Could it really be May 1st already?!?! Hard to believe it, but it's true. That can only mean two things. We are officially on the countdown to summer AND it's book club day here at Magnolia Mamas.
WHAT WE READ...
This month I read Everything Everything and I had high hopes for this book after seeing the movie preview.I don't think I've ever thought a movie was better than the book it was based on. The book is ALWAYS better. I haven't seen this movie yet, but for some reason, I have a feeling this movie will be one of those rare cases of being better than the book. It wasn't that I didn't like the book, because I did. It was an easy read with a unique plot and interesting characters. However, the way it was written was a bit a bit choppy and just didn't go into as much detail as I would have liked in some situations. I am excited to see the movie though because it looks really good!
Last month was crazy busy, but somehow I managed to keep up with the book trend that I set in March. I read three books, and enjoyed all of them! This month's books are brought to you by long swimming lesson hours, Tae Kwon Do, and a million doctors office waiting rooms.
I know they say never to judge a book by it's cover, but last month I did just that. Disclaimer: I totally had no clue what First Star I See Tonight was about, but the cover was just so pretty I didn't care. The story totally didn't fit the cover to me, but it was still a fun read. First Star I See Tonight would make for a great beach read! It was kind of a romance novel and mystery wrapped into one. It followed a private detective and a former NFL quarterback through a series of unfortunate events. It was witty, funny, and a quick read.
Up next was Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. I grabbed this book before an appointment that I just knew wasn't going to be on time. Rather than scroll through my phone I wanted something to read. I love history and thought this tale of Alexander Hamilton and how he met his wife sounded so intriguing (Apparently they truly were smitten with each other and until the day she died Eliza wore a love note around her neck from Alexander.).
Later I learned that this is actually a young adult romance novel. I had no clue while reading it though. It was such a sweet story, and I loved the author's take on what seems to be a real life love story between Hamilton and his wife during their courtship. I loved how it was from each of their point of views, and definitely was left wanting more. One of my favorites for the year so far!
Last up for the month is a novel from was what is becoming one of my favorite southern writers. I read Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey last year, and really enjoyed it. I've had Lies and Other Acts of Love sitting in my reading pile forever, and finally decided to dig in. The novel follows Annabelle, who just left her fiancé on a whim and elopes with someone she has only known for three days. Annabelle is madly in love and knows that the whirl wind romance has more longevity to it than her family thinks. Lovey is Annabelle's grandmother and she knows all about whirlwind romances, as well as what it truly takes to a make a relationship stand the test of time. I loved everything about this story. The southern humor, the life lessons, and the lovely ending - I loved all of it. And I'm excited because Harvey already has another novel that she just released. If it's anything like her previous two books, I am already looking forward to reading Slightly South of Simple.
WHAT'S UP NEXT...
We are switching things up for May because we found a book we both wanted to read and share with you guys.
When we learned about the book Friendship Matters, and learned that it was written by two life long best friends we were instantly intrigued. These ladies share tales of their friendship spanning over the course of 50 years. Here is a peek at the back cover...
Friendships offer us room for personal growth, emotional support, and plenty of fun. Explore the meaning of friendship in a personal case study of two women who’ve been friends for years and have worked at having an enriching relationship that helps them through the many challenges of life.
Authors Wendy Satin Rapaport and Sanda Neshin Bernstein are both clinical psychologists. In Friendship Matters, they use the example of their own friendship to explore the power of this connection. Friendship takes work, but it should be celebrated for the ways it can improve our lives and help us grow. Close friends are lifelines—the people who help us through the worst days and who cheer us on during the best. We can learn to nurture our friendships most effectively by keeping a few principles in mind. For example, though similarities are naturally comforting, it is also important to respect and celebrate differences because these are rich opportunities to learn.
Anchored by a dialogue between these two close friends, this wisdom-filled guide shows us how to have more meaningful relationships. With good friends by our side, anything is possible.
And as a special surprise this month we have an extra copy to share for one of you to read along with us!
Just comment below with why friendship matters to you and you will be entered to win your own hard copy of Friendship Matters. Winner will be announced on May 8th, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Looking forward to reading along with you!
What else should we put on our must read lists for this month?
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