March Reading

IMG_2017The Huntress by Kate Quinn is a new WWII historical fiction book. It is a really long book especially since I read the large print copy. This book is told is from several points of view during and after WWII. There is mystery, action, and love all told really well in this book. A woman known as the Huntress is wanted for war crimes. A team searches for her as they follow leads and begin their own hunt to find her.  I would also recommend The Alice Network.

Grumpy Mom Takes A Holiday: Say Goodbye to Stressed, Tired, and Anxious, and Say Hello to Renewed Joy in Motherhood by Valerie Woerner is a book for moms that I loved. This book was so encouraging and spoke to me in many ways. Valerie shares from her own experiences as a mother of two little ones. She offers practical ways to make positive changes in your life to focus on what you want your life as a mother to be like. I would highly recommend this book to mothers especially during the younger years. Thank you to Tyndale Momentum for this review copy.

The Address by Fiona Davis was a good historical fiction book that I enjoyed on audio. All of her books that I have read are told in two time periods which I find enjoyable. A story is told about a family in the past and the present focused on a building in New York City. I also enjoyed The Dollhouse.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelideswas a good psychological thriller. It was well told and fast paced. I either love or hate thrillers and this one did not disappoint. It had mystery and an unpredictable ending.  I do not want to give any of the story away by summarizing it.

I Owe You One by Sophia Kinsella is an audiobook that I did not care for. I have read a couple of her other books and enjoyed them, but this one was not for me. A young woman meets a man and they begin a relationship of owing each other favors. Meanwhile she has a lot of family drama going on and is trying to figure out her life.

Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison is a historical fiction book. This book is about a young girl that is orphaned and disguises herself as a young cowboy. She travels looking for her outlaw brother. Along the way, she has several adventures and mishaps. This story was written very descriptively and was slow paced at times. I read this on the recommendation that since I enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing (one of my favorite books) to read this book.

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin is a new book that I read after Jenna Hager recommended it for her new book club. I really enjoyed the writing and the story was well told. This story is about a poet and her family. The story takes place in 2079 and during the past during her lifetime. She tells the story of her poems and what influenced them. Her family was the inspiration and what shaped her into the person she became.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was so fresh and unique. I was hesitant because of all of the hype it is receiving, but it was true. I loved this book. The writing style was unique since it was written as an oral history of a famous band in the 1970’s. I devoured it in 24 hours. Daisy Jones begins her career as a singer and becomes a hit when she joins The Six. The story was very well told and I was sad to finish it. It will be one of my favorites for 2019.

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen is a historical fiction book set during WWI. A young woman wants to help the war effort and joins the Woman’s Land group. She falls in love with a young soldier. The book focused on the women during the war time and how they contributed while the men were away. If you enjoy historical fiction then you would also enjoy her other books: In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child.

When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams by Jill Eileen Smith is a Christian non-fiction book about women from the Bible. Each chapter is about a different woman and is told from her perspective. The author also shares from her own life similar stories and lessons. Thank you Revell for this book.

The Gown by Jennifer Robson is a historical fiction book about the making of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown. The story is told from three female perspectives. Two from the past and one from the present. The story was woven together really well.

Whispers and Wildflowers by Sarah Beth Marr is a new book for women. It is designed to be read over 30 days or at whichever pace you prefer. I have loved reading this book and have been so encouraged while reading it. The author shares experiences and verses to help women to slow down and enjoy their lives. I have felt encouraged reading about dealing with worry and anxiety in my day to day life. I would highly recommend reading this book. It has been one of the best Christian non-fiction books that I have read in awhile. Thank you Baker Books for this review copy.

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts was a wonderful historical fiction book about Maud Baum. The story is told in two time periods about her life with her husband, L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. The other time is when Maud is on the movie set and befriends Judy Garland. The kids and I listened to the audio version narrated by Anne Hathaway. Then watched the original movie.

