August Reading

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August was a busy month and I really enjoyed most of the books I read. Below are my brief reviews of the books and some recommendations:

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han is the final book of the series, The Summer I turned Pretty. Belly is in college now and is dating Jeremiah who has been her friend since childhood. They have to decide what is next for them and they visit their summer house in Cousins where the other two books also take place. I was glad to finish the series, but did not love it. I prefer her other series about Lara Jean called To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before which is very popular due to the Netflix movie.

There There by Tommy Orange is a very well written first novel about Native Americans. Each chapter was written from a different character’s (twelve total) perspective and towards the end the stories overlap at a powwow. I felt like I read it in smaller chunks, but it picked up towards the end. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel is a must read for all booklovers. This short book would make a great gift for all bookworms in your family. These essays put to words the feelings I have as a book lover. I have been a fan of Anne’s for a few years now and love her podcast, What Should I Read Next? It helped jumpstart my reading life a few years ago by introducing me to the Inspector Gamache series by  Louise Penny. I would also recommend Anne’s other book,  Reading People.  

I received this book from Baker books and you can preorder it before it releases September 4th.

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano was a book I received from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review. This book was not for me. The characters were not likable and the storyline was not mysterious. Tressa’s father has passed away and she is to inherit a fortune that her father had hidden. She is on a quest to find the hidden fortune and is bombarded with fortune seekers. She must decide who she can trust as she searches for the fortune.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert was enjoyable on audio. I have now read three of her books and I really enjoy these fictional books that focus on food. In this book, a chef receives a bad review and tries to save her restaurant. She meets a man that is new to the area and she shows him around the Milwaukee food scene. I really enjoyed her other book, The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren was an enjoyable lighter book about a couple reconnecting after eleven years. The story is told in the present and in their past as teenagers. The parts of their past reminded me of reading a YA novel like What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum. The main character is a female doctor and if you enjoy medical settings, I would recommend The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover was better and different than what I expected. This book was romantic, but had a depth to it regarding the couple going through infertility and all of the stress it puts on the marriage. This book made me cry and was a very touching story.

Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner is a new book that I was able to participate in the launch team for. I listened to it on audio and was encouraged by her honesty and suggestions to get rid of mom guilt and embrace who you are as a mom. I was a working mom for the first nine years of my parenting journey. I have been a stay at home now for the past year. I understand feeling stretched too thin and thought this book was insightful for all moms, not just those working outside the home. Our society puts so much pressure on moms to do it all and Jessica encourages moms that we are doing well for our families and how to thrive as a working mom.You can preorder the book on Amazon and it will be released September 18th.

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain is a historical fiction book about Ernest Hemingway’s third wife. Martha and Ernest meet during war times and travel as war correspondents. They live in Cuba during this time. It was an interesting and enjoyable book. I would recommend reading Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton to enjoy more historical fiction about Cuba.

The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall is a historical fiction book set in the south. I enjoyed this story about a young girl and her difficult family. She endures hardships and learns from her past to shape her future. If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh was better than I expected. This book had a good mystery to it and the story was interesting. The two main characters have a whirlwind romance in one week and then he won’t return her calls or contact her. She thinks something must have happened to him. It turns out the truth has a long history that they must come to terms with or say good bye. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity and  What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was a wonderful historical fiction book. The whole book is written as letters which made me curious to see the Netflix movie which I enjoyed. The book takes place after World War II. It is a must for book lovers as the characters have a love and appreciation for books that they formed this society to discuss books. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden was a book I received from Bethany House Publishers. All reviews are my own. This historical fiction book was set in the early 1900’s. A woman biochemist is working to get chlorine placed into city water. She had lost her parents to cholera and made her mission to have safe drinking water for everyone. While trying to get it into practice, she meets the Commissioner of Water and a romance develops. I found this book interesting to learn about the history of cholera and how clean drinking water was founded. I would highly recommend this book for fans of Christian historical fiction. A Dangerous Legacy is the first book in this series which I have not read yet.

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School books for Preschoolers

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The Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler is about Bob the driver and the little school bus as they take kids to and from school. This is part of a fun series about different vehicles.

