You guys! I have finally fulfilled one of my New Years Resolutions. I made a goal in January to commit to read one book a month. Although I already hit my goal in September I am excited to keep reading until the end of the year. I am most excited because that was time not spent on my phone, on social media, or binge watching TV. There is something about getting lost in a story different than your own. Now, maybe this seems like a silly resolution but reading books has been more than just that for me. When I started the new year I hadn't known how to just RELAX. I have mild OCD that makes me feel like I constantly need to be cleaning or organizing for the millionth time and while that may sound great it can be mentally exhausting at times. Books give me a chance to escape and slow down. I've noticed a difference in my sleep, a happier laid back version of myself and a new excitement for sittin' on the couch! Cozy up and get inspired to read.
I am excited to share 12 books with you and my honest review of them. I will be basing them off a "LOVED IT, LEAVE IT, or YOU DECIDE."
#1. A BOOK THAT TAKES ITS TIME
I stumbled upon this book and thumbed through it knowing it had to be mine. It was the perfect book to start my resolution with. Its a book that is unique by mixing reading and doing. It is full of beautiful illustrations, stickers, punch outs- you name it. If you have a creative side and love inspiration this is the book for you. Loved It!
#2 FIREFLY LANE
Grab your tissues this book left me sobbing in a beautiful way. A tale of friendship, betrayal, secrets and promises. This book is one you will want to pass onto your bestie. This was my first Kristin Hannah book and I was captivated by her writing style. Firefly Lane is a story that will have you hooked from the beginning and one you'll never forget. Loved it!
Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion from dark suffering to true happiness. It is a story of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. The character is played beautifully and the emotion is real. For anyone who was ever a hurt teenager or a mother of a daughter who has lost her way - this would be a book for you. Because the story may not be relatable to all I am rating as: You Decide!
#4 A PIECE OF THE WORLD
This book left me speechless. A tale of true loneliness and the thoughts of a woman crippled by a disease. I couldn't put this book down and it captivated me right away. The book intertwines fact and fiction based on a small farm which I always love. It is a story of friendship, art, and passion. Loved it!
#5. GOING ON NINE
Who doesn't love to laugh? This book made me do just that. It takes you back in time through the eyes of a child and the woman whom she becomes. I really think baby boomers would enjoy this book most and those who lived the "simpler" life. It was written beautifully but did take me a bit to get into. You Decide!
#6 THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE
I have a fascination with books based in the era of World War ll. This was a dramatic and uniquely written novel that gave me a different perspective on the war. It was elegant and intriguing. Honestly, I couldn't put it down. Loved It!
#7. THE NIGHTINGALE
I beg everyone who loves historical fiction to read this book. Heck, I beg anyone who likes to read to read this book. It captivated me from the start and I read the whole novel in one day. A breathtaking journey that left me speechless. LOVED IT!
#8. ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
I have loved all of Reese's club books so I was shocked to find that this wasn't one of them. The book has amazing ratings and may speak to others differently. I found the writing style difficult to get into and the plot just okay. Leave it!
#9. MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE
I was very excited for my first ever Sophie Kinsella novel. While her writing was beautifully done I could not get into this book. I loved the title and expected more from it although it felt as though the story kept dragging on. I will try another by her for sure and hope for better luck. Leave it!
#10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Yikes! If it weren't for book club I would have given up on this book within the first 10 pages. It got rave reviews and even became a move (which I also could not get into.) The book is written in letters and can be hard to follow. LEAVE IT!
#11. GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER
For those who like self help books without all the butterflies and rainbows I think you would enjoy this book! There are lots of swear words and laugh out loud moments. I read it little by little for a few months. It wasn't the best book I read but not the worst either! You Decide!
#12. THE LIGHT WE LOST
I was hoping for an amazing book after my stretch of "Leave it's!" If you're anything like me a lover of love, a dreamer or just adore a sappy story this book is for you! This one had me up late because I could not put it down. Absolutely adored everything about it! LOVED IT!