November Reading List

You guys! I have 5 books to review this month…and four of them are just meh. I wasn’t feeling it. Now that I’m sitting down to write this review, I wonder if I was just grumpy for the whole month, or if I just didn’t hit the jackpot in books this month? Not sure.

As always, this is my honest review. We could have completely different tastes and styles, so what I say is just my opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own, especially when reading books. I also know and understand that every author puts a lot of work into their books. I hate writing negative reviews because I know someone worked hard to write the book and I hope that they never read my review. LOL. So this is just one person’s opinion, and it can be taken or left behind. Completely up to you.

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October Reading List

I kicked off my reading for this month with a book that I absolutely LOVED, then read three more that were enjoyable but not my favorite.

As the year winds down, I’m starting to think more and more about what is on my reading list and what I really want to spend my time reading next year. I want to be more intentional about the books that I fill my head with, and I’ve been thinking about doing some sort of reading challenge or even a book club. We shall see.

 

 

More Than Happy

The first book I read this month was More Than Happy and it will 100% be in my top five books. I randomly grabbed this book off the shelf in the library but it was perfect for me. It was written by a pastors wife who was tasked with writing some novels based in an Amish setting. During her research, she began to notice that the Amish children were different in so many ways from how she had raised her own children. She decided to compile many hours of interviews and conversations with her Amish friends about why their children seem more content, more intelligent and are harder workers. This book was parenting GOLD. I think that lately I have finally stumbled upon what I am in life. I am not a minimalist, it seems rather cold and uninviting to me. But I think that I am a simplest. I love life simple. I could not recommend this book more!!!

I’ve Got Your Number

The next book I picked up with this fluffy novel. It was predictable from the beginning and could be pretty boring throughout. The writing was a bit choppy for me and seemed more juvenile and well, fluffy. However, I did still enjoy it and it gave my mind something to do. The novel was very clean and I always love it when fiction authors can keep it clean while still writing a good story. If you are looking for a read that you don’t have to do much brain work, this would be it.

The Magnolia Story  

It was finally my turn in line at the library for the Magnolia story…like, one year later. Lol. I read this book from front to back in two days and I really enjoyed it. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t love Chip and Jo as people, and it was so fun to have a glimpse into their humble beginnings. There were so many little tidbits of knowledge and information throughout the book that I actually pulled out my journal and pen and started writing some of them down! The only thing that I was a bit disappointed about was how little they mentioned their faith. They mentioned God a lot and how he provided several miracles for them, but I didn’t get the impression that their faith was the core of the family. Maybe I just completely misinterpreted it, and it’s very possible an editor took out bits and pieces so that it came across that way. I did love this book and recommend that you pick it up and read it! It’s amazing how one of America’s most beloved couples had such humble beginnings and such crazy adventures!

A Wrinkle In Time

I have actually never read A Wrinkle in Time! Strange, I know. So I have been putting some of the classics on my reading list so I can actually say I’ve read them. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy it! What is wrong with me? I don’t know…but it was soooo boring to me. I think I have a really hard time with science fiction because my brain always thinks inside the box. I have a hard time picturing science fiction creatures because I have to work so hard to think outside the box. For those of you who haven’t read it, it is a about three children who are working to fight evil. They space travel and meet many types of creatures along the way as they rescue their father and return to earth. I’m glad I read it, but it sure won’t be getting any top 10 ratings from me.

Have you ever read any of these books? What did you think?

What are you reading now?

Top Ten: My Favorite Books that I Read in 2016

WOAH!!!

This year, I read 62 books. Yes, SIXTY-TWO.

I honestly don’t know how I did that. Some of them were easy reads, but I guess I must be more of a speed reader than I thought? Or maybe I need to have a few more kids because obviously I have too much time on my hands. No, but seriously…62 books is a lot!

I wanted to compile my top ten from the year, but you can head to each of the blog posts and read my monthly reviews!

January//February//March//April//May//June//July//August//September//October//November//December

My TOP TEN are……

10. Anchored

9. Falling Free

8. Firefly Lane

7. The Meaning of Marriage

6. The Husband’s Secret

5. The Language of Flowers

4. Hope

3. Baby Catcher

2. Faith to Foster

 

  1. The Nesting Place

I would highly recommend that you get your hands on each of these books if you have not already! Obviously, some of them have very specific audiences, but I think that anyone would enjoy them!

I will continue to do my book reviews in 2017, so stay tuned for January! I have a long list of books that I would like to read, but I’m always open for suggestions! Please send them my way!

