The Wicked Redhead

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The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams is the second book in this series and both were great on audio. There is a dual timeline for two different women and I really like the character of Ella.  I believe there is supposed to be a third book and I definitely want one after the way the second one ended. Beatriz Williams is an author that delivers a solid historical fiction book every time.

I also listened to the first book on audio:

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Followers

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I listened to Followers by Megan Angelo on audio and enjoyed the narration. This story begins in 2015 and also has a timeline in the future in 2050. The book shows what life would be like if our devices ruled our lives. It reminded me of The Truman Show movie where there is a town that has reality TV stars living with their lives almost always on camera. This was the first dystopian book that I actually enjoyed. I usually do not even read this genre. What genre do you not read very often?

 

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Before We Were Yours

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a historical fiction book about the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. I listened to this on audio last year and loved it. I read it again this month for book club. This story is told in the past and the present from different perspectives to tell the story about a family being torn apart by Georgia Tann. The story is sad, but very well written and is still one of my favorites.

Before And After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate is a new non-fiction book about the true stories of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. The authors met to the children that were adopted and they shared their stories about their lives and their adoptions. A lot of them try to find their birth families and some were successfully reunited. These two books were great to read together and I highly recommend them both.

 

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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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May Reading Life

IMG_1965May was filled with some great books. Too hard to name a favorite. This was the most amount of books I have read in a month. Looking forward to more great summer reading in June. Hope you are enjoying some good books and hope you can find some new summer reading from these recommendations:

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis a book that I received from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  In this historical fiction book, a young woman in an Amish family, has to move away after her parents pass away. She has to leave her siblings to go where she can make money to support them.  She yearns to return home to be with her siblings, but she learns to be content and makes new friends. The book was an easy read and  I would recommend this book for those that enjoy Christian fiction.  Also, you may enjoy A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot.

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer was wonderful. This story was so moving and honest. Two sisters have a special bond after the oldest sister takes on a parental role after their father dies. The mother has trouble coping and moves the girls to a sect. The girls are miserable there and after leaving they go to college and start their careers. Over the years, the younger sister develops a drug addiction. After getting pregnant, she calls her older sister. The story shares the hardships of drug addiction and how it affects everyone in the family. I have added her other books to my TBR. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend The Queen of Hearts, Educated, and The Great Alone.

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon is a historical fiction book about Anastasia Romanov. I had trouble getting into the story at times because it jumps around in so many different time periods. I was glad I finished though because the ending was really good. Do not read any spoilers about this book before you read it. If you have read it, please leave a comment about your opinion of this book.

The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert was one that I thoroughly enjoyed and surpassed my expectations. This story is about three generations of women. The grandmother has a secret that she finally shares with her family. The mother lost her husband a few years ago and runs a food truck. The daughter is learning about being a teenager without her dad.  The three come together and find the family that they need. I really recommend this book. I listened to it on audio.

Raising World Changers In A Changing World by Kristen Welch was a book I received from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Kristen does a wonderful job sharing experiences from her own family as they strive to help others. Working in ministry, her family focuses on giving to others. It is a whole family effort where the kids and parents work together to give to others and to think about those that are less fortunate. Each chapter, offers practical ways to make changes in your own family. Also, she asks her children some questions to get a child’s perspective.  I would also recommend her other book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled  World.

Love And Luck by Jenna Evans Welch is the new follow up to Love and Gelato. This YA book was a great lighter read. Addie and her family are vacationing in Ireland and she plans to visit Lina (from Love and Gelato) in Italy. Her plans change as her brother made different plans to travel around Ireland visiting places that a band had been to and end up at a music festival. I think I enjoyed Love and Gelato more, but this was an enjoyable read.

Having A Martha Home The Mary Way by Sarah Mae was better than I expected. The cleaning tips and schedule suggestions were helpful, but I really enjoyed the encouraging words about our hearts and changing ourselves. I listened to this on audio.

Breaking The Fear Cycle by Maria Furlough was one I received from Revell in exchange for my honest review. The book was written to give advice on overcoming anxiety. She gave examples from her own life and her experience in giving birth to a child with health issues that only survived a few hours  after birth. The book is set up that it can be used for a group discussion. Each chapter has questions at the end for reflection.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell was such a great book that I read it in one day. This YA historical fiction book was less than 300 pages and the story was fast paced. Set after WWII, Evie and her family vacation in Florida. She meets an older man and falls in love and is thrust into a mystery involving her parents. She never learns the truth and it was very enjoyable.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert was a book club pick. Fair warning, there is some language. This YA fantasy novel was creative since it was about a fairy tale world in the real world. I could appreciate the good fantasy story, but did not love it.

