May 2019 Reading

IMG_2020Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith met my expectations for a light YA read about young romance. I enjoyed this book about a young guy who gets dumped by his girlfriend right before their planned trip by train across America. He finds a stranger to go on the trip with him. The story was predictable, but sometimes that is refreshing. It was a nice love story filled with travel making it perfect for summer reading.

The River by Peter Heller is a new release this year. Unpopular opinion, but I did not love this book. I had trouble getting into this book, but about 50 pages in, I was hooked to the story. Then the momentum stopped and I didn’t really care for the book overall. The parts describing their canoe adventure in Canada and living off the land was fascinating. This book is getting a lot of buzz this summer and it does have a great setting for summer reading. Have you read this book yet?

Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl is a new memoir from her time as the editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine. She shares how she received the job and the day to day decisions about the magazine. It was interesting to learn about a business that I am not familiar with. She also shares a few recipes throughout the book. This was my first book from this author and I hope to read some of her other books.

The Girls At 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib released earlier this year. This book was written in a unique style that took some getting used to. It was written from the perspective of a young anorexic woman. It was so honest about what the character was going through while seeking treatment at a home with other women facing eating disorders. I almost forgot it was fictional because mental illness was shown in such a realistic way. Thanks to The Girlfriend and St. Martin’s Press for this free book.

How To Find Love In A Bookshop by Veronica Henry is about a yong woman who inherits a bookshop from her father. She has to figure out a way to save th store. I listened to it on audio which was good, but there were a lot of different characters that were harder to follow on audio. If you enjoy books, then you will enjoy this story about an adorable bookshop in a small town.

Joyful Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot is a non-fiction Christian book about the 7 disciplines for the believer’s life. This book was previously published and was just released again in 2019. The author shares from her own life ways she was changed and impacted by God and used discipline in her own life.  I read this book in small amounts over a month. I learned more about her life since I really only knew she and her husband had been missionaries before he was killed. She was married two other times after that and went on to always be involved in ministry. Thank you to Revell for this book to review.

Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury is the newest book about the Baxter family. She has written several different series based around this family in Bloomington, Indiana. I would highly recommend these books for those that enjoy Christian fiction books. In this book, a young girl is pregnant in high school and is faced with the decision of what she wants to do with the baby. There are also subjects of infertility, adoption, and loss in this book.

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay is a new book that all book lovers will enjoy with several references to books throughout. The story is told from 3 perspectives of the women that work in the book shop. The small town feel is great and makes you want to visit their town and the book shop. The story focuses on a young woman who inherits a bookshop from her aunt. It makes her evaluate her life as an attorney and what she truly wants. I would recommend this book for summer reading since it is a nice light read with some predictability. This was my first book to read from this author and I plan to read some of her other books soon. Thank you Celebrate Lit for this e-book to review.

40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages by Laurie Polich Short is a new Christian non-fiction book that I would highly recommend. This book is broken into forty chapters which each focuses on a verse and the author goes into depth about the verse and shares her own life experiences. This book covers issues about fear, worry, and anxiety in a practical and encouraging way. The verses chosen are ones that are less known from the Bible. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for this copy to review.

Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack by Alia Joy is a new non-fiction Christian book. The author shares her personal story about living with bi-polar disorder. She shares about her childhood filled with poverty and illness. She shares how God saved her and gave her hope.  This book was not for me which is okay because it will be a great book for someone else. Thank you to Baker Books for this review copy.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing is a new thriller that I would put in my top thrillers for the year. Once I got over the strange feeling of reading about killers, the story picked up and had some good twists. It was definitely one that left you with questions and joining online discussions are interesting. I do not want to give spoilers so will just share the premise of a married couple with kids that decide to start killing women to add excitement to their marriage.

Gone Too Soon by Melody Carlson is a YA Christian fiction book. In this story, a teenage girl dies in a car accident. Her family unravels after her death. The mother deals with addiction issues and her marriage is in trouble. A younger sister finds the diary that her deceased sister had hidden away and while reading it finds out who her sister really was. This book covers hard issues such as the loss of a child in a very real way. I enjoyed how these hard issues were handled from a teenage girl’s perspective and her experiences grieving and trying to save the rest of her family. Thank you to Celebrate Lit for this ebook copy to review.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim is about a Korean family living in America. The family started a hyperbaric chamber business and have clients with autism, infertility, and other health issues. This story unfolds from several perspectives all around a court case involving a fire that killed two people. The story was well told and had me drawn in of wanting to know what really happened.

