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Recent Reads 9.26.19

I got my reading mojo back! I actually got it back a little bit ago, but I haven’t had a chance to blog my recent reads until now and as a result I have four books to share today!

Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Harvey Woodson

This is a great little fluff book, it tells the story of three sisters and their mother and takes place in a little southern town called Peachtree Bluff. Caroline is dealing with her husband being unfaithful to her, Sloane’s husband is overseas with the military and she’s struggling with her three children and Emerson is trying to make it in Hollywood as an actress. They all come home to their mother Ansley’s southern escape to help support Caroline during this difficult time with her marriage. It is while the girls are home that someone from Ansley’s past shows up in town and soon she finds that her past may come back to haunt her. While their is a fair amount of emotional drama in this book, it is still a pretty light read, it may be something to do with the southern charm of Peachtree Bluff. Either way, the characters are likeable and I found myself sucked right in. It is a great beach or vacation read. 3.5/4 stars

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

This is another book that is a good summer read and it’s another one that focuses largely on female relationships within a family. In this book we meet Birdie and her daughters Chess and Tate. Chess has just quit her job and broken her engagement to a well to do man. When her fiance ends up dying in a freak accident, Chess goes into a downward spiral, so Birdie packs her up and whisks her away to her family’s special vacation home on rustic Tuckernuck Island. Tate joins them as well as Birdie’s sister India. The idea is to get away from everything on the remote island, but secrets and drama makes this getaway anything but peaceful. It’s definitely a page turner as you want to learn more about Chess’s deep dark secrets and how the other women fit into the story as well. The characters are unique and I’d say that this is more than just a “fluff” read, but it’s also not too heavy. 4/4 stars

How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute by K. J. Antonia

This book was suggested by Shea of Shea Lennon and I immediately added it to my hold list at the library after reading her review. Now I am NOT an unhappy parent. That is most definitely not true. But like most parents, I don’t have all the answers and while this book doesn’t promise to have all the answers either, it has great tips on all sorts of things from making mornings easier to how to have your children start doing chores, how to deal with mealtime drama, how to handle screentime and all sorts of other things. I have to be honest, I didn’t get to totally finish this one before it had to go back to the library and there were holds on it so I couldn’t renew it, but I might actually buy a copy so I can finish it. I’m already using a couple of suggestions in the book and it’s working really well – such as we’ve started having Ollie clear his own plate from the dinner table. He now reminds us if we forget to have him do it himself. It might sound so simple but it was a little thing we could easily start having him do and it just totally worked. If you are a parent, I think this is worth a read. 4/4 stars

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Reid Jenkens

I was SO excited to get my hands on this book since it has been like THE BOOK everyone is reading this year. It did not disappoint. I devoured this book in about three days, no joke. Daisy Jones and the Six is a book about a fictional band and it’s written as if it is told by the band. It’s the story of how they came to be, behind the scenes of recording their biggest hit album and then the story of how it all fell apart. I wasn’t sure if I’d like how it jumped around from character to character but it actually worked really well. There were aspects of the story of this band that reminds me a bit of the true stories of what went on behind the scenes in the group Fleetwood Mac. Overall it is just a fun read that I just couldn’t put down. It is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. 4/4 stars

7 thoughts on “Recent Reads 9.26.19

  1. Ooooh so many good books on your list! I just heard of daisy jones and the six and I love me a good beach read. Thanks for the suggestions!! And glad the book on parenting is helpful. I mean, who has all the answers? St least there are resources out there for parents ❤️❤️❤️

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