Hello everyone!! If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you know that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read at least 12 books this year. I used to love reading when I was a kid and once I got into high school and college, the last thing I wanted to do was read in my spare time. Now that I have more spare time and no mandatory reading, I have learned to love books again.
I have read a total of 6 books since January meaning I am already halfway to my goal for the year! Since I have developed a love for reading, I wanted to start sharing my thoughts and reviews for you guys. I love hearing about books and seeing what people recommend and thought maybe I could do the same for you.
Aside from these books, I also highly recommend the app Goodreads. It is an app that lets you keep track of what books you have read, what you want to read, and what you are currently reading. It has reviews from millions of users and shares the top books in every genre. You can also set goals for yourself for the year, which is what I have done and it’s so helpful!
But without further ado, let me share the 6 books I have read (and highly recommend) so far this year.
- Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
First of all, I love reading books by Jodi Picoult. I read Small Great Things last year and fell in love with her writing style and story telling. Leaving Time is just as great. It’s about a young girl whose mother disappeared and who’s father has been in a mental institution. Her parents ran an elephant sanctuary and when one of the elephants killed an employee, her mother ran away. That’s all I am going to say, but this book is so engaging and has a great twist at the end!
- Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea by Kenneth Bae
I love autobiographies. I feel like I learn so much and am reading something that will benefit me in some way. This story of Kenneth Bae being imprisoned in North Korea was amazing. He is a Christian who went to pray for the people of North Korea and was caught because of a hard drive he had brought into the country. He talks about how God helped him through this time and how he learned to make the most of his time there and tried to share the love of God. It was so encouraging to read as a Christian and a great story in general.
- The Greatest Love Store Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
If you love Parks and Rec as much as I do, then you love Ron Swanson and Tammy #2. Well, if you didn’t know, they are married in real life. This book tells their love story and all about their lives. It is a little raunchy, which isn’t surprising coming from them, but just a warning. However, it is funny and again, I love learning about people from autobiographies.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
I saw a trailer for this movie several months ago, and when it said “based on the bestselling novel”, I knew I had to read it. I saw it at Books A Million for $8 and had to buy it. It’s about a family of three and the daughter wants to take a trip to Antarctica. The mom has terrible social skills and all of a sudden ends up missing. I’m not going to give too much away, but this book is so entertaining. It’s an easy and fun read.
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The author of this book also wrote Big Little Lies, if you are familiar with the show or book. I’ve been wanting to watch that show for a long time, but decided I wanted to read the book first. When I went to the library, I picked up this one instead to get a feel for the artist before diving into that book. I loved her style of writing and loved how easy it is to follow. The story is about a husband who had written a letter to his wife in the case of his death, and the wife unexpectedly finds it. That’s all I’m going to say about this book, but it is a really good read.
- Kind is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously by Candace Cameron Bure
This might be my favorite book out of the 6. Candace is such a huge inspiration to me. All throughout her book she talks about how her goal in everything she does is to glorify God. She discusses many ways to be kind to one another and what a difference that makes in your life. Her goal is to teach women how to be classy in expressing kindness. She shares her testimony and so much scripture. It’s an amazing and inspiring book for all women.
I hope you enjoy these reviews and look forward to more in a few months 🙂