Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sporadic Book Revew

It's Thursday, but this is not a Life Lately post. Due to technical difficulties with my phone, I had to switch things up a bit. Technology was definitely not my friend yesterday. So today you get a book review, and tomorrow, hopefully, you'll get a bunch of pictures of Lucy Belle!

When I started this blog, I tried to do monthly book reviews. But, between raising a sweet baby girl and doing schoolwork for my classes, it became clear pretty quickly that it might take me more than a month to get through one book! So now I'm just going to do these reviews sporadically as I build up enough books to share. 

This is definitely me lately. 

I'm a big fan of Elin Hilderbrand books, and this one did not disappoint. There weren't too many characters, which is sometimes the case in her novels, and I was really interested in the plot twists and turns. If you're going to be lounging in a beach chair somewhere this summer, this would be a good book to throw in your bag. 

2. Better

I am a huge fan of Good Morning America. I have it on every morning while we go through our morning routine. I knew that Amy Robach was a breast cancer survivor, and I heard her discussing her book on air one day and thought I'd give it a try. Because she is a survivor, it was a very inspiring read. Cancer was really just the tip of the iceberg as far as medical struggles go for Amy. Hearing her describe her various illnesses along with her daily personal and professional schedules had me feeling a bit overwhelmed at times . . . like if she didn't have a panic attack I was going to have one for her! Also, I had no idea that you can be bullied and shamed not only for the type of cancer you have, but also for the course of treatment you choose. I found this to be a very interesting read. 

I had seen this book mentioned on several blogs that I read and finally decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed it! It's told through the stories of three generations of midwives. Basically it'd be like if me, my mom, and my grandma were all midwives and told our life stories. There's a bit of mystery to it. I found it very intriguing and was hooked from the start. Also, since I have recently had a baby, I found the comparisons between hospital childbirth and midwifery to be very interesting. 

I just finished up this book, and I think I would recommend it but not in a "Oh my gosh, I loved this book you have to read it" kind of way. It took me a while to read it, which may have contributed to why I had a hard time staying interested in it. I also didn't love a few of the characters (particularly the way the mother handled a few issues with her daughter). I've really enjoyed many of Mary Kay Andrews' books, but I don't think this one would be at the top of my list. Who knows, maybe you'll think differently though!

If you've got any good book suggestions, feel free to comment and let me know. It's always great to get recommendations from others!



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