Hello and happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! My company gave us last Friday off for Good Friday, and it was nice to have a day to just get some stuff done! I ran errands, browsed at Target while pretending to be running errands, got my car washed, did ALL THE CLEANING, and then went to a Tenebrae service at my church. I’d never been to one before, and it was really moving to be in the sanctuary lit by candlelight and reflecting on the suffering and sacrifice Jesus made when he died on the cross.
The rest of the weekend was filled with family and fun! I tried out a new-to-me coffee shop with a new friend on Saturday, got to spend time with my parents and sister, celebrated that Christ is risen with my church family on Easter Sunday, and then had a great cookout that afternoon with the fam!
But now onto books – books books books let’s talk about some books! I’ve read some really great things in the last month and I’ve been dying to talk about them! And I know I’ve said it before but I’m going to say it again – filling out a bingo board for the books I’m reading has just been bringing me so much joy! Yes it’s silly and yes it’s a little restricting since I selected the categories I need to read to fill the whole thing out, but who cares because I’m having fun! I wonder what the first “bingo” I’m going to get will be…?
For a non-fiction book I read It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst. It was the book for a book club that I’m a part of and it was good!! Lysa talked so openly about disappointments and how to handle them. I got the audiobook from the library and “read” it that way, but I wish I would have purchased the book, honestly. There were so many good nuggets in there that I would have loved to underline and have to look at later! Because life isn’t perfect and fun fact there WILL be hard times and disappointments in the future and I can definitely see myself reading this one again. This sounds like a bummer of a topic for a book, but it wasn’t a bummer at all. It was really full of hope and inspiration and I highly recommend it, whether you’re currently experiencing disappointments or not!
For a memoir I read The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. I wasn’t sure if I would like this one since it was written interview style with Nick and Megan talking back and forth to each other (I find I’m much slower reading things like that), but since I’d read a few of Nick’s other books, I decided to give it a go. And it was overall pretty great! One of my FAVORITE THINGS is hearing how couples met and so it was neat to hear their story of how they met, what they were like back then, and what their lives have been like in the 18-ish years that they’ve been together. Their back-and-forth was sweet to read; they’re so playful and you can tell that they just genuinely enjoy each other’s company. But what I loved most was reading just how supportive they are of the other! They were constantly saying the sweetest, nicest things about the other (about them as people, their work, their families, etc.) and it just warmed my heart.
For a book with a green cover I read Point of View by Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I got to meet Elisabeth a few weeks ago when she spoke at the monthly Polished lunch I go to, and I was just so impressed with her. I went into the lunch thinking “she’s a celebrity, so this talk is going to be nothing but fluff and not a lot of substance and she’s just going to try and get people to buy her book…” but it was so much more than I expected! She got real with us and told some great stories and gave great advise about balancing work and faith, and she spent like a solid 5 minutes talking with every single person that wanted to get their book signed. I listened to her book (which she read!) while driving to and from Oklahoma to visit my parents 2 weekends ago and it was great! She talked about her time on Survivor, playing softball in college, finding job opportunities that she never really thought she’d want in the television industry, her marriage to her best buddy Tim and their family life, and she related all of it back to God in a really lovely way. It’s a short read but worth it to get from the library!
For a book published in 2019 I read Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken. And it was… fine. It was different than I expected – it started with an older lady’s mysterious appearance in a cemetery who starts a candlepin bowling alley in the New England town. The story continues with the people who frequent the bowling alley and follows along with their lives and generations after the lady dies in a freak accident. It all centers around the bowling alley and I liked that you saw into the lives of a LOT of characters, but there was just something about this book that I didn’t love. I think it might have been the writing? It seemed like it was a little too purposefully quirky and funny but it wasn’t actually funny. So, you wouldn’t be wasting your time with this one, per se, but also don’t feel the need to go read it IMMEDIATELY.
But a book that you should feel the need to go read immediately is One Day in December by Josie Silver – I read it for the spot of a book “everyone” has read. And now I know why “everyone” read it – and so quickly! It was just published last fall! I saw the book in a cute little bookstore in Connecticut last November and by the time I had requested it at the library later that week, it already had OVER A HUNDRED holds! So I finally just got the chance to read it last month and it was just such a sweet story! It had all the classic elements of a good chick lit read – romance, misunderstandings, friendship, love, an accident that comes out of nowhere, and just the best ending! I love this type of book so much because it gives all the warm fuzzies – and it’s officially become a book I recommend to people when they ask me what books to check out next!