So I know that I am way behind by just now doing a 1st Quarter Book Review, but I didn’t want it to pass me by. I started off the year really strong and plowed through several books and then I have totally slowed this 2nd Quarter. I wanted to recap what I have read so far and hopefully do another one for 2nd Quarter. We are headed on vacation next week and I’m planning to get a lot of reading done (#nokids). I found that when I started loving Podcasts about two months ago that it took a toll on my actual reading. Hopefully I can balance both.
by Jessica Knoll
This book received lots of hype and was compared to Gone Girl and Girl On A Train, but I just can’t agree. I loved both of those books and this was not a favorite of mine at all. It took me forever to get into and I almost didn’t finish it multiple times. The story follows the life of Ani. She seems to be living the perfect life, but has a secret from her high school past. It’s sad to relive this time with her and think about these acts happening to other high schoolers. I think the author is trying to bring awareness (and actually has a similar story of her own), but the story just took too long to catch my attention. So many other people loved this book, but I just couldn’t get there. I would not compare it to the great suspense novels of Gone Girl and Girl on a Train. Skip it.
by Shauna Niequist
I started out really loving this book and shaking my head yes to many of the points that the author was making. I think in this age of technology, comparison and busy, busy lives; we can relate to some of what Niequist discusses in this book. In the end, she kind of lost me though. She talks about about herself a lot and turns the book more into a memoir. She’s saying “no” to more large picture engagements that most people can’t relate to and does a good bit of complaining rather than giving useful advice. There are few things to take away from this book; but overall, I don’t think this book lived up to it’s fantastic title. I would recommend to skip it.
by Shari Lapena
I loved this book. It’s a little crazy and maybe somewhat unrealistic, but it did keep me guessing and wanting more! The book has an awesome turn of events at the end that I don’t think most people figure out on their own. The Couple Next Door is about a couple with one baby who decides to go to a dinner party at their neighbors house. While at the party, a terrible crime is committed. This books walks you through the twists and turns of the investigation. I love a good suspense novel and would definitely recommend this one.
by Lindsey Vonn
This book is a little outside the box, but I love Lindsey Vonn. I randomly picked this one up and loved reading her story. As a former athlete, I could relate to a lot of what she discusses. I love what she is trying to get across to young women everywhere. She talks about the millions of different diets that she has tried and her struggles on the red carpet as a “stronger, larger” woman. I loved reading about how she trains, how she learned to eat clean, and what it has taken to get where she is today. She’s relatable and has a great story to tell. I also love following her on Instagram :). I would recommend this book.
by Carolyn Dingman
I was really excited to read this one and it’s the perfect Summer read for any of you ladies. This story follows a woman’s journey to uncover the secret past of her now deceased Mother. She travels south to Georgia to see this small town that her Mother rarely spoke of, but where she wants her ashes spread. Olivia works to uncover everything she can about her Mother as she puts her own life on hold. Lots of great twists, love stories, and feel good moments in this story. I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend it.
by Jacob Tomsky
This is a pretty random read for me; but if you travel a lot and stay in hotels, you might find it pretty interesting. Jacob, the author, finds himself in the hospitality industry right out of college. He works in valet for a prestigious New Orleans hotel and works his way through the ranks. He ends up in Manhattan learning the ends and outs of the hotel industry. He walks you through hilarious stories of hotel guests, teaches you how to get what you want from your hotel, and how to always get Pay-Per-View charges removed from your bill. He’s funny and candid about his experiences behind the scenes. You can probably skip this one even though I enjoyed some of the stories and just know this –– always tip at the check-in counter to try for a room upgrade and at check-out let them know that you never rented a movie or touched the mini-bar and your charges will be removed with out question 🙂
So many good recommendations on this book. I like it so far, but I’m not flying through it like I hoped. I need to buckle down and get into it a little further. I know it’s a good story.
Like I mentioned above, we are headed on vacation next week with out kids and here is what is packed in my suitcase. I’m hoping to get into a groove and do a lot of reading while we are gone. I’ve downloaded a few audiobooks as well as books to read. I can’t wait to knock a few out.
In My Suitcase:
What’s on your nightstand or has been your favorite read lately??
Here is my 2016 Book Review (small list)
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