Covid brought back a fun hobby and I’ve let it. ride the wave all the way through, I read A LOT…like 4-5 books per month. I have been sharing with friends over the years and I have definitely looked up my favorite book bloggers to get new recommendations, but I am so excited to begin sharing what I read and all the details to hopefully spur you on to pick up a book and read again or find your new favorite for your upcoming trips. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
Wow Wow Wow! So, so good. Hilderbrand is one of my favorites to begin with, but this one, I couldn’t put down. So, for starters…you need to be able to wrap your head around a weekend rendezvous between two lovers each year if you are going to be able to read this. I do not agree with the premise, in real life. In fact, I am a child of a parent who had an affair and it’s heartbreaking. However, I loved each of the characters so much, along with the supporting characters, their story line, the year in review, and the narrator…but my heart broke at the end. I really wanted there to be one more chapter to really tie everything up, but I’ve realized Hilderbrand often ends one chapter early and my mind goes wild, wondering what might have happened in the book land to my new favorite characters. I hope you’ll pick up this book and maybe come to terms with the fact that life is not always as black and white as we make it out to be.
Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey
This is the perfect follow up after 28 summers. Another cute, easy, chick lit that definitely charmed its way into my heart. This book bounces back and forth between two women who are drastically different, but both are facing different life struggles. Somehow, the author brings them together in a surprising way. I fell in love with Gray’s story and found myself wanting to skip certain parts to find out what happens next. However, Diana’s story picked up midway and I found myself wanting to rush through to get to her part next. Both characters were lovable and relatable and it ended in the best, most surprising way. Who doesn’t love a good love story, friendship, and finding your way out of the rough stuff kind of story? The book ended with an incredible quote, “Sometimes we get right where we need to be by ending up where we started.” Definitely pick this one up to cure your summertime blues.
Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons
If you struggle from chaos, anxiety, depression, not feeling yourself, or wanting a change…run to get this book. Rebekah eloquently expresses her past and beautifully ties it together with practical, Godly ways to reconnect and find balance and harmony in your life again. Her 4 rhythms are: Rest, Restore, Connect, and Create. In studying each of these, I found areas I had never even thought to work on and some that I related to and found confirmation in already adding to my life. It’s a book that’s great for every age and will serve as a guide any time you don’t quite feel like yourself and need to step away to find yourself again.
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
I found this one from Mix and Match Mama and have not been able to put it down. The main character, Calla, has found herself back in Alaska after 24 years away from her estranged father. As a city girl and lifestyle blogger who is facing the unknown, she is having to learn everything about life from scratch in a world that is drastically different from her own. I found myself cringing at parts or crying during others because the imagery was perfectly written by the author. Her descriptions and character development made for a fun and easy read. However, there is some language and a scene in the book that is very PG13. So, heed that warning. Excited that this is a series and I can continue with my new favorite characters.
Hope your October finds you in a bookstore or cuddled up in your own book nook enjoying a book. Share some of your favorites that I should read in the comments.