Whew!! It's been a while since I shared my latest books I've read and movies I've watched with you. I love nothing more than a big Amazon box arriving with all kinds of new books. Right now I have a big stack of must-reads just waiting for me, so I'm doing my best to read during any free time!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Okay, I must say that I'd heard SUCH great things about this book. A while back, Big Mama (Melanie Shankle) compiled a list of all kinds of must-read books her viewers told her to read. The first fifteen or so on the list were mentioned several times, so I've been making sure I at least read those fifteen. Some of those have been fabulous, but this wasn't my favorite. I'm all about some far-fetched fiction (big Divergent and Hunger Games fan here!), but I couldn't get behind the "magic" in this one. I loved the relationship between the main characters, but overall...this book wasn't my favorite.
Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman
The subtitle is "How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith". I loved this book!! The main theme throughout the book is as moms are we doing what really matters or are we focused on things that don't. We need to make sure we pointing our family to Christ with our hearts and actions, but some of that other stuff we get sucked into just doesn't matter. I would definitely recommend this one to all you ladies out there!! Sometimes we have to remember to Let. It. Go!! :)
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
We've discovered recently I'm a BIG Liane Moriary fan and this book did not disappoint!! My favorite kind of book is definitely a "chick-flick" and this qualifies! The main character is a hypnotist and we get to set back and watch her love story unfold. If you liked any other Liane Moriary books, then you should check this one out.
Just for fun, I've read four of her books and this is how I'd rank them...
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
This is a true story about "Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics". The story was so good that I actually cried! ha! I must say that before reading this I knew not a thing about rowing. If you know anything about rowing, I'd for sure recommend it to you! The author went into a lot of detail about the boats they used and other rowing terms. That part got a little long for me. Like I said, the story about the boys' lives was SO good! If you're like me and have no clue what some of the rowing stuff is about, you must push forward and keep reading! You'll be so glad you did!
Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman
Wow!! This book was just what I needed to hear! "What to say, how to say it, and when to say nothing at all" definitely sums this right up! I think us as girls (no matter our age) will or have struggled with this at some point in our lives whether we were on the receiving end or the dishing end. When Ebby Lee hits those teen years, we'll be reading this together!!
Nobody's Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle
Awe!!! This book was so so good! It was the kind of book you could relate to and were laughing and crying all in the same breath. I absolutely loved this one. If you have a girlfriend with an upcoming birthday, gift her this book! The perfect girly must-read!
Speak by Nish Weiseth
This book is all about sharing our story and how the power of sharing our story can change the world. When you share with someone and get to listen to their story as well, you learn so much about that person. She gives a lot of examples of how Jesus himself used this when speaking to crowds and other people. He shared his story and then he listened to others. Really listened. I'd definitely recommend this one. As Christians we've been called to make disciples and one easy way to do that is by sharing our stories.
Home Is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson
Another blogger, Sophie Hudson, shared stories of her childhood in her second book, Home Is Where My People Are. When I read this book, I could actually hear Sophie in her country accent tell the stories. Is that strange? This was a great light-hearted read that kept me laughing! Loved it!
I just started reading Ever After by Vicki Courtney. I can already tell I'm going to love it!
The kiddos and I saw the new movie, Home about a month ago. Such a cute movie!! If you have littles in your home, they will love it!
I'm still watching Gilmore Girls. I just finished Season One and started Season Two. Not sure how I missed this show when it aired, but I'm really enjoying it!
What about you guys?? What are you reading and watching right now?