As I sit here with the windows finally open and the sun trying to peek itself out through the clouds I thought I would quickly do a little April book review for you! At the beginning of this year I wanted to make sure to read at least one book a month..and well, I’m definitely trying to do 2-3 now. I tend to switch between business/self-help and thriller/mystery. I am also now on Goodreads so you are more than welcome to follow me there, I share the books I’m reading, books on my list, and can also leave some reviews here and there.
Feel free to also take a peek at some of my past reading lists HERE, and come back next month for another book club review!
THE GREAT ALONE
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown…
I’m such a big fan of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and was super excited to get my hands on this book. It didn’t start out too bad and it kept me interested for the most part (probably the intriguing life of the Alaskan wilderness). But, as it kept going, it was one bad/sad moment or tragedy after another…which is not my cup of tea.
Although, I did love to read about Alaskan life and how simple and badass it was for those who lived there. Also, I loved some of the relationships that were built and how strong they were in such a small town. It reminded me a bit of my own small town home and how tightly knit communities can be, especially when tragedy hits.
It does have a happy-ish ending, so you don’t leave super upset, but the road to get there was just quite sad. From abuse after abuse, a terribly graphic and life-altering accident, a couple deaths, etc.
BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear
With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.
This book was super helpful to get me motivated again and stick to my goal of finishing my site and creating product and future ideas. I actually still have a chapter or so to go, as I found that this book is a long-term read (and I think others can agree). It’s a good book to pick up every so often when you are needing that kick of inspiration.
I actually also love the entire outlook on inspiration and that every single person has something inside of them that is special, a ‘hidden gem’ that could potentially be tapped into. Not only that, but there is a chapter about procrastination and perfection that hit home for me. It helped me understand that I was letting fear get in the way, causing procrastination, and blaming it on me just trying to achieve ‘perfection’. Procrastination can cause you to miss out in a way (someone else can come along and do what you were working on because they didn’t let fear get in the way).
THE WIFE BETWEEN US
A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement. You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. Assume nothing.
This book seemed to pop up everywhere at the beginning of the year and I was definitely drawn the mystery behind it. As I dove into it, I wasn’t all that impressed. It had a few twists that were interesting, but also seemed to move quite slow (until the end where there more and more twists). For me, it also felt a bit repetitive when it came to the main character and her overall well-being (drinking, depression, obsession, etc). But like I said, it did pick up at the towards the end, but overall it was not as interesting and intriguing as I thought it would be.
But if you are into relationship mysteries or slight thrillers, this was an easy and somewhat quick read!