We have started our homeschooling journey again. The first month is always a crazy wild ride as we get use to being back in school again. However, despite that I have found time to read in my wild crazy ways. It tends to break my heart when a fellow book lover loses the chance to read due to ‘not having time.’

Before I get into this month’s book reviews, I wanted to share some ways to make time for reading. They may sound crazy and off the wall in some cases, but it’s what I have found to work for me.

Use These Tips To Be Able to Read More:

Keep a book or stack of books in your bathroom at all times. (My iPad resides there when I’m not reading print books.)

Have books laying around in every area of your house.

Install the app on your phone. This way you can read books in between:

  • stirring dinner,
  • while a show is on commercial,
  • when your kids are busy playing independently
  • while you’re waiting at the doctor’s office or some other appointment
  • or any other time you get those few minutes of peace to devour a book.

Bookworm's Book Reviews- August 2016 Edition

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Bookworm’s Book Reviews: August 2016 Edition

Giddy Up, Eunice

It’s easy for women to focus on what seems to separate us: differences in age, parenting styles, career goals, or maybe even core beliefs about whether leggings can adequately serve as pants (the struggle is real, y’all). The reality, though, is that we have far more in common than we realize, and since Scripture shows us the blessing of friendships across generations, it’s high time we step out of our same-age, same-stage silos. Life is so much better that way.

Sophie Hudson, in the delightfully quirky Southern style her readers have come to know and love sends out a rallying cry for women everywhere to open our eyes and see the people God has put in our lives—whether they’re behind us, beside us, or in front of us. It is such a gift to love one another, walk with one another, and soak up the blessings that flow across all generations.

Saddle up, sister. This is going to be fun.

My Review

This is one of those inspirational books worth reading every word. It captured my attention from the first page all the way until the last page. Sophie does a remarkable job of making you feel like she is the room with you having girl chats about the important roles we play in our own lives and those around us. It reminded me how important I am to all the women in my life both young and old alike.

Disclosure: I was given this book to review in exchange for an honest review; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Four Friends

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride

Gerri can’t decide what’s more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks or the anger she feels as she tries to repair them. Always the anchor for friends and her children, she realizes it’s time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it’s transforming.

Andy has come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her, she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja’s New Age pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband walks out. There’s no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity.

Miraculously, it’s BJ, the newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.

Look for What We Find by Robyn Carr, a powerful story of healing, new beginnings and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing. Order your copy today!

My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it reminded me how much I love having close girlfriends that help look after one another and hang out and do constructive things together. This book is a reflection more of the kind of friendships we should all strive to have. It also put a lot of emphasizes on the benefit to making time to be with girlfriends despite how crazy the rest of our lives can be.

I do wish that the author had made the individual stories a bit more believable. However, there were two stories in this book that I could believe as happening. It was just not realistic to have four friends going the same kind of ordeal that live relatively close to each other. I’m a huge fan of realism fiction obviously.

I decided to take advantage of the free 30 day trial for the Kindle Unlimited program since so many of the books I wanted were covered under this $9.99 a month plan.

 

Big Love in a Small Town

Tessa Jacobson, an aspiring writer from a small Southern town, is heartbroken when her boyfriend ends their relationship and moves to Nashville with his band and a beautiful vocalist. Three weeks later, Tessa meets Nate Wilder, a Hollywood star, at a restaurant where she waits tables on weekends, and he doesn’t hide his immediate attraction to her. Despite still being heartbroken, Tessa feels a spark and they begin secretly seeing each other. Tessa begins to fall in love with Nate and their relationship seems perfect until a miscommunication causes her to break things off abruptly. A little time passes and Tessa’s ex-boyfriend returns, asking her to come to Nashville so that they can be together again. She realizes that she definitely doesn’t want that – she has fallen for Nate, and she hopes that she hasn’t missed her chance. Now that Tessa finally realizes the truth about her feelings and what a mistake she has made, she hops on a plane for Los Angeles, but when she arrives, she isn’t prepared for what she sees.

My Review

This book caught my attention due to the small town bit. It was just the first one I grabbed while surfing through the options.
I wish this had been a bit longer. I also wish that the description of this book didn’t almost give the entire thing away. It was still a nice little book to read while passing the time. It certainly didn’t take long to read it.

I also tried out the Book of the Month Club membership.

As a BOTM member, you’ll choose from 5 new literary gems each month – powerful, immersive books that you might not have heard of otherwise. We’ll deliver your choice right to your doorstep. Use invitation code REFER50 for 50% off a 3-month membership. Join today and discover a better way to read.

My first #bookofthemonth box came in. I can’t wait to read this #book. #reading #book? #bookworm #bookaddict #booklover

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This book was quite a roller coaster ride to read for me. It has many twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting it. It was a fun read for me because this is not the typical kind of book that I would read.
I can’t wait to see what the judges pick as their selections for September tomorrow. It’s fun being a part of this program if for no other reason that I’m finding out about different books. Plus, there is group discussions on each book they send out. It’s wonderful being a member of an active book club.

These are the main books I read this month. I hope you enjoyed this months lineup of book reviews.

I want to hear from you (even if it does take me several days to respond, I still TREASURE every comment I’m given.)

What book should I add to my to-read list?