Happy Book Day!
Today is such a HUGE day around here! It’s the MANDA STRONG GALA tonight and friends, we are so excited!!! So, more pics to come about that, but in the meantime, I have my FEBRUARY BOOK REVIEW for you! Today, I have four books for you to read…I have a little book to encourage you, two memoirs and a little chick lit too.
From my home to yours, I’m wishing you the happiest Friday!
This month, I kicked things off with…
This book is actually the sequel to Forever Chic, a book that I read and loved a few years ago, and was exactly what I needed to start the month. You girls know that I love, love, love these little French lifestyle books. Over the years, I’ve read and loved so many of them. I really find them inspiring, encouraging and motivating. If you’re a tired mama wearing stained sweats and holding a crying baby…you might need a little encouragement and/or motivation too. Or maybe you’re an empty-nester with time on your hands and a little sadness in your heart, I think this book would speak to you too. They’re just inspiring. I love a book that makes me want to put it down in order to better myself (whether that’s go for a walk, eat a salad, add on some lipstick, clean out a closet or write a thank you note..just something to make me a better version of myself). Whether you’re like me and have a read a million of these or if this is your first one, I think you’ll find it inspiring too. The author is an American woman who has been living in France for like 30 years and in this book, she shares her little secrets for living her best life. Love. I just love everything about it. I am a big believer that little things add up to a happier day (from lighting a candle to putting on your favorite music, it doesn’t take much to give your mood a little lift). I highly recommend this one.
Well holy cow, Jessica Simpson, I loved your new memoir, Open Book!
If you listened to our podcast, then you know, we loved Simpson’s tell all memoir. Not only did she share #allthedetails about her famous relationships, life and loves, but I also found it very inspiring and raw. I loved when she talked about being a mom and how she really had to get her life in focus and get her priorities straight. I don’t know? Maybe I wasn’t expecting much when I picked it up (so the bar wasn’t set very high) or maybe, it’s just really that good, but either way, read it! Simpson starts at the beginning (way back when she grew up in Texas at the same time I did!) and then the story progresses to present day. I was prepared for her to maybe make some other people look bad in order to make herself look better (cough, cough, Nick Lachey), but instead, I thought she was really vulnerable about her own failures and areas of weakness. Sometimes, you pick up a memoir and it makes you like the celebrity less…for me, I picked this one up and it made me like and respect her so much more. This one was really good and my favorite read so far this YEAR!
Oh, okay. I really don’t even remember how Dancing with a Porcupine ended up on my Kindle, but I am so thankful it did. Here’s the thing, I really try and spread the light and happiness that adoption has brought into our family. I know that when I started researching adoption online, a large percentage of what I found out there was negative and that was really discouraging to me. I mean, listen, I get it…as humans, we typically don’t take to the internet to talk about all the good, but by golly, we’ll take to it when we’re mad to make sure that restaurant/hotel/political candidate/school hears our rage…I get that, so because our adoption story has been so positive, I always want to use that to encourage others because in my heart of hearts, I truly believe in forever families created through adoption. That being said (you knew that was coming, right?), I have had a few friends formally adopt kids (not just foster them but formally adopt them) only to later realize it basically ruined their lives. I don’t understand this AT ALL (just like I don’t understand a lot of things I haven’t personally experienced) but years ago, had to reconcile myself to the fact that this is other people’s truth. I have heard my friends stories, prayed for them and literally held them while they cried, but I don’t think I ever quite “got it” until I read this book here.
Whenever I’m asked what book someone should read as they embark on adoption, I always say Forever Mom by Mary Ostyn (which I just saw is only $2 right now!!), but from now on, I’ll say that one AND THIS ONE TOO. Friends, if you’re considering adoption, READ THIS BOOK. It is awful, scary, depressing, sad, unbelievable and REALITY for so many people. So many of the stories this author told about her own experience adopting three kids were eerily similar to ones my other friends have told me. The thing is, you just don’t know what your experience is going to be like or who your kids really will be, until it’s actually happening…so there is just no 100% way to protect yourself. I honestly think that if you’re considering adoption, you need to read this book and think “could I do that?”. I probably quoted this book and talked more about this book than any other book I’ve read in a year to Andrew and my friends. I couldn’t keep this one to myself. It’s ugly but it’s beautiful at the same time. I am so thankful I read it and hope you do too.
Well, I’ve read approximately 4 billion books exactly like One in a Million and you know what? I’d read a billion more 🙂 . This is just chick-lit at its best. This story is about a young woman in London who, on a bet, has to turn a random guy from her office building “Instagram famous”. It’s cute, it’s funny, it’s easy to read, it’s heartwarming, it is HAPPY and it’s just what this gal needed to end her month. I love the British humor (it always reminds me of Bridget Jones), and the quirky cast of characters. If you’re looking for just a nice, easy to read novel, here you go. It is really cute!
That’s it for FEBRUARY! Now, my goal is to read about 25 books over spring break (kidding, not really, well sort of…), so please, please, please share which ones you think I should upload to my Kindle for my trip. I would love your recommendations!!!
Okay…what should I read next??? Please comment and share!!
Happy Book Day!! xo