Welcome to the first Four Points Mom & Books post. I read a ton of books and love to talk about these books with my friends. I also LOVE to hear about which books my friends are reading and what they think about them. A few of my friends suggested I do a monthly post reviewing my recent reads. Sounds good to me! Here we go …
Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult
I haven’t been a huge fan of Jodi Piccoult books, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. And this one is heavy as it tackles racism. An African American labor and delivery nurse is told that the parents of a newborn baby do not want her touching their baby. When the baby goes into cardiac arrest and she’s the only one there to save it, she hesitates. I think the author does a great job of tackling such a sensitive topic, especially considering the current social climate. I recommend this one for sure! This is my favorite book this month.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
LOVE this book. We read this one in book club this month. I’m now noticing a theme of heavy books for the month (which is SO unusual), but I guess I needed to go deep for some reason. The main character is a woman that quickly falls in love with a gorgeous man who has it all, but she is also reminiscing about the first love of her life. And, surprise, the first love of her life makes his way back into her life again. I enjoyed how the author goes back and forth with present times and the main character’s journal from her teenage days, describing that time in her life. And the book also delves into some DEEP stuff as well. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that the author does a great job of illustrating a prevalent social issue from a perspective I needed to have highlighted. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This book is from several years ago but is making headlines lately as Hulu picked it up for a mini-series and received tons of Emmy nominations for it. Set in the somewhat near future, this book takes you down a very strange forecast of what might happen. VERY STRANGE. But, I again recommend this book because it is so unusual (definitely outside of my typical chick lit line of reading) and it will prepare you for the mini-series which is incredible. And weird. 🙂
Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer
This is the perfect light chick lit read for you. Moving forward, you’ll probably see many more books by Nancy Thayer show up in my monthly reviews because it was such a cute book. I’ve already added a few to my to-read list on Goodreads. You can check that out here. I spent a week in Maine with a family I nannied for back in college and this book took me there. I’d love to spend a summer relaxing on a lake, painting, running a local artsy home décor store, … sigh. I recommend this one too!
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
This one was my least favorite book this month. I accidentally selected it through the library’s app when I was quickly looking for an available audiobook to check out last week. Word to the wise – Janet Evanovich is NOT the same or similar to Stephanie Evanovich. I actually enjoyed the main storyline of this book which is centered around an overweight young thirty-something who buddies up to her trainer. However, there was a secondary storyline mingled throughout that didn’t really involve the main characters and was fifty shades-esque. I personally thought it was distracting. The book was mostly cute, but not one of my favorites. And, this Big Girl Panties book it’s not to be confused with the Big Girl Panties potty-training book which is my favorite potty-training book for little girls. Parker loves it too. 😉
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
I’m a sucker for John Grisham novels. Maybe it’s because the first few were turned into movies starring some of the celebrity crushes of my teenage years (hello Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey, and Matt Damon). And as a lawyer I love juicy, unrealistic legal-based novels. This one features Jake Brigance which you may remember from A Time To Kill (the Matthew McConaughey character). It’s set a few years later and involves a juicy will contest. I listened to it on audiobook (as I’ve mentioned before – I’m addicted to audiobooks). I felt like it was a bit long, but this can sometimes happen with audiobooks that have slow narrators. I do recommend the book, though, especially if you’re a John Grisham fan.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What should I read next month?