reading by a pool. dreams do come true, kids.
Why do I feel the need to apologize for this month’s stack of books? But I do. It’s like the book equivalent of admitting I’ve seen pretty much every season of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Squad (Kelli – one of the coaches – spells her name with an I just like me!) It’s my reality show treat – I love the tough talk when the girls are told they need to lose five pounds because of their teeny little belly fat (“yes, ma’am” they say to the coaches with a little tear) and I love the intense workouts and auditions. For some reason that show just feeds my competitive side…Also feeds my wish I had better hair.
Anyway, coming off two years of reading theology that needed my complete attention, I enjoyed packing fun, light-reading books for our trip to Texas – and when you travel with kiddos, you know the books better be light and easy to read. *reads five words* “Mom…?” *reads another five words* “Mom!” *reads four words* “MOM!”
So here’s my May list of As Shallow as a Reality Show Books:
I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love by Emily Maynard Johnson: Emily was on The Bachelor and then The Bachelorette. While I don’t watch these shows, the book gives behind the scenes details on the show and dealt with her life – losing her fiance and then finding out she was pregnant ten days later. She went on the two reality shows and didn’t end up marrying either man (but now is married). She also discusses her coming to faith in the Lord – which is her real “yes!” It’s a super quick read. But one that might be good for your next airplane ride. Rating: 7
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan – She lets her son run ahead of her in the woods, but then when she comes to the clearing where he is supposed to be, he’s disappeared. The book tells the aftermath of her son’s disappearance and how she deals with her ex-husband and his new wife and her sister and friend. I love this kind of suspenseful mystery and enjoyed this book – some of the descriptions of how she felt as the case played out seemed more realistic than usual in a book like this (i.e. her anger at her sister, jealousy of the new wife…). Rating: 8
The Widow by Fiona Barton – Jean’s husband has just been hit by a bus and killed. She has been helping her husband cover up a crime he committed, but now she can be her real self and tell her story. There’s a journalist seeking the truth and the cops seeking to know what really happened all those years ago. Without giving away the plot or giving spoilers – this was an okay book to read on a trip, but I also preferred the book above (What She Knew) for this mystery genre. The Widow just was a little too dark for me with regards to the crime involved and with their marriage/relationship. Just not redeeming characters. Rating: 7
I Don’t Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother by Allison Pearson – This book was super popular a few years ago, but I never got around to reading it. It’s the typical book on a working mother balancing life with two little toddlers. Read it if you like light and airy and to see how the author resolves said conflict in this book. (Another book I enjoyed a little better on this topic was “A Window Opens” by Elisabeth Egan.) Rating: 7
That’s my list for the current May! Here are the past month’s posts on books read in 2016: