July books

I know this is way late but I read so many great books in July that I had to still document it somewhere.

Just As Long As We’re Together by Judy Blume was a “meh” for me. Probably 3 stars. It wasn’t bad at all but there was nothing great about it either. I wanted to try one of her books because I had heard good things for teenagers but I’m not dying to read another book or recommend this one even to my girls. I’m all about books that are entertaining AND add some great value/education/lessons and this book was pure fluff in my opinion.

The Sister Preachers was interesting, I definitely enjoyed it, but as with most Deseret Bookshelf books, I wouldn’t give it more than a 4 star. I highly recommend reading the book if you’re going to, I found the audio bothering me enough that maybe that’s part of why I didn’t LOVE the book? I don’t know exactly what it was for me. I felt pretty similar to Hannah. I did enjoy it and found it very interesting but sometimes hearing some of the characters sound like girls from this day and age through me for a loop at times. Strong 4 stars though because I did love the educational factor.

1776 is such a fascinating book. You have to love history to probably get super into it, it is not a story just straight facts but it was fun to listen to again. Recommend the audio for sure!

Now for the rest of the books: I LOVED THEM. The War I Finally Won, All the Lonely People, The Sun Does Shine, The Things We Cannot Say, Star Girl, America’s First Daughter and Rent Collector are all fantastic books that I highly recommend. We listened to Rent Collector – student edition as a family and we all loved it. FANTASTIC lessons and the kids would ask for us to turn it back on as soon as we got in the car…that’s always a good sign! All of these books were a perfect balance of educational, entertaining and inspiring. Highly recommend all of them!

Book Reviews – February & March

💫 = 1/2 star

February reads:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 – LOVED this book recommended to me by my sister. Life takes unexpected turns but there is still so much beauty in it all if you can just look for it. Highly recommend!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Super fun book. The book is written from the perspective of a book that is traveling around the world as it is being passed on to different owners. I found it refreshing to read something so unique and really did have a hard time putting the book down as it was just such a cute, fun, light read that was able to keep my attention.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – You probably have to be in the right mood to give this book 4 stars; I could see why some might give it 3 1/2 due to being a pretty predictable book. With that being said, I personally was in the mood for a slightly cheesy romance that reminds you of a hallmark movie or the classic rom-com. It has a slightly unique twist of the classic “switch lives and see what it’s like living in someone else’s shoes” when it’s a granddaughter and grandmother switching lives. If you are in the mood for a lighthearted feel good book this might be the perfect palate cleanser for you!

March reads:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I read the summary for it I didn’t expect to love it so much but it was such a captivating book. Love the lessons learned, the humor, the triumph. Definitely would recommend!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💫 – I loved this book so much! I read it really fast because I truly had a hard time putting down my phone for this one. It was the perfect blend of romance, inspiration, courage, heartbreak and suspense that kept you on your toes and pulling on your heartstrings through the whole thing.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I can 100% see why this is a popular book club read. This book leaves you reevaluating how quick you may be to judging others while also motivating you to rise above any obstacle that may be put in your way. It was a humbling reminder of just how drastic the difference of where we start in our lives can be. I would love to discuss this book further with someone who has read it and get their insights on it, hence why I can understand it being such a popular book club read!

  ⭐️  ⭐️  ⭐️  ⭐️ 💫 – I loved this book so much! Although it is a historical fictional it is amazing to be reminded what some have had to endure in their lifetime! I loved reading more about the dust bowl phenomenon and the great depression; two topics I haven’t read much about before. I looked forward to getting to our hotel each night during our spring break so that I would be able to read and was genuinely sad when it came to an end as I had loved following this character and watching her grow and thrive under such dire situations. Truly an inspirational book for me!

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💫 – It was a cute book to listen to with my teenage daughter on our trip and I would recommend it to other teenagers maybe but there wasn’t anything amazing about the book, but not anything to complain about it either. It was cute. That’s about what I can say. Maybe it was partly because I was reading The Four Winds at the same time we were listening to this one, but it just lacked real substance for me in comparison with what I was reading at night.

There you have it! Determined to get April book reviews up at the beginning of May, wish me luck! 🙂


January Book Reviews

I read/listened to 7 books this month. Here they are and here are some very quick thoughts on them:

I loved this book. A true story of remarkable courage as a very young woman saves the lives of 13 Jews during World War 2, doing whatever necessary to keep them hidden until the war is through. It has been added to our list of books for our kids to read for school. Highly recommend. 5 out of 5 stars.

This book was good, not great. I feel kind of bad saying that because it was well written and it is very personal so you want to be sensitive to that but, with that being said, I wouldn’t read it again and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to all. I take that back, it’s definitely not for everyone. If you love reading about how people persevere through difficult times, especially those dealing with mental illness or family members that have mental illness, then you would probably find comfort in the book. 3 out of 5 stars.

Loved this book. I found this story inspiring as you follow the life of Ayse Hitchins as she experiences one difficulty after another yet perseveres through it all to find her true calling in life and faith that will get her through anything else that lays ahead for her. This was also added to our list of homeschool reads for the older kids. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you love thrillers and don’t mind some language, this book is for you. It is a page turner for sure and keeps you guessing until the very end. I’m not even a huge lover of the thriller/mystery genre but I thoroughly enjoyed this book all the way through. My only complaint is the language. I was listening to it and couldn’t listen to it with my kids in the room, with that being said, I’m picky about language though so it might not bother others at all. 4 out of 5 stars.

I really, really liked this book. I didn’t want to put it down and I LOVED the contagious spunk of the main character, Emmeline Lake, and the endearing friendship she has with her bestie, Bunty. If you like books like The Guernsey Literacy and Potato Peel Society and/or Lilac Girls, you will enjoy this book. Definitely recommend. 4 out of 5 stars.

My FAVORITE book this month. This book is inspiring from the beginning to the end. I won’t even try to summarize because I won’t do it justice. Go read it, you won’t be disappointed. I talked about this book with our kids throughout the whole thing and put it high on the list of books they will be reading for school. 5 out of 5 stars.

I really, really loved this book. It was so cute. Super fun, easy read that is a little bittersweet but mostly sweet. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you read any of these reach out and let me know what you think! I love discussing books. I’m one book down in February and it was a great one, can’t wait to keep reading and share more books next month!