Today I’m sharing all of the books I’ve read recently! I have a bunch of different types of books to share with you from faith-based, fiction, and memoir. Make sure to click the blue links to shop these books for your next beach trip!
Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan - I am reviewing all of these together because they are a trilogy. These books are an account of the happenings of a super wealthy Asian family over a period of like 5 years. They live in flashy world with big personalities and big dramas covering everything from romance, weddings, divorce, pregnancy, and death. It is kind of like reading a reality TV show! It follows three or four plots of specific family members and I enjoy some of these plots/characters more than the others. These books have sooooo many characters and it was hard to keep up in the first book, but by the second book, I felt like I knew everyone. I didn’t love the first book, but I’m not a quitter so I had to finish the trilogy! I really liked the second and third books! A movie based on the first book is coming out in August! Put this on your reading list before then!
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - This book was different from any faith-based book I have ever read. Just the way the author writes is so unique. One of my goals was to be more present and I think this book helped me start working towards that. Ann Voskamp recounts the journey of documenting over one thousand things that she is thankful for by writing them down as she encounters them. Of course, I had to take on this challenge and it has caused me to be present as I search for things to add to my list.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - This book was picked up by Reese Witherspoon and made into an HBO short-series. With all the awards the show won, I was eager to pick the book up. I'll be honest, it started out very slow, but there were so many twists along the way that I really liked it! This book also touches on some very mature themes that I was not expecting, specifically abuse. Also the last fifty pages are absolutely shocking page-turners. I have to say, I did not see the ending coming! I loved the three main characters and want to be in their clique living it up on the coast!
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines - I looooved this book. Before I read it, I liked Chip and Joanna Gaines, but now I love them and consider them role models. There is something in this book for everyone! Men, women, teenagers, parents, dating, and single! It follows their story from before they met to dating, marriage, having kids, taking business risks, and hitting it big time. Get ready to fall in love and be inspired by the way Chip and Joanna love people.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls - Last semester, I went with my friends to see this movie and had never even heard of it! It is a memoir of Jeannette Walls's life as a vagabond child. Her family is literally homeless by choice and it is so eye-opening to see the reality of homelessness from her perspective. The adventures her family goes on makes you feel like you are reading a fairytale although it's a little less glamorous! It is also a touching tale about the bonds of family and definitely pulls at your heartstrings!
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards - This book stuck with me longgg after I read it. It is about a doctor who has to deliver his own twins, a boy and a girl, in an emergency. One of the twins has Downs Syndrome and he decides to give her away. This decision changes the course of everyone in his family’s lives and you get to follow his daughter’s life as well. This book was very eye-opening to the difficulties children with disabilities face as doors are constantly closed to them. It is a fiction book though, so it is still very entertaining and the end is surprising!
Everybody Always by Bob Goff - I loved this book so much that I gifted it to my younger brother for his birthday! In true Bob Goff fashion, this book is filled with stories about the crazy ways he and other people have loved people extravagantly. He also touches on topics such as fear, trust, and of course, the gospel. It is entertaining and inspiring! If you haven’t, pick up his book Love Does as well!
That finishes this round-up! If you want to see my other book reviews, click here and here. If you have any book suggestions, let me know. I am always adding something new to my Amazon cart!
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers - I'm currently reading this book, so this isn't a full review! But, I'm halfway through and I'm obsessed! It is about a girl found as an abandoned baby by a preacher and his wife. Her adoptive mom dies and the preacher can't take care of her anymore. Because of her past, she struggles in where she finds her worth and tries to make it big time in Hollywood. I have no idea how this one will turn out, but I love all of the characters and am invested in their story!