It’s BOOK DAY!!!
First of all, can you believe it’s almost the end of the month? I feel like we just had our March Book Review (a fabulous batch of books, I might add!). April has flown by (especially compared to last April…which had 107 days in it…).
My Kindle is on fire right now! I have so many books lined up to download and read thanks to all of your suggestions. I love reading all year long, but there’s something about warm weather reading that I just love the most. Give me a book, a beach, and a drink and I’m one happy girl.
This month, I read four books starting with…
I read Tucker’s The Simple Wild series last year and LOVED all three of them, so I was super pumped to pick up this one.
Eh, it was okay.
I didn’t hate it, but I just didn’t think it was nearly as good as the other books I’ve read by her. It was predictable, pretty cheesy (and I love cheesy), and kind of boring. I kept waiting for the story to go somewhere else, but it really didn’t. It is rated R, so buyer beware, but it wasn’t my fave. Anyone else feel this way about it? Anyone else have other Tucker book suggestions for me??? This book is a fictional tale about a young up and coming exec working at her dad’s firm who…rekindles a relationship with her camp boyfriend now security guard at her office building. It sounds like the making of a Hallmark movie, so I was shocked that it didn’t do anything for me. It was just okay.
This next book though…
…Running For My Life is one of the best books I’ve read all year and all of you should read it! I will never forget this story or this man. I am SO thankful that a reader suggested this memoir because I still haven’t stopped thinking about it. I don’t want to spoil too much, but the author writes about his life as a young boy in Sudan, kidnapped, on the run and then living in a refuge camp for a decade before being adopted by an American couple and ending up in the Olympics.
I read and read and read and thought of my girls who were born into such terrible circumstances, but how God can literally use anyone in any situation. It’s amazing how people can overcome insurmountable odds and achieve so much in life. At first, I was nervous that his story would be too much for me to read…too terrible, too dark, too sad…and don’t get me wrong, IT IS, but the way he tells it is so full of hope and optimism that it’s inspiring and not depressing to read. I’ve had so many great conversations with my kiddos since reading this book and want both of my big kids to read it soon. It’s just the perfect story about the human spirit, and I absolutely loved it.
Kisses and Croissants was the third book I read this month 🙂 .
I mean…how can a book with that title not be adorable?
It was 🙂 .
I think this might be young adult…I really don’t know nor do I care, I just thought it was super cute, easy to read, made me want to eat a croissant, crank up my French music and think about Paris. This is a fictional story about a young ballerina who goes to Paris for the summer to be a part of a very prestigious ballet company…and of course, there is love, there are yummy food references, there is so much Francophile delight that it was hard not to just smile the whole time I read it. This story was very PG, and one I would totally let Kensington read too. Adorable.
Finally, the fourth book I read this month was…
How does Sally Hepworth do it every time? Each time, I sit down and open one of her books convinced she can’t hit another homerun…and still, she does. I devoured this one. I could not put it down. One night, I stayed up until almost midnight just to finish it. This story was incredibly unique and kept me on my toes. I would be convinced I had the gist of it…when bam…something would happen, information would be revealed, there would be shifts in the character dynamics…everything I thought I knew, I didn’t, and I couldn’t flip the page fast enough to see what would happen next. I just do not know how she continues to write stories that are so original and consuming. If you like a thriller, you’ll like this one. If you like a story about family relationships, you’ll like this one. It’s a tale of twins…and as the story toggles back and forth between diary entries and present day, you will discover these sisters are not exactly who you think they are. Read it!!
So, that’s four books on BOOK DAY!
My Kindle already has a ton of your suggestions on it, BUT if you want to suggest even more, I’m all ears!! Please comment and share! Don’t you just love reading this time of year?
One last thing, I created this on Pinterest this week…it’s all of my book reviews on one board! This should make it even easier to find books I’ve reviewed in the past. You can check it out here:
Happy Book Day, friends!!
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.