Happy happy BOOK DAY, friends!
I am so excited because today, I have our APRIL BOOK REVIEW! Four books, very different genres, one I didn’t love, three I did love and one whose author I got to hang out with this month 🙂 . You could say that this is my most special book review to date!
Grab your (insert…what do you guys drink this time of year…I don’t know…coffee…tea…La Croix?!) and settle in.
Today’s book review is just in time for vacation season!
The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry
Um, I did not enjoy this book.
When I finished the last page, I felt yucky inside. And sad. And kind of moody.
I haven’t disliked a book this much in a long time. #glowingbookreviewsbyshay
So, you guys, this one came highly recommended. What is wrong with you? Bahahaha! Seriously, what’s wrong with me because I did not enjoy it.
This fictitious little story sounds so promising…it’s about three lifelong best friends and their spouses and…there is a death. Sounds like the making of a good mystery, right? Wrong. This death leads to suspects, questions, theories, turmoil…and a lot of heaviness about children that my heart just did not enjoy. I found this book really sad and when it was over, void of hope. I don’t know…yuck. I just didn’t love any of the main characters, I felt terrible for most of the children, I couldn’t see a real “point” to this story and the ending was SO FLAT. I did not like this one. If you did, I would love to know why.
This next book I read this month…
A Minute to Think by Juliet Funt was a real winner though 🙂 .
I heard about this book on a podcast and immediately bought it. This book would fall into the self-help/motivational/encouraging/time management genre. I flew through this book and loved it so much that I gave a copy to everyone on my team. This is all about making time for what’s really important in life, creating white space each day so that you can think, grow, relax, have peace even in the middle of all the #busyness we so enjoy here in the US. One of my team members told me that two pages in, she put the book down and went outside and made a bonfire with her kids to roast s’mores. Living life. This book really encouraged me to live life. It also shared tools, tips and tricks for incorporating small, incremental spaces in my day to stop and take a breather/go for a walk, read a book, sit outside…my busy Type-A Enneagram 8 self really loved this one.
Speaking of love…
The Restaurant by Pamela Kelley was so cheesy cute, and I’m thrilled it’s the first in a series of books. THRILLED. You guys all know how much I adore Elin Hilderbrand’s cute little chick lit novels about life on Nantucket…but…unfortunately, her last few books have not been my speed. #helloghosts My heart was lacking a good old fashioned chick lit novel and this one fit the bill. This book is about three grown women who move back to Nantucket to take over the restaurant their grandmother left them in her will. There are love stories, delicious food references, magical settings, the charming restaurant…all the warm fuzzies I love when I read a book. Grab this one if you just want a book that makes you happy. It might not be super deep or compelling, but boy, it was relaxing and delightful. Loved. It.
And finally, speaking of love…
The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth,
Oh let me just squeal and throw this in there too…
…I have read every single one of Sally’s novels and (you can go back here to verify this!) loved them all. When we were at dinner (look at me eating dinner with a fancy famous author!), I asked her what genre she thought her books were in…because it’s always hard for me to pinpoint it. She laughed and said they’re a little suspenseful about complicated families. Bingo. That’s what it is. Her books are not “scary”. I don’t love scary. Her books aren’t gory. I don’t love gory. Her books are all just a little suspenseful where you’re wanting to know how it happened/who done it the whole way through, but they go much deeper than that with a host of complicated characters typically related to each other.
Just read the title of this book…doesn’t it scream “complicated family relationships!”. 😉
This novel here is about an older, wealthy doctor whose wife is in a nursing home suffering from early onset dementia…so she’s alive…and he’s about to remarry a women about the age of his two daughters. Hello?! I was sucked right into this novel and finished it within two days. I could not put it down!! You will love the characters, love the “angle” things take…you won’t see some twists, you’ll relate to some turns. You’ll love it. Please pay close to attention to the acknowledgement section at the end though. Sweet Sally gives a HUGE shout out to my sweet friend Meagan Ruse for offering some personal tales that she was able to use as inspiration for portions of this book. How. Cool. Is. That?! Everyone PLEASE READ THIS NOVEL 🙂 !
That wraps up my Book Review this month!
I’m taking the day off…maybe a few days off…but don’t worry, I’ll be back here in blog world each and every day this week. Pop on over to IG to see what I’m up to!
Also, don’t forget…
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.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2021 (all 59 of them), click here.
That wraps up Book Day! I’ll see you tomorrow! xx