What’s On My Bookshelf: November

It’s the last Thursday of the month which means it’s time to share what I’ve been reading this month.  I read a total of six books this month and they were all over the map in genre.  It was a good month of reading.  I get a lot of questions about how I have time to read with a busy life, four kids, and a job.  My answer is that I love books, so I find a few seconds here or there whenever I can.  While most people scroll through social media while killing time waiting in line, I’m typically reading a paragraph from a book on my phone.  You would be amazed how many books you can fit in during these little fringe moments over a month.

Winter Solstice

When I first heard there was a new book out in the Winter Street series I was a bit confused.  I felt as if the third book had wrapped things up nicely.  But I am unable to resist a Hilderbrand book so I had to check out this new installment.  This fourth and final book continues to follow the Quinn family through another holiday season.  If you haven’t read the first three novels, start with Winter Street and make your way through the series.  They are the perfect winter reads.

When Dimple Met Rishi

I have heard about this book from a lot of different places and I was drawn in by the adorable cover.  I typically do not read a lot of YA, but this one kept coming up.  The story is about a fresh out of high school girl who is pleasantly surprised when her parents agree to let her go to a summer computer coding camp. She then realizes they only allowed her to go because the boy they wish for her to marry will also be attending.  I listened to this on Audible and the story just flew by.  It is light, the characters are charming, and the cover makes me want an iced latte 🙂  If you have a teen girl to buy for on your Christmas list, this would be a fun read.


This is the newest installment in the Robert Langdon series (the same main character as The Da Vinci Code).  In this novel there has been a recent discovery regarding human existence which will answer the questions surrounding human origin and the future of the human race.  If you are a fan of Brown’s other books, you will like this one.  I found it to occasionally get bogged down a bit by too many details regarding art (we get it, the book is well researched), and much of the book calls religion into question which may be difficult for some to read, but overall I enjoyed the story, even if I did predict the ending early on.


Owen’s third grade class read this earlier this year and planned to go see the movie together.  I made a point to read it before we went to see the movie.  This is another book I have heard about for years, but it was a middle grade book.  Why would I, as a 37 year old woman, read it?  Well, I am sorry I waited this long.  If you have a middle grade reader, immediately put this book on their Christmas list and read it together.  It can foster great conversations about what it means to be different, how important it is to choose kindness, and how to appropriately and compassionately approach those that may be different than you.  I also loved that this book digs into Auggie’s sister’s point of view.  It opened a discussion between Owen and I about how he felt about his sisters being considered “different” than the rest of our family and what he thought about all of the attention that it brings.  While there were some differences in the book and the movie (as there always are), the movie was extremely well done.  I don’t think there was a dry in the house among the parents or the third graders when it was over.

We’ll Always Have Christmas

It’s that time of year.  Time for cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies.  They are my favorite and this book was a Hallmark Christmas movie in novel form.  Cheesy, predictable, and with a happy ending.  What more can you want from a Christmas novel?  Grab your hot chocolate and cozy up by the tree with this one.

Merry and Bright: A Novel

Every time I’ve been to Target lately, this book has been calling to me, but every time I have resisted putting it into my cart.  Then I read another blogger’s review that compared it to You’ve Got Mail and you know I was hooked.  I immediately downloaded it onto my kindle app and I finished it within 24 hours.  The comparison is spot on, a girl meets a guy online only to discover he is her curmudgeon of a boss.  The story continues to unfold and is a dead ringer for my beloved favorite movie.  I loved every predictable minute of it.  And now I need to go watch You’ve Got Mail for the millionth time.

There you have it.  Six books.  One middle grade, one YA, one popular thriller, and three holiday novels.  A little something for everyone.  What book do you hope to find in your stocking this year?

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What’s On My Bookshelf-August, September, October: Super Size Edition

Grab a hot cup of coffee and kick back for a super sized edition of What’s on My Bookshelf.  Since I took a blogging hiatus for a couple of months while we adjusted after bringing Collins home from China, I have my books from August, September, and October to share.  That’s eleven books in all.  I’m so excited because there are some GREAT books here.  So get comfy and let’s dive right in…


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Over the past year I have become a huge Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. One True Loves is a favorite of mine.  In her newest novel, Evelyn Hugo, an old Hollywood starlet, sets out to give her memoirs to an unknown writer.  She divulges the story of each of her seven husbands and who was her one true love of her lifetime.  This book was a bit of a different tone than the other TJR novels I’ve read and to be honest about halfway through I wasn’t sure it was for me.  But in the end I came around and while it definitely wasn’t my favorite book of the month, it was well written and an interesting story.

