Love, Joleen: Recent Reads

Friday, May 29, 2015

Recent Reads

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I have been reading up a storm over here! I have read five books this month; three in the last week alone. I'm going to include one more book [which I finally finished in April] in my Recent Reads review, just to even things out -- and, because I want to, of course. *wink*
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst
I received this devotional as a Christmas gift, and although I started right away, I didn't finish reading it until the end of April. "Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In "The Best Yes "she will help you: Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love. Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today." I highly recommend this book to any woman, especially if you're a mother.

Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison
After realizing that it was May -- five months into the year -- and I had not read a single piece of fiction, I went through the big box of novels in our office, gifted to me by friends. This book looked like the perfect bit of chick-lit for me to start with. It was easy to read and entertaining!

Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
Another in my stash of donated books, this was also a quick read. I would say this is on the lower end of a 3 star rating and I found myself annoyed with the characters at times. Still, it was basically what I look for in what I affectionately refer to as "chick-lit smut".

It's not even officially Summer yet, and I'm three books into my Summer Reading List!

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
I was so excited to check out the first several books on my Summer reading this last week. I took this book with me to the lake over our Memorial Day Weekend getaway. I absolutely loved it! It was a great coming-to-age novel. If you liked Fangirl or The Fault in Our Stars , you will enjoy this book!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I very rarely give a book 5 stars but here you have it. Maybe I'm becoming a softy in my *cough* old age. This was like chick-lit meets murder mystery. The character development was fantastic. I laughed and cried reading this book, a great indication of the ride you're in for when you read it.

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, and Liz Welch
I couldn't officially give this book 3.5 stars because Goodreads doesn't allow half stars. Therefore, I had to give it 3 stars. I thought this was a good non-fiction book. It was a great story of friendship and I was moved to tears on multiple occasions. It only didn't receive 4 stars because it was a simple read (not to be confused with an "easy" read). I think this book is best suited to the teen reader.

So, there you have it! It's been a great month for reading and I'm looking forward to tackling the rest of the books on my list in the coming months. To see my book reviews and what I plan to read in the future, please follow me on Goodreads. Be sure to leave a comment, letting me know what you're currently reading or to let me know of any books that you recommend! Have a great weekend, friends!

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