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!

June Book Reviews

I love summer for so many reasons: no school, no schedule, the sun, the pool, my kids, and all the books. In the summer I feel like I have the freedom and time to read, and I think the lack of new TV shows has a big part in that. Well that and I don’t have to fear over sleeping or missing my alarm in the morning. So with summer here I have been reading as much as I can!  Here’s what I read in June with a quick review:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan-  I actually saw this recommended by a friend on Instagram so I added it to my Amazon cart. The reviews are all great but sold it as “The next Shopaholic series” and while I didn’t think it lived up to THAT standard ( I mean Sophie Kinsella is HILARIOUS and I have never laughed out loud like I did while reading her books)  I did really enjoy it. It showed a totally different culture and full of footnotes to help the reader understand and get some insider knowledge. It was a great pool/ camping read.

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan- Obviously I didn’t hate the first one if I followed it up with the second of the three books. The story line is so good and full of characters that you feel like you’ve really come to know. I really liked the character development that happened in this book and it really set the bar for book 3!

The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell- Jamie Ivey (Host of the popular podcast Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey) is doing a summer book club and this was her first pick. The first thing about this book is its BEAUTIFUL. The cover is lovely with turquoise and gold hints all over it. The book is her story of building community with her neighbors really encouraging us to not be indoors or backyard people but to venture out front and really get to know the people that live next door.  It also has a lot of recipes and really good tips for how to become a ‘Front Yard Person’.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- Oh man, this book was good. Real, raw and real heavy. It tells the story of a young african american girl who witnesses her friend murdered by the police. It is a great real-life and timely picture into the hate that we see all around us. There is some strong language so heads up but man, this was well written and beautifully executed. This story has stuck with me and has made me think so much.

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder- Now this one was promoted to me like this: “I couldn’t put it down, the last time I read a book this good was Harry Potter.” So obviously I had to have it, and I had to read it immediately. Well, it wasn’t THAT good! I mean, it is a good coming of age story and I loved the main characters heart, but I also wanted to shake her and help her see the error of her ways. It ended kind of abruptly so I have been waiting to see if there’s going to be a follow up.

Love Lives Here by Maria Goff- I have slowly read this book. Wanting to take in and sit with each story Maria told. Maria, wife to Bob Goff, author of Love Does, followed her husband’s path of just laying out how they live and love and how its one in the same. I loved that she talked about how he’s adventurous, she’s not and how they made that work. How when her kids told her they were running away, she helped them pack a bag. She writes of love in such a simple way and its just obvious that that is who they are. Both of their stories are gold and full of wisdom!

My To Read list looks like this….

Today will be different by Maria Semple    Shoe Dog by Phil Knight                            Life After by Katie Ganshert   A Fierce Love by Shauna Shanks                         Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken    Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

To read and read. What’s on your shelf?!