Everything I Never Told You

I may be the last person to have read this book.  I have heard about it everywhere.  The story is based around a teenage girl whose body is found in a lake (not a spoiler, it’s on the first page 🙂  This is a book I think will appeal to a wide variety of readers.  It has the element of mystery (what happened to her?), fantastic relationships, and is a definite page turner.  I was excited to pick up her next novel.  More to come on that later…

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

I am going to go ahead and declare this one of my top 5 books.  I listened to this on audio and found myself looking for reasons to mow the grass, take a walk, or clean so I could listen to a bit more.  To be honest, it’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended :).  There are parts that are a bit long and you learn a lot about tea, but the story was so unique and interesting.  The novel follows a Chinese girl growing up in a rural mountain tribe in China.  We are talking no running water or electricity.  The similarities to her tribal society and Native American cultures are strong.  When she must abandon her baby on the steps of an orphanage, her heart is broken.  The story then goes on to follow the main character as she ages and leaves her culture and family and her daughter who is adopted by an American family.  It is probably pretty obvious why this story struck such a deep chord with me.  I was jogging through my neighborhood with tears streaming down my face during the scene where she painfully leaves her innocent baby.  I have no delusions about my girls’ birth families and the situations regarding their decisions not to parent, but boy did this author weave an amazing story.  Add to that the transformation of the mountain tribe’s culture and views over the years and this is one unique and interesting novel that I would recommend for all of my fellow China mamas.

What Alice Forgot

For years I thought I had read this book.  So when someone was talking to me about it and I had absolutely no recollection of the story I realized that maybe I had not read it.  Imagine waking up and not remembering the past 10 years of your life.  You don’t remember your children, your friends, your past decisions.  This is an excellent story and if you are one the few that hasn’t read it, definitely pick it up.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

In all my life I’m not sure I have ever read an entire book in one sitting.  Well, I read this cover to cover on the plane to China without even a break to use the restroom.  This is the story of a cranky reclusive widower that owns a small book shop.  When a baby is unexpectedly left in his shop his life gets turned upside down.  The perfect little story if you have a heart for adoption and just a plain delightful little novel.


Summer on Blossom Street

Unfortunately this was my least favorite of my books these months.  I typically love the light and predictable nature of her novels but this one felt pieced together.  I did not feel as if any of the characters or stories were adequately developed and the thread connecting them all felt hastily thrown together.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t a favorite of mine, but it won’t stop me from picking up her other novels in the future.

The Husband’s Secret

What if you found a letter that made your entire world come crashing down?  This book explores how a husband’s secret, kept since he was a teenager, can impact everyone’s life.  If you like Liane Moriarty, you will love this book.


Two by Two

A friend in our China travel group passed this book along to me when she finished it on our trip.  I’m not typically a Nicholas Sparks fan.  I don’t like to feel like an author’s number one goal is to get his readers to cry.  But I did enjoy that this book focused on a man who finds himself in the middle of a major career change, newly single and raising his young daughter.  So many novels tell this story with a female main character, it was refreshing to see it from a male perspective.

Little Fires Everywhere

Just go ahead and read this book.  It was so good.  It opens with the Richardson house burning down then returns to the previous year and the events that lead up to the fire.  I don’t want to give too much of the story away.  Let’s just say that the characters are excellent.  The relationships are interesting.  And I don’t think Mrs. Richardson is supposed to be a likable character, but I found myself relating to her in many ways.  Put this on your reading list today.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

A friend texted to ask me if she should read this if she hasn’t watched the most recent Gilmore Girls reboot.  That’s when I realized it was on my Kindle but I never got around to reading it.  If you are a Gilmore Girls or Parenthood fan then this would be a fun memoir for you.  It is a quick and easy read with fun insights into some of my favorite shows.