 

 

And in case you were wondering, here is a list of all of the books I read:

Hope

Wild

The Lipstick Gospel

From This Day Forward

Make It Happen

Anchored

The Fireman’s Wife

What Led Me To You

Grief Light

The Husband’s Secret

Breaking Busy

For the Love

To the End of June

I’ll Stand By You

Anne’s House of Dreams

And Then There Were None

The Bridesmaid’s Manual

However Long the Night

However Tall the Mountain

Big Little Lies

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

No Biking in the House without a Helmet

One Hundred Names

The Fault in Our Stars

Anne of Ingleside

Orphan Train

The Beach Club

Blue Shoes and Happiness

Lessons in Heartbreak

Living Well, Spending Less

The Language of Flowers

A Girl Like You

Yes, Please

Forgotten God

Year of Yes

Funny Little Pregnant Things

Firefly Lane

Two Sisters

Cutting for Stone

Faith to Foster

Me Before You

The Nesting Place

For the Right Reasons

The Things We Keep

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

Baby Catcher

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

A Midwife’s Story

My Notorious Life

Quiet

Heaven is Here

The Book Thief

The Happiness Project

The Royal We

Essentialism

The Pilot’s Wife

The Meaning of Marriage

 

 

 

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February Book Review

 

I mentioned last month that one of my least favorite posts other bloggers do is their monthly book review. I usually just skim it and maybe add a couple of the books to my reading list.

However, after I published my book review last month, I had several people tell me that they really loved that post and that I should continue to do it! So, here is my February book review. Remember, these are all my opinions and I’m not expert on book recommendations. I obviously have a certain style of book that I like and it might differ from yours. So, take it or leave it!

I did pretty well this month and read seven books! Actually, I technically read For the Love in January after I had already published my January book review, so I guess I really only read 6 books this month.

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The Fireman’s Wife. I absolutely loved this book. LOVED IT. It was like I could have written it myself. It encompassed everything I have experienced as a wife of a man in the first responder’s field. Although Theo doesn’t work as a firefighter, I still resonated with everything that she said. I laughed. I cried. I wrote things down in my journal. I loved this book and I think every single Firefighter’s Wife should read this book!

What Led Me To You. My Mom got this book for me for Christmas. She found it on Amazon and it is the journey of a foster family, their two biological children and the three children that they end up adopting from foster care. The first chapter had me completely hooked and bawling my eyes out, I could relate to everything she was saying. But then her experiences started changing drastically from what I’ve experienced, and honestly, it kind of scared me. For example, they went through a child abuse investigation with their first placement which almost scared them out of doing foster care. I liked the book as a whole, but after that first chapter I just couldn’t relate as much as I wanted to. She tells the entire story of how they adopted these three children from foster care, but never once does she mention the daily ins and outs of what it is like having foster children in your home. I felt really disconnected to her because of that. So, it was a good book, but probably not one I will read again.

Grief Light. I was given this book to review and giveaway (post coming soon). This is a short book that has short chapters that can be used as a daily devotional for those who are going through grief. I am not personally going through the loss of anyone in my family, but I found this book refreshing and would give it to someone I know who is experiencing grief. I felt that it encompassed SO much of the grief journey in short little tidbits. More to come on that one.

The Husbands Secret. I have heard so many people rant and rave about how great this book is and how it is one of their top five favorite books ever. I was a little bit nervous because I know the author is secular and the title just makes it sound like it is full of affairs and feelings and all the like. But it actually doesn’t contain much sexual anything, which was a relief for me. The husband mentioned in the title committed a crime when he was younger, before he even met his wife and had kids. The wife discovers the secret and is in a personal battle about whether or not she should also break the law and keep his secret, or turn her and her families life completely upside down by turning him in. It is a good read and it was hard to put down because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next! I really enjoyed reading it, but I wouldn’t go so far as to put it on my top ten list.

Breaking Busy. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers and did a full review here.

For the Love. Oh, Jen Hatmaker. You had me at Seven. This woman is hysterical and an absolute gem. I really love her sarcastic and witty writing, and how she is always ready and willing to laugh at herself. I have heard so much good stuff about this book and it really didn’t disappoint. There were several things I didn’t exactly enjoy about this book, which kind of surprised me because I had never heard anyone say anything negative about it! But speak out I must. First of all, I felt like I wasn’t the intended audience. Jen mentioned several times throughout the story “those days”, of barely making ends meet and having so many little tiny mouths to feed and butts to wipe, and how she is so glad she is beyond that stage. That was really comforting to me, but I felt like her story was written to women who are also beyond that stage. Did anybody else feel that way? Anyways, regardless of whether or not I was the intended audience, this a great book! Highly recommend. It’s a super light, quick read which will have you laughing and nodding and writing down lots of quotes in your journal!

To the End of June. Wow, this was a really heavy book and I’m surprised that I finished it at all. It is all about the American foster care system and what is wrong with it. Not just chapter after chapter of why it isn’t really working, but specific lives that were not changed despite the placement of foster care. Most of the book focused on teens in foster care and how the system is totally and completely failing them, especially as they “age out”. The book also talked about the battle between what is best for a child: biological connection or attachment? Right now, children in foster care will ALWAYS go to someone who is biologically related before they have the chance to be adopted into a foster family. While this is a good thing usually, shouldn’t there come a time when attachment to the foster family is actually better than DNA?

It was kind of a sad and frustrating book and I was really bored by the end of it, but it did give me some food for thought and some interesting perspectives!

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And that was February for you! Let me know if you have read any of those books and what your opinion is on them!

You can find my January reading list here.