Monday, February 27, 2017

What I'm Reading: 5 Must-Reads for March

Happy Monday, friends!

I always tell my boys that Mondays start "a new week of new adventures." Hoping this week isn't TOO adventurous - amen?

Today, I'm starting a new series called, "What I'm Reading."

Catchy, I know.

I'm thinking about doing this series the last Monday in every month. We'll see how that goes. It really depends on my reading speed. :)

This post has affliate links to the books, but the opinions are all mine.

1. Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson

Y'all. This book got me all in the feels. Mostly in the "oh-my-gosh-I'm-laughing-so-hard-I-can't-catch-my-breath" feels, but also in the "gracious-I-don't-even-know-these-people-but-my-heart-so-hurts-for-them-and-I-need-to-take-them-a-casserole" feels.

Sophie Hudson, also known as BooMama, is a real-life, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-fried, Southern Belle, who knows the importance of friends, fellowship and fried chicken (not necessarily in that order). Honestly, I've never been a faithful follower of her blog, but I'm now a faithful reader of her books. 

If you just need a laugh or if you are away from your family and need some encouragement, she's got you covered. And if you make it through chapter 15 without gasping for breath from laughing so hard, lemme know. Or better yet, go see a doctor because something is wrong with your funny bone. (One word: windsuits)

Unless you've been hiding under a rock somewhere, you've already heard (and probably read) this book. Marie Kondo is a tidying genius, and in this book, she generously shares that knowledge.

It has some great guidance on how to truly purge your stuff and get your space in order once for all. She is clear, concise and encouraging in the hows and whys of decluttering and organizing. And I'm working to incorporate many of these practices in our home.

Every once in a while, she does go a little too "touchy-feely" for my taste (especially near the end of the book). I really don't feel like I need to thank my purse for a job well done every evening, but if that's your thing, then rock on. However, I do highly recommend this to anyone who is feeling caged by the clutter. This book will be a huge help.

3. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

This one was a surprise from The Hubs for Christmas last year. And, it has ended up being one of my favorite presents (and books)! If you like historical fiction along the lines of Jane Austen, then you will love this one.

Everything is well-crafted -- the setting, the storyline, the characters -- very deep and multidimensional. I so want to go visit Ivy Hill now, walk down High Street, stay at The Bell, and meet Jane and Thora, and especially Gabriel Locke.

You need to read this one. Trust me.

4. The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

If, like me, Pride and Prejudice is your FAVORITE. BOOK. EVER. (and Colin Firth is the real Mr. Darcy and no one will ever convince you otherwise), then you've gotta read this one.

Pamela Mingle delves into who I think is the most underdeveloped character in the Bennet family, Mary Bennet, and tells her story. I always wondered about Mary -- she seemed so drab and boring, especially when compared to the other sisters (though Jane and Kitty can be a bit one-sided at times).

But she really comes to life in this book. And Patricia Mingle stays so true to Jane Austen's style, that sometimes you forget Jane didn't write this one herself. Definitely one to read.

5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Ok, this one is technically a children's book, but it's SO. GOOD. It took me a few chapters to really get into it, but once you've setted into Mr. Benedict's world, you're hooked. Thankfully, there are three more books in the series -- trust me, you'll be glad of this.

Without giving much away, the story is about four very intelligent kids who become the most unlikely secret agents, not for some obscure branch of the government, but for Mr. Benedict, a character who is both enigmatic and colorful, and very, very sleepy.

This one makes for a great read-aloud to your older elementary and middle school kids. We even borrowed the audio book from the library to listen to when we're in the car.

So, there you go -- 5 must read books for March. Have you read any/all of these? What did you think of them? Are you planning to read any? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Also, I'm always open to book suggestions, so feel free to send some my way. Who knows? Maybe yours will be included in my next "What I'm Reading" list.

Have a happy week!

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