favorite books of spring 2019

My Favorite Books of Spring 2019

Friday is the first day of summer! (And the last day of school for us.) I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about this. Summer is my favorite. It's so relaxing. I get so much reading and writing done in the summer (and there is no homework to nag about every day, either). To kick off our summer, let me tell you about my favorite books of spring 2019. Most of these were 4.5 stars. For some reason, I haven't really read a solid five star book in quite some time, but let me assure you, my favorite books of spring 2019 have been fabulous must-reads. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman are assistants to the CEOs of a publishing company. They share an office. They play games all day. And they hate each other. With a chance at a promotion…

listening to audiobooks

Audiobooks…yea or nay?

A few years ago, I joined Goodreads. For those of you that don’t know what Goodreads is, I will break it down in the simplest of terms...Goodreads is an online community of READERS. A place for readers and authors to meet and discuss books they’ve read, what they’re planning to read, and pretty much anything related to reading. In other words, biblophile heaven. My initial reason for joining Goodreads was to keep track of the books I had read (and subsequently to rate them so I could remember which books and authors I liked and which ones had not been for me). On more than one occasion I had started reading an Agatha Christie novel, only to discover about halfway through that I had already read that one. Has that ever happened to you? Silly me, of course it has. I can’t be the only one who reads so many…

Daisy Jones & the Six

Daisy Jones & the Six (My Review)

Have you read Daisy Jones & the Six yet? Book Clubs all over have been reading this book and losing their minds about it. Which is probably why I was on a two month waiting list at the library to get this book. I finally got to read it this week. I had to take a few days after finishing this book to organize my thoughts enough to write a review. Daisy Jones & the Six is a Bit Unusual The first thing you will notice about Daisy Jones & the Six is that it isn't set up the way a "normal" book is---a story told by some narrator, either first person or third person. Daisy Jones & the Six is told as an "Author interview". The members of The Six, Daisy Jones, and others that knew them as they built the band, are all interviewed by an author writing…

books that changed my life

3 Books That Changed My Life

Every so often, a book comes along that has the power to change the trajectory of our entire lives. Where we were lost, the book helps us find our way. When we thought things were hopeless, within a story we found hope. We became inspired when we thought we had no more inspiration to stumble upon. Maybe you're thinking that that's a bit dramatic. And it might be...if you've never had a book that changed your life. I've been lucky enough to read not one, but three books that have changed my life. "Books that changed my life" might be a heavy title to bestow upon these novels, so maybe "books that made me examine my outlook" or "books that opened my eyes to a different perspective" might be a more accurate moniker than "books that changed my life". The books that changed my life in the way you may…

The Best Books of Winter 2019

It happened! The other day it was so beautiful and warm out that I got to wear OPEN-TOE SHOES! I can't tell you how happy I was about that. But alas, the joy was short-lived. A thunderstorm erupted, causing the temperatures to plummet the next day. Oh well. At least it won't be too long till winter is over, right? As far as I'm concerned, the only good thing about winter is reading, so that's why I'd like to share the best books of Winter 2019 with you guys. In actuality, I haven't had much time to read at all this winter, much to my dismay. And what's more, I haven't given any of the books I read 5 stars at all. Sure, a couple of them came close, like The Rosie Project and The Perfect Mother, but none of them felt completely deserving of those elusive 5 stars. I'm…

The 6 Best Books of 2018

The year is rapidly coming to a close. It's hard to believe that in a little over two weeks we will be ushering in 2019. I have always loved New Year's Eve as a time to reflect on the past year---put aside mistakes and regrets and vow to be a better person the next year. But I also love to look back on what's happened during the year like notable events and books that I've read. This year, I'd love to share what I thought were the 6 Best Books of 2018. And my goodness, what a year for books. It was definitely difficult to narrow it down to only 6 best books of 2018. *In compiling the list of the 6 Best Books of 2018, I did not include any of the books I wrote about in The 5 Best Books of Summer 2018. If you'd like to check them…

The 5 Best Books of Summer 2018

Well unfortunately summer of 2018 is winding down. For me, that means back to school and back to work...and less time to read. From the first day of school on, my TBR pile starts to grow at an exponential rate. The days of relaxing on the beach with a good book have come to an end. No more lazy afternoons floating in the pool while reading. No more hanging out in the hammock in the evening with a book...oh, wait, I don't have a hammock anymore...the kids broke it. Despite the fact that summer is almost gone, it's not too late to revisit some of what I consider to be the Best Books of Summer 2018. At least they were for me. There are other lists of "the best books of summer 2018", and some of the books I put on my list may be on there, but mostly this…