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Spring Book Love: Book Reviews and What I’m Reading Now

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So much reading happening right now! I can’t get enough…my Goodreads to-read list is growing each day with books I can’t wait to get into.

Here are my current book reviews and what I’m reading now:

the life-changing magic of tidying up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo

I find myself affected by clutter daily, because honestly I have so much of it! The task of decluttering is so wonderfully freeing but completely overwhelms me at the same time. This book by Marie Kondo is like therapy for anyone who’s clutter is driving them bananas (like me).

Doesn’t this sound dreamy?

From Amazon:  With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

This book is worthy of a read. I haven’t gotten through it completely but I find myself referring to it for short periods of time. I read a chunk of it and then got motivated to clear out some clothes in my dresser and closet. That’s progress!


The Girl On The Train

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

I listened to The Girl on the Train on Audible last month. The story line kept me entertained, and kept me guessing too. The main character is a train-wreck (no pun intended) so she was starting to stress me out but overall I really enjoyed listening to this book (thanks for the recommendation Kristen). There are a lot of intertwined relationships so it’s one of those fairly easy reads that you still have to pay pretty close attention to.

From Amazon:  Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty

I’m a little more than half into this book and I’m enjoying it. The story follows 3 women, friends living in the same (seemingly somewhat pretentious) town, harboring secrets and situations behind their closed doors. It’s an easy read so far and I’m breezing through it…just need more time. 🙂

From AmazonBig Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Oprah Winfrey - What I Know For Sure
What I Know For Sure
by Oprah Winfrey

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a big Oprah fan. I love her. I miss her daily talk show but I still try to dvr some of the episodes from shows on her personal channel. I’m listening to this as an audiobook, not realizing it’s written in short essay form. Looking back this is a book I would have enjoyed reading leisurely, an essay or two at a time. If you are an Oprah fan, I think you would really like this book written by her.

From Amazon:  …for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful cloth bound book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme–joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power–these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women–while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.

John Grisham - Gray Mountain


Gray Mountain: A Novel
by John Grisham

I haven’t started this one yet. It’s up next though. Not going to lie, I’m kind of intrigued by the main character being female. I don’t think that’s common of Grisham’s books is it? I hold a soft spot in my heart for John Grisham…one of the books, The Brethren, turned me into an avid reader as an adult. My sister let me borrow a little paperback while we were on a cruise many years ago and little did I know I would be reading some book or another every day after.

From Amazon:  John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

Love The Home You Have - Melissa Michaels

Love the Home You Have: Simple Ways to…Embrace Your Style *Get Organized *Delight in Where You Are
by Melissa Michaels

I have to thank my friend Sandy for sending me this book as a gift. I can’t wait to read it with her! I’ve already referenced my issue with clutter right now, I know this book will piggy back my decluttering therapy and help me find some inspiration around the home.

From Amazon:  What if the house of your dreams is the home you have? Meet Melissa Michaels, creator of the popular blog The Inspired Room and the best contentment coach you’ll ever meet. With humor and candor Melissa reveals how to transform your rooms (and your life) from plainly livable to fabulously lovable.

Like a perfectly overstuffed chair, Melissa’s encouragement beckons you to get comfortable and then get creative as you:

  • find beauty in the ordinary

  • discover your style and let it shine with simple ideas

  • entertain possibilities and people with more gratitude and joy

  • gather inspiration in the 31-day Love Your Home Challenge

  • leap from dreamer to doer with confidence

Much more than decor! This is your invitation to fall in love with the home you have and embrace the gifts of life, people, and blessings right where you are.

So there you have it. What should I read next? What are you reading and loving?


More books I’ve read from past months:

February, 2015

December (a month of memoirs)

October, 2014


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14 comments on “Spring Book Love: Book Reviews and What I’m Reading Now”

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I just finished it and it was great!!

    • Oh that’s a good book! I read it a little while back and really liked it! Have you read any others by Jojo Moyes?

  2. I just finished The Girl On The Train yesterday and I liked it, for the most part. Rachel totally stressed me out too, and then when I felt like I wanted to like Anna, I couldn’t turn my feelings around about her. It started slow for me but overall I liked it. And I read Big Little Lies a while back. It was so interesting how the themes were intertwined with normal everyday life. Both of these books kept me guessing till the end!

    • I finished Big Little Lies yesterday, I really loved it! I totally loved how “modern day” it was. Definitely kept me guessing till the end!

  3. I am just about finished with Where They Found Her b Kimberly McCreight. She wrote Reconstructing Amelia. Good book, I read it through pretty quickly. I just started Girl on the Train. Next up is A Memor of Violets by Hazel Gaynor.

    • Thank you for sharing! I read Reconstructing Amelia and really liked it…will look for these other two you mentioned. Have a great weekend!

  4. I’ve been feeling the Spring cleaning/organizing bug too. Today is “clean the sheets day” and I’m eyeing my walk-in closet as my next project. It’s in embarrassingly bad shape. So, the books! I’m super intrigued by the story line for The Girl on the Train. It’s been added to my list!

  5. Thanks for the suggestions. I read Big, Little Lies after listening to her other book The Husband’s Secret – enjoyed both. Really liked Whistling Past the Graveyard too. Just picked up Reconstructing Amelia and am waiting for her newest book (both sound good.) Also picked up JoJo Moyes (One Plus One), A Stool of Blue Thread and a few YA books (as I’m a HS librarian.) We have spring break coming up, so my pile is high. Waiting for Girl on a Train, but it’s a long list at the library for this one.

  6. Just finished Nightingale by Kristen Hannah EXCELLENT!!!!!!!
    also The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid also excellent
    I loved Girl on the Train and Big Little Lies Husbands Secret was also good

  7. I loved “Girl on the Train.” Was extremely disappointed in “Gray Mountain.” Very little plot, no suspense.

    • So I returned Gray Mountain to library today without finishing it. I never do that! I just wasn’t getting into it and I was over 100 pages in. Disappointed !

  8. OK, what I would do without you and your reading lists?!LOL I finished Grey Mountain. It was OK but the ending was nothing WOW. It was OK.
    Big Little Lies – first half was slow for me but then I couldn’t put it down. The ending was like WTF, amazing!

    • Yea, Grey Mountain did not keep me reading at all..I couldn’t finish it and was so disappointed because I love Grisham.
      I know Big Little Lies got me too! Did not see that coming!

      I’ve been reading some really good ones lately, need to write a post lol. I loved The Boston Girl (interesting historical fiction)! Just picked up All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner too…will read that when I’m done with my Harry Potter book 😉

      Hope you are well and I’m so glad you like my reading lists 🙂

  9. I picked up 2 more Grisham’s book to see if I like him. Gray Mountain was the first one I have read of his.
    I also picked up a few Jodi Picoult books but haven’t started. I have read one of her books that I grabbed at a resort while in Mexico this winter. Wrote down your other 2 books. Playground, beach and pool times are all taken care of now lol