March Book Review!

Im way late on my book review from last month (and totally slacking at reading this month!) but wanted to share anyway! I only read 2 books this past month but I’m happy I at least got through 1!

The two I read I’d definitely recommend! They were both books that made you think; one in a bit of a scarier way and the other as a “what if” sort of way!

Here we go!

Maybe in Another Life : Taylor Jenkins

Maybe i another life

This book was good! It was an easy read and it was interesting to see how one small decision can change your life. And it’s interesting to see what would have happened with either decision. I would recommend this one – it’s somewhat a chick flick but a quick read!

The Last Mrs. Parrish: Liv Constantine

THe Last Mrs Parrish

Wow… this book was all the thrills and mysteries! I kinda had a hunch about the big twist due to other books I’ve read but I had no idea how it was going to end. I would recommend this book if you like thrillers – it’s hard to describe the book without giving the story away so take my word on it and pick it up today!!

That’s it, folks! I’m hoping to start picking up my books more – and maybe with our impending snow (5-8 inches… again!!) this weekend I’ll be able to read a bit more!

For real though.. spring, where are you?!?

I’m going LIVE this afternoon around 4ish on my Facebook page for the blog to share more about Project 1:8 that we were chosen for! If you have time, check it out 🙂

Happy Friday-Eve!

Kristi

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February Book Review!

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog post from Sunday on our journey with infertility. All of your comments and messages meant so much to me – I can’t thank you enough!

So, I sucked on the blog front last month due to a lot of those personal things but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things and get this little blog going again!

I kept up with my reading this past month and read 3 books so even though it’s already the second week into March – I’m sharing my review!

First I read…

A Summer Affair: Elin Hilderbrand

A Summer Affair

Of course, another Elin book, right?! This wasn’t my favorite Elin book… I took me a while to get into it – I knew I wanted to finish it but after the first few chapters, I still wasn’t crazy into it.  Once I got halfway through, I had to keep reading because I really didn’t know how it was going to turn out! I’d recommend it because I do love her writing style but I’d give it more of a 3.5 out of 5.

Next, I read…

A Stranger in the House: Shari Lapena

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This was the second book I’ve read by this author and this one didn’t disappoint. I really didn’t see the ending coming! It’s a thriller and it keeps you on your toes; who’s the bad person?! This book starts with a generic housewife getting in a huge car accident and not remembering anything that happened.  To make matters worse, the car accident is near where a man was murdered – how do they relate?! I’d give this book a 4.5 out of 5 and I’d recommend this one if you like mystery thrillers for sure!

Lastly, for the month..

First Comes Love: Emily Giffin

First Comes Love Book

This was the last book I finished in February.  I’d read a few of Emily Giffin’s books previously and love her style – this book didn’t disappoint. It’s about tragedy that strikes a family and how each member has dealt with it.  It takes place 15 years after the event and it’s interesting to see the family dynamic.  It had a similar instance of what we’re going through right now, which was a total shock to me but I suppose rounded out the book. I also liked how she made a nod to one of her previous books with one of the relationships in this one – I always love when authors do that! I’d recommend this book – and give it a 4 out of 5!

Ok y’all.. i’m onto the next book! I have a running list in my phone of books you’ve recommended and I can always use more – so if you’ve read one recently that’s a MUST, please let me know 🙂

aKristi

January Book Review!

Somehow I managed to read SIX books this month! Can you believe that?! I went from reading zero books to six and I’m not stopping there!

I haven’t done a book review in forever because I haven’t found the time or truly had any interest in opening a new book but this month, it was a game changer!

I LOVED having the Kindle this month – I didn’t know how I felt about it since I really do like to hold the book but having the Kindle and my library card (yes, a library card and I realize I’m late to the game!), I loved being able to rent another book right after I finished the other. And I didn’t have to go anywhere to do that – jackpot!

Let’s jump right in!

One

Beautiful Day

The first book I read this month was Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand.  I had  no idea what this book was about when I picked it but figured if it’s by Elin then it can’t be bad!  I was right – it was so good and left me wanting more!  It’s about a wedding on Nantucket (ugh, when can I visit?!) and a family who lost their mother years earlier .  She can’t be there for the wedding but wrote up a whole notebook full of ideas for her daughter’s wedding.  It’s a really sweet and simple read that I definitely recommend!

