Hello friends! It is time for my monthly book reviews. In February, I have managed to read 14 books. Some were captivating and some fell flat. In the end, they all managed to get me to turn off Netflix. So let’s get to the reviews!
What a breath of fresh air! I suppose I should have expected greatness from the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, but I was unprepared for just how much I would fall in love with each story.
In Five People You Meet in Heaven, an 83 year old theme park maintenance worker tragically dies after a ride malfunctions. So what comes next? He is surprised when he finds himself being greeted by 5 people who impacted his life. Each person has a story to tell that helps him better understand his life on earth. The sequel is just as refreshing and tells anther story of someone’s journey through Heaven.
Mitch Albom has always been one of my favorite authors. He is able to accurately capture what it feels to be a human in this world. I promise you won’t regret giving this series a read.
Believe it or not, I never read this in school growing up. Though now that I have finished it, I wish it had been on my required reading. The Giver takes place in a dystopian society where they have eliminated pain, fear, hate, and war. Jonas always found his life to be normal, until one day he is given the title of receiver of memories. Through these memories, he begins to learn that this life is nothing like he originally thought.
I wanted to like this book more than I can say, but the truth is… I hated it. A lot. In fact, probably one of my least favorites of all time. I almost threw the book against the wall at some points. Somehow this book landed itself on Oprah’s book list and got somewhat good reviews. Though upon further inspection, I found that many reviews felt similar to me.
Behold the Dreamers takes us into the life of a family of immigrants from Cameroon. They are filled with hope and excitement that America will be everything they ever dreamed: a way out of their past life. Unfortunately every single character commits horrible acts and not one person comes out likeable. When I read a novel, I hope to connect with and root for the main character. While they may have started off well enough, each character will make you dislike them for one thing or another.
If you read my post from earlier this week, you know that I am a fan of Dave Ramsey. His financial advice can’t be beat. Is it the most entertaining book? No. I mean, it is a book on finance, but the content makes it a must read.
This book was a reread for me. I had positive thoughts about it the first time and that still hasn’t changed. Girl, Wash Your Face is a motivating self help book from blogger Rachel Hollis. Her style of writing makes it feel as if she is sitting in your living room and giving you her best advice.
I have read plenty of negative reviews about Rachel Hollis: mainly that she is privileged to not be depressed and we can’t always choose happiness. Having suffered from PTSD, I personally have never been offended by her approach. She makes it clear that her advice does not apply to mental health, only to everyday life struggles. I am empowered by the idea that I can choose what my life looks like. Nobody will fight for my dreams or happiness, and it is my job to see that through. If you don’t like your life, do whatever is in your power to change it.
My not-so-guilty pleasure. I first got a hold of these books from my cousin when I was 14. If I was reading them for the first time today, I probably wouldn’t like them as much as I do now. For me, this series holds nostalgia and I find myself consistently coming back to it. Sometimes you need a bit of lighthearted fun to break off the seriousness of memoirs and nonfiction. See you next year Twilight!
I always passed by this book in a store I worked in a few years ago. I was curious to know what this book had to offer, but to be honest? It felt a bit forgettable. Even now, I don’t strongly remember the overall message of this book. I would describe it as a christian self help book, but the ideas felt scattered and random. I do know many people who loved reading Uninvited, so I would say give it a read to form an opinion for yourself.
Pam? Pam Beasley? I know I can’t be the only lover of The Office here, and this book just made me love her even more. Jenna Fischer gives us the down low on what it takes to be successful as an actress. I found it an interesting read, especially since I work a lot on set. If you are an aspiring actor, I think I would count this as a must read. Not only does she give practical information, but she also will give you hope that your dreams can be realized if you persist.
Recently I got to be background on a set with Anna Kendrick, and I remembered… hey, she has a book! This booked proved to me that Anna Kendrick is exactly what I pictured her as. She is a talented, introverted woman with a dry sense of humor. She also feels completely out of place and like an impostor now that she has finally “made it”. If I could use on word to describe her, it would be relatable. You’d rather stay home alone than go out and socialize? Same. For anyone who considers themselves a fan, you will love getting a glimpse into the mind of Anna Kendrick.
Last year I found myself reading more nonfiction than novels. I’ve always found it easier to get into non fiction because fiction sometimes takes awhile to get invested in the characters. That was not the case with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I was immediately drawn in by the story. Evelyn Hugo is a Hollywood legend who has been married to seven different men. She has spent the last half of her life living out of the public eye, but she is finally ready to tell her story to a somewhat random and struggling reporter. Get ready to go on a journey!
I read this book only 4 months ago and I decided it deserved to be reread. Yes, it is that good. You can read my previous review here.
What good books have you read this month?
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