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Today I am sharing 4 books that I read this month. All are fiction and all of them are good.
Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah (B + A)
Man, Kristin Hannah knows how to tell a captivating story. Her historical fiction book, The Nightingale, was my Top Book of 2020. I was excited to read something of hers that was more contemporary. And if we are being honest here, I knew that I wanted to read this book BEFORE I watched the new Firefly Lane series on Netflix. And I am so glad that I did because the book and tv show are so different! I really enjoyed this book. This fictional story about two best friends and their friendship’s ups and downs through the decades of life. It made me think of my own close friendships and all of the tough times where we have leaned on each other. Life is messy and complicated and wonderful and heartbreaking… and the people that stick with you through all of it make it all worth it. Highly recommend. 4/5 stars
A Court of Silver Flames – Sarah J. Maas (B)
Sarah J. Maas is another author that I will read anything she writes. For me, her books are the perfect escapism for when life gets a bit stressful. And this 4th book in her Court of Thorns and Roses series did not disappoint. If you have read the first books of this series, then you will absolutely enjoy this one. If you have not read the series, I would highly recommend that you start with the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, as each book’s storyline builds on the previous one. 4/5 stars
Girl with the Louding Voice (A)
This book. I find myself still pondering this book even though I finished it weeks ago. This story is about a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village. All she wants is an education; but the men in her life have other plans for her. This story is somehow heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. And if you choose to read it, I highly recommend the audio version because it pulls in the dialect that makes the story so much more endearing. My only regret with this book is that I wish I would have read it at another time in my life. This was a book club pick for my group and I was trying to hurry up and finish it before our discussion. BUT this was also right after that crazy winter storm hit Texas and my stress and anxiety levels were already running high. I was craving a light, fluffier read – which this is not. With that said, I did very much enjoy it. But I think I would have enjoyed it more if I could have been in a head space where I could have focused more on the characters and their amazing positivity and determination. 3.5/5 stars
Kingdom of Flesh and Fire – Jennifer L. Armentrout (B)
Last month I read From Blood and Ash and loved it. So of course I had to get my hands on the next book in the series, Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. I think I actually liked this second book even more. It picks up right where the first book left off. It was delightful and a captivating story to get lost in. And the last scene of this book has me anxiously awaiting the third book, The Crown of Gilded Bones, that I think is coming out at the end of April. I will be buying it immediately! 4/5 stars
B – Physical Book
A - Audiobook
As always, you can see a consolidated list of all my book reviews HERE.
Now it’s your turn – what book have you recently read that you can’t stop thinking about? I always love your book recommendations. Something that will pull me in immediately and keep me going through to the very last page. So tell me in the comments what you are reading, what you are loving, and what book recs you have for me.
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Justin William Alex
August 11, 2021
I think the book “girl with the Louding Voice” is your heart feeling book really. Thank you for sharing this.