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Grumpy Mom Takes A Holiday

7EC9066F-C4AD-4758-B32D-FC98BF63A14DGrumpy Mom Takes A Holiday: Say Goodbye to Stressed, Tired, and Anxious, and Say Hello to Renewed Joy in Motherhood by Valerie Woerner is a book for moms that I absolutely loved. This book was so encouraging and spoke to me in many ways. Valerie shares from her own experiences as a mother of two little ones. She offers practical ways to make positive changes in your life to focus on what you want your life as a mother to be like. I would highly recommend this book to mothers especially during the younger years. Each chapter offered scripture and a prayer related to the topic from the chapter. Thank you to Tyndale Momentum for this review copy.

 

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Early Readers

AEA67B58-8184-4AB0-BDB8-2B0E95271E74Two of my kids have dyslexia and reading aloud is not their favorite thing to do sometimes. Finding books that are appropriate for their reading levels and that they enjoy are hard to find. These three books are ones that they love to read aloud. They are humorous and keeps their interest.

Snail And Worm by Tina Kugler is the first in this adorable series. Each book has three short stories in it about a snail and worm and their friendship. Amazon recommends ages 6-9 and grade level 1-4.

Snail And Worm Again by Tina Kugler is the second in the series and there is a third book releasing in September 2019 called Snail And Worm All Day.

What Is Inside THIS Box? by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Tallec is a new book for young readers that my kids love. A monkey and a piece of cake are discussing what is inside a box. Amazon recommends this book for ages 4-8 and grade level of preschool-3rd.

 

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Whiskey When We’re Dry

B93370A4-673C-4A37-A248-0FDDD5F787E6Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison is a historical fiction book. This book is about a young girl that is orphaned and disguises herself as a young cowboy. She travels looking for her outlaw brother. Along the way, she has several adventures and mishaps. This story was written very descriptively and was slow paced at times. I read this on the recommendation that since I enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing (one of my favorite books) to read this book.

 

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The Last Romantics

801F36EF-5F58-4C33-AE4F-940595BA7A42The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin is a new book that I read after Jenna Hager recommended it for her new book club. I really enjoyed the writing and the story was well told. This story is about a poet and her family. The story takes place in 2079 and during the past during her lifetime. She tells the story of her poems and what influenced them. Her family was the inspiration and what shaped her into the person she became. Do you enjoy reading family dramas? Here are some other recommendations:

 

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Music Themed Books

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Here are 2 new books themed about music that released in March 2019.

The Bear, The Piano, The Dog, And The Fiddle by David Litchfield is the newest book in this series. A dog becomes a famous fiddle player and joins an all animal band with Bear. The Bear and the Piano is the first book about a bear that learns to play piano and becomes famous.

Because by Mo Willems and Amber Wren is beautifully written to show what led a young girl to become a conductor. Because things happen a certain way it shapes the events to lead a young girl to fall in love with music. My kids are huge fans of Mo Willems and love all of his other books.

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Daisy Jones & The Six

13C1AB14-86BB-44CC-B843-4B517C9435D8Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was so fresh and unique. I was hesitant because of all of the hype it is receiving, but it was true. I loved this book. The writing style was unique since it was written as an oral history of a famous band in the 1970’s. I devoured it in 24 hours. Daisy Jones begins her career as a singer and becomes a hit when she joins The Six. The story was very well told and I was sad to finish it. It will be one of my favorites for 2019. Please share your thoughts on this book.

 

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The Enchanted Hour

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The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon is for anyone that enjoys reading aloud to others or wants to read aloud more. The author shares the importance of reading aloud to children and how beneficial it is to them. She also talks about reading aloud to elderly adults which is something that I do not do and think it is a wonderful idea. I read aloud a lot to my kids and it is one of our favorite things we do together. We read a wide range of picture books, chapter books and also listen to audiobooks. This book also shares the love of reading in a beautiful way.  Do you enjoy reading aloud to others?

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Whispers and Wildflowers

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Whispers and Wildflowers by Sarah Beth Marr is a new book for women.  It is designed to be read over 30 days or at whichever pace you prefer. I have loved reading this book and have been so encouraged while reading it. The author shares experiences and verses to help women to slow down and enjoy their lives. I have felt encouraged reading about dealing with worry and anxiety in my day to day life. I would highly recommend reading this book. It has been one of the best Christian non-fiction books that I have read in awhile. Thank you Baker Books for this review copy.

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