Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest by Leeanna Tankersley is a non-fiction book that I received from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Leeanna wrote in such an honest way about how when life is hard, we have to remember that we can begin again. She offers practical ideas at the end of the book to find true rest in your life. This book was encouraging as a mother, but would be great for any woman at any stage in life.
“Always we begin again.”
You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac releases May 1st. I received this from First To Read in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed reading this book. A single mom spends the holiday in France with her son and his father. She goes so that her son would have quality time with his father that he only sees a couple times a year. Her friends join her for part of the trip. The book surprised me with more depth than just chick-lit by having her mom have medical issues and her dad being an alcoholic. It was well written and an enjoyable storyline. Also, I may want to travel to France now. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend Women In Sunlight by Frances Mayes.
Home Fire by Kamile Shamsie was not a favorite of mine. I had a hard time relating to the characters. I did enjoy the story being written into different parts based on each character’s perspective. It was also a different topic than I normally read about. The story takes place in Great Britain about a Muslim family and their Pakistani heritage. If you have read this, please leave a comment with your thoughts.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan is a YA fantasy book. It was more fantasy than I normally read about a teenage girl that is half Taiwanese and lost her mother to suicide. She travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents and sees her mom as a red bird. It was an enjoyable book and did a great job covering such heavy topics like suicide and family secrets. If you enjoyed this book, I would also recommend I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi. Also, What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum is a YA book where a young girl loses her father.
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is about a teenage girl who recently lost her mother due to cancer. Her mother wanted her to go visit Italy and possibly move there. The story was about Carolina reading her mother’s old journal about her time in Italy where she was studying photography. She learns about her mother’s life and about who her father is. She also makes a new friend, Lorenzo. I really enjoyed this on audio, the narrator did a fantastic job telling this sweet story. Looking forward to her next book, Love and Luck, which releases in May 2018. Other YA books like this that I have enjoyed were What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum and Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum.
Promise by Minrose Gwin is a historical fiction book about a tornado in 1936 in Mississippi. There were some parts that I really appreciated like the historical views of segregation during that time as a black woman is a laundress for a white family and this book is about how their lives intertwine. The book jumped around a little too much for me and I felt disappointed when I finished it.
Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White was one that I listened to on audio read by the author. I had really enjoyed her first book, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets. These books were so relatable and I could understand her struggles of cleaning and organization. Coming from a family of packrats, this book really hit home since I never get rid of anything. She shares her experiences and tips to declutter your house. Hopefully, I can implement some of her strategies and declutter my house.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt was one I picked for my trip to Savannah, Georgia. I enjoyed reading this while I was in the town and reading about the same streets that I was travelling on. My husband was supportive as I told him about the book and we had lunch at Clary’s and drove by the Mercer House where the murder happened. We decided not to tour the house though. We went to Bonaventure Cemetery and saw Johnny Mercer’s grave. We went and found Danny Hansford’s grave in Greenwich Cemetery. Not only does this book tell the story of this murder, it talks about all of the unique people in Savannah and the characters that make Savannah so interesting. It was fun to see all of the real places mentioned in this book. It was also made into a movie.
The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan To Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well For Life by Deepak Chopra M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi PhD. I received this book from Blogging for Books exchange for my honest review. This book focuses on health prevention of Alzheimer’s and cancer. There were plans in the back to recommend changes for people in diet and activity. The diet recommendations were the most interesting to me. Also, the studies which show predisposing factors to Alzheimer’s.
The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin one that I had heard was good for fans of Grey’s Anatomy and I can see why. Since I was a nurse, the medical setting for this book was intriguing and even those not in the medical field can appreciate it. It made it a unique background for this story about doctors. The storyline goes back and forth between two different times in their present lives and when they were in medical school together. The story took place in Kentucky and North Carolina. Living in Kentucky, it was fun to read about this story taking place in the Louisville area and that the author who is also a doctor is from Kentucky. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to her future work.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. This non-fiction book was so intriguing and kept me reading like a fiction book. Tara Westover writes about growing up on a mountain in Idaho with her Mormon family. Her parents are survivalists and she never attends school until college. She attends college after studying for the ACT on her own. She goes on to study at Cambridge and receive her PhD. She returns to visit her family over the years and becomes estranged from her parents and some of her siblings. She shares her life growing up so vulnerably. The whole book is beautifully written. I did not want to put it down over the two days that I read it and then I watched interviews of the author. I would love to hear your thoughts on this book in the comment section. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it. Tara’s father reminded me of the fictional dad in The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen was a historical fiction book that switched back and forth between the 1970’s and WWII. A young woman travels to Italy to learn more about her father that passed away recently. She discovers pieces of his past as an English pilot in the war that crashed in Italy. It was an enjoyable historical fiction read, but it had a few loose ends for me. If you have read it, I would love to hear your opinion of this book in the comment section. I also enjoyed her other WWII historical fiction book, In Farleigh Field.
A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot is a Christian historical fiction book I received from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review. It is the second book in the series, Cimarron Creek, which I had not read the first book and was able to enjoy this book. I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. A schoolteacher meets a new rancher in town and discovers that he and his daughter are hiding from a dangerous criminal. She learns the truth and there are several smaller stories that supported the main story. It had suspense and romance in it and I would highly recommend if you enjoy Christian fiction.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is popular due to it being Oprah’s book club pick. I appreciated that the book was well written and was curious how the book would finish. The book is about a newly married couple and their lives over the next few years as the husband is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. It discusses racial issues since the premise is that he was arrested for being an African-American man in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you enjoyed it, I would suggest Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
Kitchens Of The Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is one I listened to on audio. I enjoyed the different narrators and the descriptions of food. This foodie story focuses on Eva and the different people that come in and out of her lives. I enjoyed how the characters seemed different, but were all tied together by the main character.
Favorites this month:
Favorite non-fiction book was Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.
Favorite fiction book was The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin.
Favorite audiobook was Love and Gelato by Jenna Welch Evans.
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