It’s time for my monthly book round up!
1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I heard all of the hype and I caved. I’m sure I am not the only one who saw article after article on Buzzfeed referencing this pop culture hit. What finally convinced me? My little sisters are obsessed with the movie. I always try to read the book before the movie, so I used my audible credit for this one. Lara Jean is horrified to find out that every love letter that she has ever written somehow got mailed to her crushes. The worst part is one of those recipients is her sister’s boyfriend. The verdict? I really liked it! It is a cute teen love story. Is it the best story telling of all time? Absolutely not, but it was entertaining. If you are looking for some guilty pleasure reads, add To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before to your list.
2. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
Are you ready to hear an embarrassing story? I listened to this entire book without realizing it was the second book in the series. I have never read the first book, and I somehow started on the second. This is wholesome little tale that is geared more towards kids. The Penderwick children are mortified when they found out that their late mothers last wish was for their Father to go out on dates, but they DO NOT want an evil stepmother. In this book we see the children in all of they medling glory. This was a precious little read, and I definitely recommend it if you are into young adult books.
3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
*A bit of a Spoiler*
This story has always been dear to my heart. Like many, I had seen the movie but never read the book. Reading this book made me love it even more. We follow Charlie as he navigates his way through high school. He doesn’t quite fit in with everyone else…but luckily there is a band of misfits to adopt him. One thing I love about this book is that it doesn’t sugar coat anything. It addresses abusive relationships, sexual abuse, suicide, and all the hard emotions that come with feeling out of place in high school(and life in general). It shines light on what it means to truly come alive and treasure every moment with those you love. When I watched this film with my husband for the first time, it felt like I was sharing a part of myself. I can connect to Charlie’s abuse and confusion more than I can say. I highly recommend this one.
*I do think that this book has a lot of triggers. If you don’t feel like you are in a good place, I might hold off on reading it for now*
4. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
Nina Riggs has my heart. In this breathtaking memoir, we follow the author in her life and death. Nina was just 37 years old when she was diagnosed with “a little speck” of breast cancer. Married with two children, She tells the story of how they went through this journey together. If you like to read memoirs, I would keep this one in mind when you are browsing the bookstore.
I previously read a book similar to this one, When Breathe Becomes Air. The author, Paul Kalanithi, was a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer(this is another one to add to your list). After reading The Bright Hour, I was curious to see where Nina Riggs’ husband is now. In an incredible turn of events, he ended up marrying Paul’s wife, Lucy, after their spouses passed way. Her husband, John, reached out to Lucy to ask for advice on how to get through the day. Little did they know they would fall in love. I was filled with happiness to know that something beautiful could come out of two heartbreaking tragedies.
5. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan is my all time favorite comedian. He never fails to make me laugh, so I decided to reread this book from last year. I love listening to comedians on audible, because you are essentially listening to a stand up routine. Jim covers everything regarding (you guessed it) food in this book. It is a quick and hilarious read. I’m excited to reread his other book, Dad is fat, next month!
6. Whiskey In A Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
Do you love Reese Witherspoon? If you answered a resounding “YES!”, read this book. If not, I would skip it. In this book, Reese talks about what it was like growing up in the south and shares family recipes. It wasn’t exactly my style and was ready to start a new book I was actually excited about next.
7. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally
When I first found out that Nick Offerman was married to crazy Tammy in real life, I could not stop smiling. This couple cracks me up! They share hilarious stories of how they were raised and how they met. My only critique is that they made fun of people who believe in Jesus at points. I understand that people believe different things, but I don’t understand feeling the need to roast people who believe differently than you. Overall, I loved this book. This is a good one to read when you are having a not-so-great day. You deserve a good laugh!
8. #DoNotDisturb: How I Ghosted My Phone to Take Back My Life by Jedediah Bila
I needed this book! Jedediah gives a long look at how cell phones have seemingly taken over our lives. We pick it up out of habit and stay on it the second something mildly interesting catches our eye. Since reading this book, I downloaded the app Moment. Moment helps track how many hours a day you spend looking at your phone. It was a rude awakening, but it has helped me cut my screen time in half. The book itself has some good information, but fair warning: It can be repetitive. There are only so many ways to say, “PUT THE PHONE DOWN”!
9. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Oh, The Notebook. This movie is in my top five favorites. The love of Ali and Noah gets me every time. I have put off reading this book in the past because I have heard that it isn’t as good as the movie. My opinion? I agree, but it was still worth the read. The movie stays very true to the book, so there were no big surprises. It was sweet to hear more about their love story, but this isn’t a novel I see myself rereading in the future.
10. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
This book on the other hand? I will probably reread this every single year. Tiny Beautiful Things is a compilation of advice from the Dear Sugar columns. The questions that are submitted go far beyond the exterior and many I could relate to on a very personal level. I remember reading this book right after I suffered my chemical pregnancy. A woman submitted a question on how she could learn to heal from her miscarriage. She felt riddled with guilt that she was taking so long to “get over it” and felt like no one could understand what she was going through. As I read those words, I burst into tears. I knew those words. I was living those words. Sugar gave a beautiful and powerful perspective on how to deal with this loss. Question after question brought my soul back to life. Sugar is compassion, kind, honest, and blunt. She empathizes with every circumstance, but she won’t sugar coat it if you need to make a drastic change in yourself. This is one that I definitely recommend!
Have you read any of the books on this list? What should I read next month?
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