Another month and 8 books down! March wad full of fun things: the beginning of spring, celebrating marriages of some of our dear friends, a trip to Vail with family, seeing HAMILTON, and the quickest trip to Cabo for work! It was a packed and full month, but so so good! Keep reading to see what I read throughout the month!
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR BY PAUL KALANITHI – 5 STARS
This is an absolutely beautiful memoir. At the age of 36, Paul Kalanithi was finishing up his training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. This book is his journey as he grapples with the very large questions surrounding life and death and anything in between.
HOW Y’ALL DOING BY LESLIE JORDAN – 3 STARS
If you stumbled across Leslie Jordan on TikTok in early 2020 like I did, then you will absolutely love this memoir (especially if you listen to the audio narrated by the author himself). Jordan shares about his life from childhood throughout his career, and his stories are so wild and hilarious and entertaining.
HATE LIST BY JENNIFER BROWN – 5 STARS
The Hate List is a re-read from my high school years. It’s definitely a heavy book to pick up (TW: school shooting is the premise of the entire book.) It’s told from the perspective of Valerie, a girl who is struggling through the trauma and aftermath of a school shooting where her boyfriend was the perpetrator. How do you reconcile the monster who killed innocent lives with the best friend that you loved?
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS BY M.L STEDMAN – 4 STARS
Tom and his wife Isabel live in isolation as Tom acts as the lighthouse keeper in a small area in Australia. When a small boat with a dead man and a tiny baby wash up on the shore of their small island, they’re faced with the ultimate dilemma – help this baby find her way home or start the new family that they’ve been longing for.
ESCAPE BY CAROLYN JESSOP – 4 STARS
HOLY MOLY. This book reads like crazy fiction, but Carolyn Jessop lived it. Born into the FLDS community in Colorado and married into one of the most elite families in the FLDS church, Jessop’s life has been anything but easy. Read about her childhood, her teenage marriage, and everything that followed leading to her ultimate escape with her children in tow.
FOUND BY KAREN KINGSBURY – 5 STARS
I will always pick up every Karen Kingsbury book because they are wonderful. I can’t really write about the plot of this book without giving spoilers from previous books, but rest assured that you will love this story!
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS BY ALICE FEENEY – 5 STARS
I am always a fan of a good thriller, and Rock Paper Scissors didn’t disappoint. The entire time I was reading, I was constantly trying to figure out where the book was going. I truly didn’t ever know what was coming next, and I was shocked by the ending. It was a thrilling ride from beginning to end!
WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE BY BECKY COOPER – 5 STARS
I love true crime, so this book was right up my alley. It’s the story of the decades old murder of Jane Britton, anthropology student at Harvard University in 1969. Becky Cooper digs into Jane’s life and explores all of the possibilities that came from Jane’s life at the school and in the anthropology community.
You can find all of the books I’ve read this year here:
What I Read in January & February