Two

The Break Down

I got this book from my SIL for Christmas and I was eager to read it.  I’d read another book by this author last year and realized that I really do like to read these thriller type books!  Again, I didn’t know what to expect or what this book was about but it was so good!  It’s about a murder that happens one night while a girl is driving home and how her life unravels after it.  It keeps you on your toes and makes you want to keep reading.  Definitely a book to add to your list!

Three

Here's to Us

This book wasn’t one of my favorites this month! I thought it was good but there were a lot of different characters and it was told through each of their point of views which made it hard to follow.  I also didn’t feel like I “connected” with any of the characters.  The story line was a little heartbreaking but I loved the ending! I’d definitely recommend it if you’re like me and trying to read ALLL the Hilderbrand books 🙂 But I’d save it for a last one. I just didn’t love it overall!

Four

Couple Next Door

Oh my, this one kept me on my toes! I had some suspicions during it but didn’t see the end coming.  If you love thrillers, definitely give this one a try! It’s about a couple’s baby that is kidnapped and trying understand who took the baby.  Is the baby alive still? I wouldn’t advise reading it in the dark or by yourself but I would advise you read it 🙂

Five

Identicals

Ok… this is my favorite Elin book so far!! It took me a little bit to get into and I kept thinking… is this as good as everyone says?! But it totally is! This is about two identical twin sisters who live on separate islands (Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard) and hadn’t seen each other in years.  Their father passes away and they find each other on the same island dealing with their feelings and what happened.  It unravels and is so so good! If you read any Elin Hilderbrand books this year, make sure this one is it!

Six

The River at Night

I read this book based on another blogger’s recommendation and I can’t say I loved it, at all. It was hard to get into and even at the end, I thought… really?! It’s about four best friends that go on a camping trip and white water rafting – things don’t go as planned and it tells their journey.  Hopefully that’s not saying too much.  Pick it up if you’re a hiker/camper but it just wasn’t for me!

Well, that’s all folks!

I’m hoping to keep up with this reading craze and i’ll be back to share another book review for February! I wrote down your recommendations from before but if you have any good recs for thriller/suspense books like above, let me know! 🙂

aKristi

 

March Book Review!

It’s already April somehow and I actually read 4 books last month!  Of course, you can count on me to let you know how these books are and whether or not I’d actually read them again… I read an Elin Hilderbrand book again this month because I just can’t enough as well as some different books! So let’s get in it!

{One}

I Said Yes – Emily Maynard (from the Bachelor) was the first book I finished and while this book took me a little bit to get into – I ended up really enjoying it!  The Bachelor/Bachelorette is one of my guilty pleasures so it was interesting to hear the behind the scenes of the show!  I was never a huge fan of Emily on her first season (and didn’t watch her as the Bachelorette because of that) but did enjoy her story and her feelings about the show!  If you enjoy the shows then you’ll like hearing first hand what really happens for each episode!

{Two}

I picked up It Ends With Us due to all the recommendations on social media.  Like most people have said, I did read this book in just a few days and it was definitely different than what I expected.  It follows a girl and a new guy she meets.  She questions her new relationship and can’t help but think back to her first love (in a nutshell)!  The book was good!  Was it a favorite?  I can’t decide.  It was an interesting story though and I couldn’t figure out what exactly was going to happen with the main characters! My sister is in the middle of reading it now and she said it’s somewhat a breath of fresh air compared to the same types of books we usually read! It is a graphic book in some instances, so if you aren’t into that, then I’d maybe leave this one on the shelf.

{Three}

Another Elin Hilderbrand book… are you surprised?!  I really love her books and this one didn’t disappoint.  It kept me on my toes!  This book is about 3 women who are unexpected friends – and their families/problems.  One of them goes missing one night, and the friendships unravel from there. I can’t say more since I don’t want to give it away but it was a good one! This was a light and easy read so if you’re headed to the beach, pool or just want a quick book, pick this one up!

{Four}

This was another recommendation from some of you and I read through it in days!  It follows a “perfect” wife and husband throughout their life after they get married.  It has twists and turns and there are some graphic descriptions.  I really is where nightmares come from! If you feel like reading a good, thriller then definitely pick this one up! But if you aren’t into that stuff then leave this one too and stick to Elin Hilderbrand 🙂

I just started reading Silver Girl and can’t wait to see what happens! Have you read any of these books? If so, what were your thoughts?! And do you have any recommendations for me to pick up this month?

heartKristi