Saturday, April 2, 2016

Books and Beans {March}

I read a lot of books this month!  This was partly due to not going anywhere during spring break and spending some of that free time with my nose in a book :)  I read some great ones this month, so I hope you find a few that speak to you as well.

My warm drink this month was most often made at home.  I was really into my Keurig coffee with two sugar in the raw packets and two scoops of Coffeemate.  Not original, but it's what was in my mug!

(all images from Amazon)

The Index Card by: Helaine Olen
(4 out of 5 stars)

This is a personal finance book full of practical advice.  I liked the simplicity of it, but nothing was groundbreaking advice either.  I do like to read personal finance books and I liked this one.

The Beach Club by: Elin Hilderbrand
(4 out of 5 stars)

What a fun read!  Elin Hilderbrand never disappoints when you are in the mood for a beachy read with interesting, relatable characters.  I especially liked the perspectives of multiple generations in this book and the interactions of friends, family, and friends that become family.

The Secret Keeper by: Kate Morton
(5 out of 5 stars)

This is such a fabulous book.  I reread it this month to prepare for a book club discussion when I return to school.  Kate Morton is so talented at spanning multiple time periods and creating characters that are in-depth and stay with you long after the story is over.

Turning the Tables:  From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again by: Teresa Giudice
(3 out of 5 stars)

If this doesn't prove my eclectic taste in reading, nothing will!  Don't hate me, but I liked this book!  I have to say it was mostly what I expected, but I found Teresa more intelligent than I had previously given her credit for.  I love reading stories about other people's lives and perspectives and this book filled that need for me.

Oprah:  40 Inspirational Life Lessons and Powerful Wisdom From Oprah Winfrey by: Entrepreneur Publishing
(3 out of 5 stars)

I downloaded this book and listened to it driving home from a weekend with teens in Indianapolis.  I got it because it was cheap and I miss Oprah!  That being said, it was just okay.  It was kind of a summary of her core beliefs and teachings over the years, but it came off a bit hokey.

Everything I Never Told You by: Celeste Ng
(4 out of 5 stars)

This was a fabulous and disturbing book that dealt with a multiracial family in the 1960's, complicated family relationships, and teen suicide.  This book will be with you long after you read it.

Opening Belle by:  Maureen Sherry
(3 out of 5 stars)

I picked up this book after seeing it on Reese Witherspoon's Instagram feed.  I love Reese, and usually find her book recommendations to be great as well.  I did not love this book, but it was entertaining.  I liked reading about females in the corporate world in New York balancing work and family, but I did not enjoy the stock market/financial part of the book.  I could not get into those parts or descriptions.  I have a feeling this book will be a movie one day and I think it would be a rare time I would enjoy the movie more than the book.

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body by Kate G. Hudson
(4 out of 5 stars)

This book was great.  I loved her descriptions and advice on listening to your body and honoring it with exercise and food.  Other than the hippie chick stuff, this book was a homerun!

I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions for what I'll read next!  

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