What I Read: May & June

Friends. The past few weeks have been a DOOZY. My kids had hand foot and mouth, and it laid us out for a good week and a half. We traveled to Philly for a week in May, but throughout it all, I still managed to read some really awesome books!! As you’ll see below, I’m not quite living up to my plan of reading more non-fiction books, there are just TOO many good fiction books out there! (I know, there are some amazing non-fiction too, but it takes me way longer to read them than a good, can’t-put-it-down fiction book.) 

I hope you enjoy the reviews, and please let me know if you read any of these books, and what you think! And as usual, let me know if you have any good recommendations for me to read next month! 

Anything by Jennie Allen

Last time I reviewed Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen, which I loved, and I honestly feel the same way about Anything. Jennie Allen is a huge favorite of mine, and when people ask which book they should read first, I have a hard time choosing one! 

Anything is about the journey of Jennie and her husband after they say a prayer basically telling God that they’re laying down their desires for their lives and they’re willing to do ANYTHING for him. They wait as they anticipate big things. They’re willing to sell their house, move wherever God calls, and excited to see what He asks of them. 

It’s seriously an amazing book, and one that will encourage you to look at your own life, and decide if you’re willing to tell God you’d do anything for His glory. If you’re looking for a life changing book that will strengthen your walk with God in ways you didn’t even know you needed, this is the book for you! 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Oh my gosh you guys, this book. Seriously. I LOVED IT. It’s kind of a coming-of-age story about a mother and daughter, Mia and Pearl, who move into the rental house of the Richardsons, a picture-perfect, suburban family. The 4 Richardson children are all drawn to Mia and Pearl, and in turn, the mother/daughter duo shakes up not only the Richardsons, but the whole town of Shaker Heights. 

I’ll be very surprised if this book doesn’t make my top 10 books of 2018. I couldn’t put it down, and as I read the last page, I hated saying goodbye to the characters. It especially hit home for me as a mother, and challenged what it would mean for me to have a child that didn’t fit the mold I expected for them. I can’t say enough about this book, just trust me, it’s fabulous and you will fall in love with every one of the characters! 

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Whew this book!! This was another one I couldn’t put down! You’ll meet Amber Patterson, woman with a huge secret in her past who thinks she deserves a different life. As she insinuates herself into the lives of Jackson and Daphne Parrish, she sets off on a scheme to become the next Mrs. Parrish. Her plan seems to be working perfectly, but there are secrets even all her research on the Parrishes didn’t turn up. 

Guys, this book is SUCH a fun thriller. It’s full of twists and turns and you will love to hate Amber. I don’t want to give away too much, but if you like books like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, this book is right up your alley! 

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

This has been on my TRL forever. I feel like everyone and their sister already read this book like years ago, but I just now finally got into it. And I seriously loved it! I read The Husband’s Secret about a year ago, and cannot wait to read more Liane Moriarty books! 

This one is about a woman who falls at the gym and wakes up with 10 years worth of amnesia. She thinks she’s pregnant with her first child, happily married and 10 years younger than she actually is. What she quickly learns is that not only is she 10 years older than she thinks, she has 3 kids and she and her husband are in the middle of a nasty divorce. 

She sets off to make things right with her husband, and has to [re]learn how to be a mother to kids who are already their own little people. This book is super fun, and even though it’s fiction, it helps you to really think about what’s important in life. 

Anyone else out there a Moriarty fan? What other of her books would you recommend??

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Ok, I have been a huge Lisa Scottoline fan for a while. She’s from near my home town, so most of her books take place in areas I’m very familiar with. It’s super fun to read about fictional characters driving down roads I’ve driven down, and going to high schools not far from me! 

After Anna is about widower and single father, Noah, and Maggie, the woman he recently remarried. Maggie had previously been married and had a daughter, but she hasn’t seen her since she was a baby due to her ex-husband’s evil schemes. But then one day Anna reaches out to her, looking for a second chance at their relationship. 

Maggie is overjoyed, and Noah is very supportive of their reunion, but then things go horribly awry when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused of the crime. [Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler, it’s in the first chapter.] 

Guys, this book was FABULOUS. I loved every single page! I thought I’d figured it out so many times, only to be proved wrong, and the ending was something I did not see coming! Lisa, you did it again, and you have kept me as a fan for life!

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

So I seriously have the BEST friends, and one of them gifted me a 6 month membership to the Book of the Month Club. [Like literally the best gift ever!!] And The Perfect Mother was my first month’s choice. I was drawn to it because it’s about a moms group, motherhood, [obviously] and it’s a psychological thriller.

[I’ve read a handful of books over the past few months about kids going missing, which tends to make me feel a tad paranoid about my kids, but they do make for suspenseful storylines.]

The moms group in this book calls themselves the “May Mothers,” since they were all due in the month of May, and began meeting up while they were all still pregnant. They decide to go out one night, which for most of them meant leaving their babies with their husbands. But for single-mom Winnie, it meant leaving her infant son, Midas, home with a babysitter. 

At some point in the night, baby Midas is taken from his crib and the babysitter has no recollection of anyone entering or leaving the house. What follows is a heart-racing adventure to find baby Midas, chock full of uncovered secrets the women are desperate to hide, and one woman’s fight to prove her innocence. 

The book takes place over the course of only 13 days, and by the time you read the last page, you’ll realize you were holding your breath the whole time. 

I LOVED this book! In the beginning, it was a little hard to keep the women straight, but once I could remember who was who, I really enjoyed each of their characters. If you’re a mother, you may not ever want to leave your children with a babysitter again, but along the way at least you’ll read a super exciting book! 

 

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Ok I have a confession to make: this is the first book in this series I actually read. I saw the movie version of Me Before You, because I heard mixed reviews on the book, and even so, I couldn’t decide how I felt about it. I started listening to the audio book of After You, but never actually finished it. But then I heard that Still Me could be read as a stand alone book, and my cousin really wanted to read it [the one I’m doing a virtual book club with], so I gave it a shot. 

And it definitely paid off! I fell in love with Louisa Clarke, and loved living vicariously through her adventures in NYC. And I agree, this can definitely be a stand alone book, but having some degree of understanding of the previous two books definitely helps. 

So that’s it for May and June! Please let me know any recommendations you have, I’m always on the search for my next favorite book! Happy reading!

2018 book reviews:

March & April

January & February

Top books of 2017