Of Mess and Moxie

And my current read: Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything.  Not only do I love Anne Bogel’s blog and podcast I’m loving her book.  As an only child parenting four VERY different little people, the personality frameworks in this book is causing all sorts of light bulb moments for me so far.
I am such a fan of Jen Hatmaker and all that she writes.  While I think For the Love was such a great and fun book to follow, this one was a great blend of Jen Hatmaker’s humor and heart.  This would be a great gift for a girlfriend.

Whew!  That was a lot of books.  Thanks for sticking with me and hopefully you found something you can add to your list.  See you back tomorrow for Friday Favorites.

In case you missed it:

What’s On My Bookshelf-July

What’s On My Bookshelf-June

What’s On My Bookshelf-May

What’s On My Bookshelf-April

What’s On My Bookshelf-March

What’s On My Bookshelf-February

What’s On My Bookshelf-January

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What’s On My Bookshelf: July

It’s the last Thursday of the month which also means it’s time to share what I read in July.  Also, it’s my boys’ FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!  Where did the summer go?

Enough whining about the end of summer, let’s get to the books.  Here are the five books I enjoyed during July…

The Bookshop on the Corner

The title of this book grabbed my attention.  It reminded me of my beloved favorite movie and The Shop Around the Corner.  This book is about a gal who leaves her job as a librarian and moves to a small town in Scotland to open a bookshop in a van.  Think a food truck for books.  I loved the premise of the book, but agreed with a friend that thought the first half was delightful and the  second half focused too much on a cheesy love story line.  All in all I enjoyed it and want to check out some of the author’s other novels, but it wasn’t my favorite book of the month.

The Mother’s Promise

I have heard a lot of great things about Sally Hepworth’s work so I decided to pick up this one.  While a book about a single mother diagnosed with cancer and trying to raise a teenage girl struggling with anxiety isn’t the normal trope I gravitate toward, I have to say Hepworth handled the subject matter well.  It was real and relatable.  While the topic is inherently sad in nature I did not feel as if the story was written solely to manipulate my emotions and make me cry.  The characters felt real.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

The Identicals

Probably my favorite novel of the month.  I love Elin Hilderband and her newest novel did not disappoint.  It follows twin sisters, one raised by her mother on Nantucket and one by her father on Martha’s Vineyard.  Circumstances occur and they subsequently switch islands for a while.  While the plot summary sounds cheesy and and bit like The Parent Trap, it was a delightful story.  Perfect for an end of summer read.

Rich People Problems

This is the follow up book to Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend.  A different twist on typical chic-lit.  While the list of characters is huge and terms frequently thrown in in several different Asian languages can be cumbersome.  These books are quite entertaining.  Like to watch a train wreck of over the top, over privileged families (I’m looking at you friends who love the Real Housewives ;)?  Then this series is for you.  They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are a hoot.

Secrets in Summer

Nancy Thayer writes fun summer novels on par with Hilderbrand.  This book takes place on Nantucket and is about a girl who discovers her ex-husband and new family have rented the house behind hers for the summer.  I loved the characters in the book, especially her elderly neighbor Mimi.  The perfect way to end July.

That’s it for this month.  I’m already part way into Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  So far, so good! And I’m taking a departure from my typical genre and listening to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.  All I want to do is discuss this with someone!  August is already looking like a great month for books!

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What’s On My Bookshelf: June

It’s the last Thursday of the month which means it’s time to talk books.  This month I completed only three books.  Apparently I was experiencing a bit of book ADD because I also started but somehow forgot to finish and moved on from two additional books.  They are both really good so far I just somehow forgot I was reading them and started something new.  Just shows how scattered my brain has been lately.

Fly Away Home

This book follows a mother and her two daughters as they navigate major life events including infidelity, pregnancy, losing a career, and many other hardships that bring them together despite their differences.  I’ve been a fan of many of Jennifer Weiner’s novels and I enjoyed this one as well.  To be honest, I’m a bit torn on the ending.  I can’t decide if I was satisfied or dissapointed.  Definitely worth adding to your summer reading list.

