Books I ALWAYS recommend

I get asked a lot for book recommendations, and it’s probably one of my favorite questions to answer and give out! So I thought I would tell y’all a list of the ones I always recommend. Sometimes I give based on what I’ve recently read and loved, but for the most part, I start with these few books…

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers– This is my all time favorite book in the entire world. I read it when I was a senior in high school and again when Titus was maybe a year old. I don’t love reading books twice because I have a long list of books I want to read. so I don’t want to spend time reading something I’ve already read. This book is my exception to that. This book so well written, a beautiful period piece and love story.

I am a firm believer that everything Francine writes is gold! I loved the Mark of The Lion series (3 books) and Marta’s Legacy (a 2 book series) and really anything else. You can’t go wrong.

Love Does by Bob Goff– I am almost certain that no one tells a story quite like Bob. He’s funny, adventurous and he used to set up office on Tom Sawyer island at DisneyLand. He’s a man that I truly believe is teaching generations to come what love looks like. In Love Does he writes about his journey to faith, his family, his career, and so much more. I cannot say enough good things about this book! He has a new book coming out in April and I CANNOT WAIT!!

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis– Now her name is Katie Davis Majors and I feel like I mention this book in almost every blog, but to me this was a game changer. I love her story, I love her heart and I love that it was shared in this way! I just finished her latest book Daring to Hope and it was great too. But honestly I don’t know that anything she writes will ever compare in my heart to her first book.

Switching gears a bit…

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves– This book is captivating! I read it all in one day and it was just GOOD! It’s got some romance but not R rated or anything, and it’s a sweet love story. I think it would be the best beach read, or great for traveling.

I’ve read just about everything Tracey Garvis Graves has put out, and they are all good. Some are definitely a little saucier, but all great reads.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty– I read this book while on a vacation with my cousin. It is so funny because we both read it, and we both LOVED it, but we also saw the ending very differently. I couldn’t fathom the idea of losing my memory, but that last thing she remembers is that she was pregnant at the gym happily married, and the next thing she knows she has a 10 year old and in the middle of a divorce. The book walks through how much our lives can change in ten years and that alone was phenomenal!

I haven’t read everything Liane has written and while I LOVED Big Little Lies, she has another one that I just couldn’t get into, so I set it down.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling- I would be a lying liar if i didn’t add these books to this list! I didn’t read Potter until I was about 28, and I don’t even have the words to express! The magical world that J.K Rowling created is beautiful. Her books are much more than the magic within the pages but speak of love, hope, discrimination, light and dark….all of it! It’s just pure magic. ALSO if you are not an avid reader but want to read the books, these are the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard.

I think I’ll end there. I do have some more, but I don’t want to bore you. Let me know what you love and if you’d like some kid suggestions I can do that too!!

My little reader. He is so much like me. Loves to read and devours series! I love that we have this shared interest!

July Book Reviews

Ya’ll. Summer is coming to an end quickly. I see my ‘To Read’ list growing, but my time actually reading dwindling, while July wasn’t a super busy month for my family, I did choose to watch more TV than I like to admit. But with that said here are my reviews of what I did read!

Fierce Love: One woman’s Courageous Journey to Save Her Marriage Shauna Shanks    This story is probably based on my greatest fear. Her husband tells her he doesn’t love her and is ready to end their marriage. She does the opposite of what I would’ve done which is she seeks the Lord and pursues hope and perseverance. I won’t spoil the ending but it’s a beautiful story. She speaks about using lip gloss as a physical reminder to speak kind and pretty words. She speaks of the Ebenezer Stone and how the Lord was with her each step. It’s a great read!

 

Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians book 3) Kevin Kwan                                                The end of a great series is my favorite. This was a great summer read. The whole series was light, funny and just plain delightful! I loved the ending and felt like it was all wrapped up in a beautiful bow. I still think of the characters like they are real people, and I feel like that means the character development is on point!

 

Worlds Collide (Land of Stories book 6) Christopher Colfer                                                     Ok, this the last book in The Land of Stories series that the boys and I have listened to for the past few summers, and we could not wait for its release! Mr Colfer did not disappoint with this one! After five books, he wrapped this fractured fairy tale series up in such a magical way. These characters are so fun, and we listen to it read by the author himself. Hearing his performance of each character made it so much more enjoyable. My favorite character is Mother Goose. She is a bit of a lush in this series, and a lot of her jokes when over the boys’ heads, but they made me giggle.

 

The Lipstick Gospel Stephanie Wilson                                                                                               I recently got a new devotional and journal (The Lipstick Gospel Devotional and Prayer Journal) written by this same author. In the devotional it referred back to her book The Lipstick Gospel and her story about finding her faith. I decided to read it so I would have a better understanding of her and her story. It was a quick read and I loved how honest she was with her struggles to commit to Jesus and how she leaned into Him and sought peace. Such a beautiful story. And by the way I am also loving the devotion and journal prompts!

 

Today Will be Different Maria Semple                                                                                               I really thought that this was going to be a super fast read. One that I could sit by the pool with and read it really quickly. I’ve read another book by this author before and she’s so light and funny but, this book flipped back in time really quickly without much warning so I found myself a little confused at times and having to re-read the last page or so to make sure I understood where we were or where she was taking me. This was a fun story and I think the quirkiness of the protagonist was super sweet but the ending lost me. I think it just fell a little flat while I was waiting for some big reveal it was just sort of eh.

What are you reading?

What do you want to read?

When do you find time to read?

What’s your favorite thing to read?

 

Started Of Mess and Moxie yesterday and teared up in the intro…good sign?!

My TO READ List:

Of Mess and Moxie Jen Hatmaker

Steal Away Home Aaron Ivey and Matt Carter

Shoe Dog (yes still on my list)

Sophie Kinsella’s and Jane Green’s new books just arrived too!