Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Books and Beans~January~And a Giveaway!!

Happy first book review of 2017! I always feel like January is the perfect month for hibernating after the craziness of December.  Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!


I am back to loving the Iced Dirty Chai from Starbucks.  An iced chai tea latte with one shot of espresso.  It's like tea and coffee had a baby and I {heart} it.


A Hundred Summers by: Beatriz Williams
(4 out of 5 Stars)

This book is so good that one night I woke up at 3:30 AM, read a chapter and went back to sleep.  (I guess that was technically morning...)  As good as this book was, it did take me a while to get into it.  I do not typically like reading books set in the past (unless its The Lake House by: Kate Morton or ......).  If you like beachy reads with a historical bent that include female relationships, romance and just enough suspense to keep it interestng, this is your next book.  

The Couple Next Door by: Shari Lapena
(4 out of 5 Stars)

Such a great suspense novel!  I love finding a new author; especially when it's their debut novel.  This book kept me in suspense from the beginning and had a terrible (yet fantastic) ending.  When you read a lot like I do, it is often difficult to find authors who surprise.  This is an excellent book and one that I could see turned into a movie.  

Present Over Perfect by: Shauna Niequist
(4 out of 5 Stars)

**Enter to win this book below!!**

I heart Shauna Niequist.  Her book Bread and Wine is one I can read over and over.  Her writing voice is exquisite in that book and you feel like you know her personally after reading anything she has penned.   I love the message of being intentional about being present, which is something I definitely work on as well.  I did have a hard time getting into this book in the beginning, but the last 100 pages made up for it.  This is one I will go back and read again.

Jesus Always by: Sarah Young
(5 out of 5 Stars)

I have read Sarah Young's devotional, Jesus Calling, for the past two years.  This is her latest and it is proving to be just as good.  I love starting my day with devotions and quiet time.  This devotional is now part of my morning routine.  Read more about my morning routine HERE.

Rich and Pretty by: Rumaan Alam
(2 out of 5 Stars)

Save your reading time for something better.  I read this book as part of an Instagram Book Club that I belong to, and opted not to even post a picture to tell everyone I was reading it.  I love the concept of exploring a female friendship that spans from adolescence through adulthood, but this book just didn't do anything for me.

How to Be a Good Wife by: Emma Chapman
(2 out of 5 Stars)

My favorite thing about this book was that I told Dan it was non-fiction when he saw me reading it. :)  This book is creepy...and disturbing...and I need to read something totally fluffy for my next book.

Two excellent reads, two great Christian books, and two thumbs down books for this month.

I am so thankful for the connections I've made and the love you've shown my blog this month that I am offering a giveaway!  Enter the Raffelcopter below to have a chance to win a copy of  Present Over Perfect  and a $10 Starbucks giftcard!

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