Show Us Your Books: Best Book Club Reads
Reading is my escape. For as longs as I can remember I have been an avid reader. From romances to thrillers and everything in between, I love books. In fact, I read anywhere between 2-3 books at any given time. So, let’s take a look at what I have been reading this month.
If you are not a fan of personal development, you should become one. I cannot stress to you the importance of investing time in you, especially if you are a busy mama. Finding just 30 minutes a day to focus on your growth and goals can do so much to set the tone for your day and life. So, here are the ones I read this month.
Girl, Stop Apologizing. If you do not know Rachel Hollis yet, I feel like perhaps you have been living under a rock for the last year. This is the follow-up book to her breakout Girl, Wash Your Face (which I have also read). I know Ms. Hollis has her critics, especially those who think she is portraying herself as a Christian writer. But, for me, she is just a good old fashion dose of girl chat. In this book, she focuses on letting go of all the what-ifs, excuses and BS we feed ourselves that keep us from achieving our goals. It is a must-read for me.
It’s Not Supposed to be This Way. On the other end of the spectrum, this Christian-based book by Lysa TerKuerst, founders of Proverbs 31 Ministries, comes a knock you in your face book about how all the disappointments in life are actually divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. I related to this book so much because I have lived some of Lysa’s trials and tribulations. Even if you are not one to read Christian devotionals, this is a must-read book for any women who has a hard time dealing with disappointment in life.
Thrillers are my mainstays. I love them. I can read all the James Patterson, David Silva, David Baldacci known to mean.
The Couple Next Door. Shari Lapena delivers a wow of a book. I admit it started a tad slow and took some odd turns, but it left me wanting to finish it. When the parents of a sweet baby come home to find her missing, the race is on to solve the mystery of who took baby Cora.
The Other Woman. The latest in Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series, this book was amazing, as always. Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance.
Then She Was Gone. Lisa Jewel did an amazing job developing the characters and plot in this book. I literally could not put it down. She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding her. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes Laurel's breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?
Long Road to Mercy. Totally in love with the newest series from David Baldacci. He creates interesting characters and somehow makes them seem so real. Her name is Atlee Pine, the latest creation from bestselling author David Baldacci. She has unstoppable tenacity, always a fighter who is unwilling to cede any ground. She has endured real nightmares and she has the emotional and physical scars to show for it. And she got that long before she became an adult.She is a FBI Special Agent assigned to the wilds of the western US. She has to cover, often solo, vast tracts of area: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona. Small towns, impossibly long distances in-between, isolation like most on the East Coast have never experienced, and an environment where anything can and does happen.Working with the locals who respect, and also sometimes fear her, and have never really been allowed to know her, Atlee Pine turns her vast investigative skills and unmatched drive to find out the truth. Along the way she will revisit painful memories of her own, come to grips with what she is and what she might one day aspire to be. But in the end, she will have to confront not only a new monster, but also the old one of her nightmares
I love a good ole beach read as I like to call them. You know the romcoms, the romances, the easy reads you dive into at the beach? Here are latest.
The Lucky Dress. This was the perfect chick lit book. You know the age-old story of romance that went wrong and then came back again all because of a dress. Emi Harrison hasn't been feeling particularly lucky lately. Ever since her ex-fiancée, Jack Cabot, successfully shattered her heart into a million pieces. She's managed to avoid him for a whole year, but all that's about to change at her brother Evan's wedding...
Every Breath. Oh Nicholas Sparks you have done it again. You have created a page-turning page-turner that will probably become a movie. Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At 36, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future. Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina, but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . .
Where the Crawdads Sing. I had so many emotions during this book, so you must read it! It’s one of Reese Witherspoon’s must reads and oh, she is going to produce the movie. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
I Owe You One. I love anything by Sophie Kinsella and this is another hit. Her books are just the ultimate chick lit. I Owe You One is a story of two complete strangers, Fixie and Seb, who meet in a coffee shop and do a series of favours for each other: big, small, life-saving and life-changing.
The Shape of Us. I laughed, I cried, I read this one in 24 hours. One day in London... Daisy is rushing to work when a stranger on a bicycle almost knocks her over - and then asks for her number. Dylan, a teenage boy, lives with an illness which means he can't leave his bedroom - but which hasn't stopped him from falling hopelessly in love. JoJo, a wife in her sixties, is trying desperately to win her beloved husband back from his mistress. Adam has recently lost his job and lies to his housemate about where he goes every day. These four total strangers - whose paths cross in the charming city of London - have one thing in common. They are all lonely souls looking for love. But what are the chances of them actually finding it? An absolutely un-putdownable, uplifting and unforgettable book-club read for anyone who has ever made a mistake, been broken-hearted, or waited by their phone for it to ring.
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