This year, I’m going to try to keep up with publishing a post each month to recap the previous month’s books. From time to time, there will be a full review, but these are mostly short impressions and my overall rating of the books. Books are listed in the order in which they were read.
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This was a selection on my 40 Before 40 Book list. Cat recommended this book. This is very much unlike my normal fare, so it took me a while to get through it. I’m glad I read it. Albright is a brilliant woman and an engaging storyteller. One of my favorite quotes, “I am aware that the American experiment has blemishes, but I still find it a miraculous success, forging unity out of an extraordinary diversity of backgrounds and cultures.”
I needed something lighter after Madam Secretary, so I went with this one after seeing it recommended in a book club group on Facebook. If you liked You’ve Got Mail, which I did, you’ll like this. I loved this quote, “As long as we were together, we could overcome anything. The meanest tasks became pleasurable because we would find the humor together. When one got angry, the other would defuse; when one got lost, the other found the map. We balanced. When we dance, all is at peace. No worries, no insurmountable obstacles. We can handle anything together.”
What if you posted something on Facebook and it suddenly became true? That’s the premise of this book. Magic social media aside, this is a book about growing up and relationships. This book made the Best of 2015 list for many friends.
This was a selection on my 40 Before 40 Book list. I had it on the list to challenge myself because I knew it would be difficult to read. I found it engaging and couldn’t put it down. But, at the end of the day, I can’t say that I liked it. Something about the narrator felt insincere, so it made it hard for me to like.
This book was a gift from my friend Emily. Overall, I liked the book. She has good tips and is very straightforward. It’s part memoir and part business motivation.
This was a selection on my 40 Before 40 Book list. I originally had The Hunger Games on my 40 before 40 and Amy told me that it wasn’t that great and to try this instead. I’m so glad I did. This is YA, but don’t let that faze you. The story was well-crafted. This gets the coveted status of my favorite book that I read this month.
This was a selection on my 40 Before 40 Book list. Neil Gaiman is a master wordsmith. The story was crafted beautifully. Throughout my time reading the book, I was impressed with his storytelling. This deserves all of the accolades that it has received.
This was a selection on my 40 Before 40 Book list. When I added this book to my 40 Before 40 List, I knew it would a difficult book for me to read. It is the memoir of a daughter of hoarders. Her struggles growing up. Her desperate attempts to help them. The effects that her living condition had on her later life. My heart ached for the author and how she must have felt during her teen years. It’s a beautiful book that shows a different side of this particular mental illness.
This is the fifth installment in the Knitting in the City series, which I gave rave reviews as my top binge read of 2015. I’ve been looking forward to reading this story because it is about Fiona and Greg, the couple who had been married for a long time at the start of the series.
My feelings for this book merit a separate review. But, quite simply, I adore Penny Reid for writing a book about marriage that felt real and didn’t resort to the “overwhelmed wife has an affair” trope. While the plot has twists that would never happen in my life, the relationship between to two characters felt familiar.
This was a selection on my 40 Before 40 Book list. This book made me grateful. I am a woman living in a time where I can be a successful business woman. I can do so much. To think that less than 100 years ago, that wouldn’t have necessarily been the case. This book is a valuable history lesson.
I received an ARC for review purposes. This book takes place in a small Montana town and centers on an amazing cast of characters. You’ll fall in love, make amends, and have your heart broken. It’s a great read and a wonderful debut novel from Richard Fifield.
I picked this up on Kindle Unlimited because I heard some positive reviews. It took me until the last third to really get into it. I liked the premise, but it felt almost too extreme to be believable. In the end, I liked it. Plus, I’m a sucker for books set in Philly.
The third and final installment of the Girls series, which I loved and ranked second in my Best Binge Reads of 2015. Romance featuring a book nerd with an unrequited crush? That’s one of my favorite tropes! Miko’s installment was good. I believe that Party Girl was my favorite installment in the series, but I liked how their stories were wrapped up. Also, I consider Rachel Hollis to be one of my imaginary BFFs, so I am going to overlook the negative reference to hairless cats in this one.