I'm excited... this was a good month for me in the book department.
Just what I needed.
& I've already bought 2 new books to jump into, plus I want to re-read 13 Reasons Why since I have forgotten half the things & the show doesnt ring bells in some areas - so I want to read & compare.
Lots laying ahead on my reading schedule....
But here's my past month!
Ratings are based on the Goodread Scale
1 Star - Didnt Like it
2 Stars - It was OK
3 Stars - Liked It
4 Stars - Really Liked It
5 Stars - It was AMAZING!
Belle by Cameron Dokey
Another re-telling of the Beauty & the Beast story... which I'm always a sucker for & will buy every one I can get my hands on.
This is definitely not like the Disney version, but does still hold Fairy Tale qualities & magic. & its very 'time period-esque'.
My only problem with the book was that you are more than half way through before we even get to hear about the Beast & probably about 75% in before Belle meets him. I wish there was more interaction between the two of them. More of that story. But most of this is told about her family, & the town legends of a tree called the Heartwood Tree, which comes into play in the end, but it was just missing something for me.
I'm glad I have the book for my Beauty & the Beast loving heart... enjoyed the story... but its not a total winner for me. I'd still recommend it though if you love the Tale as Old as Time story.
Plus, its a really fast read. Just barely over 200 pages. This is one to zoom right through.
"True love never has just one face, does it? It must always have two, or it isn't true love at all"
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
***** 5 stars
Why did I wait so long to get this book?
I absolutely loved it.
What would you do if the love of your life, who you married, was presumed dead, & after a struggle you move on with your life, only to find a new love in an old friendship... & then find your husband is still alive?
I was gasping & couldn't read fast enough to find out how this was going to go. & I was so torn. I loved both of the guys - Jesse & Sam. I couldn't root for just one. Oh the struggles.
I just liked the ease of the writing & story telling. It was like a friend just telling their story to you - not like a book trying to push a story AT you. I've heard so many good things about this author - after reading this, I've already order a few more of her books & cant wait to dig in.
"Just because something isn't meant to last a lifetime doesn't mean it wasn't meant to be"
Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg
***** 5 Stars
What a book that puts attitude in perspective.
We did this book for our Bible Study along with the workbook & it was just a wake up call how much our attitudes & the way we look at our lives, our every days, can make such a difference.
This book talks about Margaret's journey when she found out she has cancer & had to go through the treatments to save her life. It's a hard read sometimes to see what she had to go through & had to face... but you come out seeing what real life joy can look like. It's not always perfect & the struggle is real in finding it, but its possible.
I love the book has extra sections at the end on things to say to someone who is facing a crisis, & one of my favorite lists, a playlist of songs that are encouragement for joy. I am currently going through all of them & focusing on the words of each of them.
I heard Margaret in person at a conference & just loved her little spunky self & her book totally represents that same side of her. I totally recommend this book - & the study if you get a chance
"Joy means holding on to hope in God regardless of the outcome. Declaring we will give up everything & entrust ourselves more fully & wholly to the One who holds all things together"
Mix & Match Mama / Kids in the Kitchen
***** 5 Stars
I was sent this book to review but SO GLAD it was sent my way.
I'm all about easy cooking & these are recipes that are made with the intentions of having kids help in the kitchen - just my speed.
But the recipes arent juvenile. There are some really good ideas in there.
My favorites are the desserts just because who doesnt love easy desserts?
Being a vegetarian, not every recipe works for me, but there are actually vegetarian recipes in there & some that I can alter to work for my lifestyle.
It's a small book too, easy for kids to hold. I just love that Shay really does have her kids in the kitchen helping out early on.
If you have kids & they are interested in working in the kitchen with you, get this book. You'll love it.
If you love easy recipes for yourself, you'll love it.
Side note - the Tex-Mex Ravioli bake is one of our favorite recipes now.
Have you been on a good reading trend?
What's your favorite book or cookbook you've read this month?