It’s a double whammy book post this month. Because I had so much required writing for my ABC/Wrinkle in Time press trip, I got behind on a few regular posts. Here are my reads from February and March. I’m so excited to share this list because there are some REALLY fantastic reads here. Seriously. Several of these books are going to make my best books of 2018 list – FOR SURE.
My goal is to read 60 books in 2018, and I’m right on track with 15 so far for the year. Hope you find your next great read on this list (affiliate links used in this post).
This is my book club's June pick and I absolutely LOVED it. It has been on my TBR list for about a year and finally I treated myself to buying the hardback a couple months ago. Based on a true, horrific story of children who were stolen from poor families and sold for adoption to rich families in the 20s-50s, I could not put this book down. The hype is real. Read this book.
Wow, wow, wow. I kept seeing this book mentioned in my online book club group, so reserved it at the library. I didn't know much about it but when people keep saying, it's going to be on their top 10 of the year, I pay attention. And it is worth the hype. I honestly don't want to give anything away because I didn't know anything about it and that added to the raw emotional experience I had reading it. I'll say this - Home Fire is an incredibly important book for the time we are living in. I highly recommend reading it. Though it is a quick read (I finished it in 2 days), it has stuck with me for weeks.
It took me a year to finally start this book, and after just a few pages I wondered why I waited so long! A sweeping, multi-generational story set in Japan and Korea, you will fall in love with the characters in Pachinko. Though a fiction book, I learned so much about cultural racism that exists in Japan against the Korean people. It was truly shocking and so sad. It's been several weeks and I am still thinking about the characters, which is the mark of a fantastic book to me. Fans of historical fiction will love this book.
I don't remember what prompted me to buy this audio book, but I unexpectedly loved it. I found myself sitting in my car when I would arrive places just so I could listen longer. For fans of thrillers and mysteries, this book is so fun. I never saw the twist coming.
Kayla Aimee's inspirational memoir of her own stories of insecurity woven with biblical truths all women can apply to their lives, is both delightful and motivating. An easy read, I finished this book in just a few sittings.More info →
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
Rachel Hollis is an online powerhouse, mom of four and inspiration to so many women across the country and around the world. I have long admired her work and inspiring content. Her first memoir is written in her trademark no-nonsense, tell it like it is, brutally honest style. I found her writing to be relatable, funny and inspiring. A book for all any woman who has ever wondered if she was good enough. 4.5 starsMore info →
I didn't read this book as a child, but in advance of the movie coming out, I wanted to be sure to read it. I absolutely fell in love with the imaginative story. Time travel, family and rich truth made it clear why this book has withstood the test of time. Elias read it after me and loved it as well. Five starsMore info →
The next two books are especially special for me because I got to attend author signings with the authors. Both authors visited my local independent bookstore, Parnassus in February. Tayari Jones had just found out her book, An American Marriage was selected by Oprah’s Book Club, which was so exciting. I had received her book from Book of the Month and devoured it in two days. I absolutely loved it. AJ Finn is the first author in 12 years to debut, as a first-time author, at number 1 on the New York Times. Insanity. To meet both of them in the same month was a real privilege.
This will be one of my top 10 books of the year. Do not wait to buy this book or get it from the library. An American Marriage is the story of an African American couple who is married for 18 months before the husband is wrongly accused of a crime and sent to jail. When he gets out five years later, the story grapples with what is left of their relationship. An incredible book about race, our prison system, love and family. 5 starsMore info →
This was a Book of the Month pick and has had a lot of buzz this year. The author is coming to Nashville on Sunday, so I wanted to read it before his visit. This is a satisfying thriller with a few great twists. A perfect escape novel for those who like books like Gone Girl and The Couple Next Door. 4 starsMore info →
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