February 14, 2017

The Bookshelf: Vol. 10

I'm definitely ahead of my game this year so far. My goal is 40 books and I've checked 7 off of my list so far. Winter is usually my best reading time because I love sitting on the couch curled up in comfortable pajamas and a book. I also can thank my obsessive library hold list. I got a little click happy at the beginning of the year and my holds have been coming up fast. I have five library books currently on my nightstand.

Here is my thoughts on the books I've checked off so far:

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty - (Goodreads/Amazon) If you've read anything by this author and liked it, then you will probably like this too. Her style is very similar in all her books. This was a good story, a little slow at the beginning, but I enjoyed it. I'm super excited for the new HBO show based on a book written by Moriarty.

A Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell - (Goodreads/Amazon) I love reading people's fish out of water stories especially when they are laid out in a diary style. This reminded me of the Happiness Project because it went month by month with a different focus each month. If you're a regular reader here, you probably saw this post about my favorite Danish term, so it's probably clear that I'm diving straight into my Scandinavian roots this year and loving every minute. There was a ton of interesting information about Denmark that went above and beyond Hygge.

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg - (Goodreads/Amazon) I didn't know what I would think of this book. It gives you the history of a little town in middle America from the day it was created to today. I didn't think I would like that many characters and that much time passing, but I was so wrong. The story made me smile the entire time. It was beautifully written and it may not have been the most thrilling book, but I'm so glad I gave it a shot.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly - (Goodreads/Amazon) I wanted to read this book before seeing the movie. I wouldn't recommend that. It had so many references to things I had never heard of in the world of NASA and physics and math. I'm still really excited to see the movie, but I didn't love the way the book read.

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines - (Goodreads/Amazon) I love Fixer Upper, so I had to get my hands on this book. It was a super quick read. The story kind of bounces around a little, but you find out more of their background and how they got to where they are. If you aren't fans of the show, you probably wouldn't love the book, but if you've watched it and like them, I would definitely recommend this.

And my two absolute favorites so far this year:

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue - (Goodreads/Amazon) I loved this book. It's a story about an immigrant from Western Africa. It follows his journey to try and become a citizen. There is no real crazy plot lines, it just feels like a real story and I loved following along. The ending seems more real life than I was expecting which I appreciated. I thought this author was wonderful and I hope she writes more.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - (Goodreads/Amazon) This book made me cry so many tears at the end. We got it for my sister in law for Christmas and because of my library timing, we ended up reading it about the same time. It's so fun to be able to talk about a book with someone else (I should really find a book club in NYC - any ideas?) The story was beautifully written and I loved it.

Have you read any of these? Do you agree? Again, my rating scale is all over the place on Goodreads - so I figured I would just tell you which ones I definitely recommend.

Linking up with Steph and Jana for their monthly book link up. Happy Valentine's Day. Share the love. Also, check back on the blog later this week for a chance to share the blog love with each other. I've been working on a little idea for a while now and I can't wait to share!!


  1. I keep putting off Behold the Dreamers and I have no idea why because you're the second person who has loved it! The Year of Living Danishly is on my list too, so I'm glad you found it interesting!

  2. A Year of Living Danishly sounds interesting. I still haven't read Truly Madly Guilty, I'll get to it eventually I'm sure. I haven't read anything by Fannie Flagg but that sounds really cute. i love talking about a book with someone as we are both reading it, but that rarely happens for me. i would love to find a real life book lcub as well. i love love loved the nightingale, and i added behold the dreamers.

  3. I'm fascinated by hygge so I'm definitely adding The Year of Living Danishly. I also love those kinds of memoirs.

  4. Truly Madly Guilty wasn't my favorite by Moriarty, but I did still enjoy it. I'm very much looking forward to the HBO miniseries as well! I love Chip and Joanna, so I can't wait to finally pick up their book!

  5. I love Fannie Flagg. I'm waiting on that one to come in from the library.

    Nonfic is not my first choice, but I do like fish out of water tales as well.

  6. Everyone is such a good reader in blog land! "Behold the Dreamers" intrigues me.

  7. I want to see Hidden Figures and was curious about the book. It definitely sounds like I should see the movie as a stand-alone. Just reading the words physics and math made me sleepy. :D The Nightingale. Such a beautiful, heart-breaking story. Lots of tears shed over that one.

  8. Behold the Dreamers sounds so good, and I really liked The Nightingale!

  9. I love being able to talk about books that I happen to be reading at the same time as others - I've found the internet to be the best resource for that. I'm dying to find an in-person book club, or I might start my own this year. A Year of Living Danishly is on my holds list at the library. I loved the Nightingale and cried many tears too!!!

  10. Hidden Figures was sooo good!!! I've added a few of your books to my tbr. Pam :)

  11. A Year of Living Danishly sounds really good. I loved The Happiness Project and I love books that follow a similar pattern.

    Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com


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