Daughters of the Bride

I very rarely purchase actual physical books these days.  Instead leaning toward the ease of the Kindle version or library books.  Before we headed off on our trip to visit friends in New Orleans, I decided to pick up a paperback to read by the pool.  I don’t want to get the iPad wet.  Well it was a good thing I because I laid my book on the side of the pool, climbed onto my raft, misjudged my raft position and promptly fell head first into the pool.  This caused a wave of water to splash out of the pool sweeping my book into the water.  All before I even opened the first page.  So needless to say, I read a very puffed up wrinkled copy of the book after a couple days of drying out.  This book was a great fluffy summer read.  It is about three sisters who are planning their mother’s wedding.  Who doesn’t love a good wedding book?  And as a side note, there is a very very minor character named Collins 🙂

At Home in the World

I’m going to go out on a limb and go ahead and declare this one of my favorite books of 2017.  We actually listened to this on audio on our way to NOLA and Shane and Owen enjoyed it as well.  If you have a love for travel and a severe case of wanderlust, then this book is for you.  This is a memoir of a family that spent a year traveling the globe, including their three kids under age 10!  This book is my dream.  I would love to take my family on an adventure exploring the world.  Tsh does a great job painting a real picture of what their travels looked like.  They are a real family with travel successes and failures.  It was so fun to hear her describe several places we have been;  the Jesuit church in Beijing, the canals of Venice, the beauty of Sydney harbor.  All places I could picture in my minds eye and so many other’s I would love to see one day.  This memoir sucked us in immediately and enraptured an eight year old with a love of travel.  I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed this book.  Listening to the audio version was fun as the author, Tsh, is also the narrator and you can hear the smile in her voice as she describes their adventures.  So so good.

That’s it for the books I finished in June.  The two books I got sidetracked from but hope to return to were:

The Mother’s Promise

Tiny Little Thing

And the first two books I’m making my way thru for July are:

The Bookshop on the Corner

So far this one is adorable.  I can’t wait to finish it.

The Identicals

You know how I love Elin Hilderbrand so her newest release is an obvious choice for me.  This is my current audio selection and it is a great Hilderbrand novel.

That’s it for my current bookshelf.  What have you been reading this summer??  I would love to hear!

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What’s On My Bookshelf: May (too busy to read edition)

Well, it’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to share what I’ve been reading this month.  I hate to disappoint, but there are only two books to share.  As most moms know, May is a crazy month.  With the end of school programs, parties, projects, sports, adoption paper work and running our epic adoption fundraiser yard sale (more on that soon), I have had very little time to read this month.  Hopefully June will find more time for good summer reading.

This month I read one book and listened to one on audible.

The only book I read this month was Truly Madly Guilty. The story is about a neighborhood barbecue that takes an unfortunate turn. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked it. It spent a lot of time teasing about the mysterious events at the barbecue, but in the end I enjoyed it. This was the second Liane Moriarty book I have read. Big Little Lies was excellent and I have been eager to watch the show. I have made it a full ten minutes into the first episode so far. I told you I’ve been busy!

I’m slowly making my way thru Elin Hilderbrand’s novels. This month I listened to The Love Season. This one reminded me a lot of another Hilderbrand novel, The Blue Bistro, which is one of my favorites of hers. There are great discriptions of food and the restaurant business. The book follows the story of a friendship between two women and the impact on one when the other is killed in an accident. While this didn’t end up being one of my favorite Hilderbrand novels, I still enjoyed it and all of her books set on Nantucket make for great summer reads.

Well, that’s it. Short and sweet. I’m currently making my way thru Fly Away Home and so far so good. Hopefully I will have more books to report in June!

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What’s On My Bookshelf: April

It’s the last Thursday of the month.  So that means it’s time to check in on what I’ve been reading this month.

Smart Girl

This was the third and final book in The Girls series.  I loved this one just as much as I loved Party Girl and Sweet Girl.  Such fun and fast reads.  Perfect to throw in your pool bag on vacation.  I was so sad to see this series end.  Rachel Hollis, if you’re reading this: please write more!!

Nine Women, One Dress

If you like movies with ensemble casts, like Love Actually, then this book is for you.  The story revolves around a slew of unrelated characters and how one little black dress ties them all together.

