We are officially into May now, which seems crazy to me! Time passes so fast, but at least we are officially into spring. I read a few really great books last month, so I wanted to share them with all of you. If you are an avid bookworm like me, I’m sure you’ll find at least one on this list that you like!
First up on the list is actually the one I finished last this month. Here’s the summary from the back of the book: “Ellen and Andy Graham have the perfect marriage. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one who left her heartbroken nearly a decade ago. The one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she’s living is the one she’s meant to live.”
I think I mentioned this in my last post, but this was the nearly 400-page book I read last weekend down at the lake. Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin is the perfect book to read when you’re on vacation or just sitting down to relax with a good book. I also love how cute and simple her book covers are! Nicholas Sparks is definitely one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to what I like to read, and Emily Giffin’s style reminds me of his books a lot.
It’s easy reading, and there is so much emotion and drama packed into every page, which makes it really fun and interesting to read. There wasn’t a whole lot to do at our camp last weekend, so it was great to have a fun book on hand! I’ve also read The One & Only by Giffin, and I can’t wait to check out all of her other books.
Next up: You’re a Badass by Jen Sincero. Now, anyone who has been following my blog this month knows how obsessed I am with this book, but I haven’t actually gone through and talked about it as a whole yet. Here’s the summary: “You Are a Badass is the self-help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don’t want to get busted doing it. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, create a life you totally love and create it now, and make some damn money already, the kind you’ve never made before. By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.”
So, I really love self-help books in general, because I’m always looking to improve myself and look at different ways to go through struggles, but what I really loved about this book is that it identifies general problems that everyone has, and shows you how to fix those problems with easy steps. Even just thinking more positively can help you to accomplish what you want in life.
I love that Sincero focuses on positive thinking, gratitude, letting go of fear and self-love. Like I’ve send many times, I have anxiety and really struggle with loving myself as I am, which I think is true for a lot of people. It’s so hard not to compare yourself to someone who you think is more successful. I think this book is perfect for anyone who is dealing with these kinds of self-worth struggles. I think the most important thing I learned from this book is that by being more positive, you will attract good things and a better life for yourself. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to improve his or her life and bring in more positivity!
Another book I read this month was Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult. I love the fact that Picoult lives in New Hampshire and is able to have an amazing literary career. Liberal arts jobs are pretty scarce around here, so it gives me hope that someone is finding success as an author!
Here’s the summary for this book: “In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well. In a heartbeat, Nina’s absolute truths and convictions are turned upside down, and she hurtles toward a plan to exact her own justice for her son– no matter the consequence, whatever the sacrifice.”
Another thing I love about Picoult and her novels is that she is able to come up with these unimaginably painful and difficult situations and make them relatable. I have never experienced sexual assault, and have never had a close family member go through it, but I still felt myself relating to the characters in the book and sympathizing with some of the decisions that the main character Nina made. I can always count on Picoult to provide meaningful books to read, and this one was no exception.
Finally on my list for April is Z by Therese Anne Fowler. This novel is a little different than what I’ve been reading recently, because it is a piece of historical fiction, specifically about Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Here’s the summary for this one: “When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, Zelda has fallen for him, even though no one else believes that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. When Scott sells his first novel, she optimistically boards a train to New York, to marry him and take the rest as it comes. What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. In New York City, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera, they will join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein. Everything seems new and possible, but not even Jay Gatsby’s parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous– sometimes infamous– husband? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it.”
I was first attracted to this book because I love The Great Gatsby, and I wanted to learn a little more about the history of the author, as well as the Jazz Age. Sometimes straight history is a little boring for me, so I wasn’t sure what this one was going to be like, but I loved how Fowler wrote the story as if Zelda herself was telling it. It was obvious how much research went into putting together this book, and I love that Fowler was able to put her own fictional take on that research. It was so interesting to learn about what that time period was like, and I loved being able to know Zelda’s thoughts and feelings about the events going on.
Something else that was interesting to learn more about was how women were treated during the 1920s. At one point in the book, the cause of Zelda’s mental illness is blamed on her trying to be more successful than her husband, which is so crazy to me! The Jazz Age is often portrayed as being glamorous and fun, but this book shows the other side of that time.
So, there you have it! Those are the books that I enjoyed during the month of April. I am always challenging myself to read more instead of just spending all my time watching TV or wasting hours on my laptop, so maybe next month I’ll be able to read more than four books!
Do you have any books that you have been enjoying lately? I’d love to hear about them!