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I’m basically always listening to an audiobook. I’m a huge bookworm…and all the girls on my team are too! Here are the books we’ve been listening to and reading lately. 

I’ve always loved reading, but recently I’ve been flying through books thanks to listening to some really fun audiobooks. The girls on my Merrick’s Art team are avid readers as well, and we all love sharing our book recommendations! Here is what we’re reading lately:

Merrick’s Books:

  • Part of Your World, Abby Jimenez: This was my favorite book of the year! With the title, I expected a cheesy love story, but it was so much more than that and not cheesy at all! It has amazing character development, very real and relatable character situations and issues, and it has such a good story of redemption and overcoming hardship. It’s a little spicy and has a little language FYI. I listened on audiobook through Libby and it was narrated by Julia Whalen. An automatic A+ just for that in my book.
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Time. Laura recommended this one, and it was a murder mystery style of book, but not spooky or scary at all. The book is written from the perspective of a mother, and in the first chapter, her adult son murders a man and is arrested. She is shocked and heartbroken, wondering where she went wrong as a mother. She wakes up the next day to find herself living her life in reverse, and it allows her to reevaluate her life and her job as a mother, and see if she can undo the events that led to her son committing murder. It’s a really sweet story, actually, of love and motherhood, and perspective, and deciding what matters most. It has a little language, but is very clean besides that. Highly recommend.
  • By Any Other Name. This was a cute love story about book editor, who finds herself feeling stuck. She’s promoted to editor over the best selling mystery author at the publishing company, and finds that discovering this author’s secret identity changes everything. It moved a little slow for me, and then wrapped everything up at the end a little too quickly, but overall it was cute. A tiny bit of language, and besides that very clean.
  • Find Your People. This book was recommended by my friend, Brittany, from Loverly Grey. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far I’m really liking the direction it’s going in. It has a very religious Christian base, and also talks about the need for community and people and friends to live a happy and full life. I’m excited to read more!

Laura’s Books:

  • The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer: This book was just so WHOLESOME and good. It made me fall in love with books and storytelling. Emotional and heartwarming.
  • The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine: Did you know that this author is actually a duo of sisters? If you’ve read the book The Last Mrs. Parrish by them, then I highly recommend The Wife Stalker! I listened to it and Julia Whelan narrates, which automatically makes it a good book. I was THROWN by the twist, it kept me on the edge of my seat!
  • Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin: This isn’t a new book, but I just love Gretchen Rubin. This book helped kick my habits back into gear postpartum and has really actionable tips.

Kristy’s Book:

  • Reign by Katherine McGee: I have loved this series.  It had me hooked at book one.  This was the final book in the series and while I loved that all of the characters stories got wrapped up, it was not my favorite book in the series.  But, it was lighthearted, a good clean read and overall I liked it.
  • The Selection by Keira Kass:  I read this series about five years ago and decided to listen to the series again.  I loved it then and I loved it now.  Its like Hunger Games meets the Bachelor and I am here for it! At first I thought it would be a little to young adult for me but each time I listen, I am entertained and brought into the story.  I am a hopeless romantic and this series fuels it!
  • The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson: A friend told me about this author this last summer and I literally binged all of her books within a few months.  All of her books are lighthearted, have a fun story line and I love it when you read books where the characters are pulled from other books the author has written.  The meet cute of this book is totally predictable and I loved every moment of it.  I was just rooting for them to fall in love and get the happy ending!

Shelby’s Books:

  • The Midnight Library: I read this a couple months ago, but recently discussed it with my book club and we all loved it! The beginning is a bit dark, but it has such a thoughtful message and was really enjoyable to read. We all agreed it was both fun storytelling and made us all think. 10/10!
  • The Poisonwood Bible: People have been telling me I have to read this book forever, and even though it took me a minute to get into it by the end I couldn’t put it down. It was a fascinating look into a part of history I knew nothing about and a really thought provoking look into culture, belief, community, and family.
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed: I’ve never read a book of essays before, but I loved this book and enjoyed the new to me format. I loved the variety of topics, interesting anecdotes, and personal insights from John Green. I actually haven’t read any of his other books, so it was an interesting introduction to his writing. I’ve found myself bringing up points, stories, and ideas from this book in conversation frequently since I read it!
  • My Lady Jane: I was skeptical because this book was entirely different than the books I usually read- a mix of fantasy and history- but it was actually so entertaining. Very YA, but sometimes I just need a book that’s pure fun, so this was super enjoyable. If you’re looking for something clever, fantastical, and just fun, this is a great read!