Forever, Interrupted

This is the third novel I have read this year by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  The first one I picked up, One True Loves, I absolutely loved.  Then I read After I Do and was a bit disappointed.  I am so happy that I decided to give the author another go, because Forever, Interrupted  is one of my favorite books I have read this year.  I typically lean toward books that are light and fluffy. I like my entertainment to be just that, entertaining, not depressing.  However this book was a bit more serious than usual for me, all while not being overly depressing.  It follows a gal that loses her husband after being married for less than two weeks.  The chapters alternate between how she deals with his death and flashbacks to their relationship from meeting until marriage.  There was something about this book that just drew me in and I didn’t want to put it down.  I highly recommend it.

The Singles Game

I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada, so I decided to pick up this one by the same author.  The story is about a professional tennis player and her desire to climb to the top of her career.  It was a fun angle for your typical chic-lit novel.

The Best of Us

I have had several people recommend Sarah Pekkanen books to me so on a whim I chose this one.  I have to say this was my least favorite book this month.  I had a difficult time connecting with the characters and the story seemed to drag on a bit.  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t my favorite.  Maybe I should have started with another Pekkanen book.  Any suggestions?

That’s it for my April books!  I’m currently reading Truly Madly Guilty which I would have sworn I had read, but apparently I haven’t.  What have you been reading?

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What’s On My Bookshelf: March

We are back from our spring break trip to San Antonio (I’ll be sharing all of the details soon) and it’s time for what I’ve read in March.  I read four books this month.  Three I really enjoyed and one that was just eh.  Now on to the books…

 My Not So Perfect Life

I am huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic (although the last few books in the series have not been a favorite).  As soon as I saw she had a new book out, I made sure to pick it up.  This was such a fun read.  It is about a gal who is not living the life she has envisioned for herself all while watching her boss live a seemingly perfect existence.  After being laid off from her job she moves home to help her dad start a glamping business.  Expected hi jinx ensues in typical Kinsella style.  If you like Sophie Kinsella, you will like this one.

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

Let me start by saying this is a book aimed at kids ages 10-14.  This book is about five kids that fight Disney villains in Magic Kingdom after the park closes at night.  My Owen LOVES all things Disney World so as soon as I heard about the Kingdom Keepers series I knew it would be something he would be interested in.  I decided to read the first book in the series, Disney After Dark, to make sure it was appropriate for him before he read it.  This book was recommended by a Disney loving friend and she was right, it is perfect for him (and I have to admit after I got into it, I enjoyed it as well).  Owen just started reading it this week, so I will report back on what he thought.

 Sweet Girl

In my February book post I shared my new found love for Rachel Hollis.  This is the second book in her Girls series.  It follows Max and her love of baking.  It was just as fun as the first book, Party Girl.  If you are looking for a fun little series to read on your spring break, I would definitely recommend these.  I’m currently reading the last book and look forward to finishing the trilogy.

 After I Do

Last month I shared the first book I read by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I really loved One True Loves.  So I was excited to read another one of her novels.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed and did not enjoy it nearly as much.  It follows an unhappy couple who decide to take a year long break in their marriage.  I don’t know what it was about this book (maybe my strong belief in marriage), but this book just didn’t draw me in.  I still really like her writing style, so I will likely give another one of her books a try soon.

That’s it for books this month.  What have you been reading????

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What’s On My Bookshelf: February

I’m finally getting around to sharing what I read in February.  Overall it was a great book month.  I read 4 books, listened to 1 book on audible and abandoned one audio book I just couldn’t get into.  Now on to the books!

Someday, Someday, Maybe

This book was written by Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.  I love her so I was excited to pick up her debut novel.  It follows an aspiring actress as she pursues an acting career in New York City.  I really enjoyed this book.  There were a few times throughout that I could feel this was her first book and she was still finding her voice and style, but overall I would definitely recommend.  I have her other book Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) on my list to read soon.

Party Girl

This is book 1 in the Girl’s Series by Rachel Hollis.  I wasn’t familiar with Rachel Hollis and I’m not sure how I picked up this book, but it was just delightful.  A fluffy, happy story which is my favorite thing to escape into.  My friend, Anna, also picked this one up and texted me her love for the entire series and our conversation started like this:

Well, if that isn’t a ringing endorsement, then I don’t know what is.  So I promptly jumped on over to her site and Anna was right.  With just a quick glance I could tell she is my soul sister.  Plus she just adopted a precious baby girl.  So, of course I then read…

