Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Heart Eyes for February Books

I'm not going to lie, February's book post is going to take all of three minutes to read. 
This was not a big reading month. Life just keeps picking up speed and reading goes to the wayside.
You may not find a lot of books here, but you will find good books.
I was happy with the few I finished this month.
So, read on, and get some great recommendations :)

#1 The Mothers by Brit Bennett. This is a debut novel getting a lot of attention right now. It's a coming of age story about a young couple whose relationship wains when hard decisions are made. As years pass, they question whether things could/should have gone a different way. However, there are more people to consider now that time has passed. It's a good book. I was most drawn to the setting in Oceanside, California where we lived for so long. It felt so familiar and really transported this homesick girl back to home :) I appreciated that. However, I just don't see the wow factor people are talking about. A great book but I think there are better books out there. Go find them :) 
I'm not recommending this one.

#2 We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Agozi Adichie. This is a short non-fiction piece of a TedTalk Adichie gave once upon a time. The topic is feminism. Not in your face, angry feminism but a gentle prodding to consider long held beliefs/assumptions that no longer fit into our changing world. It is intelligent and relevant to everyone, not just women. I want everyone read this book, especially my daughter :) It just makes sense...and it's only 40 pages...so it's do-able. 
Recommending this one!

#3 The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino. What a fun read. My favorite book this month and so far, this year! I do not watch Fixer Upper but I'm a fan of this couple.  The book is written in alternating voice between Chip and Joanna telling their story, mostly pre- Fixer Upper tv show. It's interesting, funny, endearing, and inspiring. 
I highly recommend The Magnolia Story. You will fly right through this book.

That's all the books for February. Time to figure out what to read in March.
I'm thinking its time for a Hunger Games re-read.
Not really sure what else is out there. I'm looking for a really good fictional story that isn't too heavy. Any suggestions?

Linking up here and here and here for tons of book recommendations. 
Go read them all!

Follow Along:


  1. I'm headed to our library this week to find some new books to read, I have been really slacking lately.

  2. I've been rather out of the world of book. I feel drowned in a sea at Barnes

  3. Glad it's not just me when it comes to The Mothers. Whew. I just downloaded The Shadowhunters from the library. Fiction that I'm hoping it's a huge commitment.

  4. I am going to blog my February books in just a few minutes! I still haven't read the Magnolia one, although I would like to! :) I didn't read as many books as I did in January, don't know if that will ever happen again, lol.

  5. I loved The Magnolia Story. Jake and I are huge fans of the show, and then we saw this book and had to read it. I love the alternating stories from both their points of view. They seem like they are such a fun and down to earth couple!

  6. I'm bummed to hear someone else didn't like The Mothers, but it's also nice because I've been in a reading funk lately so maybe I'll put it off for awhile... I need to find something good to get me back in!

  7. I really want to read The Magnolia Story!

  8. We like watching Fixer Upper and I have thought about reading The Magnolia Story. I really admire their talent and ability to create multiple money-making businesses (TV show, store, bakery, bed & breakfast, and now a book). I'd like to learn more about how they accomplished so much.

  9. I haven't fallen into the HGTV or Chip and Joanna trap (it's a good trap! hehe) but I can already see why people like it/them! I really want to read We Should All Be Feminists. I've heard mixed things about The Mothers. XO - Alexandra

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  10. I care absolutely nothing about the Chip and Joanna Gaines book (I don't watch HGTV at all) but people seem to like it.

    I felt the complete opposite about The Mothers. I found it to be creative and powerful and definitely worth all the hype.

  11. I had similar feelings about The Mothers, glad I'm not the only one who wasn't completely wowed by it!

  12. Sorry for my super late comment, I just realized I never read the end linker uppers!!

    I was on the opposite end of The Mothers - I liked it a lot.

    I have that little Fem book waiting for me to read!