Happy November, friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a fun/safe/happy/filled with candy and coziness Halloween!
I thought there would be no better way to kick off the month than with a book review!
Today, I’m sharing the FOUR books I read in October.
There was suspense.
There was drama.
There was a dash of self-improvement.
And a whole lot of great reading for me last month!
Grab you a coffee, get under a blanket and settle in. You’re going to want to read all four of these books 🙂 .
Beatriz Williams, I love you.
Year after year, I read your books and even though I say REPEATEDLY that I do not like historical fiction, I LOVE YOUR NOVELS.
If you’ve read my book reviews before, then you know that not only do I love her books (all historical fiction) that multiple times, they’ve ended up in the TOP THREE books of the year for me. In 2016, A Hundred Summers was my third favorite book of the year, and then in 2017, The Secret Life of Violet Grant was also my third favorite book of the year. Last year, her novel Her Last Flight very nearly made the top three as well. All of these books are amazing which means that every time I sit down to read one of her books, I have the bar set really, really high. This month, when I cracked open Our Woman in Moscow, I was a little apprehensive that it wouldn’t meet my expectations, but friends, IT BLEW THEM OUT OF THE WATER! This novel here is my favorite Williams’ book to date.
I loved this book.
If you’re looking for a work of fiction that keeps you on your toes, this is it. If you’re looking for a story about family dynamics and the complications of being a sister, this is it. If you’re looking for romance, this is it. If you’re looking for suspense, this is it. If you love historical fiction, this is FOR SURE it. If you don’t love historical fiction and just love a good chick lit book (like me!), THIS IS STILL IT!
This is a story of two sisters, separated by over a decade, who come together to get one of them (and her family) secretly out of Russia. I could not put this one down. I loved every layer, every detail, I re-read pages just to absorb even more…I thought it was brilliant. This is a fantastic book! Everyone should read it!
Okay now…Erika and I are going to be reviewing this book on Tuesday, November 9th during our episode of The Bestie Breakdown, so you really need to wait and hear my opinion on it next week…but for today, let me say this…you should all read The Girls in the Stilt House.
All of you.
I am stunned that this is the debut novel by this author because it’s so darn brilliant that I looked her up to see why I haven’t read any of her other books. Um, because this was her first! This is a fictional story about two women who are very different, with different backgrounds, different problems, different demons they’re running from but are pretty much forced together. There is a lot of suspense in this book and honestly, as I was reading, I could not figure out how any of the tragedy would be redeemed. (You know how much I love a good ending!) This story touches on abuse, racial injustices, heartache, friendship, forgiveness, redemption…it has it all. If you love books like Where the Crawdads Sing and The Paper Palace, then I promise you, you’ll love this one too. You can listen to my full review on November 9th’s episode!
Awwww…I read the first book and loved it so much that…
…I read the sequel 🙂 . If you missed my June Book Review, I pretty much gush like crazy over the first book in this series. It’s sort of my odd version of self-help. It’s just a book filled with inspirational ideas, tidbits and ways to weave more joy into your life. Is it really about being chic? No. It’s about taking mundane, every day activities (from getting dressed to vacuuming) and making them more valuable and enjoyable parts of your day. In this second book, Thirty More Chic Days, the author goes even deeper on the root of why we should make every day tasks more pleasurable. I loved the first one, but honestly, this book felt more raw and vulnerable, so I think I loved it even more.
If you want something to read each day that’s inspiring, happy and helpful, read these books. I promise you, you will smile with each chapter. They’re practical ideas to encourage you to be the best version of yourself.
My fourth and final book this month was from one of my favorite authors (she wrote The Devil Wears Prada!), and it was just as delicious!! If you love When Life Gives You Lululemons (I adored it), you will love Where The Grass is Green and The Girls Are Pretty too! Now, was it my favorite between the three? Probably not. Could I not put it down to save my life? Yes!
This novel is lighter than heavy fiction but heavier than chick lit.
Does that make any sense?
You know…it’s funny, it’s witty, it’s a little PG13, but it has more substance than many of those Hallmark-y books I read.
This is a story about a news anchor (America’s sweetheart!) who finds herself right smack in the middle of a college admissions scandal. She’s not super likeable…but she has qualities that are really honest and come from the heart. She heads off for the summer to be with her sister’s family (the exact opposite of a high power career woman…who has her own problems too) and well, a novel is born. If they made this one into a movie too, would I go see it? ABSOLUTELY! I flew through this book. It was the perfect balance of easy to read and compelling. I put myself in both women’s shoes and thought about what I would do. I thought it was an excellent easy read for my October!
Whew! Four more books to add to my annual total!
Now, just like every year, I will read holiday books in November so that when I review them at the beginning of December, they’ll be just in time for you. If you have holiday book recs for me, please send them my way! I would also love some new autobiography recs too! Speaking of which, Andrew and I went back and forth and back and forth over when we could decorate our house for Christmas this year and finally landed on…TODAY! So, I AM OFF! We have lights to string, trees to put up, and so much decorating to do! Woohoo!!!!!
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.
Enjoy your first day in November!
Love you all! xx