The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves has been all over Instagram lately and I can see why. This book was very well written to give you the perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum. She falls in love in college and they later reconnect. The story is told during her college years and ten years later in 2001. This book was a fast read and the love story was so sweet. I love when a book surprises you by how much you enjoy it.

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Field Notes On Love

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Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith met my expectations for a light YA read about young romance. I enjoyed this book about a young guy who gets dumped by his girlfriend right before their planned trip by train across America. He finds a stranger to go on the trip with him. The story was predictable, but sometimes that is refreshing. It was a nice love story filled with travel making it perfect for summer reading.

 

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The River

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The River by Peter Heller is a new release this year. Unpopular opinion, but I did not love this book. I had trouble getting into this book, but about 50 pages in, I was hooked to the story. Then the momentum stopped and I didn’t really care for the book overall. The parts describing their canoe adventure in Canada and living off the land was fascinating.  This book is getting a lot of buzz this summer and it does have a great setting for summer reading. Have you read this book yet?

From the publisher: “Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.”

 

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Save Me The Plums

70C4E587-23AA-4A4C-82DE-FF92D77EABBCSave Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl is a new memoir from her time as the editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine. She shares how she received the job and the day to day decisions about the magazine. It was interesting to learn about a business that I am not familiar with. She also shares a few recipes throughout the book. This was my first book from this author and I hope to read some of her other books.

Do you enjoy reading memoirs? I have realized in the past two years of how much I enjoy memoirs. Here are some others I would highly recommend:

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The Girls At 17 Swann Street

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“Anorexia is the same story told every time by a different girl. Her name does not matter; mine used to be Anna but anorexia got rid of that. And my feelings, body, husband, life.”- The Girls At 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib p277

The Girls At 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib released earlier this year. This book was written in a unique style that took some getting used to. It was written from the perspective of a young anorexic woman. It was so honest about what the character was going through while seeking treatment at a home with other women facing  eating disorders. I almost forgot it was fictional because mental illness was shown in such a realistic way.  Thanks to The Girlfriend and St. Martin’s Press for this free book.

 

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The Printed Letter Bookshop

“Aren’t books pure joy?”

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay is a new book that all book lovers will enjoy with several references to books throughout. The story is told from 3 perspectives of the women that work in the book shop. The small town feel is great and makes you want to visit their town and the book shop. The story focuses on a young woman who inherits a bookshop from her aunt. It makes her evaluate her life as an attorney and what she truly wants.  I would recommend this book for summer reading since it is a nice light read with some predictability. This was my first book to read from this author and I plan to read some of her other books soon. Thank you Celebrate Lit for this e-book to review and you can visit other blogs on this book tour here. There is a giveaway to win a print copy of this book here.

About the Author:

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Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at http://www.katherinereay.com; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay.

 

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High Five

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High Five by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is a new interactive book that has kids giving high fives while reading the book. My son absolutely loves Dragons Love Tacos so we had to check out this new book and they loved it. I love creative books that have kids interact during the story.

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My Lovely Wife

2D533D33-96A3-472B-81EC-4347B1ED4AA9My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing is a new thriller that I would put in my top thrillers for the year. Once I got over the strange feeling of reading from the perspective of a killer, the story picked up and had some good twists. It was definitely one that left you with questions. I do not want to give spoilers so will just share the premise of a married couple with kids that decide to start killing women to add excitement to their marriage.

I would also recommend these thrillers:

 

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A Mother’s Love

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Books written for kids from the perspective of a parent make me tear up almost every time I read them. These books share a special message for kids of how loved they are:

That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Teagan White is beautifully illustrated and shares the love of a mother for her child.

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal and illustrated by Holly Hatam is written for girls and the dreams parents have for these sweet girls.

Dear Boy, by Paris and Jason Rosenthal and illustrated by Holly Hatam is brand new and is the follow up for boys. This book shares the dreams parents have for their sons.

 

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Mother’s Day Picture Books

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Here are some books to help celebrate moms for Mother’s Day:

Bedtime For Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and LeUyen Pham is a family favorite about a little girl playing the role of the mother. She has to put her Mommy to bed and of course the mom needs a drink before bed and wants to read several books. The humor in this book is wonderful.

Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon is for younger kids, but my kids still love it. My 5 year old likes to read the words and thinks the book is so funny.

The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings by Mike Berenstain shares how the cubs want to surprise Mama Bear for Mother’s Day. We love these characters and enjoy special holiday books.

 

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