Monday, April 19, 2021

2021 Book Reviews | What I've Read So Far This Year

 I can't believe I haven't hopped on the blog to talk about books since last year!!! That is crazy to me because reading recaps are my favorite posts to read and write. I wish I had more books to share but I haven't made a ton of time for reading since my full time internship started this semester. I am getting back into the habit though of reading each day and it has made me so happy.

I can't wait to hear your thoughts on these books. Don't forget to comments and tell me what you have been reading as well. I love hearing your recommendations.

Little Secrets by: Jennifer Hillier

This book is about a woman who in an attempt to save her marriage and her sanity, resumes the search for her missing son. The FBI search has gone cold and she is determined to find answers. The answers are not what she expects and no one is who she thought they were.

I really liked this book. It moved quickly enough for me to get hooked early and the ending was somewhat shocking. I can't say it was the best thriller I've ever read and I don't remember most of the storyline months later, but it is a good read and I recommend it if you are in need of a new thriller. 

Rate: 4 Stars

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by: Jon Meacham

This book is about the life of John Lewis, an unsung hero from the Civil Rights Movement.

I must preface this by saying that I listened to the audio book and I am not a huge audio reader. I definitely prefer to have the book in front of me, and that was the case with this one. Listening to it, I felt it was a bit "wordy", but I probably wouldn't have felt that way if I read a physical copy of the book. I did find I would sometimes zone out and have to rewind. That being said, I think John Lewis is a phenomenal person to learn about and he had a really interesting life. I love how his faith was such an intricate part of his journey and it really shows. 

Rate: 4 Stars

The Night Swim by: Megan Goldin

After the first season of her true crime podcase because an overnight sensation, Rachel Krall is now a household name. But she is not a household face. That is why it is extremely unnerving when someone starts leaving her notes as she works to cover a case in a small town. Is there more to the story that she is missing? 

I freaking LOVED this book. I love stories centered around a podcast and this true crime podcast element was done so well. I didn't see the ending coming and read this one quick. If you need a good thriller this is one I would highly recommend.

Rate: 5 Stars


Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining

This is a stunning coffee table book with hosting tips and recipes for entertaining from Lilly Pulitzer herself!

Does this count as reading? I think so. I loved every word and picture from this darling book. If you need a beautiful book for your coffee table and you're a Lilly lover, I highly recommend.

Rate: 5 Stars!

The Book of Essie by: Meghan MacLean Weir

This novel is about family, fame, and religion and how when those three are combined, things get messy. Esther Ann Hicks-Essie- is the youngest child of six in the Hicks family and has found herself pregnant at seventeen. The daughter of a famous evangelical preacher and reality tv stars, her options seem very limited.

I really liked the plot of this book but I didn't feel like I loved or hated the characters as strongly as I was supposed to. Even though I enjoyed reading it and I did so in about two days, I don't think it will be one I'll remember for a very long time. It was just okay for me.

Rate: 3 Stars 

That's all so far folks! I can't wait to get back to reading more now that school is coming to a close. What have you been reading? Leave any good books in the comments please!

Chat soon. xoxo

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