1 // Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Life. Changing. Book. If you are a Christian who has ever struggled with the question of “Is this God’s will for my life?”, this is the book for you. My family is currently in the process of making some major life decisions. I have been paralyzed with fear while trying to make these decisions because I am terrified that I will be doing something that is outside of “God’s will” for my life. Guys, this book is on point and a must read if you are struggling with making a decision about a job, or a move or a relationship or really anything! It has truly set me free! This one was a hit for sure.

2 // The Rooster Bar by John Grisham 

For the record, I love almost anything by John Grisham. The Firm is one of my favorite books and I have read almost everything that he has written. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get behind his latest novel. It was entertaining enough and an easy read but he has set the bar so high with so many of his other novels that I finished this one and just felt disappointed. I’m sorry John but this one was a miss for me.

3 // Crazy Rich Asians (1, 2 & 3) by Kevin Kwan

A few months ago, I read the Crazy Rich Asians series and loved it! The story itself was great and the plot flowed nicely through all 3 of the books. The story focuses on Nick and his girlfriend Rachel who are going to Singapore to meet Nick’s family. The catch is that Nick’s family is so rich that they make rich people look poor and they are not thrilled about their Nick bringing home an American Asian nobody.

It was funny and charming and the characters were lovable. I am definitely looking forward to seeing the movie and hope that they were able to capture the charm of the book and transfer it onto the big screen. This one is a hit!

4 // The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. 

The Zookeeper’s Wife is based on the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski. The Zabinski’s were husband and wife and ran a zoo in Warsaw, Poland during the time of the Nazi invasion. They were able to use their zoo as a guise to protect hundreds of Jews from being killed.
I really wanted to love this book. I thought that the story was so interesting and I loved that it was based on a true story. I just could not get into it! I was so bored. I am very interested in WWII literature and reading stories about the Nazis and what people did to survive but this one could not seem to capture my attention. I don’t know if it was the writing style or what but this book was a miss for me. (I even tried to watch the movie which also ended up being a major snooze fest.)

5 // Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Let’s finish off this round of hit or miss with a hit! Inside the O’Brien’s is a story about a family whose father is diagnosed with Huntington’s disease which is a genetic neurodegenerative disease. The story is beautifully written and takes you through many of the families hurdles starting from diagnosis, to the effects of the disease on the father, to his children choosing whether they will undergo testing to find out whether they are carriers of the disease as well. I thought it would be a sad read but it was really encouraging how the author took what would be a devastating diagnosis and showed how the family made the best of a horrible situation. Inside the O’Brien’s is a hit!

Honorable mention: The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

The Nightingale is one of the best books I have ever read. I think that I have mentioned it in another post but I don’t even care because it is that good. The book is about two sisters whose lives are torn apart when the Nazi’s invaded France. It is about being brave in the face of danger and fighting for what is right. It is just amazing and well written and the best $12 I have ever spent!

Well, that rounds out my list of hits and misses this week. Do you have any great book recommendations?

– Stephanie


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