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis was a good audiobook. I really enjoy books told in two different time periods. The story is told in the present and in the 1950’s as a reporter is looking into the past at what happened at the Barbizon in New York. There was mystery involved in this historical fiction book and really enjoyed it.  Fair warning, there are some racy parts. A similar recommendation would be The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ by Clay and Sally Clarkson is one I received from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed Sally’s other books and her podcast always is encouraging. This book offers practical steps to implement into being a lifegiving parent. At the end of the book, is their list of 24 Family Ways that are something I would like to add to our family. I really enjoyed this book and felt encouraged and motivated to make some positive changes in our family life. There is also a companion resource available here.  I would recommend Desperate by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae.

The Dry by Jane Harper was a great mystery and suspense novel. When Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for a funeral he becomes involved in solving their murder. While working on the case, it causes him to look at the unsolved case of  how his other friend from high school really died. It was a great suspenseful read and the setting in Australia was a bonus and  I am going to read her next book in this series, The Force of Nature.  I would recommend All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda if you enjoyed this.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan has been getting some buzz since it has been picked up for a movie starring Scarlett Johannsen. It took me awhile to get into the story and without spoiling it, my prediction of the twists were wrong. The setting in the 1950’s in Tangier was unique and added to the story. It was one that I felt unsettled after reading and that is not  a bad thing. If you enjoy twisty psychological thrillers you would enjoy this story.

Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee is one that I listened to on audio. The narrators did a great job with the various accents and telling the story. The story is about two Chinese American sisters and their relationship. One sister had a mental illness that affected them both.

Circe by Madeline Miller is a popular book right now and not a favorite of mine. It took at least 200 pages into it to keep me interested in the story. This story is based on Greek mythology and about Circe the goddess. There was a lot of fantasy in it and if you enjoy mythology, I would recommend it for you. If you have read it, what is your opinion?

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis was such a refreshing book to listen to on audio. Rachel offers encouraging and practical advice for women and mothers. For similar books, see this post for books for moms.

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center. I received it from The Girlfriend in exchange for my honest review. There has been a lot of buzz for this book and I was a little disappointed when I read it. The characters just did not do it for me. A woman goes on an airplane ride with her boyfriend and crashes. The story takes place mostly during her recovery in the hospital. It was a nice lighter read for more of a romance genre. If you enjoy medical settings, I would recommend The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. Another similar book I would recommend is You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac.

 

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March Reading Life

IMG_1940March 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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February Reading Life

 

 

The Mermaid Chair by Susan Monk Kidd was disappointing because I loved The Secret Life of Bees so much that I had high expectations for this book. Her writing was wonderful and the story was interesting about a  woman having an affair with a monk in an island setting. The storyline with the mermaid chair was interesting and involved saints and the women set on this island. If you have read this, please leave a comment with your views on the book. Later in the month I read her other book, The Invention of Wings and loved it. You can see my description below.

Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey. This non-fiction book was encouraging and great to listen to after listening to her other book, Make it Happen in January. Lara shares from her own experiences and offers encouragement to cultivate what matters in your life.

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen. This was a great historical fiction book for adults. It had elements of suspense and mystery all set during World War II in England. It focused on a high society family and their roles during the war. It gave great perspective into life during a war with rations for fuel and food. I paired this with some books for kids about WWII here.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty was a page turner. I read it in two days. It was written all around an event and started at the event and then went back about six months to tell the stories leading up to it. It follows three women and involves an accident and what lead up to it. This mystery was well written and definitely entertaining. The HBO show is based on this book although the storyline is a little different than the book. I personally had to fast forward parts with language and nudity. I do love Reese Witherspoon so it was neat to see her as the character, Madeline.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman was an interesting book. I read this as a recommendation from my local librarians. The description of this book did not summarize the book very well. It was a well written story about a working mom who has a heart attack. She needs a break from her life to recover and it shares the woman’s experiences while she recuperates.

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors was a wonderful book about finding hope in God. Katie shares her experiences in Uganda about love and loss. My full book review can be found here.

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union. I listened to this on audio for my local library’s challenge this month for an African-American author. It was entertaining listening to it being read by the author. There is a lot of language in this book. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was not just humorous stories from her life. She also shares her experience as a rape victim.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo was the February pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club. I can appreciate that this book was well written, but the story just was not for me. I do enjoy reading books that are popular and you see everywhere on social media and seeing what other people thought about it. There are a lot of great reviews for it.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. This book was wonderful. It was historical fiction at its best. The story is written from the viewpoints of the slaves and their owners in Charleston. When I got to the end, I was pleasantly surprised that the characters were based on real women that were influential in the abolitionist movement. This book  and The Secret Life of Bees are my favorites of hers and two of my favorite books in general.

