January and February 2014 Recommended Reads

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It’s time for a  Recommended Reads post!   My favorite thing about this type of post is when you share with me what you’ve been reading.  I get a lot of my book recommendations from you!  Can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading lately.  Be sure and leave a comment and let me know.

January Recommended Reads

Tell the Wolves I’m  Home by Carol Rifka Brunt was my first book for 2014.  I am still not sure if I really liked it.  It is a story of love, grief, discrimination, misunderstanding and renewal.  Fourteen year old June’s uncle, whom she adores, dies of AIDS in the late 80’s when no one talked about AIDS. The story follows how June and her family deal with Finn’s death and June meets Finn’s partner Toby and they grieve and heal together.  The book is well written but I just felt sad after I finished it.


3 stars

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adrianna Trigiani

I am a big fan of Trigiani and have read all of her books.    This is the final book in the Valentine triology and finds shoemaker, Valentine Roncalli, planning her wedding to a handsome Italian nearly 20 years her senior and the son of her grandmother’s new husband. Valentine, an ambitious and talented shoe designer, struggles to balance work and home life, with her marriage often taking a backseat to her career.  Not my favorite book of the triology and I was disappointed in the story.  I love a story about the dynamics of a large Italian family and all the characters that make up the family. Definitely worth reading if you have read the first two books but not on it’s own.


3 Stars

The Fault In our Stars – John Green (some language)  I read this book mainly because I heard so many people raving about it.  Every time I would ask for book suggestions this one was always there – numerous times.  My daughter had read it last summer and loved it.  It is Young Adult Fiction.  I read it because I saw they were making it into a movie and I always like to read the book first.  This is a story  of love, life and death.  Yes, it is sad.  It is one of those books that may make you cry.   But there are touches of humor throughout which stops you from being totally depressed.

It is the story of two teenage cancer survivors who meet and fall in love. I enjoyed their quirky and irreverent sense of humor. You see what is like to live with cancer and the fact that death may be just a breath away at any time. Hazel Grace, one of the main characters, learns to celebrate life while at the same time acknowledging and accepting the pain that it brings.   I was sad at the end yet inspired by the strength and fortitude of the characters


4 Stars

February Recommended Reads

Allegiant by Veronica Roth is the third in a series of dystopian young adult books.  Although this isn’t my typical genre of book I enjoyed the first two books in the series.  Not so much the third one.  I didn’t like the ending which I won’t talk about to as not to spoil it but remember I don’t like a sad ending.  Be warned


3.5 Stars

I Am Half Sick of Shadows  by Alan Bradley is the  fourth in the serious of delightful little murder mystery novels that take place in the English countryside.  Flavia de Luce the main character is 14 years old and loves chemistry and murders and using that love of chemistry to help solve the murders!  The book is funny and entertaining I want to live at Buckshaw with Flavia.  This story takes place at Christmas when a murder occurs at Buckshaw and the entire village is stranded in the house due to a snowstorm.


4 stars

My Story by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart.  Elizabeth Smart tells her own story – the story of her kidnapping and abduction that lasted for 9 months.  She endured unimaginable things as a 14 year old girl but the beauty of this book is the incredible strength and spirit that she possessed and possesses that allowed her to survive and thrive.  An amazing story of faith.  A faith that allowed her to survive the daily nightmare she lived for 9 months.  After her freedom Elizabeth chose happiness.  She chose to no longer allow these people to have any control over her by living a happy and beautiful life.  A truly inspirational story.


4 stars

So what have you been reading?  Please leave me a comment and let me know!

For other book recommendations check out my 2013 Book List.


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Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. carla nilsen says

    Thanks. Have you read Kate Morton’s books? I love them. Just read one by Elizabeth Wein called Code Name Verity, which was very good, but intense and sad too, set in WWII.

  2. says

    I feel like Allegiant had to end that way. After having read the whole series, I was sad that it ended in such a way, but it was so appropriate. It was so characteristic of the characters in the book.

  3. Susan Sayre says

    I loved Little Princes by Conor Grennan. Also -No Magic Helicopter by Carol Masheter. Both are non-fiction. Both intriguing.

  4. Shanna says

    The Rent Collector is one of my new favorite books. It’s a sad setting in a dump in Cambodia, but there is so much hope and goodness in this book. Loved it.

  5. Tauna says

    I recently read a book called 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik.. It is about a man who made a goal to write 365 thank you notes in a year. The book talks about how it changed his life. It was a quick read, but I really enjoyed the life lesson he learned and shared in his book.

  6. Jen says

    I think you’d like the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. Really fun historical fiction that’s best as an audiobook. Also Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles that start with Cinder.

  7. Paige Overton says

    I was excited when I saw that you like the same types of genre that I like. I have read or listened to many of the same books. Some are my favorite authors are Susanna Kearsley and Kate Morton. I also enjoyed the Flavia de Luce novels, The Book Thief and other WWII novels. I read Code Name Verity – I thought it was good but it has a very slow start. There are several others in the genre that I enjoyed more. The Seamtress is one of my favorites – it’s a true story and is such a touching one. Another great one is The Nazi Officers Wife – historical fiction based on the Uboats or Jews that survived by blending into society. The story is based on a Jewish woman that survived by actually living in Germany and marrying a Nazi Officer. Also there’s The Lost Wife about a young married Jewish couple that is separated during the war and finally reunite when they are old.

    I think my favorite WWII historical fiction novel is The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah about the strained relationship of a mother and her daughters. The strain is rooted in the past sufferings of the mother and she tries communicate to her daughters by telling them a “fairy tale”. The book does have a slow start. At first I found the “fairy tale” annoying , until I got into it and realized the fairy tale was her life story and it’s one incredible story of survival during the seize of Leningrad during WWII. It was an amazing, sad, but beautiful story.

      • Paige Overton says

        Me too!! I went back and looked at your past book recommendations and got some new ideas to check out. Thanks for posting this! I’m always looking for good book recommendations.

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