What I Read: March & April

Ya’ll I thought I had killed it with reading the last two months…feeling pretty awesomely book nerdy (although I think that might be an oxymoron…) UNTIL. 

Until I heard about a girl named Addy, who’s working her way through the entire Cairn University library by reading 1,000-1,500 books a year. Hello humble pie. Whew, as heavenly as reading that much sounds, like does she have a life outside of reading??? [The video is worth watching- and the videographer is my friend Shane Daniels so you know it’s quality!]

Anyway, back to my “measly” 8 books over the past 2 months ha…this is a GOOD one you guys. There was 1 book I wasn’t crazy about, but other than that I seriously LOVED every other book I read! And they were all pretty different from each other! I’m super excited to share them with you…so get your computer/phone/notepad out cause you’re gonna want to write these down!!

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Ya’ll, this is the book that EVERY SINGLE WOMAN needs to read. Rachel Hollis proves to be the best friend you never knew you needed. Basically she whoops your butt with truth in the most gracious way. She tells you how it is, without being patronizing. She speaks truth from a place of “been there done that, let’s do it better this time!” But doesn’t let you wallow in self-pity if your life doesn’t look like how you wished it did. 

“The truth? You, and you only, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are. That’s the takeaway.” 

Each chapter is a different lie that she has believed during her life, including: 

  • Something else will make me happy
  • I’ll start tomorrow
  • I’m bad at sex
  • I’m not a good mom
  • I should be further along by now (this one is a doozy, in the best way possible!)
  • I can’t tell the truth
  • I am defined by my weight

And so many more! Literally, I can’t rave about this book enough, just go out and buy yourself a copy. Trust me, you will NOT regret it! (Or you can listen to it on audio book! My sister-in-law, Emily, is doing that currently and loves it!)

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

I will tell you, this book is not for the faint of heart. BUT it is amazing. It’s about World War II, told from the perspective of 3 VERY different women, living and operating out of in 3 VERY different aspects of the war. Caroline, a New York sophisticate who works for the French embassy, but for the most part is pretty distanced from the horror of the war; Kasia, a Polish girl who gets arrested for working the underground and sent to a concentration camp; and Herta, a German doctor who is pro-Hitler and ends up working for the German government. 

Like I said, it’s not necessarily an easy, happy read. But if you liked, “Before We Were Yours,” you’ll love this one as well. 

Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen

Ok you guys. If you haven’t read this book, DO. IT. NOW.

Seriously, I recommend this book to EVERYONE. Some of the women in my church small group meet every Tuesday morning and we just finished going through this book together and every single one of us agreed this book was AMAZING. Like kick your butt, make you realize things about yourself and God you NEVER knew, and make you admit you’re not enough, but that’s ok because that’s right where God wants you to be so that He can be enough through you. 

This book will help you find freedom in ways you didn’t realize you were bound by sin. It will help you fall even more in love with Jesus, which is all we really want out of life, right? Ok I’ve gushed enough, I PROMISE you, you will love this book so just go read it. 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

I don’t know about you but I am a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock movies. And besides Psycho and The Birds, Rear Window is definitely a favorite. A.J. Finn weaves in the knowledge that this book is based off of Rear Window, but the changes she makes are fabulous. Just like the movie, it’s a bit of a slow start, but once it picks up, this is a, read-until-2-am-can’t-put-it-down type of book. Lots of unexpected twists and turns, and I’m pretty sure even though it’s a thick book I read it in a few sittings. If you like suspenseful books, this is a good one!

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

Ok, I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I loved the cover (I know don’t judge a book blah blah blah, well I do) and the concept that it takes place mostly in a library (I may or may not wish I could be a library and be surrounded by books all day long). I’d seen it recommended on Instagram, but not by someone I personally knew, so it was a toss up whether or not it’d be any good. Well, I was happily surprised, and I ended up really loving it! My go-to books are suspenseful ones, which this one isn’t, but I loved the change of pace for myself.

The book is about Kit, a librarian, Sunny, a girl who is given community service in the library for stealing a dictionary (yea I know, just read it and you’ll understand…) and Rusty, a Wall Street high flyer who no one knows and is all of the sudden around all the time. The way these three character’s lives are thrown together is so fun, and finding out their back story a piece at time will keep you interested. 

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Ok am I the only one who hasn’t heard of the traumatic brain injury called “left neglect?” Cause I had never heard of it before reading this book, but it’s a real thing, and evidently a pretty common one in the traumatic brain injury world. Basically it’s when your body forgets that there’s a left side to anything. A left side to your body, to the room, to the page in the book, everything. Crazy, right?!

Lisa Genova is an author who is known to write fiction that incorporates neuroscience, and does massive amounts of research to make sure she keeps her books true to real life. This is the first of her books I’ve read, but all the rest of them are on my “to read” list now! 

Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer

Ok, I’m gonna be honest, this is the book I wasn’t crazy about. Reading the back of the book, I was super excited to read a book about the evolution of female friendship. I love my friends and I love having girlfriends who are deep, and truly know me, and I looked forward to reading a book based off that idea. 

But honestly, I was disappointed in this book. The introduction and first chapter were good, but after that it felt a little too feminist for me. Almost like the author was advocating that friendship was better than being married. If you read this book and you came away with a different opinion, I’m glad you enjoyed it! It just wasn’t my cup of tea, and I wasn’t a huge fan. 

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

This book was a doozy! I will warn you, as a mom, it was a tough subject: a little boy goes missing while out on a walk with his mom. But even being a mom with two sons, I still really liked it! I’m not gonna tell you the ending, but you won’t hate it. That’s all I’ll say. And I don’t want to say anything else in general because I don’t want to give anything away, but there are lots of twists and turns and unexpected parts to this book as well. If you are a fan of books like The Girl on the Train, or the above, The Woman in the Window, you’ll like this one! 

Whew, that’s a lot of books (for me). I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, if you choose to read them! As usual, if you have any good recommendations, please comment with them below!! 

 

Past book reviews: 

January & February

Top Books of 2017