krintzman April 2, 2019 at 7:46 am

    I absolutely loved ‘Girl Wash Your Face’ so I was excited to read Rachel’s next book. But I agree with what you said. I really didn’t connect with this one! First, I found the tone kind of defensive. She mentions we shouldn’t care much about what others think of us. But at the same time, she mentions worrying over what other moms think of her work style. I also thought the tone was a bit, how do I say delicately, boastful? She mentions many times how well her companies are doing, how much success she’s had, etc. I don’t mind listing of accomplishments she’s worked so hard for, but it was the tone! I just felt like I was on an elementary school playground and she was telling me how great she is. There were definitely some great lines of inspiration and I am glad I read it. But I’d love for her next book to be a softer more encouraging tone like the first. This felt more Jillian Michaels than Bob Harper-lol!

  • Abigail Carter April 4, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Love these posts & look forward to them! I just finished Becoming by Michelle Obama and loved it. Fan or not – this woman just seems so classy and just a normal mom trying to do what is best for her girls. I LOVED reading about their life in The White House (coordinating playdates there with school friends that involved Secret Service checks of the friends’ homes – ha!) and thought you might enjoy since you loved DC last year! I also didn’t know she and Barack struggled with infertility for a long time which makes her even more real. Another recent read was The Turquoise Table – SO good! Our church is launching a new vision where we are becoming encouraged to reach out more to our neighbors & community. The author (from Texas) randomly put a turquoise picnic table in her front yard and I loved reading the stories of things that went on around the table as people passed by! It also has some fabulous recipes! Prayers for Ashby! Can you imagine if she were still in China?? I think about that all the time when we have medical appointments for our little Grey. xoxo

  • Dianna April 4, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    I added several of these to my list. I look forward to this post every month. Here are my March reads http://kdcline.blogspot.com/2019/04/what-ive-been-reading.html

  • Holly April 6, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Girl Wash your Face made me laugh out loud and comforted me so much. It was real and authentic. You might not like how she met her husband but she was real and honest about how they came together. I find we put an insagram filter on our lives and I was so onboard with Rachel putting her messy out there. She encouraged me to go after what I wanted in life which funny enough was to slow down and be a stay at home Mom.
    I went to see her Movie Made for More and was encouraged. However, lately I am over it. I feel like she is constantly pushing her way, her products, and her life in my face. Its a turn off. I am halfway through “Girl stop Apologizing” and i am so disappointed. The woman who encouraged me to pursue the lifestyle I am in is now making me feel like im not enough.
    Honestly i thought this book was going to help me say “no” and stop my people pleasing ways but its basically geared towards women with side hustles which makes sense since she is the speaker for all the pyramid businesses. Sadly I think she may be a one hit wonder.