Mary’s Books:

  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah: When my childhood best friend turned 40, she planned a girls trip with friends from different time periods in her life, and we all gathered together at a beach house for a long weekend.  One of the activities was going to be a book club discussion on this book.  Sadly, most of us hadn’t finished it, so we didn’t end up discussing it on the trip.  Recently, I picked it off my shelf when I needed a book to read.  Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.  I understood why Jess wanted us to all read it for her birthday trip.  It was a beautiful story about friendship and realizing what is most important when it really counts.  I laughed, I cried, it tugged at my heart, helped me appreciate the incredible friendships I have in my life, and fulfilled my hopeless romantic needs. I mean, what more do you need in a book?!
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This is an older book, but one I just read. A story about a woman who is told her husband was lost on a military mission, moves on with life, falls in love again, and then gets a phone call from her lost husband that he was actually still alive. Will she reconnect with her husband, or will she move on with her new love?  There were frustrating moments in this book for me, but overall I was happy with how the story ended and liked the author’s writing style.
  • Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I wanted to read another book by this author and had heard a lot of good things about this book, so I gave it a go.  It was not at all what I was expecting, but there were definitely some plot twists that kept me wanting to see how the story would finish.
  • Part of Your World, Abby Jimenez: I read this after Merrick first mentioned it on Instagram and I absolutely LOVED it!  Seriously one of my all time favorite books.  I loved the love story and I especially loved the main character’s best friend, and her brutal honesty that helped her friend discover what she really wanted.

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately (and What My Team Has Been Reading!)

I’m basically always listening to an audiobook. I’m a huge bookworm…and all the girls on my team are too! Here are the books we’ve been listening to and reading lately. 

 

I’ve always loved reading, but recently I’ve been flying through books thanks to listening to some really fun audiobooks. The girls on my Merrick’s Art team are avid readers as well, and we all love sharing our book recommendations! Here is what we’re reading lately:

 

Merrick’s Books:

  • Part of Your World, Abby Jimenez: This was my favorite book of the year! With the title, I expected a cheesy love story, but it was so much more than that and not cheesy at all! It has amazing character development, very real and relatable character situations and issues, and it has such a good story of redemption and overcoming hardship. It’s a little spicy and has a little language FYI. I listened on audiobook through Libby and it was narrated by Julia Whalen. An automatic A+ just for that in my book.
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Time. Laura recommended this one, and it was a murder mystery style of book, but not spooky or scary at all. The book is written from the perspective of a mother, and in the first chapter, her adult son murders a man and is arrested. She is shocked and heartbroken, wondering where she went wrong as a mother. She wakes up the next day to find herself living her life in reverse, and it allows her to reevaluate her life and her job as a mother, and see if she can undo the events that led to her son committing murder. It’s a really sweet story, actually, of love and motherhood, and perspective, and deciding what matters most. It has a little language, but is very clean besides that. Highly recommend.
  • By Any Other Name. This was a cute love story about book editor, who finds herself feeling stuck. She’s promoted to editor over the best selling mystery author at the publishing company, and finds that discovering this author’s secret identity changes everything. It moved a little slow for me, and then wrapped everything up at the end a little too quickly, but overall it was cute. A tiny bit of language, and besides that very clean.
  • Find Your People. This book was recommended by my friend, Brittany, from Loverly Grey. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far I’m really liking the direction it’s going in. It has a very religious Christian base, and also talks about the need for community and people and friends to live a happy and full life. I’m excited to read more!

