March was a full reading month and I was able to read some of my top TBR books. It was enjoyable to go through and read some great books. I was fortunate to receive several advanced copies of books to read and share my reviews with you.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah was one that I had high expectations for since it is highly popular. It did not disappoint, Kristin Hannah is a wonderful storyteller. This book was different and interesting taking place in Alaska. I am adding her other books to my TBR since I had only read The Nightingale. I was crying by the end of the book while reading about Leni growing up and her heartbreaking family life.
Everless by Sarah Holland is one that my new book club picked. This fantasy book is about a young girl working as a servant. In their kingdom, they have to earn time and use time as payment. I thought the story got more interesting towards the end and was set up for the next book. It took me awhile to get into this fantasy world, but it was intriguing. I am looking forward to book club discussion.
The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn is a popular psychological thriller. It had an interesting storyline as the main character had agoraphobia and would not leave her house. She witnesses a murder, but no one will believe her. It had a few predictable twists, but definitely had the elements of a good psychological thriller.
In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson was a book that I received from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. This historical fiction book is set in 1905 in San Francisco. I did not care too much for the main character even though she does change by the end of the book. There was some mystery as Camri arrives in San Francisco to search for her missing brother. She makes new friends as they look for clues leading to his whereabouts. It seemed unrealistic at times, but looks like it will be the first book in a new series. If you enjoy Christian fiction, this would be a good book for you that includes romance and mystery.
BearTown by Fredrick Backman was a book that touches sensitive topics. It is about a small town that is all about hockey. This sport is all most of the boys in the town has. When a terrible incident happens, the town is torn in two with hockey at the center. It was very well written and great storytelling. It reminded me of When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Whalen which is about a small town that focuses on football and what happens after a terrible accident.
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle is a popular book right now with the movie releasing this month. This was my first time reading it and I read it aloud to the kids. We all enjoyed it and it was the first science fiction and fantasy book they have listened to. Hoping to see the movie soon to compare book versus movie.
Finding Selah by Kristen Kill is a Christian non-fiction book that I listened to on audio. I think I would have preferred for the author to have narrated it herself since I enjoy listening to her on her podcast. I was expecting more depth, but Kristen shares a lot of personal experiences like miscarriages and motherhood.
Searching for Spring by Christine Hoover has a beautiful cover and one I was happy to receive from Baker Books. It was about finding the beauty that God makes during hard times. See my full review here.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman was one I had trouble getting into and then once I was, my loan expired. It is in high demand so it took awhile to get it again and finish it. I know this a popular book and I can see why. It was a warming story about a grumpy older man that lost his wife and wants to kill himself. Each time he attempts it, he is interrupted by neighbors. This was where I had trouble getting into it, but so glad I finished because it was a really great book. It was beautifully written and shows that family does not have to be related.
Women In Sunlight by Frances Mayes takes place in Italy. The descriptions of the villas and the food makes me want to travel back to Italy. Three older women meet at a retirement home in the United States. Instead of moving to the retirement home, they decide to rent a villa in Italy. During their time there they get a fresh beginning to explore their interests like gardening, art, and cooking. Their neighbor in Italy is a younger woman who is a poet and is the narrator of this story. It reminded me a lot of Under the Tuscan Sun. It was enjoyable and I felt like I was on a vacation while reading it. The book will be released on April 3rd. I received this from First to Read in return for my honest review.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han is the third and final book of the series To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The first and the last are my favorites. The author did a great job ending the series. The main character, Lara Jean, is so likeable and this had a great story as she gets ready for college and her dad remarries
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was a great audiobook. The narrator did a fantastic job and it was delightful to listen to the Scottish accents. The story itself was well written and the depth of the characters especially Eleanor was wonderful. I really felt for Eleanor and it brought up the thought that you do not always know what is going on in other people’s lives and to be kind to others.
You Can Stay Home With Your Kids! By Erin Odom is a new book that releases on April 10th. I was able to read it as part of the launch team. It was a timely read for me since I am a new stay at home mom and living on one income. It was written in small chapters with practical advice to save money. I personally already used most of her tips. I would recommend it for anyone that is interested in ways to cut costs or to save money, not just couples with kids. She had recipes for DIY household cleaners and links for sites to help you. She blogs at https://thehumbledhomemaker.com/.
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackinstosh is a book I was able to read before it released on March 13th. I have read her other two books and enjoyed this one and I Let You Go the best. They are all psychological thrillers. See my full review here.
Gospel Centered Mom: The Freeing Truth About What Your Kids Really Need by Brooke McGlothlin. This was an encouraging book for moms. See my full review here.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han is the second book in a series. I read the first one, To All The Boys I Have Loved Before in January. I enjoyed the first book more, but the main character is lovable. Lara Jean is an old soul in a sixteen year old girl’s body. She is in high school, but writes love letters and is looking for true love.
Wonder by R. J. Palicio is one I read aloud to the kids. I definitely had to skip some words as I read it. The kids gave it a 5 out of 5 review. The moral of the story was great and we all enjoyed reading about Auggie and his friends. Looking forward to watching the movie.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a historical fiction book set in WWII times about two sisters. I really enjoyed this story, it kept you intrigued and was very detailed about the hardships endured in France during WWII. There were surprises and one I would definitely recommend for historical fiction fans. See other WWII books here.
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella released in February. It was a quick and light read. It had some surprises in it as Sylvie and her husband look at inventive ways to keep the spark alive in their marriage. I have also read one of her other books, My Not So Perfect Life, and thought it was a good book.
Mrs. by Caitlin Macy has been compared to Big Little Lies. I did see some similarities of both being based around parents at a school. I also picked up on similar names as well. I personally did not care for this book and enjoyed Big Little Lies. I still think the cover is beautiful though.
Favorite fiction read for March was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This was hard to pick because I read a lot of great fiction this month.
Favorite non-fiction read for March was Searching For Spring by Christine Hoover.
Favorite audiobook was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Looking forward to reading in April.
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