Friday, March 11, 2016

Books Read February 2016

The Glided Life of Matilda Duplaine. I have mixed feelings on this book. The story of a journalist trying to make a name for himself and getting caught up in the rich world of Hollywood. He meets a girl, Matilda, whose never left her Bel-air estate, it's like a Gatsby tale of mystery, romance... It took a while for me to get into, I actually started it, put it down, read a different book, then picked it back up again. It was a sweet story, it could have been more romantic, it was a little stiff.  

Dollbaby, whew! I finally finished it. Don't laugh, but I started this book on Audible over a YEAR ago. On a long roadtrip I finally finished it with tears in my eyes. After her father dies, Ibby Bell moves in with her quirky grandmother Fannie, her sassy cook Queenie, and her daughter Dollbaby. If you loved The Help, you'll love this book too. It's a story told over time, many historical events going on in the background. I would highly recommend listening to this with the fun Southern accents it made it so enjoyable. My dad read it and said he cried at the end too, so be prepared for a bittersweet ending.

Pretty Baby. I've been a Kubica fan since The Good Girl. She's a little dark, but not as dark as Gillian Flynn. Lots of twists and turns, with the reader waiting till the VERY end to know the full story. Heidi is a caring mom who takes in a homeless young mother and her baby. It's a story told from Heidi, Chris (her husband), and Willow (homeless mom)'s points of view, lots of emotion and dramatic turns.

Pretty Girls. Wow did I learn my lesson about trusting book reviews. So I picked this book for our Mom's Book Club based on it being advertised as "the thriller of the year!". That however doesn't quite describe this graphically violent thriller about a woman who discovers her husband's brutal secrets after his death. The author based this story in Watkinsville, Georgia with places in downtown Athens being areas of abduction and rape. Hard to read since we used to live there!!!! Anyway, don't say I didn't warn you, this is a tough, graphic read.

Hoodwinked: Six Myths Moms Believe and Why We Need to Knock It Off was a light read for our Moms' Bible Study group. I enjoyed it, but didn't find it life changing or anything... I needed a couple of the myth busters spoken to my heart, but some of the rest would apply to mothers of teens. I agreed with the authors that we moms need to knock off these outrageous ideas of what motherhood should look like. Let's be honest, motherhood is tough and some days it's 9AM and you've already picked poop off the playroom floor, wiped some weird sticky substance off the counter, and blown bubbles for your toddler. And that's just a Tuesday hahaha!

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul, literally anything Jennie Allen says I absorb, cry over, write down in my journal and tweet out. I think she is amazingly relatable and has a kind heart to teach us how to draw closer to God. I didn't realize this was a book about adoption until I was a couple chapters in and since we've been considering that way to grow our family, I was even more touched by it.

So Long, Insecurity You've Been a Bad Friend to Us. Can you tell I was in need of some serious Jesus loving women in my life after reading Pretty Girls?! Whew, that book did a number on my heart. I discovered the app Overdrive and listening to Beth Moore shout at me in her Texas accent did my heart good on my drive to the doctor and back. She spoke a prayer so beautiful I was in tears just knowing that God can heal up all the past hurts caused in my life and that I didn't have to be insecure anymore. So long insecurity!!

Between Shades of Gray was a beautifully tragic fiction read about a Lithuanian girl torn from her home and father, taken to a Siberian work camp. Riding on the train there she develops relationships  and begins documenting their journey with drawings. I didn't know much about Stalin and this side of WWII so I highly recommend it for those of you who enjoy historical fiction. Also, please read/listen to the author's note I was teary eyed by her experience and why she decided to write the book.

Food: A Love Story The Big Dawg and I first discovered Jim Gaffigan on Netflix and have loved him ever since. Listening to Jim read this book in his hilarious dry tone only made the book better for me. I think he is hilarious and loved all his crazy descriptions of food and his love for food. If you haven't read his other book, Dad Is Fat, I recommend that one too, so funny!

What have you been reading lately?

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