Laura’s Books:

  • The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer: This book was just so WHOLESOME and good. It made me fall in love with books and storytelling. Emotional and heartwarming.
  • The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine: Did you know that this author is actually a duo of sisters? If you’ve read the book The Last Mrs. Parrish by them, then I highly recommend The Wife Stalker! I listened to it and Julia Whelan narrates, which automatically makes it a good book. I was THROWN by the twist, it kept me on the edge of my seat!
  • Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin: This isn’t a new book, but I just love Gretchen Rubin. This book helped kick my habits back into gear postpartum and has really actionable tips.

Kristy’s Book:

  • Reign by Katherine McGee: I have loved this series.  It had me hooked at book one.  This was the final book in the series and while I loved that all of the characters stories got wrapped up, it was not my favorite book in the series.  But, it was lighthearted, a good clean read and overall I liked it.
  • The Selection by Keira Kass:  I read this series about five years ago and decided to listen to the series again.  I loved it then and I loved it now.  Its like Hunger Games meets the Bachelor and I am here for it! At first I thought it would be a little to young adult for me but each time I listen, I am entertained and brought into the story.  I am a hopeless romantic and this series fuels it!
  • The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson: A friend told me about this author this last summer and I literally binged all of her books within a few months.  All of her books are lighthearted, have a fun story line and I love it when you read books where the characters are pulled from other books the author has written.  The meet cute of this book is totally predictable and I loved every moment of it.  I was just rooting for them to fall in love and get the happy ending!

Shelby’s Books:

  • The Midnight Library: I read this a couple months ago, but recently discussed it with my book club and we all loved it! The beginning is a bit dark, but it has such a thoughtful message and was really enjoyable to read. We all agreed it was both fun storytelling and made us all think. 10/10!
  • The Poisonwood Bible: People have been telling me I have to read this book forever, and even though it took me a minute to get into it by the end I couldn’t put it down. It was a fascinating look into a part of history I knew nothing about and a really thought provoking look into culture, belief, community, and family.
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed: I’ve never read a book of essays before, but I loved this book and enjoyed the new to me format. I loved the variety of topics, interesting anecdotes, and personal insights from John Green. I actually haven’t read any of his other books, so it was an interesting introduction to his writing. I’ve found myself bringing up points, stories, and ideas from this book in conversation frequently since I read it!
  • My Lady Jane: I was skeptical because this book was entirely different than the books I usually read- a mix of fantasy and history- but it was actually so entertaining. Very YA, but sometimes I just need a book that’s pure fun, so this was super enjoyable. If you’re looking for something clever, fantastical, and just fun, this is a great read!

Mary’s Books:

  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah: When my childhood best friend turned 40, she planned a girls trip with friends from different time periods in her life, and we all gathered together at a beach house for a long weekend.  One of the activities was going to be a book club discussion on this book.  Sadly, most of us hadn’t finished it, so we didn’t end up discussing it on the trip.  Recently, I picked it off my shelf when I needed a book to read.  Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.  I understood why Jess wanted us to all read it for her birthday trip.  It was a beautiful story about friendship and realizing what is most important when it really counts.  I laughed, I cried, it tugged at my heart, helped me appreciate the incredible friendships I have in my life, and fulfilled my hopeless romantic needs. I mean, what more do you need in a book?!
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This is an older book, but one I just read. A story about a woman who is told her husband was lost on a military mission, moves on with life, falls in love again, and then gets a phone call from her lost husband that he was actually still alive. Will she reconnect with her husband, or will she move on with her new love?  There were frustrating moments in this book for me, but overall I was happy with how the story ended and liked the author’s writing style.
  • Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I wanted to read another book by this author and had heard a lot of good things about this book, so I gave it a go.  It was not at all what I was expecting, but there were definitely some plot twists that kept me wanting to see how the story would finish.
  • Part of Your World, Abby Jimenez: I read this after Merrick first mentioned it on Instagram and I absolutely LOVED it!  Seriously one of my all time favorite books.  I loved the love story and I especially loved the main character’s best friend, and her brutal honesty that helped her friend discover what she really wanted.

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