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis is the same author as Daring to Hope. I listened to it on audio. There was an interview with Katie at the beginning of the audiobook. It was a very honest and encouraging book. Although her two books do not have to be read in any particular order, this one would be great to read first to learn about her early experiences in Uganda.

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell. I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. It is told from the viewpoints of many different characters and how they are all related to the main character, Daniel Sullivan. It jumps from the past, present, and future as well. This book really surprised me as to how much I enjoyed it. I was skeptical at first, but tearing up at the end of the book.

Overall it was a varied month of reading. I have been enjoying different types of books. Favorite non-fiction read this month was Daring to Hope. Favorite fiction read this month was The Invention of Wings. Looking forward to reading more great books in March. I am currently reading Mrs by Caitlin Macy and listening to Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee. I would love to hear some of your favorites in February in the comment section.

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Happy birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder!

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Today was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday. She was born on February 7, 1867 . Her books are a lifetime favorite of mine and now one I am sharing with my kids. My Grandma gave me my set of Little House on the Prairie books and we would watch the TV show together.  My kids and I enjoy listening to them on audio. They are fantastic read by Cherry Jones. The adult coloring book is a fun way to keep hands busy while listening. The coloring pages are from Garth Williams’ illustrations from the books. Boys and girls can enjoy these stories and if boys are reluctant, try Farmer Boy. It is written about Laura’s husband, Almanzo. These books inspired much of my kids outdoor play this past summer. They would pretend to be Laura, Almanzo, and Royal (Almanzo’s brother).

There are books for younger audiences too based on the books.Today we are enjoying Little House in the Big Woods on audio and coloring in our coloring book. Please leave a comment with your favorite book from The Little House series.

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Weekend Reading

 

Weekends curled up with good books are what cold days are made for. On Saturday, the kids and I read stacks of picture books, finished Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary on audio. Cold days staying indoors make it a great day for books, puzzles, and play.

IMG_5520.jpgI am finishing The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Also, listening to Cultivate by Lara Casey while clean. I love always having an audiobook or podcast to listen to while doing laundry. Please leave a comment with what you are reading this weekend.

Here are some of the picture books we read today:

 

 

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January Books

IMG_1876.jpgI read or listened to these 15 books plus more reading with the kids for January.
Favorite non-fiction was Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John.
Favorite fiction books were Small great things by Jodi Picoult and Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge. The fiction books were all very different and offered great variety for the month.
Small great things covered racial issues in the United States and was very well written. I was pleasantly surprised by what an interesting book it was.
Castle of Water was unexpectedly wonderful. I wasn’t too interested in a castaway storyline, but quickly become so intrigued and did not want to put it down. It brought tears to my eyes and I hope it gets made into a movie.
I read two books by John Green and don’t know if I didn’t pick the right books, but I won’t be reading any more of his books for awhile. These two just were not for me. Is there one that you liked better? Any favorites for January? Looking forward to February reading.

Ginny Moon: About an adopted girl with autism and her quest to be reunited with her birth family. I felt like I was in the mind of the little girl and it was very well written.

All the Missing Girls: One of the better thriller books that I have read. I put this one off for awhile because I didn’t really want to read anything too scary or disturbing, but it was unexpected and entertaining.

The Things We Wish Were True: Intertwining lives in a southern town during pool season. This was an easy read and had a lot of depth to it. I also liked her book When We Were Worthy that I read in 2017.

Hannah Coulter: Beautifully written book about Hannah and her life during and after World War II.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: This YA book was very unexpected and I want to read the rest of the series now.

Ridiculous Faith: I listened to this encouraging book on audio. The author tells stories of real people she has met and their lives of faith.

Make It Happen: I listened to this on audio, read by the author. Lara is very open and honest in this book about her own life and offers motivations to her readers.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street: I read this aloud to the kids. I omitted a few words like “sucks” because it isn’t a word we use at our house, but that is personal preference when deciding what age this appropriate for. The book ending kept the kids and I in suspense and we are awaiting the next book, The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden.

Four Seasons in Rome: I listened to this on audio of the author’s life in Rome with his wife and twin sons. It made me want to visit Italy again.

Lie To Me: I have trouble loving psychological thriller sometimes. This one was interesting and kept you guessing, but then the ending seemed a little far fetched.

 

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