Hip, hip, hooray, it’s BOOK DAY!
Today, we’re going to chat more about Prince Harry.
Today, we’re going to chat about religion.
Heaven help me, I need to read more chick lits.
One month, four books, one meaty fictional story, two memoirs and a thriller.
Let’s go girls!
(Since Nashville, I literally cannot get that dang Shania Twain song out of my head.)
Book #1 this month was…
The Husbands by Chandler Baker
Okay, this was my kind of thriller: suspense but no gore. It did keep me up at night though and one time, Erika called me during the day, and I told her I was reading because I could no longer read this book at night…BUT…I enjoyed it!
This is the tale of a bunch of women that live in one neighborhood (all very accomplished) and a lawyer who is helping them with a legal issue concerning the death of a neighbor while simultaneously considering moving in. Throw in some “Stepford” husbands and a fire and you have yourself a meaty little mystery.
A fun little read! I liked it!
Book #2 this month was…
(not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside
You know how much I love, love, love those French books about life in France (I’m obsessed!), so I read another one, BUT this one is written by an American man. Awwww! So fascinating! Every other Francophile book I’ve consumed over the last 20+ years has been from a female perspective, but this one was from a man who has been living part time in France for the last 20 years. He was funny, very detailed and an excellent story teller. He mentioned so many things that none of the other books ever addressed. Where they discuss parenting, beauty rituals and setting an effortless table, he discussed driving directions, how to get repairs done in your home when you’re not a native Frenchman, and finding a community as a man living in small town France. He’s witty, he’s funny, it made me chuckle to read about him trying to do life in France as an American man.
Book #3 this month was…
These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant
My friend Shanna and I are constantly discussing books, so when she tells me to read something, I read it. Shanna didn’t just encourage me to read this novel, she told me that she cannot imagine this book here not being in her top three by the end of the year. Whoa. I read it.
Here’s the deal…I need to read it again. Why? Because I was to nervous when I read it the first time.
Here is the convo between Shanna and me:
Me: I saw the cover and along with the title, this sounds scary.
Shanna: It’s not scary.
Me: It sounds scary. Is it scary?
Shanna: No, it’s not scary.
(Five minutes later…)
Shanna: Okay, online it says it’s a “suspenseful” book. It’s not. I don’t know why it says that?
Me: Are you lying so that I read a really good scary book?
Shanna: No. It’s as suspenseful as Where the Crawdads Sing. So, not very suspenseful at all.
Me (cautiously): Okay, I’ll read it.
Spoiler alert: Shanna was right. It feels suspenseful as you’re reading it. It feels like at any moment some bad guy is going to jump out, but they don’t. She was right. I need to read this through though a second time because the first time I read it, I was SO TENSE. Bahahaha!
Did I like the book? Yes! Did I love, love, love it? Pretty much 😉 . I thought it was really interesting…complicated (I didn’t agree with a whole lot of what the main character was up to), very original and to sum it up, the whole book really is about grace. I mean, towards the end, I was reading this completely fictitious story about a man living in the woods with his young daughter and yet felt like I was reading a really good Bible lesson on grace and how it’s not earned, you can only accept it. For those of you who love Redeeming Love (and I know SO MANY OF YOU DO), you’ll like this one too. Completely not Biblical but very grace-filled. It has a nice moral and is very thought-provoking. Would I do what he did? I don’t know. I suggest you all read this one. And no, it’s not scary 🙂 .
Book #4 this month was…
Bad Mormon by Heather Gay
Agh. So, yeah. I watch The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and have been hearing one of the main cast members talk about her new book, Bad Mormon and well, I was super intrigued.
It was FASCINATING.
I know, I know, I know…it’s one person’s perspective, and she certainly doesn’t represent an entire religious group, but I thought it was very interesting, and I could not put it down. I can guarantee that if you’re a member of the LDS church, you’ll hate it. If you’re not, you might really like it. This is her memoir going back to childhood all the way through present day as she’s now decided to leave the church.
That’s what I read!
Okay, NOW I NEED CHICK LIT FOR MY SPRING BREAK VACATION PLEASE! Nothing heavy, nothing controversial, nothing scary, just some good old fashioned chick lit for my trip please! I would love your recs in the comment section.
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.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2022 (all 60 of them), click here.
That wraps up Book Day!
Sending you all so much love on this Tuesday!
I’ll see all of you back here tomorrow for the first day of MARCH! xx