Party Girl’s First Date

This is not a novel, but a short story.  It is a quick read that only takes a very short amount of time, but it was a fun extension of what happens after the first book.  Spoiler alert: you will be hearing all about the 2nd novel in the series, Sweet Girl, on my March reading list 😉

Small Great Things

This book was a bit of a departure from my typical chic lit, but I have read several other Jodi Picoult novels and loved them all.  I chose this one after hearing that it featured a baby with MCADD, which is the metabolic disorder that Owen has.  MCADD is fairly rare and most people, including the majority of medical professionals, have never heard of it.  So I was excited to find out that a well known author like Picoult was including it in her story.  I’m going to be honest, this was a difficult book to read.  It deals with the hard topic of racism.  Some of the hate spewed by the characters is hard to stomach, but the author does a great job of writing from different perspectives.  In the end I thought it was an excellent book.  I would recommend it, not only to spread the word and education about MCADD, but because I think it could make for some great  discussion.

One True Loves

I heard about this author while listening to the podcast What Should I Read Next (yay for great Louisville bloggers!).  I believe she described her as chic lit with more meat (or something like that).  I loved this book.  Can a person have more than one true love for their life?  What if you were faced with having to chose?  I want someone I know to read this so I can discuss!  I’m adding her other works to my list.  I can’t wait to read more.

Scrappy Little Nobody

I am sad to say that this is the audio book that I abandoned part way through.  I like Anna Kendrick as an actress, but the book just wasn’t doing it for me.  I think it may have been her voice.  I typically like when an author narrates their own audiobook.  But while I like her unique voice on the screen, when listening to it in my earbuds I found it annoying.  I may try to pick up the book at the library some time and give it an actual words on paper read, but the audio version I just had to put down.

So there you have it.  Six books for February.  We are already half way through March (sorry about the late Feb. post) and I already have three books on my finished list.  I can’t wait to share!

Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

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What’s On My Bookshelf

Well, I haven’t done a What’s On My Bookshelf post since, um, May.  Oops.  I have definitely shared the books I have been reading sprinkled throughout Friday Favorites and such but I haven’t done a dedicated post in a while.

I saw a few of my current reads on my nightstand so I decided to snap a quick pic and share.

Choosing to SEE

It is no secret that I like most of my books to be fairly light and fluffy.  So this book was a bit of a departure for me.  A co-worker loaned this to me shortly after Quinn came home from China and it has been sitting in my nightstand ever since (sorry Kelsi).  Mary Beth Chapman (wife to the famous Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman) writes about their family’s journey from their marriage, to having children including adopting three girls from China, to the tragic loss of their youngest daughter in a terrible accident.  The Chapman family is a huge supporter of adoption and their organization, Show Hope, does amazing work in Chinese orphanages and providing grants for families in the adoption process.  I REALLY wanted to read this book, but knowing it was going to be difficult to read about the loss of their daughter, I kept putting it off.  For some reason I finally picked it up last week.  And while it was emotional at times, it was SO GOOD to read about how God has used their story.  It’s an older book, but if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend.

Armor of God

My women’s bible study started this study this week and I have high hopes.  Love Priscilla Shirer.
Someday, Someday, Maybe

I just started this book a couple of days ago, but so far it’s keeping my attention.  It’s written by Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.  I love her shows so I thought I would check out her novel writing skills.  I also have her book Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) on my wish list.

Double Fudge Brownie Murder

This book is part of the Hannah Swensen series.  I have read quite a few books in this series, but this one wasn’t one of my favorites.  These books revolve around the owner of a cookie shop that frequently finds herself trying to solve her small town’s murders.  They are super light reads, but this one was even more slim on plot than others.  A fast read, but I would suggest other’s in the series instead.

Present Over Perfect

I have been making my way through this book for quite a while a few pages at a time.  I love all of the Shauna Niequist books I have read.  Bread and Wine was one of my favorite books from last year.  I’ll try to share my feelings on the book when I finally finish it.

Typically I have a couple of recent books I’ve listened to on Audible as well, but I have been listening to more podcast lately instead.  I just downloaded Anna Kendrick’s book Scrappy Little Nobody and I’m excited to get started.

That’s everything that has been on my bookshelf recently.  What have you been reading lately?  I’m always looking for recommendations!

Linking up with Narci for her first Carpool Book Club.