It’s BOOK DAY!!
Here’s the deal, last month was a lot of highs and lows (you can read about it HERE), so I asked you guys for some fresh, new suggestions (basically, I needed you to give me book recs that I didn’t hate…no pressure).
And guess what?
Thanks to YOU, this month, I read THE BEST BATCH OF BOOKS I’ve ever read in one month.
I often read great books, but I really don’t think I’ve ever read such a string of great books in a row during one month without a single dud. Needless to say, sit back, relax, sip your coffee and jot down these titles. You’re going to want to read them all.
Awwwwww! This novel was so cute!!! This is a story of a young woman who works in a charming little book shop and loves her quiet little life only to discover a family she never knew she had. The family dynamic in this book was really complicated, but written in a quirky, funny, lighthearted way. I loved Nina Hill…she wasn’t your typical “book nerd”, she was complicated and sophisticated but quite content with the life she had carved out for herself, so the interruption of this family (and family money) turned her life upside down. This book is all of my favorite “c” words: cute, charming, and cozy. You’ll really love this one if you’re a reader yourself. 🙂
I am obsessed with Sally Hepworth the person.
And Sally Hepworth books.
Every single time I pick up one of her novels, I’m blown away by how fantastic they are. She writes great characters that always appear to be like “you and me” on the outside, but once you get to know them, they’re complex and intricate people whose lives and circumstances you cannot wait to read more and more about. We need a new genre for authors like Sally Hepworth and Elin Hilderbrand…they’re so much more than “fiction”, but they’re certainly writing meatier books than “chick-lit”. Each and every Hepworth book is an experience…and her latest one, The Family Next Door, is one of the best books I’ve read ALL YEAR!
This is a story about a quaint little suburban street in a quiet little neighborhood, and the women who live in each house. There is friendship, there is a little romance, there are secrets, lies, twists, turns and a honest look at postpartum depression and mental health issues. I wouldn’t consider this book a mystery, but there is a “mystery/thriller/edge of your seat” aspect to the story too. Whether you like light and happy or dark and thrilling, you will love this book. These women are all hiding something and also seeking something.
It’s so good.
This story is just so, so good.
I told Sally after I read it that she was way too cool to be my friend. This is a fantastic book. You all need to read it!
Why would I read this book? The title is weird.
Um, because last month someone told me to read it, and I was so intrigued that I did and LOVED IT! This was such a fun read! This memoir is written by an actress who went to Hollywood and gave it a solid ten years of auditioning, trying out for every random part, watched her friends become successful, dated successful people and then finally realized she wasn’t going to “make it”. You know how we all read those memoirs by people like Sally Field, Matthew McConaughey, and Demi Moore? Well, their books are fascinating because they DID make it. Amy’s book is fascinating because she was in the same industry but didn’t. I thought the whole insight into the life of a working actress was so interesting. She gets really personal about her friendships (the struggles when one of you “make it” and the other doesn’t), her boyfriends (I mean, if he’s super successful, shouldn’t he help her to become successful too?), feeling left out, feeling out of place, feeling at peace and satisfied even if you’re not “famous”. The whole thing fascinated me. I will say that this one is probably a bit PG13/R-ish, so buyer beware, and if I had one complaint it would be that it ended too abruptly for me. I was very invested in her life and could have used a bit more at the end to wrap things up…but, it was a really fun read!
Last month, Eliza Starts a Rumor was the number one suggested book by you ladies…and as of today, it’s the best book I’ve read all year 🙂 . I LOVED IT!!
Girls, thank you so much for insisting I read this one!
In a nutshell, this novel is about a woman dealing with agoraphobia who…starts a rumor as a way to stay relevant online. Here’s what happens though…this rumor turns up information/feelings/issues larger than the rumor that need to be addressed and even though this book is technically light, fun, witty and cute…it also addresses the much larger and relevant issue of men in powerful positions taking advantage of women. I just thought the whole thing came full circle and yes, it’s cute, light and super fun…but it’s also thought-provoking and applicable for 2021. I just loved every page and couldn’t wait to pick it back up each day. Read it!!
Finally, I wrapped up the month with Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First.
I had heard a lot of chatter about this book but didn’t know much about it. The reviews were great, it was constantly getting recommended to me, and I knew it was a memoir/self-help-ish/girlfriend kind of book, so I thought I’d dive in. Friends, I loved it! It was more than just a book, it was a conversation starter. The author, an Oklahoma transplant raising her family in LA, starts each chapter with a question (which on the surface seems pretty straight-forward), but then she answers it for herself (and I loved this part because she is such a great storyteller) and you realize that the answers are so much more complex if you really dig into the question. For instance, something like “Who did you grow up with” seems pretty basic, but after you read her explain who she grew up with, you understand how the people you knew during that time really shaped who you are today (even if they were short relationships). I don’t know, I really wanted to just gather my girlfriends around and read this one aloud. I found myself reading this book and getting really vulnerable with the answers in my own head. It was kind of like a therapy session between the author and me (in a very weird sort of way). This is one of those books that I can totally see myself buying in bulk and sharing with my favorite ladies. It was just a good read because it really encouraged me to dig a bit further into my own life and relationships.
Spoiler alert: I’m 60% into my next book and love it too, so unless something drastically changes, we’ll be off to a great start in April as well! What other books should I add to my Kindle for next month? Please comment and share!!
I just love Book Day with you girls!!!
Don’t forget, I keep a running list of every book I’ve read in 2021 right 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.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2019 (all 54 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2020 (all 54 of them), click here.