So, here are my top 3 November books – hope you enjoy! One quick note – Christmas is right around the corner, why not give the gift of books to someone you love? There are tons of options – I love my Kindle, while Martha lives for audiobooks. Either way, escaping into a good book is a feeling like nothing else. Check out Amazon’s vast book selection or download an app like Audible or AudioBooks. Happy Holidays! 🙂
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – If you are a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, FEMALE—then you should probably read this book. Not only did I fall in love with the main character (while also simultaneously wanting to shake some sense into her), but I also learned a ton about flowers and their meanings—in a way that was interesting and lent so much to the book. The main character, Victoria, is a victim of the foster system, and we are taken through her childhood, as well as along with her once she is ‘released’ from the system. She has the chance at family a few times in the book, and sabotages it almost every time. The only thing that has never let Victoria down are flowers and her ability to communicate through them. It’s a beautiful book about love, loss, and ‘family’—in all of its different forms. I fell in love with Victoria and her resiliency, while also wanting to shake her into allowing herself to be loved. Not only could I not put this book down, but it also left me with a new knowledge of the power behind flowers, and a new appreciation of moss (Yes, the plant! Its symbolism/meaning is fantastic). Win-win! Get it here
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – OK, I wasn’t even going to include this one in my review b/c I was so mad at the ending. But, after reading approx. 6-8 books this month, it’s the one book that most stands out. I think this book is going to haunt me for a while. The main character, Louise, is stuck in, for lack of a better term, a love triangle– with a man and his wife (sounds weird, but it’s really not, I promise.)The twists and turns and the manipulations are ridiculous, and I couldn’t get enough. It gets a little sci-fi, but please don’t let that scare you away! I HATE sci-fi, but this truly enthralled me and made me think “what if?!” READ IT. And then report back! I must know your thoughts. Get it here
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – I am going to go so far as to compare this (very loosely) to the movie “Crash.” I LOVED that movie. All these people, seemingly unconnected and going about their days, and then bam!-they go and change each other’s lives. The book is about 4 (very flawed and quite selfish) siblings who barely have anything to do with each other-they only talk to discuss The Nest, a hefty trust fund set up for them to have when they reach a certain age. However, when the money is used to bail out one of them, the other 3 are left panicked and scrambling. We get to know each sibling, but then we also meet characters who enrich each of their stories and help them to grow individually and together. It’s a wonderful story of how small the world is, and how large of an impact we can actually have on each other. Get it here
What are you reading this month?