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.


Origin

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.


Wonder

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: 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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