February was good for my reading life! Not only did I discover the What Should I Read Next podcast, but I also joined the Modern Mrs. Darcy bookclub and subscribed to her blog. It was a game changing reading month for me.
Last week I did a post on my 2017 Reading Challenge and this month I was able to cross off five books from that challenge! Below is a list and mini-reviews of my February Reads.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows.
This book is easily in my favorite books of all time category. It’s not terribly long and is a good-hearted, powerful, read. I categorize it as a book about books, with history and love thrown in. Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from the island town of Guernsey, occupied by the Germans during WWII and decides that this little island is the subject of her next book. I love the snippets we get into the island occupation, as well as the hilarious reactions to a persnickety lady that lived on the island. If you enjoy historical fiction, well-written novels, and a little dash of humor, this book is for you!
The Girls by Emma Cline.
This book got a lot of fame and press, but I have to be honest, I wasn’t terribly impressed with it. Plot: Evie Boyd lives in Northern California in the 1960s and becomes a tagalong to a cult. I think the author was trying to show just how easy it can be to get swept in to something and be in over your head, but I just couldn’t identify with any character. Evie is whiny and unlikeable. The writing is eloquent but almost too much. Finally, there’s a whole modern day plot line that I’m just not sure about in any way, shape or form.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
This book is incredible. I read it on our vacation in Breckenridge and could not keep my nose out of my kindle at all! Kristin has a way of writing that gets you totally sucked into the story. This book follows two sisters as they live in German occupied France during World War II. I adored how humanized a german soldier who billeted with one of the sisters became. I’ve never thought of Nazi’s as people, and unfortunately so many were pulled into Hitler’s ploy despite having pure hearts. This book made me feel sympathy to a Nazi, so you know the writing is good. Further, each sister did miraculous and courageous things to bring justice to the marginalized in times of fascism and terror. There were many cringeworthy moments in this book, however the ending had me weeping tears of joy and sadness. It’s a beautiful read!
Getting Noticed by Lindsey Teague Moreno.
This book was a business development book for my Young Living business. It wasn’t terribly long (it took me half an hour to read on my Kindle). Lindsey writes about how you can get noticed by effectively using social media. If you team isn’t very social media based, this book is helpful. However, for most Happy Oilers (my team) we have many of these resources and strategies to our disposal, so personally it wasn’t a very helpful book to me.
Full Spectrum Success by Jacob Adamo.
This book is short, sweet, to the point. If you are looking for high-quality literature, this book is not it. That being said it breaks down personalities and is insanely helpful if you are building a team and want to promote growth. I reference this book all the time and it has made me a more effective leader. I know how to communicate with different personality types because of it.
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.
Finally, For the Love! This book rocked me to the core. This book is a series of essays covering everything from religion to Thank You Notes by Jen. I went between two constants: laughing out loud and being humbled. The GoodReads review states that this will cause readers to “reimagine Jesus’ grace as a way of life,” and I completely agree. I think what stuck out with me the most is this: “if it isn’t true for a poor, single, Christian mom in Haiti, it isn’t true.” This quote challenged everything that Western Christians hold true. If the gospel doesn’t apply to that single Christian Haitian woman, it isn’t true for me. Just take a while to ponder that whammy. I love that Jen calls out the evangelical church but in a way that makes me want to grow and challenge my church in the best way. For example, she makes a point to state that Christians are often the meanest to other Christians. Why is that? Why can’t we all come together in solidarity to fill heaven and empty hell? On a serious note, my favorite non-religious quote from the book is this: “Thank you, Coffee. For everything. You make life possible. I don’t want to make you feel weird, but you are my soul mate. Well done.” This book rocks and you should all read it!
These books are what I’m reading in March!
- Rising Strong by Brene Brown
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
- Columbine by Dave Cullen
So, What’s on your reading list for March?