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing is about a little boy being nervous about the first day of preschool and then once he goes he cannot wait to go back.

Do you have little ones headed off to school for the first time?

 

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Heartwood Hotel

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My kids and I have enjoyed reading aloud the Heartwood Hotel series by Kallie George. There are four books in the series divided by each season. Mona the mouse finds the Heartwood Hotel in the first book and the series is about her experience living and working in the Heartwood Hotel. The animals are adorable and my kids are already asking if we can read the series again. Here is the series of Heartwood Hotel:

 

 

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Homeschool

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We have been a homeschooling family for several years now and I love these books for homeschoolers. All of the Charlie the Ranch Dog series are adorable and beautifully illustrated books. In Charlie Goes To School by Ree Drummond is about Charlie’s family homeschooling on the ranch. Look for the chipmunk on each page. This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean was written based on his childhood experience of being homeschooled. He wrote and illustrated this book. Be sure to look for the katydid hidden on the pictures inside the house. Do you have any other picture books about homeschooling?

 

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Back To School

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Back to school is a time for change. Summer is over and routines are established. Here are some books we have been reading to get ready for the new school year.

How Do Dinosaurs Go To School by Jane Yolen is about dinosaurs going to school. It shows all the ways dinosaurs should not behave in school and how they should act in class.

Mermaid School by Joanne Stewart Wetzel is an adorable new book about going to school. Mermaids go to school and it is creative and imaginative to compare it to kids going to school. The illustrations by Julianna Swaney are beautiful.

Fall Is For School by Robert Neubecker is about the time of year for school to begin. A little boy is reluctant to go to school until his sister tells him about all the fun things to do at school.

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First Day of School Books

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School has been starting around here for most children. My kids have another week of summer break and I am trying to savor it. Here are some books to add some fun and excitement to the first day of school. Do you have any traditions for the first day of school?

Birdie’s First Day of School by Sujean Rim is about a little girl that is nervous about her first day of school. Once she is there, she realizes that she loves school.

Fancy Nancy: JoJo’s First Day Jitters by Jane O’Connor is a favorite in our house because we love all things Fancy Nancy. JoJo is headed to preschool and is nervous. Nancy is a great big sister to help JoJo be ready for her first day of school.

Milk Goes To School by Terry Border is a creative book and we love all of his books about food. Milk is headed to her first day of school. She has trouble making friends at first, but then she makes new friends at school.

Peanut Butter’s First Day of School by Terry Border is in the same food series as Milk Goes To School. Peanut Butter goes around asking his friends what he needs to do to prepare for the first day of school.

Hope your kids have a great first day of school.

 

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Stretched Too Thin Book Review

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I was able to participate in the launch team for Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner. I listened to it on audio and was encouraged by her honesty and suggestions to get rid of mom guilt and embrace who you are as a mom. I was a working mom for the first nine years of my parenting journey. I have been a stay at home now for the past year. I understand feeling stretched too thin and thought this book was insightful for all moms, not just those working outside the home. Our society puts so much pressure on moms to do it all and Jessica encourages moms that we are doing well for our families and how to thrive as a working mom.

You can preorder the book on Amazon and it will be released September 18th. For a limited time, it is $11.94 for a hardcover copy. Also, if you preorder the book, you can go here to receive the bonuses. Hope you enjoy this book and you can’t beat this low price plus bonuses.

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Beginning August with good books

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First two books of August were historical fiction. They confirmed that historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. Do you have a favorite genre to read?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was a wonderful historical fiction book. The whole book is written as letters which makes me so curious to see the Netflix movie. The book takes place after World War II. It is a must for book lovers as the characters have a love and appreciation for books that they formed this society to discuss books. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden was a book I received from Bethany House Publishers. All reviews are my own. This historical fiction book was set in the early 1900’s. A woman biochemist is working to get chlorine placed into city water. She had lost her parents to cholera and made her mission to have safe drinking water for everyone. While trying to get it into practice, she meets the Commissioner of Water and a romance develops. I found this book interesting to learn about the history of cholera and how clean drinking water was founded. I would highly recommend this book for fans of Christian historical fiction.

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