book reviews | january, february, & march

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I started off my year with one of my favorite new author finds from 2016. I have some of her other book on holdout the library, they are really fun reads. This story is centered around a woman who finds a letter her husband wrote her in the event of his death, and a woman whose husband reveals a secret to her that causes them to cross paths, along with several other characters all somehow involved in a Catholic elementary school. It was suspenseful and unpredictable, and towards the end I literally couldn’t put it down. Big Little Lies is still my favorite book of hers, but this one was great too and I can’t wait to get my hands on more.

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles

If you’ve ever asked me what my favorite sport is, I probably said “The Olympics” …I know that doesn’t really count for most people, but it is one of my very favorite things ever. This past summer, I wasn’t working, so I watched it for literally hours a day. My favorite summer event is women’s gymnastics, of course! I hadn’t heard of Simone Biles until the few weeks leading up to Rio, but I loved watching her compete! What a cutie.

I saw that she had written a book, and was definitely interested to hear what it’s like to train as an elite gymnast, so I picked this one up at the library. Her story was really interesting to read. I will say that it wasn’t the best written book, you can tell she is 19 years old and she’s a pretty average writer, it kind of sounds like a journal entry. However, this style might be ideal for someone much younger, I would’ve loved this book as a kid in later elementary school. Despite the writing style, I really enjoyed hearing her journey as a gymnast and what it took to train for the Olympics, it was a fun read.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

For Christmas, I asked my Grandma to get my a book that she had read, liked, and thought I would like! She gave me this book, and I’m so glad she did! I will give you the shortest little explanation of the premise, but I highly recommend just jumping into this novel without reading too much about it, that was my experience and it turned out to be really fun. This is the story of a woman whose father has left her family. In search of answers about why he left and who he really was, she travels to Burma, to the village where he grew up. This novel is a love story through a daughter’s perspective as she hears it for the first time.

I really loved this book. It was heartwarming, and gave a lot of perspective on subjects I have never experienced myself, such as poverty, abandonment, disabilities, and this part of the world in the 30s and 40s. The story captivated me and I highly recommend it.

Small Space Vegetable Gardens by Andrea Bellamy

I am planning a vegetable garden this spring that will go on my balcony in containers, especially since we are most likely moving this summer. This book was so so helpful in planning and learning the basics of gardening. Up until this point, I have grown herbs, a few houseplants and succulents, and kept most of them alive (okay, all of my herbs died over the winter). This was such a great guide for me, with everything I needed to get started. It includes many helpful charts for when to plant what, which plants do better when you start with seeds vs. seedlings, and a guide in the back on every type of edible you can think of, along with special instructions for growing them in small spaces and/or in container gardens. I loved it so much that I ordered it on Amazon before even returning it to the library.


Here we are, one quarter into the year and 4/17 books read! It has been a slow start, but I’m feeling good for #read17 🎉

Check back in a few weeks for my April reviews!

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