I'm not a huge reader, but I've been really making a point to read a book instead of stare at nonsense on my phone in my free time. I typically don't have much free time but ever since my hernia surgery recovery (sooo long) plus moving into my MIL's I've got much less things to do around the house (plus we just got internet hooked up last week!) I've also found that I'd rather make use of my time reading than sitting on my phone. Such as while the kids are playing in the bathtub or before I go to bed.
Anyways, these are the books I've read so far this year!
Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Who doesn't love some fixer upper?! I really loved reading Chip and Joanna's story. I probably read this in 2 days it was that easy and enjoyable. Of course there was many times where I thought psssh yeah right, who does this pure luck stuff just happen to?! I adore their positivity, teamwork, and determination. Even though this is "their story" I did love the overall message it sent to the reader about life.
The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd ⭐⭐⭐
I enjoy reading about other parents experiences and feeling relieved that you aren't alone with your thoughts/doings/emotions, however I found myself quite bored reading this book. A lot of it was kind of repetitive as well.
Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Since I loved Magnolia Story, I couldn't resist checking out Capital Gaines from the library. However, I didn't love it as much as Magnolia and I felt a lot of it was repetitive. But still, an enjoyable enough book. Chip is definitely a character!
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moritary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have loved all of Liane Moritary's books. It's almost like a problem solving book piecing the puzzle together and leave you wanting to know what happens next.
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved this book! It felt like a real life drama and I knew these people. Ha! I just kept wanting to know what was going to happen next and how the ending would be. I even felt like I wanted a follow up of life after the ending. Haha!
Nantucket Sisters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Since I loved the Guest Cottage so much, I had to read another N. Thayer book. This story unfolded much differently than I anticipated but it was great.
I had tears in my eyes multiple times while reading this book! It really put into perspective what kids that are bullied deal with - whether they have a disability or not. Just another reminder to teach and practice kindness above and beyond.
A few other noteworthy books I read at the end of last year that I really liked that you might too!